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Operations Manager – IPP – Contracts – Renewable Energy – Johannesburg

AltGen
Published
3rd Apr 2020
Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
Job Type
Category
Salary
R600K - R1M CTC per annum
Start Date
ASAP
Technology
Solar PV
Industry
Renewable Energy
Job Location - Postal Code
2049
Contact Name
Robert Veith

Description

Are you a natural born leader with over 8 years of experience efficiently managing a team of project engineers and contractors on utility-scale solar PV sites? Do you find it easy to juggle contractual reporting tasks, SHEQ compliance duties and O&M reporting, managing your time effectively using your excellent organisational and prioritisation skills? If the answers to these questions are yes, you could be the perfect candidate fit for this role as a utility-scale solar PV plant Operations Manager. Whilst you will be working from the company’s head office in Johannesburg, you will be required to travel to site when needed. We are looking for a Technical Operations Manager who is able to provide mentorship and guidance to project managers and engineers on site, using a deep understanding of optimal O&M practices for renewable energy power plants from an engineering perspective as well as your experience and knowledge of business management from a financial standpoint, someone with excellent communication skills and an ability to manage from afar. You will be confident interacting with plant managers, site engineers and powerful stakeholders, advising them on best practices throughout the operational phase of the project.

If this is the role for you, you will be solutions oriented, able to supervise all report obligations whilst keeping document tracking lists up to date. You will be extremely familiar with legal contractual laws and will be able to oversee permit renewals, approvals and authorisations.

Your primary responsibilities will involve foreseeing and managing risk and formulating mitigating procedures as issues arise. You will be required to manage SHEQ compliance ensuring a zero-incidence rate. Using your financial and legal aptitude, you will verify contract documentation and payment certification as needed, providing intelligent input into drafting new contracts. You will have an analytical and logical nature, able to analyse and report on the O&M performance of the plant, advising on optimal solutions to increase the plants performance. Your report writing and reviewing skills will be strong, as you will be required to review contractor and plant operator reports and compile summary reports to present to stakeholders and board members on a regular basis. Through an analysis of these various reports you will be responsible for managing and detecting risk as well as overseeing site budgets and conducting cost and economic analyses necessary to inform optimal courses of action for the plant.

This is a highly technical role which requires a combination of financial, contractual and engineering expertise. If this sounds like a role you can undertake, you will be a well-rounded individual, able to multitask and switch focus when needed. Apply now!

JOB ID: 32204 & 32108

WHO IS ALTGEN?

We offer recruitment, consulting and employment services with a focus on recruitment for renewable energy and environmental jobs in South Africa and Africa at large. AltGen is a renewable energy recruitment agency based in Cape Town which focuses on developing careers for individuals in our niche space.

With an experienced and passionate team with over 100 years of combined experience, AltGen plays an integral role in the South African renewable energy and sustainability industry. We operate throughout the African continent in both anglophone and francophone regions and are rapidly expanding globally. WIth entities in South Africa, Kenya, and Mauritius, we have a direct impact on the continental energy industry.

Our recruitment agency focuses on jobs in: Solar | Wind | Renewable Energy | Biogas | Biomass | Energy Management | Energy Efficiency | Green Buildings | Green Tech | Photovoltaics | Energy Storage | Battery Systems | Off-grid | Hydro | CSP | CPV | IoT | AI | AgriTech | FinTech

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Education Requirements

A degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering BSc.Eng, MTech Engineering, BA, LLB, BProc or any other relevant field

Experience Requirements

8 – 10 years of work experience in a power generation environment, ideally working with plant operations for utility-scale Solar PV plants
A minimum of 5+ years’ experience handling all contractual obligations on site and ensuring correct compliance is followed and maintained
Familiar with the South African grid code, transmission network code, distribution network code, and the South African National Standards (SANS)
Proven experience in planning, supervising and executing BOP maintenance (ensuring operations of the plant are optimised)
Proven experience with O&M (medium voltage switchgear/circuit breakers/protective relay systems/high voltage transformers and switching)
Strict adherence to general power plant safety and environmental procedures

Qualifications

Professional Engineering Registration (Pr.Eng) required
Must be GCC certified
Proven ability to use SCADA process control systems

Responsibilities

Your primary responsibilities will involve foreseeing and managing risk and formulating mitigating procedures as issues arise. You will be required to manage SHEQ compliance ensuring a zero-incidence rate. Using your financial and legal aptitude, you will verify contract documentation and payment certification as needed, providing intelligent input into drafting new contracts.

Skills

You should be analytical by nature and have excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
Strong written and verbal English skills (Afrikaans fluency is preferred)
Professional report writing and management skills (able to delegate and manage a team of varied professionals)
Available to travel to site when needed
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