Operations Manager - Solid Fuels

Date:  Sep 4, 2021

JEWETT, TX, US, 75846

Company:  NRG

At NRG, we’re bringing the power of energy to people and organizations by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We generate electricity and provide energy solutions and natural gas to millions of customers through our diverse portfolio of retail brands. A Fortune 500 company, operating in the United States and Canada, NRG delivers innovative solutions while advocating for competitive energy markets and customer choice, working towards a sustainable energy future. More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG on Facebook, LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:


Includes, but are not limited to the following:


  • Leads Operations and scheduling staff and may include the chemical 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 recognizes employee involvement, innovative thinking, adaptation, responsible risk taking, customer focus, and continuous improvement.
  • Ensures development and implementation of assigned area goals, objectives, and initiatives.
  • Supports and emphasizes the 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 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 resolving concerns.
  • 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, and the IBEW Labor Agreement.
  • 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 the Operations organization understands and supports the steam purity program.
  • Maintains current written procedures to improve plant performance and ensure consistent operations between crews.
  • Provides leadership in the lock out/tag out program 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/or 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
  • Occasionally requires wearing personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, ear plugs, etc.)
  • May be required to work around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials and chemicals
  • Requires operation of a personal computer
  • Travel Requirements: <5%


Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum of 10 years of power plant operations experience or
  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering, Business, or related discipline from an accredited college or university, and 7 years of equivalent experience in a related field (petroleum industry, power, processing (wood or paper), chemical industry
  • Experience leading/supervising employees, including bargaining unit employees
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a coal-fired plant
  • Knowledge of quality processes and formal programs
  • Understanding and experience with NERC Programs


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Has a general understanding of the processes, systems, assets, resources, key personnel, and business functions of NRG Energy or similar industrial facility.
  • Knowledge of power plant systems and operations, and comprehensive knowledge in the position’s area of responsibility
  • 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, interpretation, and application of an IBEW Labor Agreement
  • Knowledge of applicable safety and environmental regulations



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




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.

Official description on file with Human Resources

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