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R&D Senior Research Engineer

Zap Energy

Zap Energy

Everett, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2024
Company Overview: GridStor is a rapidly growing, grid-scale energy storage developer, owner and operator backed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management (“GSAM”) and led by experienced clean energy industry professionals. We acquire and develop battery storage projects in markets across North America. GridStor’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a carbon-free, resilient grid by rapidly deploying stand-alone energy storage at scale. GridStor is based in Portland, Oregon.
Company Operating Principle GridStor’s Operating Principles represent who we are, how we work, and what we believe.

We Collaborate. We believe trust is given, not earned. We honor each other’s zone of genius and seek to challenge ideas, not each other. We listen to each other’s points of view and work hard to find the better solution. We are one team.

We Are Humble. We like hard work, but don’t make work hard. We know we have a lot to learn and never grandstand or take up all the space in the room. We are kind. We are welcoming. We are inspired by our mission to decarbonize the grid.

We Create the Future. We are curious. We go deep, search for the best idea, and then move fast. We always focus on the few things that matter most. We know there will be setbacks, so we show up every day ready to learn and be better, together.

We Show Up for Each Other. We keep each other fully informed. We seek to understand. We coach, we don’t blame. We share our points of view and seek to make each other better every day. We believe everyone creates culture in every moment, every day.

We Do Hard Things. We view challenges as opportunities. We are resilient. We are all owners, and we act like it. We understand change requires taking risks and we push ourselves and our partners. We do what is right as opposed to what might be best for any one of us.
Reporting to the Director of Development, you will be part of the team responsible for leading the development of GridStor's project pipeline. The team is tasked with successfully executing complex projects at scale that deliver value to our partners and investors. You will play a key role in creating projects that can be financed, built, owned, and operated by the company. That role includes completing real estate due diligence and transactions, land use permitting, and any other work necessary to get a project to Notice to Proceed. You will be part of a nimble, driven team focused on bringing these critical infrastructure projects online as quickly as possible.

  • Support development of energy storage projects from site selection analysis through construction commencement, coordinating closely with other teams to ensure all issues are vetted and resolved.
  • Work with Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC), Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Finance, and Origination teams to coordinate efforts and ensure projects achieve overall goals and milestones.
  • Complete real estate due diligence, negotiate real estate contracts, and manage outside consultants and counsel in support of land transactions.
  • Prepare permit applications and work closely with consultants, government staff, and elected officials to secure land use entitlements and permits.
  • Develop, track, and forecast project budgets and schedules.Lead cross-functional project teams and coordinate processes required to advance projects.
  • 2-4+ years of prior work experience in renewable energy development
  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree a plus
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience a plus
  • Knowledge of power sector and renewable energy required
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well on teams
  • Project management and experience working with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Strong work ethic, integrity, humility, and desire to learn
Work from Portland, OR headquarters. Must be willing to travel on a regular basis (up to 35%).
START DATE: As soon as possible.

Compensation and Benefits:
  • GridStor offers an attractive Total Rewards package, including:
    • Competitive base salaries commensurate with experience with an annual cash bonus (based on Company and individual performance)
    • Generous paid leave
    • Employee participation in Long Term Incentive Plan
    • Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, including coverage for domestic partners and eligible domestic partner children
    • HSA/FSA for participating employees
    • 401(k) plan with company match and immediate vesting
    • Continuing education and professional development
    • Cellphone reimbursement, hybrid work environment, healthy snacks, volunteer opportunities, company outings, and more.
About our Location:
GridStor's main office location is in Portland, OR. The office is easily accessible by commuter train and bus and includes onsite parking. In addition, the building offers amenities such as a fitness center, a rooftop employee lounge with an outdoor deck, and periodic social events onsite.