Sr. Solar Project Manager

Job Locations US-TX-San Antonio

General Job Description

IES Residential is currently seeking a Senior Project Manager in the San Antonio, TX area. The Senior Solar Project Manager will manage the process from contracted sale through file archive for a select set of Solar Customers, working closely with Engineering, Installations, and Sales (or Prime Contractor) to keep the customer informed of their status, as well as completing all of the necessary paperwork to move their project through the pipeline for a smooth and positive experience. Oversee the construction process for residential, commercial, and small utility photovoltaic systems, along with ancillary contracted electrical services and/or structural upgrades, etc., utilizing both in house and subcontracted installation crews. Provide support and mentoring to other members of the operations team.


Job Duties include:

  • Drive safely obeying all laws and IES polices
  • Ability to wear/utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
  • Become expert in customer’s individual contract inclusions/exclusions and ensure that all required items are met throughout the project lifecycle
  • Complete initial customer onboarding call to orient them to the IES process and collect critical information.
  • Update customer as to necessary revisions and/or change orders based on AHJ & EDC specific requirements not included within their sales contract.
  • Be the internal customer advocate to ensure that their project receives appropriate attention, action, and reaction to issues.
  • Know the customer’s personality as to appropriately guide company/managers through possibly problematic situations with your portfolio of clients.
  • Document customer interactions and maintain records of all calls, e-mails, conversations, and other forms of communication relating to projects.
  • Be available to work in all reasonable weather conditions in all seasons to perform job functions.
  • Overnight travel as required. Work related travel up to 85%.
  • Collaborate with other department managers for the overall success of the Energy Solutions Division
  • Assist with the creation, revision, and maintenance of SOP for all direct and indirect subordinates across entire operations department ensuring safe, correct, and efficient use of IES systems and procedures
  • Lead/assist in the development of new operations locations
  • Assist with make sounds decisions between purchasing, leasing, and renting various necessary fixed assets
  • Recruit, hire, and train both direct and indirect reports as necessary to facilitate department needs
  • Ensure that safety is always first priority of every employee & subcontractor when any/all decisions and SOP’s are being made
  • Ensure that decisions are being made from a standpoint of “good business practice” rather than “the customer is always right” or “protect the company’s bottom line”
  • Vet & negotiate new subcontractor relationships for companies performing services for the Energy Solutions Division
  • Able to review and negotiate contract terms with prime contractors or financiers for scope or work/services to ensure IES interests and bid/pricing alignment prior to sending contracts to IES legal for review & approval 
  • Provide mentoring and leadership to new and developing members of the operations team.
  • Coordinate IES installation teams and subcontractors ensuring compliance with standards.
  • Assess potential installation sites to determine feasibility and design requirements, evaluate provided designs for technical flaws or cost savings improvements.
  • Work with customer to collect all necessary/required items to proceed with project including documents, signatures, insurance policies, etc.
  • Communicate to customers on the company’s behalf and enforce company standards/policy while maintaining a positive relationship with the customer throughout the experience.
  • Manage proactive & reactive communication to sales consultants regarding their individual installations.
  • Prepare project scopes of work, project budgets, or schedules.
  • Solicit subcontractor bids and perform quantity, labor take-offs and estimate work.
  • Contribute with conceptual budgeting, bid preparation, client proposals, final estimates and cost analysis.
  • Plan and coordinate installations to ensure conformance codes.
  • Monitor work of contractors and subcontractors to ensure projects conform to safety, quality, plans, specifications, schedules, or budgets.
  • Provide technical assistance to electricians, installers, technicians, or other professionals in areas such as solar, electrical systems, and mechanical systems.
  • Identify means to reduce costs, minimize risks, or increase efficiency of projects.
  • Coordinate or schedule building inspections for projects. 
  • Order ancillary construction materials from suppliers and coordinate deliveries of materials 
  • Perform start-up of systems for testing or customer implementation. 
  • Assess system performance or functionality at the system, subsystem, and component levels. 
  • Evaluate subcontractors or subcontractor bids for quality, cost, and reliability. 
  • Visit customer sites to determine system needs, requirements, or specifications. 
  • Build client confidence in company and customer satisfaction. 
  • Develop and maintain system architecture, including all piping, instrumentation, or process flow diagrams.
  • Purchase or rent equipment for system installation for current and future projects. 
  • Ensure jobs are project ready before installation begins with all necessary materials, plans, permits, instruction manuals, & crew assignments. 
  • Complete hardcopy and digital paperwork as necessary for post installation process with clients, EDC, customers, prime contractors, etc. 
  • Repair, test, troubleshoot, inspect, install, remove and maintain solar equipment such as conduit, inverters, transformers, breakers, switchgear, and SCADA equipment. 
  • Act as liaison with the Prime Contractor and their Project Manager’s when performing work as a subcontractor. 
  • Track pertinent, job-related documents and scan documents to the home office for review and document retention. 
  • Arrange daily transportation to assigned work locations. 
  • Oversee timekeeping activity for subordinates based on applicable federal employment laws. 
  • Ensure company policies are being followed and safety is the primary guiding principle. 
  • Track tools, equipment, and vehicles maintenance needs and report to supervisor. 
  • Review & familiarize self and installation team with AHJ specific requirements for project installation. 
  • Review & familiarize self and installation team with EDC specific requirements for project installation. 
  • Work with Engineering on necessary revisions and/or change orders based on site conditions or customer requests not included within their sales contract. 
  • Work with confidential information and understand critical nature of privacy. 
  • Work well under pressure and deadlines. § Work well with a variety of software packages across multiple computing platforms. 
  • Have flexible availability based on ongoing work/task needs change. 
  • Complete job-related paperwork and submit in an orderly timely manner to appropriate individual. 
  • Follow all IES policies 
  • Ability to perform all job functions of Project Coordinator. 
  • Perform additional assignments per supervisor’s direction.

Specific Qualifications

Education/Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Construction / Project Management, or minimum of five equivalent years of experience in directly equivalent work position.
  • Solar: 2 years experience.
  • Management, Operations: 2 years experience
  • OSHA30 Required


General Requirements

  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug screening
  • Must have a clean driving record (if driving on behalf of the company)
  • Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift and carry 80 lbs. or more
  • Professional, accountable, reliable, and willing to go above & beyond to help satisfy any customer
  • Must have a completely flexible schedule; weekends, and overtime as necessary
  • Must complete all training from IES, and any other required training
  • Ability to manage time efficiently
  • Must have good oral communication skills
  • Ability to lead & manage others
  • Ability to use reason and logic

Company Overview

IES is a national provider of industrial products and infrastructure services to a variety of end markets, including electrical, mechanical and communications contracting solutions for the commercial, industrial, residential and renewable energy markets. IES is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol IESC. As of the end of IES’s 2020 fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, IES produced over $1.19 billion in revenue and employed over 5000 employees at over 79 domestic locations across the United States. IES is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer: Minorities, Females. Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Individuals with Disabilities, Protected Veterans Encouraged to Apply.


From office buildings to wind farms, industrial complexes to housing developments, our employees and design professionals design, build, and maintain the systems that empower lives. 

  • Our commitment to our employees is reflected by our actions: 
  • Safety is Priority One – and our record shows it
  • Competitive Pay
  • Company 401K plan with Employer Contribution Match
  • Company Paid Time Off
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Choice of Medical Coverage including Prescription and  Short Term Disability Plans
  • Choice of Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Optional Long-term Disability, Critical Illness, Accident, Legal and Pet Coverage
  • Auto and Home Insurance Discount Programs

EEO Statement

NOTE TO ALL AGENCIES: Any unsolicited agency resumes or agency represented candidates that are presented to any IES employee without first having a signed contract between that agency and the IES Talent Acquisition organization will become the property of IES and no fees will be paid.


EEO & Affirmative Action

The IES policy on equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, or any other protected status or characteristic. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, terminations, compensation, benefits, and all other terms and conditions of employment, and also states that retaliation against any employee who files a complaint regarding possible violations of this policy will not be tolerated. IES is also committed to taking affirmative steps to promote the employment of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans. IES develops affirmative action programs to support its commitment to equal employment opportunity, consistent with company policy and the company’s obligations as a contractor to the United States government.


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Disability Accommodation

IES is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. IES provides reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Applicants who need accommodation in the job application process should contact the IES Residential Main office at toll free (855)-IES-Hire or (855) 431-4473 or any IES office to request assistance.


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