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Operations Manager

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Ontario, Canada
Full Time

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Reporting to the Facility Manager in a 1005 Net MW Combined Cycle Electrical Generation Station, the Operations Manager will have responsibility for the supervision and direction leadership of the Operations staff including the Lead Operations and Maintenance Technicians, Operation and Maintenance Technicians and Control Room Operator’s. Oversee the day-to-day operating and maintenance activities, environmental compliance and ensure that the facility is operated in a safe, reliable, and economic manner consistent with the site O&M Agreement, contracts, permits, and rules and regulations written instructions form the Facility Owner. Perform the duties of the Chief Engineer as required by the Technical Standards and Safety Act. This position includes accountability for the effective management of the planning, scheduling and completion of operational work and ensuring that management systems are in place and utilized for this work. The Operations Manager is also accountable for the day-to-day management of the facility within the scope of the O&M agreement including development of proactive methods for monitoring and improving plant performance and efficiency

Job Responsibilities

  • Includes the following (other duties may be assigned as needed):
  • Promote a safe working environment and ensure that all personnel and contractors follow plant and company safety procedures and policies. Assign with the HSE Specialist to ensure that required training and activities are in place.
  • Member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee
  • Management of the Operations staff according to the Ethos Energy Corporate HR policies and procedures and Administration of the PWU Collective Agreement according to the CBA
  • Own the Work Permitting system and ensure that the WAF, LOTO, HW and CSE are maintained and rigorously followed.
  • Support both Owner and Ethos Energy missions, goals, programs, and decisions to the best of your ability. Bring these programs and decisions to the staff with a positive attitude and high level of confidence. Seek to address any uncertainty from the staff by encouraging positive thinking and a high level of productivity. Resolve any negative attitudes promptly and with positive reinforcement. Provide regular updates to the Facility Manager on staff morale and work ethics.
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies, procedures, and contractual requirements. Ensure that quality systems, reporting and document management aspects of operations are developed and followed.
  • Develop a training program for the operations personnel and encourage the staff to cross train and add skills to create a more flexible and productive plant environment. Provide coaching, training, and development opportunities for the team to ensure appropriate skill sets are maintained and personnel are qualified for the activities with which they are being asked to perform.
  • With support from the HSE Specialist, ensure that all environmental compliance activities are followed and maintained. Interface with consultants, as needed, in the completion of environmental projects.
  • Support the Facility Manager in the completion of all facility reporting requirements including environmental, safety, budgeting, and plant performance.
  • Monitor and optimize plant performance. This should include periodic testing, evaluations, and recommendations to the owner for improvement projects with cost justifications. Encourage the plant staff to incorporate improvements internally to reduce contractor costs.
  • Accountable for the development of generation, heat rate and performance standard budget for one to five years. Also accountable for operations cost budget including variable operating costs (chemical and WT costs).
  • Manage the Operations staff to promote efficient operations and utilization of overtime hours. Work with the Maintenance Manager to use staff optimally to support plant work and limit contractor uses where practical.
  • Responsible and accountable for the development and management of NERC – CIP program in compliance with requirements.
  • Communicate effectively and in a positive manner with the site staff, Facility Manager, Facility Owner Representatives, vendors, and outside agencies.
  • Demonstrate effective management skills in meeting or exceeding facility goals and objectives and support the Facility Manager in ensuring that Ethos Energy is performing in accordance with the O&M agreement.
  • Lead the effort to identify problem areas in the plant where there are repeat problems, inefficiencies, or unsafe areas. Once identified prepare capital project suggestions with appropriate cost benefit analyses.

Required Skills / Knowledge

  • A demonstrated knowledge of power plant operations, plant management, maintenance experience and technical ability is preferred.
  • Main contact for TSSA compliance for all required standards
  • Demonstrated track record of successful goal achievement.
  • Experience within a thermal power station, especially with Siemens 501F Combustion Turbines considered an asset,
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to manage and motivate subordinates.
  • Understand budgets, bid proposals, contract evaluation, basic accounting principles, plant economics and the impacts of maintenance activities on costs and performance.
  • Demonstrates the ability to make competent decisions in emergency situations.
  • Ability to solve practical problems, clearly communicate tasks and needs, and training of other personnel. Analyses and interprets data to make sound professional judgments and recommendations.
  • A working knowledge of chemistry as it relates to plant operations as well as environmental and water treatment programs and statutory regulations.
  • Substantial knowledge of engineering practices, functions and processes involved in Operations of relevant Power Stations.
  • Knowledge of typical legislation associated with Power Station maintenance.
  • Demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills.


  • 5 years as a Chief Operating Engineer

Education Requirements

  • A First Class Ontario or Interprovincial Power Engineering Certification recognized in Ontario is required.
  • A University degree, college diploma, with relevant experience/professional training is an asset.
  • A minimum of five years Chief Operating Engineer experience in Canada is desired for this position, preferably in Thermal Power Generation
  • Strong communication skills and a willingness to have a collaborative approach are required.

Physical Requirements

  • Position requires periods of physical exertion, including walking, climbing, and lifting.
  • Ability to climb and perform a function up to a 12-ft ladder.
  • Ability to lift and move material up to 50 pounds.
  • This position supports the facility. As such, frequent travel is not a core requirement; however, the candidate should be able to travel as necessary.

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