Project Development Manager (EJLprojdevmgr7/11) Chicago, Illinois

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead through all aspects of a complex project development process by effectively managing property purchase or lease negotiation, permitting, community approval and internal championing of each project
  • Develop tactical execution plans for project development
  • Site identification and due diligence using GIS or other mapping and database tools
  • Collaborate with colleague departments including Project Finance, Legal, Construction Services and O&M in support of development process and success
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously while actively contributing to financial modeling
  • Direct outside consultant activities retained in support of development opportunities
  • Approximately 50 - 70% travel to potential project locations for meetings/presentations
  • Position will assist nationally, focusing initially on the Midwest Region. Must reside in the Midwest or be willing to travel there regularly.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant or applicable field
  • 5-10 years' experience in the power generation or energy industry including, but not limited to, waste to energy, combined heat and power, biogas, renewables with an emphasis on project development experience and/or infrastructure development in the power generation and/or fuels sector

Skills and Qualifications:

  • A proven track record of developing successful biogas, waste to energy or other clean energy or power projects
  • Strong leadership and strategic skills with an ability to balance and prioritize competing interests
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new business relationships quickly and to negotiate and close business opportunities
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic entrepreneurial environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and interface effectively with cross-functional employee groups of all levels and competencies
  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter with a burning desire to learn and win
  • Effective at creating, summarizing, and presenting information logically for executive decision making
  • Results-oriented with the ability to work independently in an entrepreneurial environment
  • The focus, commitment and dedication to help our client achieve its primary strategic goal of being a billion-dollar enterprise in five years 
  • 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
  • Knowledge of finance and business concepts
  • Fluency in CRM tools, MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word


  • MBA or other relevant advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Energetic and aggressive in pursuing opportunities
  • Strong desire to advance the adoption of sustainable projects in the global energy mix

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, age, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable laws or regulations.

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