Director, Design Engineering

Chicago, IL
3 days ago
Full time role


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Does working for a fast paced, growing company that is making a difference in our environment excite you? Do you have a passion for making our environment better for this generation and the ones that follow? If you’re excited about career growth, group volunteering, and the occasional ping pong after hours, then this is the job for you. Let’s make a difference together. Join our team! 


We are seeking a Director of Design Engineering who will be responsible for technical leadership, support, and direction to the Design Engineering team in all aspects of PV and BESS for DG and Utility Scale projects.   

The Director, Design Engineering is responsible for leading Nexamp’s world-class design engineering team. This team performs the design engineering for commercial- and utility-scale PV and ESS projects across Nexamp’s national pipeline and portfolio. This role will manage the department in providing design deliverables from conceptual development designs through stamped construction drawing sets. This position is also responsible for value engineering and optimization efforts throughout the design process. The Director, Design Engineering will report to the Vice President, Engineering and will work closely with the Business Development and Construction teams as well as in-house and external engineering departments.  


  • Manage a multi-level national team of PV design engineers in all phases of solar and energy storage development, construction, and asset management 
  • Manage project design efforts through development, permitting, construction and close-out, overseeing development, permitting and construction designs, as well as creation and review of energy models throughout the project life cycle  
  • Develop department SOPs, workflows, design standards and internal processes as well as managing relationships with internal customers and external resources 
  • Independently set priorities, allocate resources, and make complex technical and commercial decisions, elevating to senior management when necessary 
  • Lead the training and mentoring of engineering department personnel, enabling professional growth, and facilitating company expansion by developing regional leads and senior engineers  
  • Manage the department strategy for enabling Nexamp’s growth through resource planning, hiring, and 3rd party turnkey engineering support, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with a network of engineering consultants  
  • Review project drawing sets and energy models throughout development, permitting, and construction, ensuring design quality, accuracy, and conformance with Nexamp standards 
  • Lead department in value engineering to optimize project economic and technical profile 
  • Provide technical leadership to Nexamp development, engineering, procurement, construction, and O&M departments for the entire project lifecycle 


  • 6+ years of commercial or utility-scale solar design engineering experience 
  • 2+ years of engineering management experience required 
  • NABCEP Solar certification or equivalent preferred 
  • EIT required, PE License preferred 
  • AutoCAD and PVSYST software proficiency required 
  • MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software proficiency 
  • PVCase and Helioscope software proficiency preferred 
  • Strong knowledge of industry standard design codes such as National Electric Code, International Building Code, International Fire Code and other standards relevant to the industry 
  • Strong knowledge of electrical principles, including both DC and medium voltage AC 
  • Working knowledge of civil, structural, and geotechnical engineering principles 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to manage a multi-level team as well as work independently 
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects and tasks 

If you don’t meet 100% of the above qualifications, but see yourself contributing, please submit an application.  We encourage people from minority or marginalized groups to apply.

At Nexamp, our mission is building the future of energy, so it is clean, simple, and accessible for all. We believe a diverse team brings different perspectives and experiences, thus benefiting our work. We are committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. By encouraging a culture where ideas and decisions come from all people, we believe it will help us grow, innovate, and be a part of environmental and social change.


Not only will you get to work with a group of innovative, dedicated, and motivated peers, you will also have access to all the benefits that Nexamp offers! This includes: our competitive compensation package; a 401(k) employer-match; health, dental, & vision insurance starting day one; Flexible Paid Time Off and Holiday PTO; Commuter Benefits, Cell Phone Reimbursement; as well as a hybrid work environment, headquartered in Boston, MA with a fun, collaborative, downtown office! We provide healthy snacks, coffee, yoga sessions, volunteer opportunities, company outings, and more!


Building the future of energy so it is clean, simple and accessible.

Nexamp is building the energy infrastructure of tomorrow and reinventing the way people interact with the electricity that powers their lives. By deploying a distributed network of locally sourced clean energy, we seek to reduce the negative effects of climate change. Our team’s diverse experience drives innovation from the ground up and with a singular passion: to deliver an accessible and sustainable energy future for all.

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