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NRG Energy, Inc. DOD Skillbridge (Patrol to Power) - Product Manager in Houston, Texas

Welcome to the intersection of energy and home services. At NRG, we’re all about propelling the next generation of leaders forward. We are driven by our passion to create a smarter, cleaner and more connected future. We deliver innovative solutions that make our customers’ lives easier—helping them power, protect, and intelligently manage their homes and businesses. To do this, we need creative and talented people to join our company.

We offer a dynamic work environment and a unified and inclusive culture. NRG fosters a strong sense of belonging that leads to better collaboration and business performance. Our company programs are designed to help employees develop the skills they need for success now and in the future. In everything we do, we aim to champion our employees and bring value to our customers, investors and society.

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At NRG, we’re bringing the power of energy to people and organizations by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We generate electricity and provide energy solutions and natural gas to millions of customers through our diverse portfolio of retail brands. A Fortune 500 company, operating in the United States and Canada, NRG delivers innovative solutions while advocating for competitive energy markets and customer choice, working towards a sustainable energy future. More information regarding NRG is available at .

Job Summary

The Product Manager, Innovation will lead Virtual Power Plant (VPP) offer expansion across NRG brands and territories. The VPP Innovation and Strategy team requires a Product Manager who will be able to identify, analyze and recommend expansion initiatives. This role requires experience in investigating complex business opportunities and creatively accessing resources to determine fit within NRG’s VPP strategy. The candidate for this role will have demonstrated strong cross-functional teaming, new product development experience, business acumen and leadership skills. This position is full-time in the Houston area.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop expertise in demand response and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) initiatives that contribute to the overall stability of US electricity markets. Understand the fundamentals of demand side management and emerging technologies that enable its growth.

  • Monitor U.S. market VPP activities and identify and prioritize opportunities for NRG participation working closely with VPP core team and Regulatory.

  • Gain understanding of NRG brands’ product offers and how they contribute to the VPP strategy. Coordinate efforts across brands to insure transparency and consistent contribution to the VPP business case.

  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of how demand response and VPPs operate and generate value for NRG in priority markets such that a business case and project plan for market entry can be executed.

  • Identify potential partnerships and coordinate pilot projects required for successful participation in VPP programs in priority markets.

  • Analyze program performance, collect data, and assemble reports on customer, program, and partnership performance including energy conservation, load shed, and financial performance.

  • Provides ad-hoc analytics and provides supporting teams with updated analytics needs to support VPP expansion.

Working Conditions

  • Hybrid workplace – a combination of remote work and in-office per team needs

  • Primary Location of Employment: Houston, TX

  • Some travel required (<20%)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree: Management, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Electrical Engineering, or other related AND 5 years of military experience. in strategy, project management, or analytics or 10 years of equivalent military experience. Discipline in Management, Finance, or Engineering is preferred. in strategy, project management, or analytics  

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in Product / Business Strategy

  • Proven background in bringing new products or projects to market

  • Proven successful cross-functional work

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis without sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a service industry (e.g., electricity, mortgage, insurance, etc.)

  • Adept at problem definition and problem solving

  • Passionate about the energy transition with a creative mindset rooted in business strategy and project management

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to lead and influence cross-functional teams

  • Highly data-driven with the ability to analyze, articulate and solve complex problems and concepts to make effective business decisions

  • Ability to understand business goals and the need to balance expectations and recommend trade-offs

  • Effectively prioritize workload in a detailed and organized manner

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace. To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability. Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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