Operations Manager

Posting date : 04/04/2024

Requisition ID : 25574


Position Title:

Operation Manager – AVON Plant

Reports to:

Plant Manager



Closing date:

11 April 2024



  • Day to day efficient management of all plant operation activities through a team of site based staff according to good utility practice, dispatch instructions, the company rules and procedures, OEM guidelines, legal, environmental, contractual and other requirements;


  • Responsible for company safety rules and Permit-to-Work system and driving the safety culture


  • Development of the short and long term operation strategy for the plant and the development of capable staff to support that strategy;


  • Ensure the operation department staff is selected, mobilized and maintained as required;


  • Determine and schedule the resources and requirements for each activity;
  • Ensure that the plant meets safety, availability, reliability, efficiency, generation and budget targets. Communication with load dispatch and fuel dispatch as per Grid Code;
  • Ensures reporting as per contractual and business requirement;


  • Responsible for the operations QA/QC and root cause analysis program;


  • Administer the safe systems of work through a computerized management program;


  • Establish, implement and monitor the adherence to operations procedures and routines;


  • Development, achievement and reporting of operation KPI’s and objectives in line with the Business Plan;


  • Efficient management of resources, supplies and consumables while controlling the risks to the business;


  • Key role in management of the plant operation aspect of all contracts, especially the O&M agreement with the Owner;


  • Efficient management of resources, supplies and consumables;


  • Establish, implement and monitor a detailed plant thermal efficiency monitoring;


  • Prepare, control, analyse and report on the yearly and long term budget and business plan for the operation dept. to the various stakeholders through reporting KPI’s;


  • Ensure reporting to all stakeholders as required;


  • Coordinate operation activities with administration, maintenance, finance, and Health, Safety and Environment departments


  • Establish and facilitate training programs for individual development and competence within the operation department;


  • Organize performance evaluation and succession planning for key staff in the operation department;


  • Adherence and active participation in establishing, implementing and executing Quality, Health, Safety and Environment policies and standards;


  • Maintaining high standards of management, ethics and leadership;


  • Continuously improve systems and procedures based on experience





  • The Job Holder will work in a controlled hazardous environment.


Work Levels and Conditions and Risks:

  • Work Level 5 (OSHA scale 1 to 6): the tasks that he performs as part of their daily work activities represent risks and are controlled by means of procedures, supervision, safety devices and HSE Teams in such a way that its non-observance that could lead to a serious accident or even death.


Exposure to Risks:

  • Traffic risks, ergonomic risks;
  • Risks inherent to the job of the Operations Manager while performing inspections, site visits, operations and maintenance activities, etc.


Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Hard hat/safety helmet;
  • Ear protection (plugs or ear muffs);
  • Safety glasses;
  • Safety shoes;
  • Cotton work wear;
  • Safety Gloves;


Recommended HPE (Health Protection Equipment):

  • Ergonomic office equipment;














  • Peakers Operations (“the Company”) operates two open cycle peaking power facilities through its O&M Agreements with the Owners of Dedisa Peaking Power Pty Ltd and Avon Peaking Power Pty Ltd;


  • Dedisa Peaking Power Plant and Avon Peaking Power Plant has capacity of 342 MW and 685 MW respectively;


  • The Company is fully owned by ENGIE with registered office: Block E, Lincolnwood Office Park, Woodlands Drive, Woodmead, 2191, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa;


  • The Owner Company is 38% owned by ENGIE, 25% by Mitsui, 27% by BEE SPV and 10% by BBBEE SPV;


  • The projects are Independent Peaking Power Generation projects, having a 15 years Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Eskom Holdings as a single off-taker;


  • The Job Holder will be based at the Facility.  




  • The Job Holder works as head of the operation department of the Facility and reports to the Plant Manager.



The Job Holder will work and communicate with:

  • Internal: The Facility Manager, Finance, Administration, Maintenance, Health, Safety and Environment;
  • External:
  • Owner, through the O&M agreement
  • Regional offices of the shareholders
  • Govt. Authorities as required
  • Other Contractual Counterparties, Contractors, Suppliers, Equipment Manufacturers and Vendors.



  • Operates within the approved budgetary limits and assigned authorities;
  • Approves expenses incurred by team members in the course of performing their duties in accordance with the established Policies.
  • Is part of the approval process for purchase orders, payments, contracts and master data as defined in the Company delegation of authorities, processes, policies and procedures



Number of staff supervised:

Approximate number of Direct Reports:

  • 14

Position titles of Direct Reports:

  • 4 Shift Charge Engineers
  • 4 Operation Engineers
  • 4 Field Operators
  • 1 Plant Chemist
  • 1 Assistant Plant Operator


Accountable for:

  • Operation budget








Essential Qualifications:


  • An accredited Mechanical/Electrical Engineering degree
  • Registration as Profession. Engineer an added advantage
  • Relevant management qualification (MDP) is an added advantage
  • Demonstrated competence at engineering level supported by relevant education and training





  • At least 10 year experience in the operation of a large power plant
  • Knowledge and experience of Gas Turbine operation, v94.2 Siemens or Ansaldo units preferred.
  • Leading and managing people
  • Use of safe systems of work
  • Use of computerized management system
  • Engineering concepts and principles
  • Knowledge and application of OHS Act and other relevant Safety regulations
  • Interaction with purchasing, finance and accounting, maintenance, administration
  • Budget control and reporting






  • Drive to achieve results through himself and others
  • Ability to build and work with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary staff
  • Ability to work together with the other departments in order to achieve the best result for the company
  • Take ownership
  • Maintains high ethics standard
  • Motivation and leadership of team and individual team members
  • Respects the others as well as the cultural diversity
  • Seek, organize and exchange information for decision making  and problem solving
  • Ability to create a climate of open communication on personal and professional issues
  • Ability to work autonomously, prioritizing tasks and activities in line with business objectives
  • Quality and environmental awareness and managing according to quality standards and procedures
  • Innovation, vision, creativity, taking initiative, problem solving and decision making
  • A pro-active approach to planning and decision making
  • Ability to build effective relationships with key stakeholders




  • English Language: excellent communication skills both written and verbal;
  • Afrikaans/Zulu is an advantage




  • Computer literate: must have a high degree of skill in Business Computing Applications such as Databases, Word Processors, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint and Enterprise Resource Planning applications (Maximo/SAP or equivalent);









  • Adheres to the Company Policies and Procedures
  • Behaves in a responsible way
  • Lives the values of the company;
  • Undertakes other duties as may be requested within reason.
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