Principal Evaluation Engineer

Job Details

Location: Houston, Tx

Job Type: Full-time

Min Education: BA/BS Undergraduate

Min Experience: 15 years

Required Travel: TBD

Date Posted: 05/12/2015


JOB DESCRIPTION Company & Business Area Description

Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries.

Combining leading technical and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, DNV GL empowers our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

Originated in 1864, DNV GL operates globally in more than 100 countries with our 16,000 professionals dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

DNV GL – Energy, with more than 2,300 experts in over 30 countries around the world, is committed to driving the global transition toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. With a heritage of nearly 150 years, we specialize in providing world-class, innovative solutions in the fields of business & technical consultancy, testing, inspections & certification, risk management, and verification.

Local Unit & Position Description

DNV GL – Energy’s Sustainable Energy Use group is seeking a Principal Evaluation Engineer to join our Policy Advisory and Research (PAR) team.  The PAR team is comprised of highly experienced social scientists, quantitative analysts, and building scientists dedicated to applying their expertise to understanding and addressing energy consumption issues.  For this position, we seek an expert energy evaluator to support and help expand our national engineering practice. 

This individual will be expected to provide leadership and advanced technical contributions to energy research and evaluation efforts.  Typical projects would include impact evaluations of residential, commercial, and industrial energy efficiency and demand response programs.  The successful candidate will identify evaluation approaches, bid and manage major technical projects, mentor engineering staff, lead field teams, perform advanced data collection and complex analyses, interface with clients, and develop new business. 

This position may be based out of any one of our US offices.


Tasks May Include:

  • Overseeing evaluation and research projects involving engineering and data collection elements, including client interaction, developing analysis plans, and leading field teams

  • Designing research studies, developing budgets, managing staff and subcontractors, and ensuring quality of project deliverables

  • Playing a lead role in business development efforts through proposal development and fostering positive relationship with existing and new clients

  • Managing engineering project teams and directing research activities effectively throughout the project lifecycle

  • Preparing reports and presentations for clients covering research methodology, findings and program recommendations

  • Providing guidance, mentorship, and coaching to research team members with an eye toward employee development

  • Identifying and leading the development of thought leadership and new client initiatives

  • Reviewing and making recommendations on savings calculations performed by other organizations

  • Imparting knowledge of industry trends, best practices, and evaluation methods

  • Developing standard operating procedures such as energy analyses using advanced spreadsheets and building simulation software


Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering discipline.  Mechanical, Industrial, or Architectural preferred.

  • Related degrees considered when paired with highly relevant experience, coursework, or specialization

  • 15+ years of experience in energy efficiency research or program evaluation

  • Relevant work experience in an energy consulting environment

  • Extensive knowledge of building science, HVAC, electrical, and other industrial systems

  • Expertise in measurement and verification (M&V) of energy efficiency measures

  • Advanced data analysis, modeling, and innovative problem solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to manage clients, staff, and tasks to quality, budget, and deadlines

  • Ability to deliver high quality work products in a fast-paced consulting environment

  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills for client and team communication

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Windows and Office 2010, including Word, Outlook, and Excel

  • A positive, team-oriented attitude and professional demeanor

  • Willingness and ability to travel, within the United States, up to 25%

  • Willingness and ability to satisfactorily pass a background investigation and drug screen

  • Willingness and ability to submit writing samples for review


Preferred Skills:

  • Graduate degree or emphasis on Statistics, Economics, Behavioral Science, or Public Policy

  • Professional Engineering (PE) license

  • Knowledge and experience in the energy utility industry preferred

  • Specialized knowledge of building energy codes and standards and related initiatives, particularly the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), ASHRAE Standard 90.1, COMcheck and REScheck software

  • Relevant certifications such as CEM, CMVP, HERS, BPI, LEED AP

  • Specialized knowledge of energy storage systems, combined heat and power, fuel cells, and smart metering


Opportunities Beyond Business

Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.

DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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