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Technical Quality Advisor

About Lightsource bp    

Lightsource bp specializes in the financing, development, and management of solar energy projects. We are a 50:50 joint venture with bp with a mission to help drive the world’s transition to low carbon energy. Our team comprises of 700 industry specialists, across 17 countries working towards our ambition to delivery 25GW of solar capacity by 2025. 
With solar set to increase tenfold in the next 20 years, we are well-positioned to capitalize on this growth. By being part of the Lightsource bp team, you will ‘be the change’ on the world’s transition to a more sustainable future.
Whilst we have been established for 10 years, we pride ourselves of our entrepreneurial spirit as we continue to push the boundaries of an ever-changing energy landscape. By joining our team, you can expect a challenging and fulfilling role surrounded by people who are passionate and have brilliant ideas about sustainable technology, innovation and making the world a better place.
What You’ll do

SUMMARY
Lightsource bp is currently seeking a Technical Quality Engineer specializing in High / Medium Voltage equipment and Substation to support Solar Projects in the Americas. This person will have the ability to interact with staff and contractors at all levels while taking a proactive approach to quality, safety, and compliance.  The Technical Quality Engineer must drive the implementation, monitoring, and continuous improvement of the Quality Management System (QMS) and enhance the culture of Quality within Lightsource bp.  Additionally, the position will assist key stakeholders to ensure the successful integration of quality practices and metrics into the business, including at project level, to ensure alignment with long-term corporate strategic plan and drive business unit improvement.  
The role requires supervision of High / Medium Voltage Equipment inspection activity, monitoring and reporting of field installations and the ability to resolve quality concerns with internal stakeholders, contractors, auditors, and independent inspectors.   
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
•    Support the Quality function across all project activities in the US. 
•    Monitors project Quality Plans and Inspection & Test Plans.
•    Manage supplier and contractor quality on projects.
•    Reporting impactful quality metrics on the operational performance across the portfolio of projects. 
•    Provide oversight of field inspection activity, monitoring and reporting of field installations and the ability to resolve quality concerns with internal stakeholders, contractors, auditors, and independent inspectors.   
•    Assist in the proper review of quality contract requirements for tier-one contractors, drive standardization of the requirements and consistent inclusion in contracts.
•    Be a strong advocate for team ethos between the EPC management team, site Quality representatives, and project stakeholders.
•    Interface with other departments and supplier/contractor representatives and distribute relevant documentation.
•    Develop reports (including key metrics), business documents, procedures, and manuals to support a standardized way of working. 
•    Report on emerging warranty and reliability issues and lead cross functional teams to review potential quality or warranty risks.
•    Drive quality initiatives to drive cost down and improve project budgets.
•    Promote the use of the Global QMS to create a culture of right first time. 
•    Participate in new product introductions and ensure quality requirements are addressed and suitable.
•    Assist with resolution of Quality concerns (e.g., NCRs) as well as supporting investigations, incidents, and Lessons Learned where required.
•    Ability to influence and network with other renewable energy developers, product suppliers, and contractors.
Who we’re looking for     

KNOWLEDGE
•    In-depth working knowledge of High / Medium Voltage equipment and Substations.
•    In-depth understanding of the means and methods used for Substation Construction and Commissioning.
•    Working knowledge of Substation Protective Relaying and SCADA Systems.
•     Ability to review Substation Equipment test results to ensure they meet NETA requirements.
•    Ability to review Contractor’s test plans against Manufacturers’ requirements to ensure warranty standards are met.
•    In-depth knowledge in the implementation and monitoring of Quality Management Systems, Quality Plans, Inspection and Test Plans, Control Plans, Inspection Checklists and Continuous Improvement methodologies.
•    In-depth knowledge of project Quality requirements with the ability to predict likely modes of failure and identify predictors of nonconformance.
•    Working knowledge of civil, mechanical, and electrical construction trade programs such as Procore.
•    Working knowledge of ISO 9001 and other quality standard and regulatory requirements.
•    Strong computer literacy and understanding on document control.
•    Working knowledge of the MS Office Suite line of software tools.

QUALIFICATIONS 
•    Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years Electrical experience or has an equivalent combination of education and/or experience working with Substations.
•    Must have the ability to travel 40% of the time to construction sites and operating solar plants as well as the Lightsource bp Americas offices.
EXPERIENCE 
•    More than 5 years’ experience as a dedicated HV (Substation) and / or Quality professional. Can demonstrate competence in collaborating with teams, strategic planning, management systems, as well as delivering value-add metrics, driving improvement programs, and providing training preferably within a utilities grade and renewable energy company. Auditing experience preferred.
Why you’ll make a great member of the team    

PERSONAL QUALITIES 
•    Presents self- in a professional manner appropriate to the role.
•    Interpersonal and influencing skills are a must.
•    Strong analytical skills and strategic thinking.
•    Articulate, clear, and professional communicator to both internal and external stakeholders.
•    Strong organizational skills to allow effective prioritization and management of multiple activities.
•    Business discernment.
•    Strong time management with attention to detail.
•    Team player and highly motivated.

What We Offer:

•    US team members are entitled to medical benefits, life insurance, dental benefits, vision benefits and short- and long-term disability benefits. Lightsource bp pays for the first $800 of the monthly insurance premium. For staff members with dependents, Lightsource will cover 50% of the costs of covering dependents. The team member contributes the remainder of the premium, if any, through pre-tax payroll deduction.
•    Lightsource bp offers US team members immediate eligibility for a 401(k) plan, with a 3% nonelective employer contribution.
•    Our team members are eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, calculated based on corporate, team and individual objectives. Team members in the US may receive an additional 50% of their annual bonus in a “retention bank” as well, available for withdrawal after three years of bonus awards have accrued.
•    Lightsource bp currently observes the following 11 holidays in the US: New Years Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
•    US team members accrue 20 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave annually. All team members are also eligible for COVID-19 leave.
•    Team members in the US enjoy a hybrid work environment.
•    US team members receive a monthly personal phone bill reimbursement of up to $100 and a monthly commuter benefit of up to $150. Team members also receive one-time wellness and remote work allowances.
 

Lightsource bp is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

This position requires satisfactory proof of COVID vaccination or your obtaining an approved accommodation or exemption that exempts you from compliance with the mandatory COVID vaccination requirement in accordance with applicable law.  “Fully vaccinated” means that at least two weeks have passed since the administration of the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.