Development Manager

The Development Manager will lead and manage the development processes of Fervo’s geothermal energy projects from inception through to construction.

Fervo’s mission is to use innovation in geoscience to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. To accomplish that goal, Fervo has developed groundbreaking technology solutions that have advanced the state-of-the-art of geothermal energy decades ahead of schedule, including the world’s most successful commercial enhanced geothermal system completed in 2023. Fervo has raised over $400 million from leading investors and has secured a multi-billion-dollar project pipeline to meet the world’s growing need for 24/7 carbon free energy. Join us and work alongside world-class engineers, researchers, investors, and developers in making geothermal a key pillar of our climate-friendly energy future.

Description

The Development Manager will lead and manage the development processes of Fervo’s geothermal energy projects from inception through to construction. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in renewable energy project development, excellent project management skills, and a passion for sustainable energy solutions. This position will report to the Head of Development and Commercial Markets.

Responsibilities

  • Project Management: Lead the development of geothermal projects from initial site identification and evaluation through the start of construction; ensuring projects meet deadlines, stay on budget, and adhere to quality standards; Develop and manage early-stage project budgets, schedules, and resource plans
  • Project Development: Manage all aspects of project development, including site acquisition, permitting, environmental assessments, and community engagement
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Liaise with key stakeholders, including government agencies, regulatory bodies, local communities to ensure project compliance
  • Cross-functional Coordination: Provide support for project teams, including technical, engineering, geophysics, and geoscience disciplines; Support origination and contracting processes and facilitate communication of key terms to support project development
  • Risk Management: Identify potential project risks, develop mitigation strategies, and implement risk management plans to minimize impact on project timelines and budgets; conduct feasibility studies and risk assessments to ensure project viability
  • Performance Monitoring: Provide regular project updates and reports to senior management and stakeholders
  • Innovation & Improvement: Stay informed of industry trends, regulatory changes, and technological advancements in geothermal energy; incorporate innovative solutions and continuous improvement initiatives into project planning and execution
  • Leadership: Lead and mentor junior team members, providing guidance and support as needed

Required Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in energy, or long lead time infrastructure project development
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Business, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Proven track record of successfully managing complex projects from inception to completion; skilled in budgeting, scheduling, and resource allocation
  • Strong understanding of the regulatory and permitting process for geothermal projects
  • Ability to proactively develop and implement process improvements to increase development efficiency and communication
  • Proficiency in project management software and tools
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities; excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with geothermal energy systems and technologies
  • Professional certifications in project management (e.g. PMP)
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations and permitting processes

About Fervo Energy

Fervo Energy commercializes technology to own, develop, and operate geothermal assets as the dispatchable foundation to a 100% clean energy future. As a 24/7, reliable clean energy resource, geothermal energy has a major role to play in the future electric grid and Fervo Energy’s key innovations bring a full suite of modern technology to make geothermal cost competitive. Fervo’s innovations include technologies such as advanced computational models, horizontal drilling, and distributed fiber optic sensing that we have developed with partners including Schlumberger, ARPA-E, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Fervo is supported through Cyclotron Road, the Department of Energy, Stanford University, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Fervo Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.