Head of Digitalization and Software Technology Development

Engineering, Procurement, & Construction Guelph, ON


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Job Description


As a subsidiary of e-Storage, IQ-STORAGE focuses on software technology platform development and artificial intelligence (AI) integration used to build leading edge software platforms used for energy solution digitalization, system performance analytics and grid energy management systems used to optimize the management of energy resources, primarily focused on energy storage and battery systems integration and optimization, with the goal of improving efficiency, reliability, and sustainability energy storage systems.  


e-STORAGE is a subsidiary of Canadian Solar and a leading company specializing in the design, manufacturing, and integration of battery energy storage systems for utility-scale applications. The Company offers its own proprietary LFP battery solution, comprehensive EPC services, and innovative solutions aimed at improving grid operations, integrating clean energy, and contributing to a sustainable future. e-STORAGE has successfully implemented over 3.3 GWh DC of battery energy storage solutions in various locations, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and China. This significant accomplishment solidifies e-STORAGE's position as a key player in the global energy storage integration industry. Currently, the Company operates two fully automated, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities with an annual production capacity of approaching 20 GWh. e-STORAGE is fully equipped to continue providing high-quality, scalable energy storage solutions and contribute to the widespread adoption of clean energy.  


For additional information about e-STORAGE, visit www.csestorage.com 


Canadian Solar was founded in 2001 in Canada and has been listed on NASDAQ since 2006. It is now one of the world's largest solar technology and renewable energy companies. Canadian Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules, provider of solar energy and battery storage solutions, and developer of utility-scale solar power and battery storage projects with a geographically diversified pipeline in various stages of development. Over the past 22 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 102 GW of premium-quality, solar photovoltaic modules to customers across the world. Likewise, since entering the project development business in 2010, Canadian Solar has developed, built, and connected over 9 GWp of solar power projects and over 3 GWh of battery storage projects across the world. Currently, the Company has approximately 700 MWp of solar power projects in operation, 8 GWp of projects under construction or in backlog (late-stage), and an additional 17 GWp of projects in advanced and early-stage pipeline. In addition, the Company has a total battery storage project development pipeline of 52 GWh, including approximately 2 GWh under construction or in backlog, and an additional 50 GWh at advanced and early-stage development. Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar and renewable energy industry.  


For additional information about Canadian Solar, visit www.canadiansolar.com 


Position Title:    Head of Digitalization and Software Technology Development 

Department: Software Technology 


Reports To:e Storage President 

Location:Kitchner, Canada 


Position Summary: 


As Head of Digitalization and Software Technology Development for IQ-STORAGE, you will play a pivotal role in driving the technological direction software technology platform development and artificial intelligence (AI) integration used to build leading edge software platforms used for energy solution digitalization, system performance analytics and grid energy management systems. You will build and lead our software and controls engineering team in designing, developing, and implementing innovative solutions that optimize energy digitalization and management.  


The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in software technology development, controls engineering in the related field of software-based energy management systems, distributed computing, and strategic technology leadership. You will be responsible for leading the software engineering organization, driving technical innovation, and ensuring the successful delivery of our related products and solutions. 




Technical Strategy and Planning 

  • Define the technical vision, strategy, and roadmap for software development, aligned with the organization's business goals and objectives.
  • Evaluate and select appropriate technologies, tools, and frameworks to support the development process and meet project requirements.
  • Work closely with customers and stakeholders to translate business requirements into technical solutions.

Software Development 

  • Oversee the end-to-end product development lifecycle, from concept to delivery, ensuring high quality, scalability, and reliability of our solutions.
  • Champion best practices in software development, agile methodologies, and DevOps principles to drive efficiency and innovation. Lead the invention and evolution of the BESS EMS platform, leveraging your expertise to introduce new features, functionalities, and enhancements that deliver value to customers.
  • Define and optimize the software development lifecycle (SDLC), including requirements gathering, design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance.
  • Oversee the planning, execution, and delivery of software projects, ensuring they are completed on time, within budget, and to the required quality standards.
  • Monitor project progress, identify risks and issues, and implement corrective actions as needed to mitigate challenges and ensure successful outcomes.

Organization Growth: 

  • Recruit, develop, and lead a world-class engineering team, attracting top talent and fostering their professional growth and development.
  • Establish scalable engineering processes and methodologies to drive efficiency, quality, and innovation across the organization.
  • Cultivate a culture of accountability, transparency, and continuous learning, empowering team members to take ownership of their work and contribute to the overall success of the organization.


Project Delivery: 

  • Oversee the successful delivery of large-scale energy projects to customers, ensuring adherence to project timelines, budgets, and quality standards.
  • Collaborate with project management, sales, and customer success teams to effectively scope, plan, and execute projects, addressing any technical challenges or obstacles along the way.
  • Drive a customer-centric approach to project delivery, prioritizing customer satisfaction and long-term relationships.


Required Qualifications and Skills: 


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, Computer Science, or related field. Advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Proven track record of leadership in growing and leading engineering organizations, ideally within the energy management or related industry.
  • Extensive experience in product innovation, including the invention and development of successful technology platforms or products.
  • Strong project management skills with a demonstrated ability to deliver large-scale projects to customers on time and within budget.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and communicate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Passion for technology innovation and a deep understanding of industry trends, emerging technologies, and market dynamics within the energy management domain.
  • Have domain experience with software controls for utility scale photovoltaic or battery energy storage systems


Additional Requirements: 


  • Experience with agile development methodologies and modern software engineering practices.
  • Familiarity with energy industry regulations, standards, and protocols.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with customers, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Willingness to travel as needed to support customer engagements, industry events, and team collaboration.


Compensation & Benefits: 


  • IQ-Storage offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and capabilities, including comprehensive benefits and a performance bonus package based on performance and achievements. Our benefits package includes a Retirement Plan, medical/dental/life/disability program, vacation, and sick days. 
  • IQ-Storage is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.