Manager - Renewable Energy Operations


Bad Axe, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  13414

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.

But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities.  When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Testing Required:

Hybrid Role: Must be able to come on-site periodically and reside a commutable distance from the assigned work location.

Emergency Response: Yes – Must be available to perform a primary assignment in support of DTE’s emergency response to storms or other events that impact service to our customers.

Location: This position will be located at either Huron Renewable Energy Center or Gratiot Wind Farm

Job Summary

Oversees renewable energy operations and maintenance for energy generation facilities including wind, solar, battery energy storage, and hybrid renewable energy systems. Leads operational teams and ensures operational efficiencies are achieved. Manages safety, compliance, and financial budgeting. Partners with business units to execute operating vision and strategic initiatives. Leads work force planning, continuous improvement, and organizational strategy for current and future renewable assets. Span of control: Leads team(s) of supervisors/leaders and individual contributors.

Key Accountabilities

  • Leads teams that handle operations and maintenance for safe and reliable operation of renewable energy systems (e.g., wind and solar parks)
  • Oversees quality and timeliness of product/work output to achieve corporate goals
  • Ensures implementation of safety standards and acts as Incident Commander for all site emergencies in coordination with area law enforcement and emergency first responders Works with System Operations Center (SOC), Merchant Operations Center (MOC), and Transmission Owner/Operator (TO) on all aspects of grid and market integration of renewable generation sites
  • Oversees all aspects of out of service territory sub-station operation and maintenance
  • Manages all aspects of major component exchanges and/or repairs including invertors, blades, gearboxes, and bearings
  • Represents company with landowner concerns and governmental issues related to the safe and reliable operation of the renewable generating fleet
  • Provides consultation on issues and expert advice to leadership and internal/external teams
  • Ensures the accomplishment of the following core supervisory/management functions for a given group(s) within a business unit: planning, organizing, directing the performance of ongoing activities and/or special/ad hoc assignments, staffing (employee selections, training, coaching and performance management, time entry), coordinating, reporting, and budgeting
  • Leads the continuous improvement commitment and efforts for team, including designing processes, establishing quality and quantity standards and metrics, collecting, refining, adapting, and communicating best practices, sharing knowledge, and developing staff in a systematic fashion; uses process design outcomes to solve problems

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • This is a multi-track base requirement job; education and experience requirements can be satisfied through one of the following options:
    • Bachelor’s degree in job related discipline and 10 years of experience with utility generation operations, inclusive of 3 years of supervisory experience; OR
    • Associate degree in job related discipline and 12 years of experience with utility generation operations, inclusive of 3 years supervisory experience; OR
    • High school diploma (or GED) and 14 years of experience with utility generation operations, inclusive of 3 years supervisory experience

Other Qualifications


  • Degree and/or experience in engineering
  • Experience in renewable energy sector 
  • Large scale wind development experience.
  • Experience with contract development and negotiation

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to effectively lead change management initiatives
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to coordinate deadlines and logistics to successfully lead work processes within an agreed upon time frame
  • Ability to balance multiple demands from leaders, subordinates, and peers in a positive and even-handed manner and display calm demeanor under pressure
  • Ability to negotiate situations using adaptable and flexible approach
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives and recommend optimal solutions

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.


At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that 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.

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