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AES Senior Specialist, Control Center Integration in California

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AES Clean Energy is currently seeking a Sr Specialist focused supporting new site integration in the Remote Operating Control Centers for clean energy projects including solar, wind and energy storage projects. This position focuses on activities that take place primarily during the commissioning, start-up and turnover phase to COD and the early post-COD phases of the project. The role requires the ability to handle such activities on multiple high impact utility scale projects simultaneously and requires periodic travel to project locations and AES offices as needed. The goal of this position is to ensure a seamless transition from construction to operations of newly integrated (new construction or merger acquisitions) projects into the AES Clean Energy portfolio with concentrated focus on Control Center activities.

The successful candidate will have in-depth experience with renewable utility scale projects, experience working with operation centers, extensive O&M experience in the power industry, a track record of proven project management skills and demonstrated ability to work well with cross functional teams.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for coordinating various commissioning activities, maintaining excellent communications, and collaborating with a diverse cross-functional teams (OT/IT, ISO, utility, customer, field team, construction project manager, etc.) to ensure the successful integration of new sites into the Remote Operating Control Center.

  • Responsible for compliance with all applicable NERC standards as it relates to control room operations.

  • Responsible for understanding and complying with PPA and Interconnection Agreement pre-COD operating and reporting requirements.

  • Responsible for developing and creating facility manuals and procedures for control center operators

  • Responsible for coordinating and conducting training for Remote Control Center Operators on new facility operating parameters, monitoring requirements and reporting responsibilities.

  • Responsible for developing and coordinate test energy schedule with utilities.

  • Ensuring all appropriate parties are always up-to-date with project evolutions including key milestones and schedule changes thereof.

  • Responsible for working with SCADA vendors and ensuring functionality of the SCADA meets AES Operation’s expectations (graphics built correctly, alarms functioning and as intended, validation of data, etc.).

  • Overall responsibility of ensuring all operational readiness, turnover and commissioning activities & obligations are complete, on time and meet expectations for Remote Operating Control Center.

  • Assist and support as needed the various site tests including capacity testing, availability testing, controls testing, etc.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent technical skills/experience

  • 2+ years of professional experience in Wind and/or PV or 5+ years working in the power industry (preferably in the O&M field of the power industry)

  • Experience in Solar+Storage of stand-alone energy storage (Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)) is a plus

  • Experience working with control center personnel.

  • Experience working in a control center as an operator is a plus.

  • Familiarity with power plant SCADA or DCS systems

  • Experience working with grid entities such as TOP, SC, ISO, Off takers, etc.

  • Experience creating, editing, and documenting Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Experience & familiarity with NERC Reliability Standards & Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work

  • Confirmed Project Management skills and ability to maintain a high level of organization

  • Experience with computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), data entry and data analytic tools/software. Experience using SAP is a plus

  • Ability to establish trust through building relationships and demonstration of capabilities.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including an ability to maintain calm and effective exchanges by all parties

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office bundle (Word, Excel, Teams, etc.)

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. 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.

The expected salary for this position, at commencement of employment, is between $75.000 and $97.750/Annual; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements such as annual bonus, in addition to a full range of medical, dental, vision, life, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if a candidate receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

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