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Business Development Manager PNW

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Date: Feb 5, 2023

Location: Boulder, CO, US

Company: TransAlta



“Energizing the Future.”


TransAlta owns, operates, and develops a diverse fleet of electrical generation assets in Canada, the United States and Australia, providing municipalities, industries, and businesses with safe, low-cost, and reliable clean electricity. For over 111 years, TransAlta has been a responsible operator and proud community-member where its employees work and live. We are committed to fostering a dynamic, productive, and safe work environment. Our employees contribute to a diverse, open, and transparent culture with clear accountabilities, strong leadership, and challenging opportunities for personal career growth.


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TransAlta is looking to hire an experienced Business Development Manager, to join our growing Development team to advance the development of TransAlta’s portfolio in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.


The ideal candidate will foster a stakeholder-driven growth program that ensures TransAlta, and TransAlta Renewables are uniquely and competitively positioned to secure and deliver greenfield growth opportunities. This involves developing and maintaining strong relationships with project and internal stakeholders to ensure greenfield projects progress smoothly through the development life cycle using sound project management practices. The project developer will essentially be the face of the project until it transitions to the execution group (construction).


As the Business Development Manager, you will be focused on the WECC market, primarily the Pacific Northwest but may also work on projects in other regions across the United States. As such, some travel across the United States may be required. You will oversee, evaluate, and execute greenfield investment opportunities that will increase the value of TransAlta’s and TransAlta Renewables' common equity and generate superior industry returns in targeted geographies and technologies. A major focus of the position will also be on redevelopment opportunities in alternative technologies at TransAlta’s Centralia Coal facility and former coal mining lands.


This is a full-time salaried position. Our preferred location is based at our office in Boulder, Colorado or Centralia, Washington. We would consider candidates who are willing to work remotely from the US but travel would be required to meet the expectations of this position. 




As the Business Development Manager, you will be:


  • Accountable for the evaluation and execution of renewable energy development projects consistent with the corporate growth strategy

  • Accountable for all development and redevelopment opportunities at TransAlta’s Centralia Coal facility and mine

  • Accountable for leading project teams and project development through all stages of development, from the conceptual stage to the hand-off to the execution team for construction. This will include leading the following initiatives:

    • Community outreach and other stakeholder management activities

    • Land acquisition efforts

    • Market, regulatory, and other related project research

    • Efforts to obtain permits for renewable projects at the local, state, and federal level

    • Efforts to secure transmission and interconnection rights from utilities and transmission providers

    • Engineering and construction planning activities

    • Lead the preparation of proposals that are submitted to potential power purchasers

    • Lead the negotiations of various commercial contracts, such as Power Purchase Agreements and Turbine Supply Agreements

    • Carry proposed projects through the internal approval processes, including securing Board of Directors approval for final investment decision

    • Accountable for identifying and mitigating enterprise risks as they relate to the projects under development

  • Accountable for developing and implementing budgets and schedules for development projects all the way to the start of construction activities




  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or a related field

  • 7 years+ of progressively responsible development experience in the electricity sector

  • Strong understanding of the project development process

  • Ability to lead a team of high-performing subject matter experts toward a common shared goal

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Cross-functional coordination and leadership skills

  • Demonstrated ability to build trust in relationships with internal and external counterparts including customers, vendors, and other project stakeholders

  • Ability to effectively represent the company at public events

  • Well-developed presentation skills with the ability to present to an executive team

  • Ability to identify and collect relevant data to support decision making process


Additional Requirements 


  • Strong leader who facilities trust and collaboration among team members

  • Strong team player who is dedicated and committed to team success

  • Motivated and committed to the success of the team and our organization 

  • Available and able to travel within the United States as required

  • Available to attend customer, corporate, and stakeholder events

  • Available to work extended hours to meet tight deadlines and commitments, when required\


Our comprehensive and flexible benefits, competitive compensation, incentive, and rewards programs form the foundation of TransAlta’s excellent employment proposition.


Become part of our TransAlta team today! We look forward to reviewing your application. All applications will be reviewed in a timely manner to the best of our abilities. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the recruitment process.


Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


It is our collective mission to ensure that every single employee feels a sense of inclusion and belonging and can show up to work as their true authentic self. TransAlta is committed to hiring a diverse workforce including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and members of the LGBTQ2+ community. TransAlta believes that diversity enhances the quality of its performance, is an essential element to effective corporate governance, and cultivates a strong workplace culture.

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