AES United States Projects Engineer - AES Next in Arlington, Virginia

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The AES Corporation is accelerating a safer, cleaner energy future by improving the environmental profile and reliability of energy systems in key economies around the world. AES Next is the new growth investment and incubation arm of AES charged with growing new business platforms that transform customer experience and the electricity sector as a whole. AES Next is looking to invest up to $200 million to incubate such platforms over the next several years. A successful candidate will be joining the AES management team that launched the grid storage products business, which went on to become Fluence Energy, and successfully acquired and integrated the distributed solar energy business, which is now a key component of AES’ growth in solar PV.

The Projects Engineer for AES Next directs transformative ideas from concept through validation for technologies spanning the entire energy value chain. Each of these projects, if validated and brought to scale, will have the potential to transform customer experience and/or operations for the electric sector as whole.

Major responsibilities:

  • Define, implement, and validate key innovation insights from AES platforms with the potential for breakthrough improvements to the electricity sector

  • Model fundamental characteristics and constraints of potential breakthrough innovations in the AES Next and established AES business unit innovation pipelines

  • Manage third party engineering firms and consultants to implement portfolio of approved projects in collaboration with key contacts within the AES portfolio.

  • Interface with Design Engineer to capture intellectual property from projects innovations

  • Foster relationships and work collaboratively with relevant AES business teams

  • Prepare presentations and reports for leaders that effectively communicate findings and support quality decision-making

  • Travel to domestic or international locations for internal meetings, conferences, etc


  • BS, preferably in engineering or science with a minimum of five years of work experience

  • Proven experience in taking multiple technical projects from idea to validation

  • Capability to work dynamically and collaboratively across multiple teams and projects in a technical business environment with minimal supervision

  • Entrepreneurial drive for getting things done and a “make it happen” attitude with an intellectual curiosity to seek new opportunities and ability to quickly learn new areas of interest

  • Detailed working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint

The AES Corporation is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 17 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 21,000 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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