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Chosen as a top 100 Company to work for in Minnesota by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Werner Electric Supply is a distributor of electrical, automation, lighting and datacomm supplies, services and solutions. We are proud to be a Minnesota based company headquartered in Cottage Grove with 7 branch locations throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. We serve the industrial, contractor, commercial, OEM and SI markets. Our purpose is to foster a culture where the right people come to work, stay and achieve their potential by using their knowledge and expertise to become our customers’ competitive advantage. Learn more and apply now at WernerMN.com/careers

Job Title:              Energy Specialist               

Department:       Energy Services & Solutions           

Specialty:            Solar 

Reports To:         Energy Services & Solutions Manager 

Location:             Cottage Grove, MN 

FLSA Status:        Exempt                

Revision Date:    February 2014 

Summary:
The Energy Specialist plays a crucial role in achieving our purpose of being our customers’ competitive advantage by providing technical expertise that will aid in developing, maintaining, and delivering technical training to customers and vendors. This role will be responsible for the building and maintain relationships with Solar PV and other Energy customers and vendors in collaboration with the Account Managers, Sales Engineers, and fellow Energy specialists.  On a day-to-day basis this position will work closely with Account Managers, Sales Engineers, and Energy Team to provide high level technical support and ongoing training to customers.

Key Responsibilities & Essential Functions:

  • Sales of Solar PV Modules, Racking, Inverters, & BOS related product
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with suppliers
  • Serve as the contact for Solar PV and other Energy suppliers
  • Participate in development and implementation of Solar Energy business plan and account strategy
  • Participate in energy commercial events
  • Provide customer assistance via telephone, email, and on-site assistance in alignment with our Energy Service Team
  • Develop, maintain, and deliver technical training and/or seminars to customers with attention to product lines and vendor offerings
  • Provide technical troubleshooting
  • Maintain technical expertise by participating in continual learning and industry specific technical training
  • Design, build, and program technical demonstration units

Critical Success Factors:

  • Strong desire/interest in to keep on the leading edge of technology
  • Ability to negotiate effectively at a high level and build strong relationships with customers, vendors and suppliers
  • Drive for Continuous Improvement
  • Detail orientated
  • Dependable
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills
  • Significant knowledge of Solar PV industry necessary
  • Customer Focused; must be a resource & partner to our internal and external customers
  • Ability to learn quickly and transfer knowledge to others
  • Ability to lead small groups and instruct customer training sessions
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills via phone, email and in person are required
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with internal and external customers
  • Self-motivated to effectively analyze workload and juggle multiple priorities with strict deadlines
  • Ability to lead by example with a positive work ethic and attitude

Job Requirements/Specifications:

  • 2 year technical degree or 4 year degree in related field of study,  or equivalent experience required 
  • NABCEP Certification is helpful but not required
  • Minimum of 5 years demonstrated experience or exposure in a sales role
  • Knowledge of Solar PV processes and products strongly preferred
  • EOE/M/W/Vet/Disability

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

  • O=Occasional, less than 1 time per week
  • S=Some, less than 1/3 of the time
  • F=Frequent, from 1/3 to 2/3s of the time
  • C=Consistent, more than 2/3s of the time
  • B=Blank, not required

 

Physical

Requirements

O

S

F

C

 

Environmental

Requirements

O

S

F

C

Sitting

 

 

 

 

Works alone

 

 

 

Standing

 

 

 

 

Works with others

 

 

 

Walking

 

 

 

 

Customer contact

 

 

 

Lifting

 

 

 

 

Non Standard Shift work

 

 

 

Carrying

 

 

 

 

Extended day

 

 

 

Pushing

 

 

 

 

Cold

 

 

 

Bending @ the waist

 

 

 

 

Heat

 

 

 

Twisting upper body

 

 

 

 

Temperature changes

 

 

 

Climbing

 

 

 

 

Wet

 

 

 

Balancing

 

 

 

 

Humid

 

 

 

Kneeling

 

 

 

 

Noise

 

 

 

Crouching

 

 

 

 

Vibration

 

 

 

Crawling

 

 

 

 

Confined area

 

 

 

Reaching

 

 

 

 

High places

 

 

 

Working with hands

 

 

 

 

Work indoors

 

 

 

Working with fingers

 

 

 

 

Work outdoors

 

 

 

Talking

 

 

 

 

Mechanical hazards

 

 

 

Hearing

 

 

 

 

Electrical hazards

 

 

 

 

Vision acuity-near

 

 

 

 

Explosive materials

 

 

 

 

Vision acuity-far

 

 

 

 

Fumes

 

 

 

Depth perception

 

 

 

 

Odors

 

 

 

Field of vision

 

 

 

 

Dusts

 

 

 

Vision adjustment

 

 

 

 

Mists

 

 

 

Color vision

 

 

 

 

Gases

 

 

 

Driving

 

 

 

 

Poor ventilation

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an incumbent.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of activities, duties or responsibilities.  Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.