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Sr Manager, Design Engineering

Req ID:  89542

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 2,000 in North America and the Philippines. 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:

Sr. Manager, Design Engineering


Summary of Role:

The Sr. Manager, Design Engineering is the business leader of the residential design organization and its processes. With a focus on developing a scalable operation that generates high quality deliverables, this person collaborates with the sales and operations leadership teams to optimize pre and post-contract design activity. This leadership position is instrumental to a profitable and smoothly functioning organization in this rapidly growing business channel.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop a business operation that predictably delivers high quality design deliverables
  • Lead a team of designers and engineers both directly and indirectly
  • Innovate the means and methods of designing customer-centric proposals and plan sets
  • Build a cohesive, cross-functional strategy for success in partnership with sales and operations
  • Create a technology and process roadmap for future operational improvements
  • Bring process innovation through software to life in partnership with the digital team
  • Manage outsource partners and all related contracts, performance, and budget
  • Provide technical expertise on project design decisions
  • Hire, coach, mentor, and manage direct reports to achieve performance targets and support career development
  • Set design and build standards and practices for residential project installations
  • Stand up and continually optimize QA / QC systems
  • Manage the design rework process and associated metrics for improvement
  • Plan team resourcing levels based on internal sales activity forecasts
  • Focus on achieving excellent customer experiences
  • Utilize reports and dashboards within Salesforce to effectively manage production pipeline
  • Develop and manage to key performance indicators that align with department and company goals
  • Plan team resourcing levels based on internal sales activity forecasts
  • Be open to change, creative, optimistic, and set the example for team culture
  • Create and maintain metrics and reports in various formats


Required Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience in design or engineering in solar, electrical, or residential construction
  • 5+ years of experience working in a department or people management position
  • Advanced knowledge in solar construction methods
  • Excellent understanding of NEC and I-codes as it relates to solar and storage
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Microsoft suite, Salesforce


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing a residential design operation
  • Experience in solar PV and battery site survey, design, inspections, or construction
  • Knowledge of industry-leading technology used in solar project development


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

At SunPower, we value the health and safety of all our team members. We support and encourage our employees to form a healthy and stable environment where they can succeed. Below we have listed the working requirements and environment for this role:

  • Able to work upright and stationary and/or standing for working hours
  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable method
  • Able to position and move objects up to 10 pounds
  • Able to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency
  • The position requires travel with the potential of overnight stays between assigned facilities and various locations within the community. Less than or equal to 25% travel.
  • Day to day work is completed in the office or remotely at a personal computer M-F, US Pacific through Central Time

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.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

SunPower Supports EEO

Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation
SunPower Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may use the following alternative email address to contact us about your interest in employment at SunPower Corporation: Please indicate in the subject that line of your email that you are requesting accommodation. Only candidates being considered for a position who require an accommodation will receive a follow-up response.



Availability of Affirmative Action Plan for Review

SunPower is a federal government contractor. As a part of the Company’s obligations under law, it must develop a written Affirmative Action Program (AAP) for the Disabled, Recently Separated Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Disabled Veterans and Active Duty Wartime Or Campaign Badge Veterans and for Women and Minorities as specified by law. Non-confidential and non-proprietary aspects of the AAP are available for inspection by applicants and employees, consistent with applicable law, which will be made available during office hours by contacting the EEO Officer.




SunPower Values

  • Put Customers First
  • Win Together
  • Lead Decisively
  • Innovate Relentlessly
  • Do the Right Thing

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