Customer Development Associate

Location: Oakland, California
ABOUT OPTERRA
The world needs energy professionals who see the big picture.  At OpTerra, we offer careers that empower dedicated individuals to work with a dynamic team across many fields – from engineering and sustainable design to business development, financing, and marketing. If you want to be part of a large, supportive organization where your voice will be heard, join us to power a brighter energy future together.
 
Headquartered in the Bay Area, and backed by the number one independent power producer in the world, ENGIE, OpTerra has a rich 40-year history of high-performance and impact. Our team pioneers projects that are creating the next generation of Smart Cities and 21st Century Campuses across the United States. Our people are engineers, project managers, financiers, business developers, and marketing superstars, and we work in a collaborative, results-oriented environment. To continue our growth, we need world-class talent, and are looking for top-performers to join our Business Development and Strategy team.
 
We are looking for someone who is driven, high-achieving, high-performing, and eager to grow within this type of organization. You were likely a top student at your university, and you’re passionate about climate change or global energy policies. You crave mentorship, challenge, and a community of peers who share in the same mission. Maybe you were an athlete, or active in student government – you enjoy working with a diverse group of people, and motivating action, and you want to make an impact in your day-to-day work. If this sounds like you, we would love to meet you.

SUMMARY
Business Development is at the epicenter of our company’s growth. We rely on these individuals for their commercial acumen, skill at client engagement, and leadership capabilities. They are the leaders speaking at City Council meetings, with elected officials in the State Capitol, and representing our company in the communities we serve. They develop strategies to generate new business for our firm, and work tirelessly on creative ideas to bring our solution sets to solve our clients’ challenges and exceed their expectations. A sizable element of our team’s success rests on communicating OpTerra’s value proposition and gaining access to our target client market, and this is where the Customer Development Team comes into play.
The Customer Development Associate is responsible for the activities associated with supporting and empowering our Business Development organization, and operates with three core objectives: (1) Lead Generation and Qualification, (2) Early Program Development, and (3) Engagement Optimization. We are looking for a strategic thinker who is driven and motivated by a career within the Business Development world, and wants to gain direct experience working with public sector clients, learn about our innovative clean-tech business and create long-term positive social and environmental impact.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The Customer Development Associate will be responsible for the following:
  • Turnkey campaign development and execution in the Western U.S. from conceptualization to close-out, including crafting customized written collateral to send to target clients and connecting with clients at multiple levels to generate new business opportunities
  • Articulating our value proposition and go-to-market strategy for specific markets/verticals
  • Engaging with our clients to generate interest and momentum and setting-up opportunities for our business teams
  • Data-tracking within CRM to drive improved analytics
  • Working with key internal parties to develop customized Sales collateral to support engagement and improve viability of project advancement
  • May perform other duties as assigned.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Required:
  • Bachelors' degree
  • World-class written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainability strategies, energy efficiency, and renewable energy and passion to serve others and make a difference.
  • Demonstrated financial and business acumen.
  • Strong MS Office (Word, PowerPoint) skills
 
Preferred:
  • Masters' degree in business administration, marketing, communication, sustainability, or engineering field.
  • 1-3+ years of business experience working in business development, strategy, finance, or management consulting


WORKING ENVIRONMENT
  • Ability to Travel  < 10%  of the time
  • Normal Office Environment


NEXT STEPS
Please submit your resume and cover letter. Please note that your cover letter must thoughtfully and specifically address each of the ideal qualifications described below. This is your opportunity to convey your talents to our team.
  •  Outlook on the Clean-Tech: What do you think determines whether a clean energy technology company will succeed?
  • Measurable Successes: Academics is one place where people typically compete with others in a (mostly) objective and fair environment. For that reason, it is great to see candidates that excelled at some type of school. But if you don’t have that, share something else that demonstrates your commitment to success, ideally competing against a group of other really motivated cohorts.
  • Leadership Ability: Please describe a time when you had to persuade an individual or organization to act. Highlight how you demonstrated your ability to influence decisions, motivate others, and think outside the box. What was your approach and what was the result?
  • Highlights and Lowlights: Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career (academic or professional). Also tell us about your greatest failure.


FURTHER INFORMATION
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Hours: Salaried (Exempt)
  • Reports to: Sr. Vice President of Business Development

 
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills requires of personnel.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position, as listed above.

OpTerra is proud to be an EEOC employer.

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