Plant performance manager

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Location: Dartford

Type: Permanent

Ref: e20012113


What is the purpose of the role?

Based at Long Reach sewage treatment works in Dartford, we are seeking a Performance Manager to lead and develop a team of Technicians. Your team will operate and maintain the brand new thermal hydrolysis plant (THP) and the fats, oils and greases (FOG) processing plant which is a pilot trial. Thermal hydrolysis utilises high pressure steam to pre-treat sludge prior to anaerobic digestion in order to increase the volume of biogas produced when compared to conventional digestion. This biogas is then used to generate renewable energy to power the treatment works and in times of surplus, the National Grid. Alongside this opportunity to manage and maintain thermal hydrolysis plant (THP), the new pilot FOG plant is an innovative solution to process fats, oils and greases, generally from commercial sources into the feed stock for Biodiesel which is then sold in the private market. The successful candidate would not only manage the operation and maintenance of this small pilot, but also foster commercial relationships with suppliers of FOG within the area.

What makes this role unique?

This role offers a blend of operations management, maintenance management, project work and commercial aspects. The two areas that the successful candidate will be responsible for are two highly innovative processes which have renewable power associated with them, which is key to our business plan in the coming years. Working with an exceptionally motivated and engaged team, the commercial success of power generation from thermal hydrolysis is a key objective as well as ensuring exceptional performance and development of the fats, oil and grease (FOG) pilot trial plant. The operational demands of operating THP and FOG are supported by a team of managers on site and around the wastewater treatment management team.

What will this role involve?

You will need to be conversant with best practices in health, safety and environmental management, and be confident in implementing these into a complex operational environment.

You will need to be time efficient, a great people manager and show the ability to work under pressure/time constraints whilst displaying an organised approach.

In this role, you will be responsible for statutory inspection of plant and equipment, which will include coordination of statutory shutdowns annually of the plant.

You must be able to effectively delegate and prioritise tasks to your team, and show both a proactive and reactive style of management.

You will be responsible for the development of your team members, and must ensure that they are consistently performing against both internal and external targets.

Control and audit site activity, ensuring the safety of the team, contractors and other third parties through the consistent application of company Health & Safety policy.

Build a reliable customer base, develop those relationships and coordinate operations with customers to provide a first class service.

Prepare reports and presentations for key stakeholders as required.

What are we looking for?

Are you an experienced people manager; with the ability to lead and develop people within a team of 9? You will have great interpersonal skills, be confident in presenting to and liaising with senior managers/key stakeholders; alongside excellent organisation skills and a keen eye for detail. You will be very much hands on, assisting operators on the ground if required and will be split between time in the office and time on the plant equally.

Experience working within the wastewater or generation industry would be advantageous. Otherwise, a background in or having a technical aptitude is essential. Due to the nature of this role, you must hold a full, UK driving license.

Thames Water information and salary details

This role will be based at our Long Reach sewage treatment works in Dartford, Kent with a salary of up to 38k, depending on experience and qualifications. Our excellent salary package includes a competitive contributory pension and a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, child care vouchers, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus many more.

Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change.

We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.

Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.

Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 25th August 2017.