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Lead Engineer, Energy Storage Systems

Date Posted: Nov 13, 2020

Location: Bluffdale, UT, US

Company: NRG

Job Description

At Goal Zero, an NRG owned company; our mission is to empower people with a bright, safe, connected and sustainable future by delivering smart, portable power solutions designed for everyone, everywhere.  As the market leader in portable solar power, Goal Zero solar panels, power stations and accessories give a new breed of consumers and outdoor enthusiasts the power to go farther, regardless of their gear’s battery life.  We invite you to join our adventure as the Lead Engineer, Energy Storage Systems.


NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

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The Lead Systems Engineer is the technical and product development lead for Goal Zero’s Home Energy Storage solutions, a new line of products to be developed and launched as one of the key growth initiatives for the company.  This role will kick off the program for a full line of products for residential and small business energy storage systems Product Development team at Goal Zero, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, firmware and software development, battery and solar technology and engineering. The ideal candidate would have extensive experience, direct involvement, and broad understanding of the entire product development lifecycle of a grid-tie energy storage solution, including the grid interactive inverter, gateways or transfer switches for moving a building off-grid during outages, keeping a grid-tie solar PV string inverter or micro-inverters active during a power outage, and regulatory standards, in particular designing for UL standards and complying with rapid shutdown/de-energizing requirements. This role will need to understand the technologies, engineering contract firms, manufacturing suppliers, and customer needs that drive the requirements, development, and production of home energy storage systems. This individual is expected to work as both a supervisor and an engineer to lead the development resources available, both internal and external, to deliver on project deliverables. The Lead Systems Engineer will work directly on and supervise the work of others on all related products from ideation through to launch and delivery to market. This role will include collaboration with cross-functional teams, including working with Supply Chain, Sales, Marketing, Operations, legal counsel, and manufacturing partners.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

 Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Oversees the requirements planning and design of the range products required for a fully functional home energy storage system
  • Works with suppliers and engineering firms to develop and manufacture home ESS solutions
  • Works closely with Project Managers and other stakeholders to define and deliver on project scope, schedule, and cost
  • Works closely with Test and Quality Engineering, local internal and external partner teams, to define and ensure product compliance with expected quality and performance requirements
  • Manages and monitors the fulfillment of projects and assignments within budget, with quality and on schedule.
  • Provides engineering advice and assistance to other departments as required
  • Maintains knowledge of current technology and relevant market trends and developments in the field to uphold responsibilities as subject matter expert
  • Makes regular reports to the Engineering Manager, Head of Product Development and other executive management as needed


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant Engineering field with 10 years of related experience
  • Direct experience leading and managing the entire development lifecycle (planning, developing, and taking to production) the key components of an ESS, including a grid-tie inverter with off-grid capabilities for both self-consumption and backup power modes, AC charging of lithium batteries, gateway/transfer switch for partial and whole home switchover to backup power, and remote shutoff capabilities.
  • Understanding of core technologies and architectures for all the above systems
  • Strong preference for candidates with knowledge/network of potential 3rd party vendors, including both contract engineering and contract manufacturing, for the technologies listed above
  • Ability to lead teams and individual team members, local and remote, internal and external, in technical matters
  • Willingness to travel to project sites, including overseas development and manufacturing partners, to perform job responsibilities.
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written, to convey project status and technical information


Physical Requirements

  • Open office environment - Primary
  • Evening and weekend work as job duties demand
  • Regularly required to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time to work at desk.
  • Occasionally requires lifting up to 30lbs as appropriate to perform duties and responsibilities
  • Domestic and International Travel up to 10% may be required




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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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