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Project Manager, Pre-Construction

Reporting to the Sr. Director of Construction and Engineering, the Project Manager, Pre-construction will be responsible to manage the pre-construction preparation and design of new build and repower utility-scale renewable energy power generation plants.  Through 2025 at least, this will focus on a portfolio of solar projects in the state of New York, with subsequent projects as per the company focus.  This includes the design, layout, access, permitting, coordination, and contractor arrangement and selection for the entire project from development to handover to the execution team while providing technical and construction expertise within Cordelio Power (development, construction, and operations).

About Cordelio:

Cordelio manages a 1,200+ MW renewable power generation portfolio that includes (i) a 396 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects in Ontario, and (ii) a 656 MW (net) wind and solar portfolio owned by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPP Investments”) through a joint venture with a strategic partner. Cordelio is also actively building a wind, solar, and storage development pipeline with a projected nameplate capacity of greater than 11,000 MW. Cordelio carries out its operations and growth activities by working with all stakeholders in an efficient, safe and environmentally responsible manner. Cordelio is based in Toronto, Ontario, with offices in Vancouver, BC and New York, NY and is wholly owned by CPP Investments, which has ~C$550B in net assets.


· For Cordelio’s NY state solar portfolio, direct and oversee the pre-construction efforts and activities from development to EPC RFP and selection and hand over to the execution team.

· Coordinate the early stage site work (e.g., ALTA and topo surveys, geotech, etc.), engage and select consultants and Owner’s Engineering firms to advance the project to technical and physical readiness to proceed with execution upon hand over to execution team. This is generally in the form of final project layouts, transportation plans, civil and electrical designs to 30%, permits complete or started, real estate locked in, and the project generally ready for execution and project finance.

· Prepare tables and presentations to provide project status and set up for input from others to guide evaluation of various alternative layout, contractor, supply, and similar options.

· Prepare general contractor RFPs, follow up and compare bids, and lead initial negotiation of commercial and agreement terms. Present and solicit input and evaluation support from others throughout the process (development, finance, Engineering and Construction, and operations).

· Develop, with input from others, the entire project budget from construction financial closing through to term conversion financial closing. The execution team would then own the budget at handover.

· Assist in development of company standards and proper industry techniques to be utilized in execution of company projects.

· Work under deadlines in a fast-paced environment to design, plan, and coordinate all aspects of the pre-construction process from hiring consultants to working with engineers, vendors, landowners, and AHJs.

· Assist other company groups as relevant and/or as directed by the company.

Experience Requirements:

· Four to ten years progressive responsible engineering, construction, and/or project management experience in the renewable energy industry. Project management experience is preferred.

· Minimum Bachelor of Science degree in construction management or engineering is required. Equivalent experience may be considered.

· Familiarity with NYSERDA and NY State regulations and permits a plus.

· Demonstrated leadership and project management skills.

Additional Requirements:

· Excellent oral, written, and presentation communication skills.

· Excellent resource, planning, and time management skills.

· Ability to prioritize and resolve multiple project technical and commercial issues under demanding schedule constraints.

· Superior management and delegation capabilities.

· High level of financial responsibilities.

Technical Skills:

· Familiarity with typical computer software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint).

· Ability to work within a team and associated people skills.

· Presentation skills and ability to communicate complex technical issues to non-technical persons in lay-person language and concepts.

Travel Requirements:

· Initially, up to 50% primarily to projects across the state of New York. Long term beyond initial portfolio in NY, up to 45% domestically (U.S. and Canada).  Includes travel primarily to remote project locations as well as occasionally to company, vendor, and supplier facilities.


· Cordelio has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and New York and may eventually set up an office in the Western U.S. This role is meant to be remotely located so as to provide regular and frequent visits to projects in development through construction across the New York state area.  Long term, the position may remain remote to support ongoing projects in the eastern U.S., or as directed by Cordelio.

Cordelio is focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person’s unique background, diversity, experience, perspectives and talent. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and Company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all employees and expect each to honour this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the Talent Acquisition team.

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