Operations Technician

Job Title:      Operations Technician

Reports to:  Operations Director

 

Background 

Founded in 2006 Welsh Power has unrivalled experience within the independent energy sector in the UK.

The Company has experience across all aspects of the energy sector having owned and operated large coal and gas fired power plants, created an electricity supply business, owned a power engineering business and latterly developed, owned and operated a portfolio of smaller flexible embedded power generation plants operated both in the short-term operating reserve (STOR) and merchant peaking power markets.

The company is in the process of developing and building a growing portfolio comprising in excess of 350 MW of highly efficient, flexible, gas fuelled power plants. These will play a key part in enabling the UK to manage its electricity generating capacity as it moves towards a low carbon future. Designed to start remotely at very short notice, the portfolio will play a key role in meeting the challenges presented by the growth of low carbon power generation and ensuring security of supply during this process.

Supported by a strong financial investor, the company is currently operating 17 power generation sites, with a further 7 expected to transition from construction into operations within 2018.  The company therefore seeks applicants to assist it operate, administer and co-ordinate these assets from its Cardiff HQ.

 

The Role

Reporting to the Operations Director, this varied role offers the successful applicants the opportunity to become familiar with, co-ordinate, administer and report on the commercial and technical operational performance and maintenance of the company's flexible power plant assets. The role will consist generally of the following activities:-

  • Health, Safety and Environment - To monitor and manage site access and to ensure safe working practices and procedures are being adhered to by our service partners/providers and to maintain and update the company’s environmental documentation. 
  • Operational Response -To provide first line communications and response, liaising and reporting to relevant support providers, customers and stake holders
  • Asset Supervision - Become familiar with, and be able to monitor and interrogate remote plant software. Monitor and manage individual machine availability working closely with providers of Operations and Maintenance services to effectively manage availability, service and support. 
  • Asset Availability - To make (via electronic portals), monitor, and report on daily declarations of availability of individual generators and plant to our customers including National Grid and our utility trade partners.
  • Call Monitoring - To monitor automatically issued power plant despatches, liaising directly with the Service Desks of our respective operations providers to manage performance, minimise downtime, manage call-outs and ensure expedient return to service.
  • Performance Reporting - To log, compile and issue operational reports to management on a regular basis highlighting performance, faults, downtime, loss, planned and unplanned maintenance and the costs of such interventions.

 

Job Specifics

The role will be based in our commercial and operational headquarters in the centre of Cardiff.  The role will be predominantly office based but also require regular travel to operational power plant sites located throughout Wales and England.  Attributes of the role are as follows:-

  • Attractive salary subject to experience;
  • 37.5 hours per week on a 7 day shift rota;
  • Company/individual performance bonus, pension scheme and associated health cover.

 

Skills/Qualifications

In order to succeed in this dynamic and reactive role, the successful applicant will possess and be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A strong service administrative or technical/service background ideally with experience and knowledge of powergen equipment / supply / support or service;
  • Qualified to a minimum Level 4 / HNC / BTEC Professional / NVQ in either engineering / technical or service/admin discipline;
  • Some commercial experience/appreciation in the technical service industry / environment would be of benefit;
  • A good understanding of or experience in operational Health, Safety and Environmental (training will be provided);
  • Be able to demonstrate excellent spoken and written communications skills;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computer applications, including spreadsheets with the potential to learn new power plant based applications (training will be provided);
  • Be able to work flexibly within the requirements of a shared operational cover rota;
  • Willing to undertake job specific training and development as necessary.

 


Interested applicants should email their CVs to Karen Paget at the following address karen.paget@welshpower.com clearly marked as ‘Job Application – Operations Technician' and include a brief covering email detailing their suitability for the role. 

 

The closing date for this vacancy is Friday, 25th May 2018.