Title:  Project Manager or Project Manager, Sr (Economic Development)

Date:  Feb 17, 2021
Legal Entity:  Entergy Louisiana, LLC
Description: 

**This position may be domiciled in Lake Charles or Lafayette, LA**

 

Job Summary/Purpose:

  • This position is responsible for growing Entergy’s business by identifying leads, generating opportunities and working economic development projects that are considering locating in Entergy’s Southwest and Acadiana service territory.
  • Grow revenue, increase shareholder value, and improve local Entergy Louisiana economies by identifying and managing new large commercial/industrial projects, matching those projects with suitable geographic sites, providing service and rate options to attract project investment within Entergy Louisiana’s service territory.
  • Establish and maintain strong external relationships with business leaders to identify their needs, execute global recruiting/lead generation efforts, attract new qualified projects and grow revenues within Entergy Louisiana’s service area. This position works closely with state, regional and local agencies, local developers and internal organizations to promote and enhance Entergy’s competitive position.
  • We support our communities by pursuing meaningful economic and business development opportunities to grow the communities we serve to help them remain strong and thriving. For the 13th consecutive year, Entergy has been named one of the nation’s Top 10 utilities in economic development, here’s your opportunity to join our great team!
     

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop strong alliances with state agencies, local and regional economic development organizations to promote the Entergy service territory.  Some activities associated with the development of strong alliances will take place outside of normal business hours.
  • Perform project management activities to participate in and influence the site selection process maximizing Entergy’s competitive position for new and expanded business attraction.
  • Work closely with business prospects and site consultants to market and promote Entergy served sites and locations.
  • Gain a general knowledge of the electrical transmission, distribution, and substation assets to effectively communicate electrical service options – including redundancy capabilities, reliability and new eTech programs.
  • Coordinate and manage the electrical service responses to Request for Information from various sources. Coordinate with external organizations to analyze and prepare RFI reports/responses and submit to appropriate contacts as needed.
  • Develop a strong working knowledge of, and be able to communicate, site selection decision drivers such as market trends, supply chain, financial pro-forma’s, logistics, infrastructure, engineering analysis, labor analysis, incentives etc.
  • Develop an understanding of various key programs, incentives, individuals, sites, buildings, and territory assets to promote Louisiana’s strengths/advantages and attract new business.
  • Work with Entergy’s economic development team to develop strategies designed to market regional and community development, enhance business retention and expansion programs and enhance electrical service options to maximize Entergy’s success.
  • Work with state agencies, local and regional economic development organizations, and landowners to identify, develop, certify and market competitive sites in the assigned region.
  • Build and maintain relationships with individuals and associations that can enhance Entergy Louisiana’s ability to develop prospects and new business opportunities, both national and international organizations as well. Enhance Entergy Louisiana’s ability to develop prospects and new business opportunities by building and maintaining long term relationships with target sector individuals and associations.
  • Identify the specific business needs for each prospect and provide the support needed to create a business case that attracts prospect investment within Entergy Louisiana’s service territory.
  • Influence location decisions and maximize growth opportunity by coordinating with internal and external contacts in providing timely and accurate responses to prospect requests, providing consistent follow up and leveraging Entergy executives as necessary.
  • Supports the other team members and groups within the Business & Economic Development department.
  • Produce various Presentations/Slides and Reporting. Provide and support other departmental Reports, Presentations, Analysis and special projects.
  • Maintain Economic Development CRM project tracking and generate necessary reports.
  • Produce other required reporting, tracking and more as needed.
  • Identify, drive and track progress of annual goals and initiatives identified by team.
  • Participate on various cross functional teams as needed.
  • Support the annual Score Card/Incentive Goals.
  • Coordination/Communications with other business groups.
  • Storm Duty Team and Assignment.
     

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Minimum education required of the position:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Marketing, Engineering, Management or equivalent (4 year degree required).

 

Minimum experience required of the position:

  • 5+ years of professional experience in business and/or economic development, marketing, sales, project management, customer service, engineering or operations.
  • Project Manager, Sr - 3-5 years’ experience in Operations Management or Project Management.

 

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required of the position:

  • Strong networking skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment. 
  • Must possess the ability to prioritize opportunities based on probability of success and profitability.
  • Travel nationally, internationally if/when needed.
  • Must be an excellent verbal and written communicator, able to effectively develop and present proposals and presentations to prospective customers.   
  • Project management, strategic planning and implementation skills.
  • Excellent Reporting, Analytical and Communications skills.
  • Technical knowledge, i.e., computer hardware/software, database, CRM systems.
  • Proficient in computer operations and applications such as:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Google Earth, Internet, Adobe products, Webinar’s.
  • Excellent writing skills (plans, reports, presentations, proposals).
  • Ability to interface with all levels of management and various external organizations and customers.
  • Strong ability to communicate and interact with a wide-range of people, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to direct and negotiate with others.
  • Self-motivated; ability to be a team leader on projects.
  • Strong Team player/oriented.
  • Positive, proactive mindset with a strong results orientation.
  • Ability to handle heavy workload, multiple tasks and prioritize; flexibility needed.
  • Passionate in achieving success, driven.
  • Strategic thinker.
  • Public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Strong desire to exceed customer expectations.
  • Positive mindset and pride in personal and team performance.
  • Ability to be a proactive, detail-oriented and able to multitask and work accurately and quickly under time pressures created by daily deadlines while staying focused, organized, and professional.
  • Professionalism and business capacity to meet with business leaders and elected officials.
  • Ability to gain broad knowledge of multiple industry sectors, including, but not limited to: 
    • Agribusiness, Chemical and Petroleum Manufacturing, Plastic, Rubber and Paper Products, Advanced Materials Manufacturing, Primary Metals, Metal Fabrication, Automotive and Machine Manufacturing, Distribution and Warehousing, Food Processing, Energy Services, Biotech Research and Manufacturing, Digital/Data Centers.

Desired:

  • Possess a working knowledge of utility rates, regulatory issues, company policy, construction of new facilities and contract requirements. 
  • Knowledge of electric utility industry is beneficial, but not required.
  • Knowledge of economic development and business processes. Demonstrated capacity to understand and interpret business models and cost drivers.
  • Understanding of Entergy’s rate tariffs and service procedures.

 

 

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Primary Location: Louisiana-Lafayette
Job Function: Professional
FLSA Status: Professional
Relocation Option: No Relocation Offered
Union description/code: NON BARGAINING UNIT-NBU
Number of Openings: 1
Req ID: 101625
Travel Percentage:25% to 50%

 

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Vets. Please click here to view the full statement.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

As a provider of essential services, Entergy expects its employees to be available to work additional hours, to work in alternate locations, and/or to perform additional duties in connection with storms, outages, emergencies, or other situations as deemed necessary by the company. Exempt employees may not be paid overtime associated with such duties.


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