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Renewable Natural Gas Lead - Americas at GHD

Renewable Natural Gas Lead - Americas

GHD Houston, TX Full-Time

Join a global professional services leader. We are committed to solving the world’s biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanization.

Role Purpose:

The Renewable Natural Gas Leader and Technical Director will be responsible for the growth and delivery of RNG strategies and projects to foster both the expansion of GHDs current service offerings primarily in North America but with interface into the global business as well as serving on Projects as RNG technical expert related to process equipment and process design. The focus will be on several key areas in the first year:

  1. Development of a strategic plan for RNG in the Americas in collaboration with GHDs RNG community as well as establishment of contact with the RNG community including developers, off takers, utilities, gas marketers, and oil and gas firms. (30% of time)
  2. Execution of technical work including technology assessment and conceptual designs, and support to the hydrogen and RNG teams across our business. (60% of time)
  3. Embedment in the Americas Future Energy Ambassadors network and the Americas RNG Working Group, and will work closely with the Global Leader for Future Energy, Canadian Future Energy Leader as well as the Canadian and US Business and Regional Leaders. (10% of time)



  • Interface closely with four main stakeholder groups in GHD:
    • GHD Business Leadership – Regional General Managers, Executive General Managers in both Canada and the USA.
    • Market Leadership in Water, Environment and Energy & Resources
    • The Waste Management group, which houses significant technical expertise in RNG and AD technical performance metrics, capital and operating costs, vendor data, and project sheets on developed projects
    • The Future Energy Ambassadors team across North America
    • GHD Advisory, where this group will help in the development of commercial models to package project portfolios under the direction of the Lead. The RNG Leader will take advantage of GHD Advisory to develop techno-economic models for RNG to establish business cases for project origination and for clients
    • GHD Digital, where this group will develop geospatial tools to identify renewable natural gas opportunities throughout North America, based on data-driven processes, tying in existing GHD knowledge across the agricultural, landfill, food waste AD and wastewater sectors
  • In collaboration with stakeholders Develop a strategy for RNG in the Americas, through Canada and the US, with emphasis on the US market. Outline geographies of particular importance given market condition. The strategy will be driven in conjunction with the RNG working group to further prioritize developers, oil and gas firms, financing parties, municipalities, off takers, gas marketer and utilities that present market entry opportunities for GHD
  • Continue to refresh the strategy with updated market intelligence, and update an annual business plan
  • Identify additional delivery talent in the RNG space that would enhance GHD’s technical teams, as well as partnership opportunities with other firms that present strategic value
  • Utilize market contacts to establish new clients for GHD where engineering, technical, Advisory and Digital services can be provided. Engage in client meetings with the appropriate support from the RNG and other teams throughout the Americas. Help to develop pipeline and backlog growth in the RNG field. Ensure client opportunities are captured in Opportunity Tracker and updated in a timely manner
  • Work with existing GHD RNG clients to enhance offerings, including optimization opportunities such as methanation of carbon dioxide, gasification, RNG to H2, biogas to Electricity (mainly through fuel cell), CO2 liquefaction, and any other relevant technology for the biogas market; assist with developing business cases in conjunction with Advisory to bring into the client space that improve financial performance of projects
  • Assist with discussions of offtake markets, incentives, cap-and-trade, and other carbon-related mechanisms that factor into RNG business cases, across the Americas. Work with the existing RNG team to exploit contacts in the offtake markets
  • Provide technical support to the technical teams around technology assessment in RNG, and conceptual design, and define hand-over points to the detailed design teams. Enhance client conversations by bringing detailed knowledge of the vendor space into the discussion around technology assessment and recommendation
  • Providing support for commissioning of RNG systems where GHD has either been involved in design or full EPC
  • Support GHD’s presence at key market events and conferences, as well as make recommendations about key associations to be involved with
  • Provide support to the hydrogen team in the Americas on the subject of renewable hydrogen, particularly in the mobility sector. Be part of the Americas + EMEA Hydrogen Working Group.
  • Provide input into the Global Future Energy groups considering the development of RNG activities in EMEA and Australia


  • Collaborates with Global, North American and Regional Market Leaders, Client Relationship Managers, Service Line Leaders, Engineering Design Organization, and Client Sector Leaders to achieve excellent business outcomes. Collaborate with the key stakeholder teams as noted above.
  • Develops and mentors senior leadership and/or rising talent within the business
  • Works with project directors, managers, and teams to establish and improve Business Group job delivery skills. Interfaces with senior management to explain the value of alternative commercial models and how they transform GHD business
  • Attracts strategic hires to develop the business


  • Maintain a billable expectation of 50%, largely on technology assessments, conceptual designs, and optimization engineering
  • In Year 1, penetrate the market and develop $2M in new engineering fees for the company
  • Establish at least 3 new client relationships for GHD in the RNG space

Experience and Skills:

  • Education requirement – Engineering degree, advanced degree preferred
  • Required years of experience - Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the renewable gas field
  • Required technical skills – Knowledge of RNG equipment vendors, and ability to guide teams through technology assessment and conceptual design, as well as review of designs provided by others
  • Other skills - Excellent written and oral communication skills; proven ability to develop and mentor. Bilingual in French and English.

GHD Leadership Competencies:

Leading Others – Provides clear direction for project scope and key deliverables and celebrates success. Shares expertise and encourages others to exchange specialist knowledge. Effectively resources and retains a diverse high quality team. Actively coaches others and addresses poor performance.

Strategic Focus – Views issues through a wide angle lens and understands GHD’s strategic objectives. Clearly links the team’s objectives to the OC business plan. Demonstrates a broad understanding of external influences on the business.

Effective Decision Making – Obtains key project information and critically evaluates. Prepared to make a well-considered decision, without always having the full picture. Develops robust technical and business solutions and guides others to form credible options.

Business Acumen – Thinks like a GHD business owner mindful of costs and managing risks. Grows and utilizes knowledge of the GHD sectors. Recognizes external factors that may impact GHD and manages risks. Stay current and identifies business opportunities.

Adapting – Accepts and works with change even if not in full agreement. Shifts tasks and project assignments as the situation changes. Models and ability to cope in difficult and stressful situations. Copes well with ambiguity and coaches others to manage effectively.

Delivering Results – Develops comprehensive project plans and utilizes resources effectively. Provides relevant support to meet project deliverables. Anticipates and addresses potential problems and communicates with clients and GHD people. Role models the appropriate use of GHD systems, tools and procedures.

Working with People – Initiates regular contact with clients and other key partners. Displays sound interpersonal skills in all interactions. Develops strong internal and external networks. Coaches GHD People to work in a respectful and tolerant way, leading by example.

Influencing – Secures commitment from clients and partners, effectively overcoming any resistance. Promotes and advances ideas to achieve the right solution.

Self-Development – Asks for feedback from GHD people, accepting comments non-defensively. Shows clear insight into strengths and addresses area to develop. Aware of signals that indicate potential stress for self and other and takes steps to mitigate. Creates development plan that supports the achievement of challenging goals.

Personal Courage – Acts with conviction to move a situation forward. Holds self and other accountable for actions taken. Promptly addresses inappropriate behavior. Prepared to make decisions that may be unpopular.

As a multicultural organization, we encourage individual achievement and recognize the strength of a diverse workforce. GHD is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status or veteran status.



Why GHD? 

Being the best we can be is in our culture.  
We are a family of smart, innovative and creative problem solvers. In our employee-owned company, everything feels like it matters more. Challenge us and help us come up with new solutions to ensure water, energy and urbanisation are made sustainable for generations to come.  

Our commitment to you 

Commitment is a powerful word that defines how we do business, how we serve our clients and how we care for one another. We will support your needs by giving you the tools to do your best work and then recognise achievements. We will set your curiosity free to allow brilliant minds to do their best work. We will invest in new ideas, removing barriers where we can. Finally, we will encourage you to collaborate with thousands of diverse people across our global business. 

Who we are 

We are committed to solving the world's biggest challenges in the areas of water, energy and urbanisation. GHD is a global professional services company that is a leader in engineering, construction and architectural expertise. Established in 1928, we remain wholly owned by our people. We are 10,000+ diverse and skilled individuals, yet we are proudly ‘One GHD’ across more than 200 offices, spanning five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, and the Pacific region. Delivering extraordinary social and economic outcomes, we are passionate about building lasting relationships with our partners and clients. 

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