Energy Planning Lead - New York/ Los Angeles (4773)

Energy Planning Lead - New York/ Los Angeles

Type of contract
Associate Director
Area of Expertise
Office / Project Location
San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles
Ref No

The Cities Energy team specializes in energy system policy, planning, design and delivery at the campus, city and regional scales. We work from visioning to concept strategy through to detailed design and delivery. The Energy team often works hand-in-hand with Buro Happold’s MEP engineers and sustainability consultants to deliver integrated, low carbon and resilient energy solutions at every scale.

We are looking for a senior specialist to lead our energy planning work in the US, building on our strong track record such as New York City’s Roadmap to 80x50 and GeoMicroDistricts Plan and taking ownership of developing and growing this service, winning new commissions and delivering excellent outcomes for our clients. You will join a rapidly growing global team of over 30 dedicated energy professionals located all around the world.


  • Strong energy skills including a track record of successful project delivery for a range of client types
  • Ability to apply systems approach to complex problems in the energy and built environment sectors
  • Ability to manage internal and external teams to project completion
  • Experience of working as a consultant at senior level and leading consulting engagements direct to client.
  • Work-winning skills and a record of establishing trusted advisor relationships with public and private sector clients/stakeholders
  • Preparing proposals for clients and development of client propositions
  • Ability to determine client requirements deploy various resources to meet these
  • Experience providing overall guidance and management of junior staff
  • Experience liaising with stakeholders including organizing and leading workshops.
  • Network of contacts within client organizations who commission energy planning work such as various tiers of government, campus/private network operators, real estate developers and utilities.
  • A strong understanding of energy policy within North America
  • Knowledge and experience of energy system modelling including techno-economic modelling of energy systems   
  • Strong demonstration of written and oral communications and presentation skills, and ability to communicate complex engineering and planning concepts (i.e. decarbonization, resilience) effectively to diverse audiences including municipal government, private investors, and community groups
  • Acting (as required) as a spokesperson for Buro Happold Cities across various platforms and media and helping to promote the firm’s view in relation to cities and infrastructure

Desirable skills

  • Advanced degree or research background in energy systems or similar
  • Bachelor’s Degree level, or equivalent, in with emphasis on physical science or engineering background
  • 15+ years’ experience working on large scale, multi-disciplinary projects in urban development and/or infrastructure
  • Professional Engineers (PE), Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification or similar
  • Advanced degree or research background in energy systems or similar
  • Experience in building and developing a new team or service in the consultancy sector
  • Understanding of the market and supply chain for energy systems including power/smart grid, district energy, electric vehicles, energy storage and renewables in the US
  • Strong understanding of the revenue models and costs associated with energy systems
  • Experience of developing evidence-based policy
  • Ability to assemble collaborative teams to compete for innovation funding
  • International experience including working in Canada, Mexico, Germany, South East Asia or Middle East
  • Experience of energy system design such as district heating and cooling, power generation, CHP and renewables.


Buro Happold is proud to be a practice of a diverse range of professionals that reflects the countries in which we operate.  In order to truly benefit from this diversity we must create an environment in which employees feel they can be themselves. Buro Happold actively promotes inclusivity across the practice to enable every individual to reach their full potential, feeling included is good for all of us. This begins with a fair and inclusive recruitment process which focuses on your skills, competencies and experiences in relation to the role. We recognise and are committed to change the lack of representation of minority groups in our industry, and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals, disabled people and women across all our offices. We understand that through collaboration, diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative and elegant solutions.