Cogeneration Operations Manager

Posted on Oct 10

Location: Open, WA
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4144166

Our client is seeking a Manager to operate a private cogeneration biomass power plant delivering thermal energy to a host company and selling power back into the grid.
The Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring the safe, efficient and economic operation of the Power Plant asset. They manage the Operations Department consistent with the policies, procedures and overall objectives of the company and all regulatory agencies. The Operations Manager provides managerial oversight, assigns maintenance and support personnel in response to issues/concerns, provides an active interface to other departments and facilities and makes proper notification for equipment problems and other incidents.
  • Manage Operations department consisting of personnel who operate and maintain station assets within permitted limits for air, water and emissions.
  • Manage the sales contracts with the thermal host and electric sales agreements with marketers and utility buyers.
  • Foster teamwork and cooperation within Operations department and between Operations, Management, Contractors and support staff.
  • Assures compliance with Environmental regulations
  • Remain current on operating procedures to recognize and respond to urgent and emergent situations. Take action necessary to ensure plant and employee safety and carryout steps necessary to return the operating system to normal. Make all required notifications during an event.
  • Assist in reviewing and updating operating procedures
  • Works closely with commercial operations to schedule unit operations
  • Lead or oversee and manage the response to all abnormal conditions. Provide technical leadership to the operators including initial analysis of disturbances and forced outages. Begin initial incident investigations and assist with formal reports.
  • Oversee and manage the training of direct reports to ensure compliance with published Company operating and safety policies and procedures
  • Create a safe job atmosphere - designated point of contact to resolve any issues that might come up.
  • Actively promote, support and participate in all safety programs. Provide safety leadership and act as a safety and environmental resource on all shifts.
  • Ensure plant operators respond to NERC reliability requests and meet generation schedules.
  • Coordinate with maintenance program to identify defective equipment and submit work requests, assign priority level to corrective maintenance work. Coordinate planning, scheduling and testing with project managers to expedite return-to-service of critical equipment.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or high school diploma and fifteen (15) years related experience.  
  • Biomass knowledge is critical.
  • Know Microsoft Office applications.
  • Good communications, interpersonal and leadership skills.  
  • Must meet minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant for this position.  
Washington State.  Includes relocation benefits.  Unique opportunity to join a start-up team and participate in the decisions made during this facility re-tooling.  
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