Operations Manager/Chief Engineer
at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 7/4/2019

Job Description

Are you a Resourcer? 
Veolia helps its customers to improve their energy efficiency, better manage their buildings, their water and wastewater and transform their waste into resources. We do this by finding safe, cost-effective and innovative solutions that we provide to our many clients (companies, garages, hospitals, municipalities, etc.). These make us THE global reference in the environment. 
To fully participate in Canada's circular economy, we can count on more than 1500 employees like you! Currently, we are recruiting our next resource person whose role will be: 

Operations Manager/Chief Engineer in Merritt BC.

The Merritt Green Energy plant is a 40MW biomass electric generating plant. It started commercial operation in March of 2018. The plant is operated and maintained by Veolia with a staff of 24 FTE under a 30 year guaranteed performance contract. The plant is supplied by Veolia with 200,000 oven dry tons of biomass per year.  Merritt Green Energy has a sister plant in Fort St. James, BC.

Position Summary

Directs the development of operations strategies consistent with business requirements and established financial goals. Leads a skilled team of Power Engineering professionals and fuel handling operators providing around the clock coverage for the power generating facility.  Develops overall schedules to operate the plant to safely achieve and/or exceed contractual performance guarantees including heat rate, power production and reliability. Continually searches out and develops new technical and process improvements and business strategies.  Works closely with the Plant Manager and in conjunction with Maintenance, Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety departments, and senior staff to coordinate daily activities and long term planning.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the plant equipment and infrastructure. Works closely with Maintenance and Engineering functions to achieve optimum plant performance: develops strategies to maximize equipment efficiency and reliability while minimizing costs. Meets regularly with plant manager and others to establish requirements and identify opportunities for improvements. Establishes schedules and plans including work orders, procedures, and cost control systems. Works with the Maintenance Manager to develop long range maintenance and overhaul plans and evaluates the most cost effective means to complete projects. Regularly prepares and reviews reports of operations activities.
  • Continually improves the quality of work by motivating and empowering employees, implementing new technology, and revising procedures and processes to improve individual and team effectiveness. Directs operations training programs and conducts performance evaluations for operations personnel. Develops team management and leadership skills.

  • Selects, develops, and supervises a quality-focused team of in-house professionals and outside contractors in performing plant operations and fuel handling functions; provides instruction on duties to be performed, establishes good work practices and standards for quality of work performed, and inspects to ensure compliance.  Manages the performance of each employee to optimize individual contribution towards department objectives.

  • Establishes and manages budgets for the Operations Department including operating and capital budgets.  Assists and advises Plant Manager in developing the annual budget.  Monitors operating and capital expenditures vs. budgeted expenditures, and investigates variances.

  • Provides leadership for implementation of safety and environmental programs.  Ensures employee compliance with company safety and environmental policies and procedures.  Directs work with highest regard for employee safety and plant reliability.  Must observe and comply with all standard safety codes and practices, and perform work in accordance with regulatory requirements and recognized trade and company standards.  Identifies opportunities to improve plant safety and to prevent accidents and permit violations.

  • Monitors cross-department functions to facilitate and improve coordination of plant activities.  Monitors the work order system to ensure responsiveness.  Coordinates the activities of Operations team to ensure safe and efficient execution of activities.

  • Reviews current industry methods relative to technical and operating problems, and establishes new procedures for personnel. Assists in the development of the plant preventive maintenance program.  Assists with organizing the plant downtime period. 

  • Conducts periodic evaluations of productivity and labor requirements and makes recommendations regarding staffing. Evaluates the need for contract labor, services, and equipment, writes specifications, negotiates and oversees contracts. Makes regular inspections of facilities. Monitors expenditures for labor, supplies, services, and equipment to ensure best value and compares income and expenses to meet established financial goals.

  • Orders spare parts, materials and tools supply necessary for plant operations.

  • Works closely with management staff in the development, implementation, and review of company policies, procedures, guidelines, and financial controls.  Provides leadership and direction for implementation of company initiatives.

  • May conduct and/or participate in investigations and analyses of all equipment related incidents; prepares reports and implements corrective actions.

  • May serve as the Plant Manager’s delegate and provide coverage for the Plant Manager as required. 

Job Requirements

Requirements & Skills 
  • First Class Power Engineer
  • Good communication (written and verbal), negotiation and influencing skills are all essential
  • Minimum of ten years directly related experience, five years supervisory experience
  • Experience in labor relations, working in a union environment, and with the trades
  • Familiarity with solid fuel power plant operations is required.
  • Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and piping systems
  • Commitment to health, safety and environmental compliance, familiarity with biomass handling systems and power plant operations
  • Ability to take initiative, translate business needs into action plans, lead in the development and implementation of plant-wide initiatives, and follow through; evidence of solid leadership ability with a willingness to serve as an active team member
  • Strong supervisory capability and ability to develop and manage a team effectively within a changing environment; ability to work effectively in conjunction with a variety of people and departments
  • Direct experience with budget development, cost control, accruals, cost / benefit analysis, and business performance reporting
  • Ability to develop a budget, project costs and provide costs/benefit analysis
  • Commitment to customer service/satisfaction and workplace excellence
  • Ability to remain flexible, problem-solve effectively, and apply fair and consistent conflict resolution skills; high degree of professionalism
  • Ability to take and give direction, and work independently as well as a member of a team; detail oriented
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize work effectively
  • An entrepreneurial, results-oriented attitude, a willingness to acquire new skills and utilize technology to streamline processes, a desire to improve reliability and equipment output and longevity, and the ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve creatively, are essential

Preferred Skills

  • Advanced degree in business, engineering, or other directly related field of study preferred
  • Previous experience commissioning greenfield biomass power plants will be an asset
  • Experience with Allan-Bradley PLCs and Emerson DCS is preferred
  • Experience using a computerized preventative maintenance management system, Oracle (OWAM) in particular

Technology Requirements

  • Solid computer skills: proficiency with database, spreadsheet, email, and word processing software required; Google Suite of products, Microsoft Office and Windows preferred
  • Experience with Oracle (OWAM) or other maintenance management software is desirable

  • Familiarity with internet search engines is helpful

Special Requirements

  • General knowledge and experience in industrial safety are required.  
  • May be necessary to possess or be able to obtain First Aid certification

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to work, occasionally for prolonged periods, in extremes of hot and cold temperatures and inclement weather conditions
  • Must be able to tolerate dust and other airborne particles and work around cleaning products and other materials such as biomass, diesel and lube oils; under certain conditions while working in the plant, may be required to wear a respirator
  • Required to wear safety equipment and clothing where appropriate
  • Requires frequent stooping, bending, climbing, reaching, and carrying and moving heavy objects with assistance when required; Must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, and high-lifts, and in confined spaces

Emergency Status Designation

  • Critical - Must be able to serve rotational 24 hour emergency on-call if required by site

Why join our Resourcers team? 
  • Resource the World with Us!
  • Acting today to create the world of tomorrow
  • A company in constant growth
  • A multitude of large-scale projects where you can use your talent
  • Challenges to your measure and the lack of routine
  • A permanent position - Full-time 
  • The opportunity to develop your career to meet your professional objectives
  • Training and support programs, both internal and external
  • Very competitive compensation, pension and benefits
  • Multidisciplinary work teams and an OHS-oriented work environment


Job Snapshot

About Us

At Veolia North America, we offer our customers a wide range of environmental solutions and help address their environmental and sustainability challenges. By blending our innovative business model with our employee’s skills in operations, engineering, and technology, we are able to supply our customers with the complete package. Our services encompass three areas: energy, water, and waste. At Veolia, we are more than the world’s leading provider of environmental solutions – we are dedicated to customized, cost-effective solutions that reflect best practices, environmental protection, and a better quality of life!

Veolia is a dynamic and rewarding place to work – our management team values and recognizes the unique talents and potential of all employees. In addition, we offer our employees excellent rewards and a dynamic, professional work environment. We also provide a comprehensive benefit package to our employees, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, employee matched 401(k) retirement plan, tuition reimbursement plan, paid time off for vacation, sick and personal leave, and much more!

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