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Sustainability Advisor

Date Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: NRG

Job Description

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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Job Summary:

The Sustainability Advisor requires a combination of passion and dedication to initiate and deliver creative, sustainable energy solutions that are crafted to meet the needs of individual customers in the clean energy economy.  The Sustainability Advisor will work on designing sustainability solutions, from opportunity to strategy to execution, in which the connection between civic, corporate and sustainability strategy is essential, and the creation of value is the focus.  Ultimately, the job of the Sustainability Advisor is to develop innovative, complex energy business solutions while interacting daily with a diverse deal team whose members include salespeople, management, financial modeling analysts, industry segment specialists, as well as customers and project partners. This is done through three specific internal roles. First, you will be a member of NRG’s growing Sustainable Energy Advisory as one of its consultants. Second, as a deal team member for the Business Solutions business unit, you will work with an internal deal team to close energy procurement deals. Third, the Sustainability Advisor will support the execution of the NRG Energy’s sustainability strategy as well as research and engage in external thought leadership forums, which may include publishing written content and participating in public engagements.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Create and deliver sustainability solutions and advice, in which the connection between civic/corporate and sustainability strategy is essential.
  • Research target accounts across states with and without incentives to develop value propositions.
  • Initiate and coordinate Sustainable Energy Advisory opportunities that maximize outcomes and reduce the environmental footprint of the client by reviewing their current practices.
  • Provide sustainability advice and the creation of implementation plans across a range of industry segments.
  • Collect information and analyze data, identify the sustainability needs of civic or business customers and devise creative and innovative plans to meet those needs.
  • Work with clients on a variety of civic, corporate, product, and supply chain issues including analyzing impacts and developing strategies designed to improve the sustainability performance of products, business units, and entire firms.
  • Serve as a problem-solver with the commitment to support NRG’s vision to provide sustainability services for a sustainable energy future.
  • Manage multiple projects and coordinate work efforts with other team members
  • Facilitate cooperation and deploy cross-functional teams that cut across NRG business units.
  • Present and/or publish external thought leadership content in the form of white papers, blogs, panel discussions, roundtable facilitation or individual presentation. 


Working Conditions:

  • Must be willing to travel overnight up to 50%


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Sustainability, Environmental Science, Engineering or other related fields of study
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a business development or consulting role, with an emphasis on Sustainability activities.
  • Must be able to provide an assessment on a client’s sustainability commitments in order to inform their organization’s procurement needs such as renewables, reliability services, energy efficiency and other energy related products and services.
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent public speaking and presenting skills; must be willing to present on stage/camera
  • Must demonstrate excellent business writing skills and the ability to engage with the public as a thought leader on LinkedIn and across various other social media platforms (must be able to provide examples of published work)
  • Must have previous experience working in SalesForce or another similar CRM


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with establishing new client relationships and operations
  • MBA or Master’s degree in Sustainability
  • Previous data Science experience


Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possess a demonstrated network of sustainability professionals across civic and business demographics who may be strategic partners or clients.
  • Familiarity with trends in sustainable business ranging from policy, operations, and reporting.
  • Willingness to take initiative and possess outstanding project management skills.
  • Self-starter -- takes steps to improve deliverables/results without having to be asked.
  • Able to work independently, handles multiple, concurrent assignments effectively and makes timely decisions; ingenious problem-solver in face of time and resource constraints.
  • Approaches issues and problems through teamwork and collaborative efforts.
  • Ability to listen and must accord respect to divergent points-of-view.
  • Works effectively on a team composed of people with diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrates superior written and oral business communication skills to C-Suite level
  • Able to clearly and concisely explain the results of complex issues to non-technical decision-makers.

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

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