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Resource Recovery Specialist


Woodland, CA, US

Company:  DTE Energy Services, Inc.
Job ID:  4757

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 position will assist the Plant Manager, Asset Management, and Operations teams in identifying, structuring, sourcing, negotiating, procuring, and transporting wood (Agricultural and Urban Waste) materials for Woodland Biomass Power, LLC, (WDBP) a 24 nMW biomass power plant.  In addition, this position will be responsible for ensuring cost effective ash disposal in conjunction with the ash management plan.  


The Resource Recovery Specialist will work with internal and external stakeholders to develop multiple vendors for fuel supply and disposal or beneficial reuse of ash. The Resource Recovery Specialist will be expected to develop, update, and maintain the fuel and ash plans for the duration of the power purchase agreement and ensure that performance is consistent with the plans.   This position is also responsible for administering the fuel procurement software (3log) for proper vendor payments and consistent quality, inventory and financial data reporting.  


Working closely with the site leadership, the Resource Recovery Specialist is expected to ensure fuel quality standards are met, optimize plant performance, and support fuel yard management.  The Resource Recovery Specialist is responsible to monitor and ensure ash silo levels are managed to optimize trucking and disposal costs while meeting operational requirements for capacity.


The Resource Recovery Specialist will be expected to comply with all DTE Energy safety processes, the DTE Code of Conduct and the Onsite Energy BU Administrative Guidelines. 


Key Accountabilities

• Develop fuel plan with detailed annual forecast, updated quarterly; include 5-year market forecast developed in conjunction with asset management.
• Develop and manage the annual fuel budget.
• Identify direct business to business biomass sources (wood) suitable for processing and consumption.
• Identify, implement and ensure low cost disposal or beneficial reuse options for ash.
• Research and evaluate fuel development opportunities and identify value-creation opportunities that promote the fuel development plan
• Communicate activities, plans, and results to relevant stake holders.  Lead weekly fuel and ash PRT focused on key metrics and problem solving.
• Negotiate with counterparties to successfully structure procurement, transportation, storage, and other commercial agreements needed to satisfy fuel and ash plans and actively manage contracts to ensure counterparty performance and maximize value creation. Verify accounts receivable and accounts payable relating to fuel procurement and ash disposal.
• Administer 3log software and perform analysis of fuel supply to ensure proper material tracking for both quality and cost.  Develop and distribute relevant reports to stakeholders.
• Review and recommend fuel settlements for approval by corporate personnel.
• Lead quarterly fuel procurement reviews with the MPCC Board of Control focused on past performance, short and long term forecast and market conditions.
• Ensure onsite and 3rd party quality testing and fuel sampling / reporting are compliant with regulations and the MPCC Fuel Management Plan through development of the fuel coordinator.
• Perform inspections and quality control assessments of fuel suppliers at their location on a frequent and unplanned basis to ensure processes meet MPCC quality requirements.
• Coordinate and manage invasive species programs, including compliance plans as appropriate to support the overall approved fuel plan.
• Control fuel inventory (onsite, offsite and vendor owned) to support plant operations including pile management to comply with industry best practices and environmental permit limits.
• Establish and oversee process to ensure all fuel suppliers and transportation providers have the proper insurance requirements and records are maintained.  Enforce compliance with safety and environmental standards when on site.
• Manage beneficial reuse of ash planning and development in coordination with the fuel coordinator and EH&S Specialist.
• Schedule quarterly/annual ash testing to minimize cost impact of disposal to coincide with planned outages.
• Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

Undergraduate degree in business, economics, engineering, or science discipline, or 5-10 years equivalent and relevant professional experience is required

Other Qualifications

• Knowledge of lean or six sigma certifications.


Other Requirements
• The candidate should have a commercial background and be familiar with various aspects of the agricultural practices, wood recycling/processing, and wood transportation industry.
• Proven ability to develop and maintain strong relationship with wood suppliers, transporters, and recovery customers.
• Knowledge of continuous improvement and cost optimization activities is required.
• Knowledge of power plant fuel management procedures and processes.
• Demonstrated history of developing and crafting fuel procurement and transportation agreements or similar contracts.
• Experience managing waste recovery yards or fuel yards desired.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to analyze and communicate tasks, needs, activities, and follow-up actions to relevant stakeholders
• Ability to take initiative and prioritize competing priorities.
• Team player, ability to lead and/or work within cross-functional teams.
• Ability to travel as necessary in the local area daily and overnight up to 15%.
• Ability to function and when necessary to influence others within a matrix organization in which functional and business leaders have equal authority within the organization and employees report to both a functional leader and a business leader.


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.

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 use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands or arms. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to: sit, and talk or hear.

The employee in this classification will be required to occasionally lift objects of up to 50 pounds in weight. 

Vision requirements for this position include close and distance vision.


Working Conditions

The individual may also be exposed to chemicals and odors consistent with waste materials.  The individual may at times work near mechanical moving parts.  They may work in elevated areas, around fumes or airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions and extreme heat.  The individual may spend many hours driving as stakeholders may be broadly dispersed over a large geographical area.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

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.





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