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Origination Director II

Date: Apr 22, 2017

Location: Portland, OR, US

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Do you want to change the world? We do, too.
The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%.  But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we’re looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.
SunPower is a global solar energy solutions company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. Our solutions are unrivaled in terms of long-term reliability, efficiency and guaranteed performance, and our company is unmatched in terms of global reach and scale. Through design, manufacturing, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring, SunPower provides its proprietary, world-record efficient solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide.
SunPower is changing the way our world is powered every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 7,000 in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. In an industry that is reshaping the world’s energy future, there’s no better place to be than SunPower.
We believe that our employees create our brand – with each project, each communication, each task completed and each interaction. Experience is critical to SunPower in regards to not only our customers but also our employees and dealer partners. As such, we strive to hire candidates that are service focused. The experience we would expect the ideal person to deliver is:



SunPower is seeking a Director of Origination / Power Marketing to drive our Power Plant business growth for utility scale solar projects from approximately 10MW to 100MW in size and larger.


We are looking for someone with a deep network of industry contacts at investor-owned utilities, independent power producers (IPP’s), municipal power agencies and cooperatives.


The ideal candidate will have specific experience with solar/wind origination in wholesale/retail electric supply markets. They will be responsible for implementing the marketing strategy by developing new and existing customer relationships, proposing and structuring energy power transactions, and will have a deep knowledge of offtake and power purchase agreements (PPA’s). 


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned:  


  • Responsible for overall strategy, pricing, and structuring of deals. 
  • Build and maintain high-level relationships with electric utility executives and corporate energy buyers and other key personnel in targeted accounts in assigned regions
  • Develop partner relationships with accounts to effectively manage the entire sales process including the contract negotiation, financing, project execution and operational phases
  • Collaborate with policy/regulatory and marketing groups to identify and develop new market      opportunities and craft utility value propositions to serve target market
  • Develop tactical execution plans for target accounts and assigned regions
  • Direct sales support team of Associates and Analysts in development of account proposals and responses to competitive RFPs
  • Lead the internal team through all aspects of a complex sales process to successful closing
  • Collaborate with colleague departments including Project Development, Project Finance, Legal, Construction Services and O&M in support of sales process
  • Expand pipeline of sales opportunities by generating and qualifying high quality leads
  • Direct outside consultant activities retained in support of sales opportunities
  • Approximately 25% travel to customer locations for meetings/presentations



  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of people management experience
  • Advanced degree preferred
  • OR equivalent combination of education and years of related experience



  • MBA strongly preferred
  • Energetic and aggressive in pursuing opportunities
  • Results-oriented with the ability to work independently in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong desire to advance the adoption of renewable energies in the global energy mix


Education and Experience:

  • University degree in engineering, economics or business
  • 10+ years’ experience in the energy industry, large construction, project finance and/or infrastructure environment, ideally in the electric power generation sector
  • 10+ years’ experience in complex selling: prospects comprise multiple "buyers" in different parts of the organization, selling a value-based proposal to large organizations in the utility sector at executive level
  • Selling $50-100M+ projects over extended sales cycles to first-time and repeat buyers for whom multiple stakeholders influence the buying decision
  • Experience introducing new product and service offerings, and developing corresponding value propositions


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong leadership and strategic skills with an ability to balance and prioritize competing interests
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new business relationships quickly and to close business
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and interface effectively with cross-functional employee groups of all levels and competencies
  • Ability to perform and interpret financial analysis and provide appropriate data and information
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills
  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter with a burning desire to learn and win
  • Effective at creating, summarizing, and presenting information logically for executive decision making
  • Knowledge of finance and business concepts
  • Fluency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Equal Employment Opportunity
The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

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Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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