Are you an experienced Operations Manager / First Class Power Engineer who is looking for an exciting opportunity to help build and operate a Green Energy, 40MW biomass electric generating plant currently under construction?  The Fort St. James plant is scheduled to start commercial operation in the 2nd and 4th quarter of 2017, but needs you now!  With a staff of 25 full time employees and a 30 year guaranteed performance contract, the plant will be supplied with 200,000 oven dry tons of biomass fuel per year.

Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Operations Manager leads a team of skilled steam and power engineering professionals and fuel handling operators providing 24-hour services for the plant. The successful candidate will also direct the development of operations strategies consistent with business requirements and established financial goals.

Our client is the leading provider of environmental solutions and has nearly 200,000 employees all over the world. They are proud to provide 3 main services to the local authorities, people and industries. These main services include waste management, water management and energy management. Don’t miss out on this amazing experience and apply today or call/text us at 1(250)-483-5954!

Located in the heart of British Columbia, Fort St. James is a town of approximately 4,500 people and is known for its beautiful Stuart Lake. It is the gateway to a chain of rivers and lakes that traverse 400 km of the central British Columbia area. Fort St. James boasts excellent year round recreation sports facilities and an outdoor playground that attracts wilderness and eco-adventurers alike. Recreation facilities include the Library, Curling Club, Golf Club, Ski Area, and a variety of walking trails and community parks. Of course, Stuart Lake offers an excellent fishing experience.

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Salary:  Base $130,499.20 a year plus 5% Northern allowance

Benefits: An excellent RRSP & Flexible Benefits Package offered, plus lots more!


  • First Class Power Engineer, or Second Class with some of the First Class Papers successfully completed with a commitment to completing their First Class Power Engineer certification
  • Advanced training in business and management preferred


  • Minimum of ten years directly related experience, five years supervisory experience
  • At least ten years directly related experience, including knowledge of mechanical, electrical and piping systems
  • Experience in working in a union environment, labor relations, and with the trades
  • Experience in the pulp, paper, or lumber background considered an asset
  • Previous experience commissioning greenfield biomass power plants will be an asset
  • Experience with boilers and the associated steam systems and equipment
  • Experience with MAXIMO or other maintenance management software is desirable
  • Strong computer skills, including Excel for creating spreadsheets, and MS Word

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be familiar with biomass handling systems and power plant operations and committed to health, safety and environmental compliance
  • Knowledgeable in electrical, mechanical, and piping systems
  • Ability to translate business needs into action plans, lead in the development and implementation of plant-wide initiatives, take initiative, and follow through
  • Strong supervisory capability and ability to manage and develop a team effectively within a changing environment
  • Solid leadership ability with a willingness to serve as an active team member
  • An entrepreneurial, results-oriented attitude, a desire to improve reliability and equipment output and longevity, a willingness to acquire new skills and utilize technology to streamline processes, and the ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve creatively, are essential.
  • Ability to problem-solve effectively, remain flexible, and apply fair and consistent conflict resolution skills
  • Must be able to develop a project costs, budget and provide costs/benefit analysis
  • Committed to customer service/satisfaction and workplace excellence
  • Must have a high degree of professionalism and detail oriented
  • Ability to take and give direction, and work independently as well as a member of a team
  • Ability to prioritize work effectively and handle multiple tasks
  • Must be able to work, occasionally for prolonged periods, in extremes of hot and cold temperatures and inclement weather conditions
  • Must be able to tolerate dust and other airborne particles and work around cleaning products and other materials such as biomass, lube oils and diesel
  • Ability to work well in conjunction with a variety of people and departments
  • Must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, and high-lifts, and in confined spaces.
  • Solid computer skills: database proficiency, email, spreadsheet, and word processing software required; Microsoft Office and Windows preferred
  • Familiarity with internet search engines is helpful
  • Must be able to serve rotational 24 hour emergency on-call if required by site
  • Must be able to periodically travel to multiple locations throughout the province

Work Requirements:

  • Under certain conditions while working in the plant, may be required to wear a respirator
  • Required to wear safety equipment and clothing where appropriate 
  • Requires frequent bending, stooping, reaching, climbing, and carrying and moving heavy objects with assistance when required
  • Must be able to periodically travel to multiple locations throughout the province

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the Plant Manager and in conjunction with Maintenance, Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety departments, and senior staff to coordinate daily activities and long term planning
  • Continually searches out and develops new technical and process improvements and business strategies
  • Develops overall schedules to operate the plant in order to safely achieve or exceed contractual performance guarantees including heat rate, power production and reliability
  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the plant equipment and infrastructure
  • Works closely with Maintenance and Engineering functions to achieve optimum plant performance: develops strategies to maximize equipment efficiency and reliability while minimizing costs. Meets regularly with plant manager and others to establish requirements and identify opportunities for improvements
  • Establishes schedules and plans including work orders, procedures, and cost control systems. Works with the Maintenance Manager to develop long range maintenance and overhaul plans and evaluates the most cost effective means to complete projects. Regularly prepares and reviews reports of operations activities.
  • Continually improves the quality of work by motivating and empowering employees, implementing new technology, and revising procedures and processes to improve individual and team effectiveness. Directs operations training programs and conducts performance evaluations for operations personnel. Develops team management and leadership skills
  • Selects, develops, and supervises a quality-focused team of in-house professionals and outside contractors in performing plant operations and fuel handling functions; provides instruction on duties to be performed, establishes good work practices and standards for quality of work performed, and inspects to ensure compliance.  Manages the performance of each employee to optimize individual contribution to department objectives
  • Establishes and manages budgets for the Operations Department including operating and capital budgets.  Assists and advises Plant Manager in developing the annual budget.  Monitors operating and capital expenditures vs. budgeted expenditures, and investigates variances
  • Provides leadership for implementation of safety and environmental programs.  Ensures employee compliance with company safety and environmental policies and procedures.  Directs work with highest regard for employee safety and plant reliability.  Must observe and comply with all standard safety codes and practices, and perform work in accordance with regulatory requirements and recognized trade and company standards.  Identifies opportunities to improve plant safety and to prevent accidents and permit violations
  • Monitors cross-department functions to facilitate and improve coordination of plant activities.  Monitors the work order system to ensure responsiveness.  Coordinates the activities of Operations team to ensure safe and efficient execution of activities
  • Reviews current industry methods relative to technical and operating problems, and establishes new procedures for personnel. Assists in the development of the plant preventive maintenance program.  Assists with organizing the plant downtime period
  • Conducts periodic evaluations of productivity and labor requirements and makes recommendations regarding staffing. Evaluates the need for contract labor, services, and equipment, writes specifications, negotiates and oversees contracts. Makes regular inspections of facilities. Monitors expenditures for labor, supplies, services, and equipment to ensure best value and compares income and expenses to meet established financial goals
  • Orders spare parts, materials and tools supply necessary for plant operations
  • Works closely with senior staff in the development, implementation, and review of company policies, procedures, guidelines, and financial controls.  Provides leadership and direction for implementation of company initiatives
  • May conduct and/or participate in investigations and analyses of all equipment related incidents; prepares reports and implements corrective actions
  • Performs other related duties as required


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