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Project Manager

Clean Energy Associates – Job Description

Project Manager


Company Description


Founded in 2008, Clean Energy Associates (CEA, ) is a North American-owned solar PV quality assurance, supply chain management and engineering services firm based in China with 60+ professionals serving the needs of project developers, IPPs, EPCs, financial institutions and other downstream partners that value supply chain transparency and quality solutions in the solar energy field. Led by a management team with a combined 50+ years of solar PV business experience and supported by 30+ engineers who have audited factories and installation sites in over 20 countries, CEA’s project experience and technical capabilities help solve a broad array of clients’ downstream needs for higher system performance.

Based in Asia, CEA’s global engineering services team is dedicated to ensuring comprehensive quality assurance (QA) solutions by providing 24/7 factory monitoring oversight and system level engineering support services that are objective and truly supplier independent. The CEA team has accumulated deep QA experience through the completion of more than 4.5 GW of onsite production monitoring assignments and over 125 factory audits in Asia, EMEA, and North America over the past 8 years, encompassing a broad range of products from crystalline and thin film modules as well as inverters, racking and other BOS components. In many of these cases, CEA has also supported its clients in the definition of a supply chain strategy, supplier identification, commercial negotiation, and ongoing execution of procurement contracts and vendor relationships. CEA’s commercial and manufacturing expertise enables successful procurement engagements which often involve C-level executives at headquarters as well as interaction with regional decision makers within various suppliers.

CEA works with a diversified group of clients worldwide, ranging from large Fortune 500 companies and publicly traded conglomerates, to smaller developers, IPPs, yieldcos and EPCs who have successfully improved the value of their systems and reduced risk in an increasingly competitive environment. Such increases in system performance provide a direct benefit to long term asset owners while still reducing risk for other stakeholders such as lending institutions, insurance companies or others participating in such transactions. With a multicultural team based in 7 countries and a strong track record since 2008, CEA is committed to support clients’ needs locally and ensure timely project execution of quality assurance, supply chain management, and engineering needs globally with both integrity and professionalism.

Mr. Andrew Klump founded CEA in 2008 and leads the team from its Shanghai office.  With over 10 years of solar experience and 13 years of leading teams in China, Mr. Klump is committed to realizing CEA’s Mission of helping our clients and partners deploying.  Prior to CEA, Mr. Klump was the Vice President of Business Development for Trina Solar, which he joined in 2006 and helped IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in 2006.  At Trina, he was responsible for executing key strategic growth initiatives in the areas of supply chain, strategic planning and business development.  Mr. Klump resides in Shanghai with his wife and three daughters and holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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The purpose of this Project Manager role is to support a number of internal and external initiatives and ensure project management threads are on time, on budget, and within CEA’s required scope of work.


Specific client engagement’s include supply chain management, which includes obtaining market beating pricing, negotiating supply agreements, managing vendors, and ensuring equipment is delivered on time to the right location. 




The Project Manager will be responsible for developing, driving and maintaining project schedules to support client and internal CEA projects. This role requires a strong project management skillset and candidates will be managing several small and large projects simultaneously. The candidate should also be able to resolve conflicts, communicate effectively with clients, be comfortable working in a small group environment as well as independently, and be willing to coordinate activities across global time zones. The ability to provide continuous real-time client reporting (written and verbal) and multiple concurrent issue resolution management skills are required.


Primary tasks will include project management, client report out, management report out, issue resolutions with suppliers for clients and project status updates.


The candidate will have the following responsibilities:


  • Ability to live the core corporate values (WHUB-DROP):
    1. We are family
    2. Have Fun
    3. Unending Curiosity
    4. Be Humble
    5. Do the Right Thing
    6. Results Matter
    7. Own It
    8. Perform Above and Beyond





The Desired Outcomes for this Position Include:

  • Develop, drive and maintain project schedules for supply chain management services
  • Develop, drive and maintain project schedules for launches of new service offerings following NSOP process
  • Update CEA share point in real time with project status for internal and external stake holders
  • Update clients’ required report out mechanisms
  • Utilize project management tools such as Excel, MSProject, Planner, Asana and SharePoint
  • Develop and maintain detailed project schedules managing critical path
  • Develop check lists and develop process related documentation for internal and external stake holders
  • Professional management of 3rd party vendors (racking/modules/inverters/shipping companies), internal CEA stake holders, and clients
  • Troubleshoot in real time issues between suppliers, shipping companies and clients
  • Daily work will require interfacing and communicating with clients and team members across the company.
  • Ensure CEA is exceeding customer expectations in its contracts and achieving all KPIs in order to be eligible for incentive payments and future work


The candidate will report directly to Director of Product Management.




  • Bachelor degree
  • Minimum of 2 years of project management experience, preferred in solar industry
  • PMP certification desired
  • Familiarity with PV modules, racking (fixed tilt ground mount), and inverters (central and string) preferred
  • Strong interest in renewable energy
  • Expertise in project management tools such as MSProject
  • Familiarity with O365
  • Ability to work with internal team members to deliver Client expectations and contracts
  • Ability to interface directly with clients on daily basis in North America time zones
  • Ability to analyze and manage detailed information
  • Must be a supportive team member, able to work in a collaborative environment as well as work on self-directed independent projects. Must be self-motivated with an ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced start-up environment
  • Ability to work in US time zones – Hawaii, PST, MST, CST, EST
  • Ability to support delivery coordination during all construction working days including weekends and holidays as required by clients
  • Must have working knowledge of US geography
  • Must have ability to obtain or currently have a US phone number
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required for on-site visits (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, gloves, safety glass, hearing protection, protective jacket and helmet)
  • Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE) mindset



Availability:                June 2017


Travel:                         Up to 10% (of the year), nationally and internationally


Location:                    Remote


Compensation:          CEA offers competitive salaries, bonus programs and benefits, as well as the opportunity for career progression and professional development.


Contact:                      Please submit your resume and cover letter to


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