Director, Asset Acquisition (Safari Energy, A PPL Company)

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Business Development
Position Type
# of Openings
Full Time/Part Time
Safari Energy, LLC

Company Summary Statement

Founded in 2008, Safari Energy is the solar partner of choice for commercial and industrial customers, real estate owners, public sector organizations and solar developers seeking competitive financial solutions for their projects. Headquartered in New York City, Safari Energy has helped customers unlock enormous economic value and drive significant energy savings by developing more than 500 solar projects from New Jersey to Hawaii. In 2018, Safari Energy was acquired by the PPL Corporation, a Fortune 500 utility company (NYSE: PPL). With extensive interdisciplinary expertise, Safari supports the growth of distributed energy resources and PPL Corporation’s focus on advancing a sustainable energy future.


Reporting to the Chief Commercial Officer, the Director, Asset Acquisition will be responsible for managing the origination, negotiation, due diligence and closing of PV solar investments.  The ideal candidate has in-depth, hands-on management experience and must be able to add value by selecting and managing attractive acquisitions within the PV solar energy markets.  Experience structuring complex, multi-faceted transactions that maximize economic value, executing deals, building relationships, and leading teams is required.    The ability to work both independently and as a team member are critical, as well as the desire and innovative mind set to operate as an important contributor within a fast-paced corporate environment. 


  • Build a network and manage relationships with potential stakeholders
  • Maintain and cultivate relationships - both at a conceptual level with C-level executives as well as at a hands-on level with management
  • Manage multiple active deals simultaneously
  • Evaluate market information, identify potential customers and opportunities; establish innovative outreach strategies for the acquisition team to secure attractive assets
  • Identify client needs, engage key influencers and decision makers; develop solutions and lead presentations for clients, win business mandates and close deals
  • Develop strategic approaches, proposals, budgeting/pricing and presentations for use with clients
  • Work closely with clients to understand and manage all substantive project issues involving tax, legal, and financial aspects of a deal
  • Monitor ongoing market trends in the power and specifically PV solar markets
  • Interface with the Project Finance team to develop and structure optimal finance solutions
  • Interface with the Project Development team on utility and incentive related matters
  • Interface with the Operations team on all structural and technical solar project aspects
  • Make decisions which are guided by balancing resource availability and functional objectives
  • Work with, and possibly mentor, more junior team members to develop their skill set
  • Participate in trade organizations, conferences, and industry associations to enhance Safari’s visibility as a preferred PV solar provider
  • Support and lead deal teams to meet both customer and Safari expectations


Candidate Qualifications  

Candidates must meet the basic qualifications and pass all required tests or assessments to receive consideration. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identitiy and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.

  Basic Qualifications 
​​​​​Must be passionate about the renewable energy business, hardworking and thrive in the fast pace of a rapidly growing, company. In addition, the Director Asset Acquisitions must possess: 
  • Bachelor’s degree (technical discipline or business); MBA preferred
  • Minimum of 8 years financial services, consulting, or energy experience, preferably in renewable energy
  • Strong professional network of decision makers and other stakeholders
  • Experience in reviewing and understanding detailed legal agreements with the ability to work effectively with the internal finance and legal teams
  • Strong understanding of deal origination and commercial transaction structuring
  • Proven ability to cultivate relationships and execute deals with senior management
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully close deals
  • Track-record of successfully executing complex transactions with multiple counterparties
  • Proven ability to simultaneously manage multiple diligence processes
  • Outstanding organizational and people skills and ability to motivate, manage and lead a team
  • Desire to play a key role building a high growth company

Preferred Qualifications 
  • Collaborative and engaging employee
  • Strong team orientation and account management skills
  • Ability to empower and develop others and foster an inclusive environment where all employees feel valued and are recognized for their contributions
  • Highly energetic and results-driven, with a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence
  • Professional presence with strong communication and presentation skills 
  • Demonstrates high ethical standards and personal integrity
  • Learns quickly and possess a strong understanding of the business
  • Analytical problem solver who views obstacles as challenges
  • Creative thinker who generates new and different ideas
Self-motivated, self-starter who can work independently when necessary


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