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Plant Manager, Renewable Energy

Location: 

Bakersfield, CA, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  6997

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

The person holding this position is responsible for the operation of a 50 MW biomass fired power plant. S/he will perform a wide range of supervisory, business, and administrative activities and will direct plant personnel in the daily performance of various operations and maintenance (O&M) functions.  This person exercises independent discretion and judgment within established policies, procedures, and practices. Results are reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to these policies, procedures and practices.

Key Accountabilities

  • Directly, and through delegation, coordinates all daily activities required to assure optimum plant performance, including safety, environmental compliance, efficiency and  reliability in accordance with established contracts, agreements, policies and applicable safety, environmental and other regulatory laws and procedures
  • Makes and/or approves major operating and maintenance decisions, as required and within approval limits, to ensure that the plant is operated within the terms and conditions of all operations and maintenance (O&M), power purchase, services supply or maintenance contracts and agreements.
  • Keeps operating errors to a minimum by way of ensuring training, SOP’s, roles and responsibilities are communicated and understood.  
  • Completes equipment repairs and overhauls on schedule and within budget by utilizing established planning methods and providing adequate manpower and supervision.
  • Maintains plant capacity rates by establishing an equipment performance program and providing adequate engineering and support personnel to conduct the program.
  • Ensures plant compliance with all safety, occupational health and environmental regulations.
  • Holds direct responsibility for managing cost by effective approval of expenditures, overtime and effective budget monitoring, variance reporting and work scheduling.

Key Accountabilities (Continued)

  • Coordinates all activities under the applicable O&M services contracts, supply agreements, including communication with owner representatives and regulatory agency representatives.
  • Evaluates staffing levels and skill mix and makes appropriate adjustments within budgetary guidelines. Assures maintenance of the hiring and promotion system in accordance with established laws and company policy.
  • Coordinates and maintains all plant training and communication programs, including new employee orientation.
  • Holds responsibility for ensuring compliance with federal, state, regional and local governing body and regulatory agency rules and regulations as they pertain to power plant operation.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Ten years of power industry or directly related industrial experience.
  • A minimum of five years of management experience.
  • Woodfired CFB boiler operating experience is highly desired.

Other Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of power plant O&M, plant engineering, contracts and general plant business functions.
  • Strong Safety and Environmental management skills.
  • Understanding of accounting, contract administration, human resources, procurement and other plant administration functions.
  • Familiarity with federal, state and local regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over power plant operations.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and direct varied and complex programs and tasks involved in the operation of the plant.
  • Ability to motivate employees to perform at a high level of efficiency and quality.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to make sound, costeffective judgments on daytoday and longterm operational issues.
  • Ability to efficiently balance competing priorities and tasks, remain organized and meet deadlines in a highpressured environment.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to analyze and communicate to senior management.
  • Working knowledge of MS applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook in a Windows environment.
  • Extensive experience with computer based PM programs and Internet.
  • Ability to perceive and analyze problems, develop alternatives and make or recommend sound decisions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to: stand or walk and stoop or kneel.
  • Frequently, the employee is required to sit.
  • It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively.
  • The employee in this position will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 10 pounds in weight.
  • Occasionally the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 25 pounds in weight.
  • Vision requirements for this position include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both in a business office setting and at a plant site.
  • In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and may work near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed fumes or airborne particles and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office, but may become loud at the plant site.

Additional Information

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 occasionally required to: stoop or kneel. Frequently, the employee is required to stand, walk or sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms extensively.

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 25 pounds in weight.

Vision requirements for this position include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORKING CONDITIONS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both in a business office setting and at a plant site. In the course of working at the plant site, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, including wet and/or humid conditions, and may work near moving mechanical parts and/or machinery. The employee is occasionally exposed fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in the office, but may become loud at the plant site.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

 

PRIVACY NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA JOB APPLICANTS REGARDING THE  

COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION  

 

DTE Energy and its operating groups, subsidiaries and affiliates (“the Company”), are committed to protecting the privacy and security of personal information of all individuals including job applicants.  The Company collects personal information of job applicants in connection with its recruitment and hiring activities.  The Company does not sell or otherwise disclose this personal information for monetary consideration or a business purpose to any third parties.  

 

The Company is committed to complying with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) effective January 1, 2020; and all data privacy and laws in the jurisdictions in which it recruits and hires employees. Job applicants with disabilities may access this notice in an alternative format by contacting: accommodations@dteenergy.com

 

What Categories of Job Applicant Information Do We Collect and How Do We Use This Information? 

 

We collect the following categories of personal information for the purposes described below: 

 

  • Name and contact information;  
     
  • Last four digits of Social Security Number; 
     
  • Voluntary self-disclosure information regarding minority, veteran, and disability status; 
     
  • Work history, including job title, dates of employment, duties, experience, and skills;  
     
  • Reference and background information, including relationship to Company employees or contractors, prior employment by the Company; and background check information; 
     
  • Post-offer information and results, including Social Security Number and date of birth; 
     
  • Education history, including schools attended, degrees and certifications earned; and 
     

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Notice, the Company’s Privacy Policy or the collection of your personal information, please contact: Careers@dteenergy.com


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