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Date Posted: Mar 14, 2019

Location: Osceola, AR, US

Company: NRG

Job Description

NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

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Plum Point Energy Station is a 670 net MW coal-fired power plant located approximately 50 miles north of Memphis near Osceola Arkansas.  The Operations Manager leads the Operations staff and coordinates site activity and optimization with the Maintenance, Engineering, Environmental, and Fuels Manager to ensure safe, environmentally compliant, and efficient operations of the power plant.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Leads Plant Operations in alignment with Safety, Environmental, and Conduct of Operations protocols
  • Leads Operations and Scheduling staff and coordinates with other work groups to support plant profitability and success as measured by Short Term Incentive goals and other measures
  • Able to fulfill the responsibilities of the Plant Manager position in their absence
  • Promotes productivity and teamwork in Operations with open communication, timely decision making, and use of personal leadership skills to set high standards of performance (precision operations) while providing the direction necessary to achieve that performance
  • Promotes and supports the development of technical, leadership, and business skills of employees to carry out responsibilities in a competitive environment
  • Provides regular feedback to employees on their performance to allow them to capitalize on their strengths and focus on opportunities for improvement
  • Demonstrates behavior that encourages and rewards employee involvement, innovative thinking, adaptation to change, responsible risk taking, customer focus, and continuous improvement
  • Ensures development and implementation of assigned area goals, objectives, and initiatives
  • Supports and emphasizes importance of safety and environmental programs and ensures regulatory compliance
  • Reviews performance with customers/clients and addresses opportunities for improvement
  • Ensures all resources are utilized in a cost effective manner (especially major costs such as auxiliary power, fuel, and operator time and overtime), estimates resource requirements, monitors expenditures, and reports on performance of assigned area
  • Assigns work and holds employees accountable for their performance
  • Performs field inspections of job sites and work in progress
  • Recognizes problems and is proactive in helping to resolve them
  • Ensures development, implementation, and monitoring of work plans and schedules in their area of responsibility
  • Ensures work performed by external service providers is in support of objectives, responsibilities, and contractual agreement
  • Maintains a working relationship with employees consistent with personnel policies and procedures
  • Provides overall direction and coordination of plant operations and maintenance activities
  • Coordinates and communicates with the Asset Desk, real time dispatching, maintenance, contractors, and other organizations
  • Coordinates emergency response efforts (i.e. hurricane preparedness and staffing, freeze protection, integrated contingency plan, etc.)
  • Sets maintenance priorities and schedules maintenance for the plant.
  • Provides visible and active support for the plant reliability program
  • Responsible for laying up the units properly during extended periods of reserve shutdown and inspection outages
  • Ensures that the Operations organization understands and supports the steam purity program
  • Maintains current written procedures to improve plant performance and to ensure consistent operations between crews
  • Provides leadership in the lock out/tag out program in order to promote safe operations and maintenance
  • Develops appropriate shifts, schedules, staffing, and response programs to control costs and enhance response time and performance
  • Coordinates application of internal and external resources to area of responsibility to support maintenance activities, projects, programs, etc.
  • Develops and executes training programs to promote continuous improvement in operator skills and performance


Working Conditions:

  • Normal office environment and power plant environment
  • Requires operation of a motor vehicle and a valid driver’s license
  • Work overtime and non-standard working hours as required
  • Requires occasional travel outside service area
  • May be required to work around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials and chemicals
  • Requires operation of a personal computer



Minimum Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
    • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree in Engineering, Business, or related discipline from an accredited college or university
  • 8 plus years’ experience in a power plant environment
  • Experience leading / supervising employees in a manufacturing / power plant environment


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Has a good general understanding of the processes, systems, assets, resources, key personnel, and business functions of NRG Energy
  • Knowledge of power plant systems and operations, and comprehensive knowledge in the area of responsibility
  • Strong understanding and alignment of NRG Conduct of Operations
  • Thorough understanding and execution of NRG LOTO processes
  • Demonstrated effective leadership and personnel management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) at all levels of NRG
  • Ability to establish and maintain a positive and professional working relationship with all individuals
  • Ability to use a personal computer and standard business software
  • Ability to read, create and follow written policies and procedures
  • Ability to read, write and understand English
  • Ability to understand and use work management systems
  • Knowledge of applicable safety and environmental regulations



  • In addition to the NRG’s STRIVE values, demonstrates the following:
  • Uses and maintains technical and professional knowledge, shares that knowledge with others, and recognizes/applies new technology in a cost effective manner
  • Obtains and applies knowledge of competitive business practices in daily work activities and decision making
  • Seeks and understands the customer/client’s needs and focuses on meeting and exceeding their expectations
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Anticipates and accepts changes in the organization and adapts to meet the new requirements
  • Committed to making the workplace safe and environmentally sound
  • Willing to accept accountability for own decisions, performance, and behavior, as well as the performance of their employees and organization


Physical Requirements:

  • Requires standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, climbing stairs and ladders, and entering plant equipment to access, inspect, or collect data on plant equipment
  • Occasionally requires lifting as appropriate to perform duties and responsibilities
  • Occasionally requires wearing personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, ear plugs, gloves, etc.)


NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace.  To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability
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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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Nearest Major Market: Jonesboro
Nearest Secondary Market: Memphis

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