Job Description and Opportunity

Associates add tremendous value as members of CFR’s professional services team. This individual will play a central role in planning, researching, developing and presenting client-facing materials, and is given a leadership role on one or more workstreams for a given client.  Working directly for Engagement Managers who are the “project lead” for any given client, an Associate will help guide and coordinate the analysts and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) supporting a given client service team.  The Associate will also provide analytical support across several areas of the company, interacting frequently with CFR’s leadership team and being involved in a broad range of internal and client-facing initiatives. Associates can expect to learn and develop technical and modeling skills practiced at investment banks, along with critical thinking and problem-solving skills typical of top-tier management consulting firms. There is also an opportunity to work closely with clients and develop communications skills (both oral and written) critical to delivering superior client service.

CFR is proud of its open, inclusive, challenging, and fun workplace culture, which helps us consistently deliver distinctive and impactful client services. We offer an excellent compensation package and personal development experience, and foster a highly skilled, energized, and empowered team environment. CFR has a strong focus on performance feedback, achieved via a comprehensive objective setting and evaluation process. Depending on personal aspirations and performance, this position provides the opportunity for long-term career development within the organization.

Example Job Functions (representative; not exhaustive)

  • Client Development
    • Listen to, analyze, and understand client needs and wants; synthesize in written documents
    • Research companies, technologies, policies, financing, and other general industry topics
    • Conduct outside-in analysis of companies, create business development presentations and help craft written client proposals
    • Support CFR’s digital marketing and social media outreach efforts
    • Update client relationship management system
  • Client Solutions
    • Help develop creative renewable electricity supply solutions that maximize client savings while eliminating future price uncertainty
    • Work with large data sets to synthesize and analyze client problems and help develop hypotheses for potential solutions
    • Get involved in renewable energy project development and finance modeling
    • Interact with developers and other value chain participants to support negotiations
    • Participate in transaction-related due diligence processes and meetings with counterparties
    • Contribute to creative, client-specific problem solving
    • Responsibility for creation and presentation of materials for clients and other audiences drawing on the work of analysts, SMEs and other resources
    • Research and initiate process improvement and new product/service development projects
  • General/Finance
    • Build detailed Excel models involving complex computation and technical analysis
    • Participate in an innovative renewable energy start-up that CFR is currently incubating
    • Develop pro forma client energy usage and cost forecasting
    • Conduct economic analysis and modeling

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree with excellent grades from a challenging undergraduate program
  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline degree strongly preferred
  • Two or more years of relevant work experience (four or more with no Master’s degree)
  • Comfort completing complex quantitative and qualitative analyses, while maintaining a consistent attention to detail and a focus on creating client-ready deliverables
  • Passion for sustainability, the energy industry, and large-scale renewables
  • Ability to communicate solutions in a simple, concise manner
  • Ability to learn quickly and make a positive impact with clients, even in areas with limited experience or knowledge
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to interact with those from entry level to C-suite
  • Strong sense of ownership/self-motivation
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team in an unstructured and flexible environment – comfortable with ambiguity
  • “Buttoned up” and organized with an ability to deliver on tight deadlines in an agile, growth-focused environment
  • Evidence of creative problem-solving skills across a range of topics
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Honest and fun!
  • Prior experience in one or more of the following is also a plus:
    • Renewables, cleantech, or energy industries
    • Consulting, investment banking, PE/VC, project finance, economics, or engineering
    • Competitive electricity markets (wholesale and/or retail)

Apply for this Position

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis; please email a cover letter and resume to


About CFR 
CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR) is an independent renewable energy advisory services firm focused on bringing large-scale solutions directly to businesses and institutions across North America. Founded in 2010 by two former McKinsey & Company energy practice partners and headquartered in the Washington DC area, CFR has the longest industry track record assisting clients in developing and executing on holistic energy strategies, which integrate smart supply-side solutions with ongoing demand-side strategies.  With over 150 years of combined energy, retail and wholesale electricity operations, executive, and consulting experience, CFR has a unique ability to listen to customer needs and apply distinctive problem-solving skills and expertise to produce energy solutions that create tremendous lasting value.