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Operations Manager - Wastewater Treatment

  • Sector: Engineering
  • Location: Kazakhstan
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 17/08/2011
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The Company:
A major international operator.

The Role:
The Wastewater Treatment Facility (WTF) currently under construction, will biologically treat 6.000 m³/day of sanitary effluent coming from several different sources. The project includes not only the treatment facility itself but also the sewage collecting network, consisting of several kms of pipelines and 3 lift stations. The plant includes pre-treatment (screening and grit removal,) biological treatment using SBR reactors, filtration and chlorination. Handling of excess sludge is via sludge drying beds and sludge lagoons.
WTF premises are currently in the final construction stages; scheduled for commissioning and start-up first quarter 2012.

We are seeking an experienced wastewater treatment Operations Manager (OpsMgr) responsible for operating and maintaining the plant consistently within design parameters.
The OpsMgr will be incorporated before plant start-up to organize and enable a smooth transition from construction and commissioning to operations.

Before WTF Start up:
The OpsMgr will be integrated in a team comprising the plant engineering and construction group, commissioning group and company operations representatives. Pre-start-up activities include:
• Gain familiarity with the plant design and process and operations philosophies
• Propose staffing plan and assist with recruitment process: writing job descriptions, taking part in job interviews, candidates’ assessment, etc
• Plan and coordinate staff training. Work together with vendors to organize training from vendors for some equipment that might require specific training, such as filters, chlorination units, air scrubbers, etc…
• Develop required Standard Operating Procedures, with assistance from vendors and plant FEED designer
• Prepare Operator daily working routines
• Prepare a laboratory sampling schedule in compliance with Operations needs and regulatory requirements
• Assist company Operations Department to ensure readiness of all logistics and auxiliary services required for operations.

After WTF Start up:
The OpsMgr will manage a team of operators, maintenance personnel, lab technicians and administrative local staff. The team goal will be achieving a reliable and consistent plant performance
within design parameters, keeping effluent discharge values within Kazakhstan acceptance limits. After start-up activities include:
• Ensure that the plant equipment is maintained according to high industry standards. Company CMMS system will be used to assist the maintenance function.
• Manage stocks of spare parts and consumables, ensuring their availability in order to not to disrupt operations.
• Provide continuous training and coaching to the local staff. The Company medium term goal is that plant will eventually be fully operated by Kazakhstan nationals without compromising performance levels.
• Provide reports to management
• Embrace Company Safety Culture. Be a Safety Leader and an example for subordinates. Make sure that plant staff gets the adequate safety training and follow all safety procedures. Company safety goal is to achieve incident free operation.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
• We require a professional with wide experience in wastewater treatment plant operations. Experience in SBR treatment will be considered as a plus.
• University degree required in Process Engineering, Chemistry, Water and Wastewater Engineering, Environmental or similar related with the job
• Basic understanding of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation equipment
• Working experience as leader of teams up to 10-15 people or more
• Above average communication and people skills
• Required to be fluent in English. Knowledge of Russian and/or Kazakh will be very beneficial for the job.
• Good and up-to-date computer skills
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