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Energy Storage Applications Engineer

Date: Apr 8, 2020

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:
 

OVERVIEW

 

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:

 

SUMMARY OF ROLE

 

SunPower is seeking a high-energy, hands-on Applications Engineer of Commercial Energy Storage, a key role in our Commercial Energy Services team. Core responsibilities include: providing technical training and support to internal and external stakeholders, applying lessons learned to future projects and product selection, identifying project level solutions, supporting product evaluation, and overall collaboration with cross-functional teams for successful completion of SunPower’s commercial energy storage projects. The ideal candidate will be technically strong and comfortable engaging with a variety of stakeholders across our customers, partners, suppliers, and internal organization. This position reports into the Energy Storage Business Development team and will work as part of a cross-functional team to deliver best in class solutions to our customers.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned):

 

  • Identify and address challenges preventing opportunities from turning into orders
  • Develop and manage necessary support processes, documentation, and tools to enable successful and efficient technical sales
  • Assist sales analysts and development engineers with interconnection strategy and advice regarding energy storage. 
  • Provide product training, including key technical features as well as proper use of processes and tools, to both internal and external groups
  • Drive, track, and analyze pilot programs with new products
  • Assist in product selection for various projects based on technical and economic considerations
  • Act as first level escalation point for technical support inquiries
  • Field engineering support - troubleshoot, test and commission technical equipment
  • Act in client facing meetings, presentations and conferences
  • Understand local regulations and norms periodically to ensure that SunPower solutions are compliant and current with changing market requirements
  • Gather feedback and new requirements from customers and installers
  • Work closely with the software product management team and internal and external customers to define and prioritize feature development
  • Manage the technical deployment of storage systems including interconnections, constructability, design and commissioning.  
  • Facilitate interactions various teams (product management, supply chain, purchasing, engineering, technical writers, etc.) to successfully perform product pilots and launches
  • Provide critical closed loop learning to project development teams, with experiences derived from field experiences as well as interactions with customers

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Minimum requirements - The least amount of skills and training candidates must have to do a specific job. Candidates not meeting these requirements will not be hired for this position.

  • B.S. degree in Engineering and 5-8 years of related experience or M.S. Degree and 3-5 years or Ph.D. 2+ years
  • OR equivalent combination of education and years of related experience

 

Preferred requirements

  • BS in technical field from a leading engineering program, preferably electrical engineering
  • Minimum 5 years relevant work experience
  • Solid technical foundation, ability to learn quickly, and demonstrated ability to frame and drive technical decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to work with, and coordinate, cross functional teams
  • Strong oral and written presentation skills with an ability to communicate effectively to a wide variety of clients and partners
  • Self-starter, able to thrive in a fast paced and continually changing environment
  • Willing to travel up to 30%
  • Experience supporting technical sales and working with customers

 

 

  • Excellent technical understanding of commercial energy storage technologies and grid-tied photovoltaic systems including: inverters, monitoring & communications, and energy management technologies
  • Hands-on experience designing and building PV and energy storage systems
  • Hands-on prototyping capability, and extensive troubleshooting and debugging of electronic systems
  • Knowledge of commercial building electrical wiring practices
  • Strong knowledge of relevant PV and energy storage codes and standards: NEC, NFPA, ASCE, NABCEP, OSHA, UL, CAL Fire, IEC
  • Understanding of ECO and DCO processes, document control process
  • Experience in Off-grid or Micro-grid system development or deployment a plus
  • Lean product development experiences a plus
  • Understanding of energy economics, utility rate structures, and distributed generation interconnection policies and compensation mechanisms

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

 

It is SunPower’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees. SunPower disapproves of, and will not tolerate, unlawful discrimination against any applicant or employee because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, age, religion, disability, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal laws.

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: jobs@sunpower.com. 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.

 

NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS AND EMPLOYEES

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.


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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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