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Acoustic Services Lead

Acoustic Services Lead

Local Unit & Position Description

Do you wake up in morning with a desire to solve the climate crisis and protect life, property, and the environment? Would working within an organizational culture that shares such values be attractive to you? Are you an Acoustics Engineer with a strong background in renewable energy siting, design, development, ad compliance? Then this may be the perfect job for you!

DNV GL – Energy is seeking an Acoustics Services Lead to join our multi-disciplinary Environmental and Permitting Services (EPS) team. The Acoustic Services Lead is responsible for leading project development, owner’s engineering, and compliance activities to support DNV GL’s renewable energy acoustic engineering services. This position may be based in any location in the continental United States (U.S), including DNV GL offices or remote (home) office.


Tasks May Include

  • Building a North America-based acoustics business engaging in business development and technical leadership on noise impact assessment modeling, E- and I-audits for renewable energy projects (onshore and offshore wind, solar, storage) in all Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions
  • Pioneering new and innovating ways to leverage acoustic equipment to support our Customers through permitting, acting as an expert witness at hearings and tribunals, evaluating noise warranty claims, providing litigation support, and providing insights to the industry to measure, monitor, and appropriately site renewable energy equipment to both optimize energy production and ensure regulatory compliance
  • Acting as Project Manager or Project Sponsor on all standalone acoustics mandates, leveraging analysts, engineers, and experts from multiple parts of the business line, as needed
  • Contributing to the growth and innovative advancement of detailed siting, setback, and safety studies for wind, solar, and renewable energy projects
  • Responsibility for business development activities including maintaining the required network of contacts and establishing new leads, providing key market intelligence and insight to help develop and refine services according to the current and future industry needs, and winning strategic acoustic mandates related throughout North America
  • Facilitate the preparation of publications, presentations, white papers, and other general scientific and regulatory knowledge-sharing activities and analyses to support the renewable energy industry as whole
  • Perform technical checking and approval activities of deliverables completed by junior and intermediate staff
  • Attend agency and municipality meetings, open houses, and stakeholder engagement sessions as a SME
Position Qualifications

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of professional acoustic experience in renewable energy, including expert-level understanding of project development timelines, schedules, constraints, and sound legislation knowledge in North America required
    • SME-level expertise in at least one of the following areas: safety setbacks for wind, energy storage, and/or solar PV projects, shadow flicker, ice throw/drop, GIS and/or electromagnetic interference required
    • Experience completing acoustic audits under company with certification for field testing under IEC 61400 preferred
    • Project Management Professional (PMP), Professional Engineer (PE), Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE) certification, or other accreditation(s) preferred
    • Experience in conducting environmental and permitting due diligence reviews and understanding of international standards (Equator Principles, IFC Performance Standards) preferred
    • Understanding of geospatial data, ArcGIS, or other geographic information systems preferred
  • Advanced understanding of acoustic analysis software including Cadna-A, WindFarmer, and/or WindPro required
  • Experience selling, contracting, managing, preparing, and delivering technical reports related to renewable energy siting and permitting that cater to different audiences and end-users
  • Demonstrated previous ability in interfacing fluidly between internal and external stakeholders and project teams, shifting focus as needed on service line and customer needs as the market changes;
  • Demonstrated ability to interface with and motivate project team members from across multiple technical disciplines and departments, employing the technical acuity, knowledge, and leadership to effectively communicate scopes, expectations and critical project success factors
  • Individual should be a self-starter who is able to generate and contract new business, independently manage projects, train and develop junior staff, manage sensitive and confidential customer information, and understands when to delegate and escalate tasks/issues, as they arise
  • Demonstrated ability to interface with and motivate project team members from across multiple technical disciplines and departments, employing the technical acuity, knowledge, and leadership to effectively communicate scopes, expectations and critical project success factors
  • Proven team leader and motivator, able to generate excitement, establish urgency, and develop content for internal team members and our Customers, through positive, team-oriented attitude to match our collaborative and dynamic work environment
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 40% of the time domestically and internationally
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills
  • We conduct pre-employment background and drug screening

Opportunities Beyond Business 


Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work toward our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.  


DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 


Please visit our website at www.dnvgl.com

Company & Business Area Description

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries.


Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


DNV GL delivers world-renowned testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply.

Equal Opportunity Statement

DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to gender, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, cultural background, social group, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age or political opinion. Diversity is fundamental to our culture and we invite you to be part of this diversity!

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