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Manager/Director, Strategy & Development


Ann Arbor, MI, US

Company:  DTE Energy Resources, LLC
Job ID:  3282

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve. We have businesses in 26 states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth.  We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally. 

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for multiple years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

Job Summary

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan


This position is responsible to help develop the organization’s strategic and long-range goal planning and will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities and creating value in structuring development transactions. This highly visible role will require analytic, energetic, innovative, results-oriented individuals with quick and inquisitive minds. Must be able to demonstrate a proven track record of developing and closing multi-million dollar projects. Must possess a broad range of financial and commercial skills, be capable of managing the details of complex transactions, have the ability to work within a team-oriented environment in rapidly evolving markets, and be able to handle multiple assignments. 

Key Accountabilities
  •  Drives strategic initiatives and supports the development of long-term growth plans and profitability goals
  •  Analyzes emerging industry trends, and recommends expansion opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions, competitive threats, viability of outside business partners, venture capital sources, internal business performance and business process improvement
  •  Oversees organizational reviews, communicating results to senior management, and developing strategies based on organizational reviews
  •  Communicates with industry analysts and the investment community, as directed
  •  Identifies, screens and evaluates acquisition targets
  •  Initiates or follows leads as provided for new businesses, services, and customer sector opportunities
  •  Forecasts or assists with project performance using internal expertise, outside consulting firms, prospective customers, and equipment suppliers as needed
  •  Negotiates with counterparties to successfully structure transactions
  •  Works with others to refine financial pro-forma, process performance, business structure, operations and maintenance assumptions, and legal requirements
  •  Maintains target customer group relationships through direct contact with the prospective customers, and active participation in industry trade association activities
  •  Prepares internal and external presentations, and facilitates presentations by sr. management in the company at conferences and industry meetings
  •  May be assigned to monitor progress of consultants and suppliers; establishes reporting protocol and resolves any outstanding issues
  •  Actively participates in project/development meetings and demonstrates a supporting role relative to new business concept issues and associated resolutions
  •  Analyzes the value and the risks of major capital investments
  •  Identifies new business opportunities to grow the non-utility portfolio
  •  Performs all other related duties as assigned
Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

MBA from a top-tier program with an emphasis on finance and/or strategy. A quantitative undergraduate degree is a plus (e.g., engineering, economics) and at least three years of post-MBA experience ideally in management consulting and/or investment banking, direct experience with M&A is also a plus.

Other Qualifications


  •  Possess strong quantitative skills.
  •  Possess a broad range of financial, strategic, and commercial skills.
  •  Capable of managing the details of complex issues or transactions.
  •  Combination of analytical aptitude and understanding of strategic business issues.
  •  Ability to work independently and in a fast-paced team environment.
  •  Personal characteristics should include a high level of integrity, confidence, strong initiative taking, the ability to get agreement/buy-in, and a team-oriented work ethic.
  •  Ability to identify value-creation opportunities
  •  Possess strong project management skills
  •  Excellent financial modeling skills and experienced in valuation methodologies


Other Qualifications:

  •  Ability to work within a dynamic team-oriented environment
  •  Ability to understand and analyze complex business issues.
  •  Ability to communicate results to senior management in a clear and logical manner.
  •  A solid understanding of the energy industry and the challenges it is facing
  •  Work well as a leader of large company team, and successfully close complex energy and/or asset related contracts
  •  Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong presentation skills and the ability to analyze and communicate complex transactions to senior management a must
  •  Ability to take initiative
  •  Ability to handle multiple assignments
  •  Must be able to travel as necessary

Physical Demands

• The physical demands characterized in the attached essential and marginal job functions epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Please reference the essential and marginal job functions (general office) for this position.

Working Conditions

• The employee performs job duties in a climate controlled office environment, with a moderate noise level.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.



DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.



Nearest Major Market: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit