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Manager - Regional Operations


Ann Arbor, MI, US

Company:  DTE Biomass Energy, Inc
Job ID:  1257

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve. We have businesses in 26 states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth.  We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally. 

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for multiple years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

Job Summary

DTE Biomass Energy, Inc.

Location: Preferred location is Ann Arbor, MI but willing to consider alternate locations



To operate and maintain landfill gas to energy (LFGTE) facilities using safe operating practices in a

manner which meets environmental regulations while optimizing the financial results of the project.  Successfully manage facility managers and technicians while reporting to the Vice President of Operations.

Key Accountabilities

  • Creating realistic operating and capital budgets, and meeting or exceeding those budgets
  • Creating and sustaining a safety culture and safety skillset that values employee well-being over production
  • Pro-actively identifying and managing environmental risks before they become problems
  • Supporting new project development through technical expertise and financial inputs
  • Building a team of talented individuals capable of running sites without day to day guidance
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts to improve profitability, safety, and environmental compliance
  • Manage relationship with customers, landfill hosts, public, and regulators
  • Assist in problem solving of plant issues
  • Conduct ad-hoc financial analysis, engineering analysis, contract reviews, and public relations presentations
  • Work with industry trade groups and other Regional Operations Managers to move the entire industry forward
  • Build out and maintain landfill gas collection systems necessary for environmental compliance and maximum fuel to the facility
  • Make concise, well-thought recommendations to senior management

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Required: A Bachelor’s degree with 10 years relevant work experience in the energy industry or 20 years of relevant work experience in the energy industry
  • Desired but not required: MBA or Masters degree in technical field
  • Experience with landfill gas to energy industry or similar production facility
  • Experience in gas processing and/or power generation operations
  • Knowledge of mechanical, electrical and instrument control systems
  • Knowledge of manufacturing equipment such as motors, blowers, controls and pumps
  • Ability to perceive and analyze problems, develop solutions and make or recommend sound alternatives
  • Experience with budgeting, construction, commercial agreements
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisor, management, customers, clients and vendors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional demeanor effectively representing DTEBE in various circumstances
  • Dedication to safe work practices with a corresponding strong safety performance track record
  • Ability to efficiently handle competing priorities and tasks remaining organized to meet deadlines
  • Proficient in MS Office applications
  • From time to time, employee will be required to work outside of normal work hours.
  • Valid driver’s license required

Other Qualifications

Physical Demands

The physical demands characterized here epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is routinely required to reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, feel and smell. The employee must be able to walk on shallow and steep slopes.  Frequently the employee will be required to stand, walk, and sit.  It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to use hands and fingers to handle and manipulate object as well as to talk and hear.

The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 25 pounds in weight.

Occasionally, the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 50 pounds in weight.

Vision requirements for this position include close, distance and peripheral vision, along with depth perception.

Working Conditions

It is preferred that the employee will be based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan and it is expected that they will be living in the area.  However, if a candidate is currently living near one of DTE Biomass’s processing facilities, consideration will be given to allow them to work from that location. Travel outside of Michigan is expected to be 40-60% of the time depending on office location.  While at sites, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and extreme cold and/or heat. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The noise level in the work environment is moderate.


Additional Information



DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.



Nearest Major Market: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit