Solar Lead Superintendent

Berkeley; Alameda County; San Francisco Bay Area; Santa Clara County; Contra Costa County; Santa Cruz County; Monterey County; Solano County; Marin County; San Mateo County, CA

Company Profile: 

For over 44 years, Sun Light & Power (SLP), based in Berkeley, CA has provided industry leading solar energy and storage solutions for commercial and residential customers, throughout California.  In 2018, SLP has enhanced its unparalleled reputation for quality, safety and B-Corp values by transitioning to 100% employee-ownership.  

Job Summary: 

Reporting to the VP of Commercial Operations, the Lead Superintendent will provide oversight of the field function of the Commercial Operations Team and direct and supervise the reporting Superintendents in his/her key accountabilities to include:

  • Setting up jobsite production management systems to ensure safe, high quality, flow efficient projects are delivered on time; 
  • Coordinate, plan and schedule construction;
  • Plan, measure and improve project productivity on all jobsites;
  • Share information obtained on safety, productivity and quality improvements with the Commercial Operations and Sales teams; 
  • Plan crew schedules on all projects, while taking into consideration time constraints crew of time off, balancing prevailing wage assignments and labor compliance/local hire requirements. 

In addition, the Lead Superintendent will also run this/her own projects. 

Accountabilities: 

Safety. Act as Safety Officer in creating and maintaining a culture focused on worker safety, preventative and reporting initiatives.   Ensure workers complete required safety training/certifications and attend monthly safety meetings.  Ensure Superintendents implement safety plans for all projects based on Job Hazard Analysis (JHA).   Document company safety program consistent with CAL/OSHA and worker’s compensation requirements. 

Customer Experience. Ensure every project meets or exceeds the client’s expectations, as defined in The Project Mission, including on time delivery of project and coach Superintendents to take appropriate actions therein. 

Delivering Job Profit. 

Manage Superintendents and field crews to continuously improve productivity, while working safely and meeting company quality standards for improvement on each project.  Ensure Superintendents manage and control specific parts of project budget (e.g. field labor, materials, equipment), as delegated by the Project Managers.    Regularly analyze ongoing and completed project cost reports to evaluate job profit performance. 

Project Planning & Scheduling. 

Ensure all Superintendents consistently plan and adhere to plans for projects, while specifically following the company’s initiatives, processes and procedures during the construction phase and in general. The Supers’ planning work shall include:

  • Managing lean project delivery, including building reliable, commitment-based schedules;
  • Performing site walks and pre-construction evaluation;
  • Collaborating with Project Manager and Project Engineer to create project milestone schedule;
  • Coordinating, planning and dispatching crews and installers to jobsites to perform field work;
  • Completing projects on time, within budget and with minimal closeout work (punch list);
  • Oversee Superintendents’ planning and measuring of field productivity of self-performance crews and subcontractor crews, to ensure on time project completion within field labor budgets;
  • Ensure Superintendents coordinate with Procurement Department to verify timely delivery of materials on BOM. 

Crew Management.

Manage Superintendents in support of Forepersons to achieve fully utilized crews and manage project progress to prevent delays or rework;

Set and manage clear expectations for crew members, including performance improvement plans and if necessary, terminating non-performing crew members in coordination with Human Resources. 

Jobsite Performance Reporting. 

Ensure Superintendents and Forepersons file and approve daily field reports on the worker attendance and work production;

Ensure that Superintendents and all field workers immediately report safety issues, possible preventative measures and any safety incidents;

Coordinate with Superintendents to ensure that all field teams report his/her productivity rates for targeted projects and jobsite production;

Provide data for scorecard reporting and improving estimating accuracy. 

Budget Management

Develop and manage project field budget, in coordination with the Lead Foreperson to include safety training, PPE, skills training, crew clothing small tools and other key areas;

Oversee Superintendents’ and Forepersons’ purchasing of items within department budget;

Review and approve credit card statements and expense reimbursement requests against budgets. 

Time and Attendance. 

Ensure all Superintendents and Forepersons report, review and approve his/her direct report hours with 100% accuracy, on time and compliant with company policies;

Respond promptly to payroll's requests for correction to time reporting. 

People Management. 

Support Superintendents in his/her management of Forepersons and provide feedback on his/her work;

Assess Superintendents’ performance in providing constructive feedback regularly;

Work with Human Resources to address disciplinary issues and establish performance improvement plans, as required;

Review and approve Superintendents’ requests for time off;

Facilitate a recruiting and interview process with Superintendents to recruit and onboard crew members. 

Project Closeout

Review open projects with each Superintendent and ensure project team completes outstanding project tasks, including interconnection, utility permission-to-operate, project punch list, client punch list and other closeout items as assigned. 

Information / Data Management. 

Ensure field team urgently updates project data and files in company’s designated project collaboration or project management apps and is highly responsive to all project communications.

Provide regular reports to the Commercial Operations team and Estimator on key metrics including safety, quality and crew productivity for key field work tasks to improve project estimating. 

Perform other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: 

5 – 6 years’ experience managing solar project field teams;

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or construction-related discipline, preferred;

Proven Previous experience in a similar role; strong management and leadership skills;

Previous experience teaching Installers the basic practices of solar PV installation;

Knowledge of AC/DC electrical systems with understanding of single-line diagrams, solar PV module and power electronics equipment specifications, California Building Code and National Electric Code;

Ability to commission PV systems and troubleshoot common problems (i.e. ground faults, polarity);

Experience planning and scheduling projects, including planning crews and subcontractor work;

Experience with Last Planner System®, pull planning, or other lean construction methods, preferred;

Must have OSHA 10-hour training, or equivalent; OSHA 30 certification preferred;

Proficient organizational, time management, oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

Proficient Microsoft Office, 365, Sharepoint, OneDrive, Teams), preferred;

Knowledge of Procore, FieldWork, Kahua, eBuilder;

Ability to work in variable environments (sun, rain, crawl spaces, attics, pitched roofs in a harness).

Proficient basic carpentry and mechanical assembly skills;

Licensed, or willingness to become licensed to drive forklift, scissor and boom lifts;

Valid CA driver license with clean driving record;

Ability to lift at least 75 pounds; comfortable climbing ladders and working at unusual heights. 

Compensation:

Competitive base salary, goal-targeted bonus and benefits for this full-time non-exempt position to include: 

Company Stock:

Annual allocation of company’s 1M shares, based on a formula involving the number of employees, employee’s years of service and total compensation, which are vested over a 6-year period; 

Health:

8 different medical plans to choose from paid by SLP, employee only, through Blue Shield and Kaiser; 

Dental:           

100% dental coverage paid by SLP, employee only, through the Delta Dental Gold PPO; 

Vision:

100% vision coverage paid by SLP, employee only through the VSP Gold; 

Long-Term Disability:

100% paid by SLP, employee only; 

Travel:

FSA, HSA and Commuter program; 

Paid Time Off:

13 days to be used for vacation or sick time; 8 paid public holidays, plus 2 days for volunteering; 

Retirement:

401(k) after 6 months of employment; 

Education:

$500 annual stipend. 

Location:

Berkeley, CA 

EEOC Statement: 

The company is an equal employment opportunity company without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, age, physical / mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, or any other basis protected by applicable federal / state law.