Senior Business Development Representative - Solar Industry ()

New York Power Authority
White Plains
Oct 06, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Solar Industry

The Senior Business Development Representative position is responsible for the implementation and follow-up on assigned business development leads, developing and maintaining relationships with regional stakeholders, developing and presenting proposals to customers, securing customer commitments and execution of assigned program sales. This position is accountable to secure customer commitments in support of NYPA's goals in a particular region as well as work in a team-based business development environment with others across NYS. This position is also accountable to implement and achieve specific NYPA program goals in support of NYPA's strategic customer initiative.

As a Senior Business Development Representative, you will also be responsible for cultivating public customer relationships, leads and sales for all NYPA's Solar offerings in New York State. Candidate should be familiar with the Solar PV market in New York State, federal and state incentives for solar policy and regulations that effect the renewables industry. White Plains office location must be willing to travel 50%of the time throughout NYS as required to follow up directly at customer locations.

* With direction from the Director of Business Development provide energy solutions guidance to customers relative to business development activities.

* Meet or exceed assigned business development target level performance relative to NYPA revenues and fees.

* Promote all NYPA products/services and secure customer commitments for all NYPA programs in an assigned region.

* Assist in the implementation, and business development execution, of a specific NYPA program or service.

* Leverage resources offered by NYSERDA, local utilities, and many other public and private resources to complement NYPA's programs and to present proposals.

* Provide input to ensure the program is tracking towards achieving overall program goals.

* Timely and attentive follow up to assigned leads in CRM. This includes updating status to pipeline proposal and signed contracts as well as recording all customer correspondence relative to that project or program lead.

* Offers input and recommendations towards program design and implementation, program challenges and other information that will support program implementation and execution.

* Reports trends regarding problems and issues arising from internal NYPA and external customer policies, practices, and procedures.

* Communicate customer feedback and market needs with Marketing colleagues as input to the market development process.

* Interacts with statewide and community level stakeholders for an assigned region to provide education, generate leads, and increase awareness of NYPA's energy services programs.

* Actively participates in meetings with state agencies, local governments, the Governor's office, and other stakeholders by developing and conducting presentations outlining the principles of NYPA's programs and progress of the program initiatives.

Required Skills

* At least 2 years sales experience working within the Solar industry

* Knowledge of products, solutions and Solar PV ownership models to communicate pricing, cost savings and other pertinent details to the customer.

* Knowledge of New York State Solar PV commercial and Industrial markets

* Development and successful execution of solar project proposals and quotes for customers

* Conduct analysis of customers current projected electrical usage and financial ROI

* Ability to articulate the customer's point of view and suggest changes to NYPA's interaction and customer follow up processes keeping in mind the appropriate balance between customer needs and NYPA's ability to deliver.

* Understand and protect NYPA's policies and programs.

* Strong ability to deliver engaging, informative, well organized presentations is required.

* Demonstrated ability to think strategically, to proactively understand customer needs, and to provide solutions to overcome obstacles.

* Ability to build and maintain relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders is required.

* Knowledge of energy services, building energy efficiency, renewables technology, and utility energy efficiency programs is required.

* Ability to maintain awareness of new and emerging technologies and the impact to current and future customer needs as well as NYPA program delivery.

* Knowledge of project financing models including cash flow, ROI, and IRR.

* Ability to work well in a team based business development function with other Program Managers in the group.

* Ability to present new business programs and/or delivery models to new and existing NYPA energy services customers.

* Strong written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to learn new systems and technologies is required.

* Strong analytic skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required. Ability to learn and effectively utilize Microsoft CRM is required.

* Strong knowledge of customer needs assessment and solutions selling is required.

* Strong knowledge of government entities is preferred.

* Strong knowledge of energy management systems and energy services markets is required.

* Knowledge of program evaluation skills is preferred.

* Ability to anticipate and constructively resolve conflicts, overcome objections, and create value added customer solutions is required.

* Strong business development skills, including collaborating and influencing senior level government decision makers is required.

* Ability to analyze existing conditions in a facility, complex issues related to contracts, equipment design and operation, and environmental concerns as they relate to customer requirements and develop cost effective, innovative engineering solutions to non-routine problems. Must be able to develop multiple recommendations to problems allowing customers a choice of solutions.

Required Experience

* Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or relative Engineering degree, Sustainability discipline or equivalent experience is required.

* Advanced degree in Business Administration or related field is preferred.

* Minimum of 5 to 7 years of experience in developing, and managing energy programs is required. A minimum of 7 years of professional sales is required.

* Minimum of two years of sales in the solar industry.

* Certified Energy Manager Designation or other energy and/or sustainability certifications are preferred.

* Position will be filled at a level commensurate with experience and qualifications, this may be lower than this posting.

The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer