Director, Environmental Products Origination - Technical.ly

Director, Environmental Products Origination

Inspire |  Philadelphia, PA | Other

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Inspire is a clean energy technology company on a mission to transform the way consumers access clean energy and to accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future. 

We provide our customers with access to renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro powered sources without service interruptions or costly installations at a flat, predictable monthly rate. For every year that a customer spends with Inspire Clean Energy, they have a greater impact on climate change than 10 years of strict recycling. 

Our rapidly growing team of mission-driven, climate enthusiasts is passionate, innovative and committed to a better future for the planet.

POSITION SUMMARY

Inspire is on a mission to transform the way consumers access clean energy and accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.  To accomplish this, we must build a leading sustainability brand made possible by the partnerships we forge in procuring clean energy and environmental attributes.

Inspire is seeking a leader for the Environmental Commodity desk to drive our procurement strategy towards maximizing the impact of our products while maintaining affordability for consumers.

This role will lead a team and own the full life cycle of the portfolio, partnering with marketing on desired program attributes, developing relationships with asset owners/operators and marketers, enabling counterparties, executing transactions, and managing reporting and retirement requirements for all REC and Carbon Offset obligations.

THE DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS HAS FIVE MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Program Development:  Work with marketing to align on key Impact and Sustainability product features and develop a procurement strategy to meet these needs through an approach combining standard unbundled REC/Carbon transactions with long term structured PPAs including marketing rights while meeting key criteria regarding source type, location, and vintage
  2. Pipeline Development:  Develop and maintain targeted strategic relationships across the market to increase Inspire’s counterparty breadth and depth
  3. Portfolio Management: Source, structure, and negotiate commercial terms and ultimately execute counterparty transactions for all compliance and voluntary obligations
  4. Market Intelligence: Research and maintain knowledge of emerging contract structures, ISO/RTO rules, power market fundamentals, and competitive intelligence on offtake pricing
  5. Reporting and Retirements: Ensure all reporting and retirement requirements are met to ensure regulatory obligations are met and our annual procurements satisfy our internal standards and third party verification audit and storage technologies to supply firm and dispatchable clean power

SOME YEAR 1 DELIVERABLES

  • Work with marketing to finalize procurement standards in the context of commercial implications to support establishing Inspire as a leading sustainability brand
  • Assume leadership responsibility for all aspects of the environmental products portfolio management function
  • Build a portfolio of structured partnerships which incorporate PPA/vPPA structure and marketing rights into our REC purchasing strategy for both compliance and voluntary purchases
  • Establish the carbon offset purchasing strategy to support Q3 launch of carbon neutral natural gas and lifestyle offset offerings

SUCCESS METRICS

  • Meet targets for supply composition as set out by Inspire standards across factors like source, location, structure, marketability and vintage
  • Expanded direct counterparty relationships
  • Achieve Portfolio cost targets
  • All regulatory reporting and third party audit conditions met

DESIRED TRAITS

  • Self-Starter
  • Strong Commercial Instincts
  • Exceptional Communication Skills
  • Strong organizational, analytical, project, and process management skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and relationship management skills

EXPERIENCE

  • Must Have
    • 8-10 years commercial experience (marketing, trading, brokerage, origination, or any similar role) in the environmental commodities sector
    • In-depth knowledge of REC and emissions markets, participants, contract structures, and supply/demand fundamentals
    • Proven track record in originating, pricing, structuring, and negotiating power purchase agreements, hedges, and other offtake contracts for wind, solar, and/or energy storage facilities
    • Demonstrated ability to tackle large projects methodically and drive outcomes in a business development/corporate development context
  • Nice to Have
    • Retail energy experience
    • Project finance experience
    • Both Carbon and REC experience
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  • Health Insurance
  • HSA
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Other
  • Community Service Programs
  • Pet Friendly Office
Parental Benefits
  • Childcare Assistance Programs
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Bring Your Own Device Reimbursement
  • Casual Dress
  • Home Office Stipend
  • Offsite Company Events
  • Snacks Provided
Professional Development
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Training & Development Budget
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • Unlimited PTO

What makes Inspire an exciting place to work?

We are constantly working towards something bigger than ourselves. Our mission is what inspires and connects us. But we're also raising awareness for customers that they have choices when it comes to choosing an energy source.

Roughly 20% of your overall carbon emissions come from your home — which is huge. You can eliminate that 20% from your carbon footprint simply by deciding to go with Inspire.

Through data, we empower customers by informing them of their choices and giving them an option to positively impact the environment.

 

What’s unique about working on Inspire’s tech team?

Between Philly and Santa Monica, we have about 60 people on our tech team. Being small, we’re able to bond and work together closely. Everyone across the entire team has a hand in creating something for customers. No one group comes up with ideas or roadmaps and presents them to the rest of the group; we collectively decide what we should be working on and how we can work towards bringing Inspire’s overall mission to life.

We’ve created a very supportive and uplifting subculture. It’s not just about social events; it’s about asking, “How can we grow together? How can we work better together?”

 

How has Inspire has worked to improve employee work/life balance during the pandemic?

Due to the always-on nature of working from home during quarantine, we found that people had started working more hours and taking less PTO. Even when we told people to take time off, they still seemed to check in and contribute. We established “bonus days,” where every other Friday is off for the entire company. That way, no one is working, employees don’t feel that they are missing anything, and everyone can truly relax and recharge.

 

What qualities make someone a promising job candidate at Inspire?

Everyone at Inspire is driven by the mission to expand access to clean energy and work toward a zero-net carbon future. So we look for candidates who have that same passion for taking care of our earth. We’re a company of team players who collaborate closely, always ready to hop on Zoom to solve problems as a team.

From a tech perspective, we want talented engineers of all levels, but we are also looking for people who also think deeply about the Inspire user and build features and solutions that work for them. People who are interested in their careers and helping grow the careers of those they work with share knowledge and level up their skill sets.

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