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Burns & McDonnell Senior Renewable Development Engineer in Kansas City, Missouri


Seeking highly motivated individual who will support all aspects of project development for renewable energy projects (solar, energy storage, etc.). This person, part of the Energy Global Practice’s Development Department, will be heavily engaged in working with a focused team to help develop and expand Burns & McDonnell’s presence in the renewable energy market, and to define and implement our strategy for continued success moving forward in the ever-changing energy industry. This is a working position, with the successful candidate responsible performing and completing the following responsibilities, developing necessary deliverables, and coordinating completion of tasks by others, as necessary, in addition to other responsibilities and tasks as determined by Business Unit Managers and the Development Manager.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading technical proposal efforts for renewable (solar energy and energy storage) project development.

  • Coordinating, as necessary, with AHJs, customers, and design leads to drive a customer solution within the required project standards.

  • Leading project development efforts to coordinate a multi-disciplined support team to complete required tasks.

  • Setting and maintaining project schedule to complete required tasks by established due dates to support overall development activities.

  • Ownership and responsibility for timely completion of all project development activities assigned by the Business Unit Managers and Development Manager to complete necessary tasks on schedule.

  • Leading engineering for projects in pipeline. Must have ability to multi-task among several projects at one time.

  • Optimizing design to achieve economic drivers specified by Business Unit Manager.

  • Evaluating and combining potential project sites and technologies to produce the most effective solar and storage energy solutions for our clients.

  • Efficiently coordinating with discipline leads to drive site plans, racking plans, building plans, one-line drawings, BOP plans, substation plans, and other conceptual engineering documents and deliverables as required by the project scope.

  • Managing approved bidders list, preparing requests for bid pricing, managing bid tabulation, and driving total installed cost evaluation of solar procurements.

  • Understanding the optimal design applications and limitations and leading the evaluation of equipment.

  • Providing streamlined project information and detailed bill of material to estimating.

  • Driving efficiency in bid efforts. Effectively utilizing software and implementing practices and tools to improve conceptual design and estimating efficiencies.

  • Maintaining current knowledge of emerging solar technologies including pricing, and prevailing commercial information (delivery, major terms, etc).

  • Participating in industry conferences and publications to further expand Burns & McDonnell’s presence in the renewable energy market, including development of white papers and presentations at conferences.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (electrical, chemical, or mechanical preferred) from an accredited program.

  • 7 years of relevant experience required. Master’s degree can be substituted for one year of experience.

  • Previous consulting engineering experience strongly preferred.

  • Project development, project management, or renewable energy experience a plus.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, and clients.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Due to the dynamic nature of the renewable energy market, the ability to learn, understand, and apply new technologies is a must.

  • Willingness and ability to utilize IT to streamline work processes and approaches.

  • Experience with estimating or designing electrical systems is preferred.

  • Knowledge of and competence in PVSyst preferred.

  • Knowledge of photovoltaic systems, NEC requirements, and construction practices is preferred.

  • The position requires the ability to effectively multi-task and manage numerous projects/tasks simultaneously, frequently within aggressive and compressed schedule.

  • The ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment is crucial, as well as the ability to maintain project schedule and achieve target due dates.


Job Mechanical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 191060



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