Senior Manager, Start Up and Commissioning

Swift Current Energy, a renewable energy developer, owner, and operator (the “Company”), is seeking a Senior Manager of Start Up and Commissioning, reporting to the Executive Vice President of Pre-Construction and Construction. 

The Company’s strategy is to develop, build, and operate wind, solar, and energy storage projects; to support this strategy, and specifically the project execution and construction activities, we have a need for an experienced individual to support the Start Up and Commissioning functions. This is a great opportunity to work with a successful, high performing, and rapidly growing renewable energy company. The Company values and rewards initiative and emphasizes a strong commitment to employees and their responsibilities to their families. This position affords an excellent opportunity for professional growth, working alongside industry experts and leaders. The Company has primary offices in Boston and Houston; this role may be based in one of these locations or may work remotely, with a willingness to travel, from anywhere within the continental U.S.

The Senior Manager of Start Up and Commissioning works collaboratively with Project Execution, Asset Management, and other key stakeholders to support the startup and commissioning of project sites. This individual will provide strategic leadership and hands-on execution support in the areas of startup and commissioning for a rolling portfolio of projects; a key focus is on mitigating risk by proactively identifying, assessing, and addressing potential issues. The Senior Manager will provide tactical leadership and strategic direction to a team to ensure a smooth transition from the construction to the operational phase and confirm all operational requirements are met. Additionally, the Senior Manager will develop strategic programs and tools that provide direction for projects during construction through handoff to the Operations team.

Job Scope:

The Senior Manager of Start Up and Commissioning will perform the following duties:

  • Present strategic leadership and direction for projects during construction through final handover to Operations and Asset Management.
  • Facilitate and manage key interconnection deliverables and testing to meet backfeed/COD timelines.
  • Support the Construction Department in the field by actively participating in project page-turns and testing reviews, as well as training and supporting inspection team members.
  • Facilitate and encourage the smooth integration of development, engineering, procurement, and construction execution functions for committed projects.
  • Provide tactical leadership during the startup and commissioning phase of projects.
  • Understand the implications of various technical options and guide engineering designs to achieve the best solution for each situation.
  • Provide leadership during project construction activities, ensuring safety, quality, schedule, cost, environmental, landowner, and other project requirements are met or exceeded
  • Ensure the overall success of project execution by consistently implementing construction management tools for each assigned project.
  • Consolidate and analyze costs, forecasts, and utilization that impact the startup phase of a project.
  • Develop effective relationships with internal departments, contractors, utility stakeholders, regional transmission organizations, suppliers, landowners, and other stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic direction to Construction Project Managers and Construction Site Managers.
  • Establish effective and supportive relationships with colleagues across functions and geographies.
  • Reinforce a team approach throughout the enterprise, both on projects and on internal initiatives.
  • Effectively and regularly communicate relevant information to senior management and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Champion change and effectively manage the implementation of innovative ideas/lessons learned.
  • Additional duties as required.

Job responsibilities may evolve based on Company needs and individual career growth.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Technology, Business, or related field, or equivalent years of professional experience in construction, project planning and execution of large utility-scale, power plant projects.
  • 10+ years’ experience in the renewable energy or industrial construction sector is preferred. Advanced knowledge of construction management and constructing methods for large projects, including knowledge of contract management, procurement, and supply chain management, environmental and building permitting, and transportation logistics.
  • Ability to interpret documents produced in AutoCAD, GIS, and other discipline-relevant software.
  • Advanced understanding of substation construction and equipment, from control house relays and communication equipment to transformers, circuit breakers, switches, and other yard equipment.
  • Experience with various SCADA systems and the communication channels that this equipment utilizes.
  • Experience with initial energization of MV (Medium Voltage) and HV (High Voltage) electrical systems, LOTO and OTOs.
  • Telecommunications and fiber physical layer experience a plus.
  • Experience working with various ISO and other grid entities.
  • Basic knowledge of applicable industry standards and codes, including Uniform Building Code (UBC), International Building Code (IBC), American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), and American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
  • Basic knowledge of land surveying methods and practices, aerial photography, and mapping (including UTM and NAD coordinate systems), and geospatial references.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft products (Word, Project, Excel), Bluebeam, GIS tools/software, AutoCAD, drawing interpretation and other discipline-relevant software.
  • Current authorization to live and work in the U.S.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Adaptability, with the professional and communication skills to transition from office to field settings seamlessly.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to perform job tasks with little direction and minimal supervision.
  • Works well in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with a commitment to meeting deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to multitask.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills with colleagues and external stakeholders
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Focused on continuous improvement with competency in analytical problem solving.


  • The role is expected to require 25%+ time travel, or as required based on project or Company needs.
  • Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in writing, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions 25% of the time while on wind, solar, and battery storage sites.
  • Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary.

Please submit your resumé to if you are interested in this position.

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