Director, Operations

Tenaska   •  

Omaha, NE

Industry: Energy / Oil & Gas


11 - 15 years

Posted 368 days ago

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Position Summary:

The Director, Operations is responsible for the operation, maintenance, engineering and management of operating facilities and pipelines in which Tenaska and its affiliates have ownership. This position is responsible for managing the daily operations of multiple facilities and assuring that all facilities are operated in compliance with applicable safety, environmental and contractual requirements. The Director, Operations will implement annual operating plans, benchmark plant efficiencies and maximize facility profitability. The position will also provide O&M input for development activities.


Scope of Responsibility:

This position requires the individual to execute judgement and fulfill a decision making role in an increasingly complex, operational and regulatory environment. Duties will be performed independently with only general directions given. Decisions are made based on guidelines if available and under the guidance of the Vice President, Operations. External contacts could include government officials, regulatory agency representatives and management of other organizations.



  1. Oversee facility operations to assure that daily production goals are met or exceeded employing sound business principles.  Employ best in class techniques to enhance plant profitability. Manage and oversee the performance of all plant outages and optimize the schedules for outages to optimize production and minimize cost
  2. Administer project agreements including O&M Agreements, Power Purchase Agreements, Steam Agreements and Utility Agreements. Assure facility is operated in compliance with these project agreements
  3. Monitor staffing, training, and qualification plans. Ensure that goals of all personnel are aligned with goals of facility and Owner
  4. Audit facility safety programs to assure that a safe and healthy working environment is established and the safety awareness of all plant personnel is maintained
  5. Ensure compliance with all applicable environmental permits, regulations, plans and programs. Review and submit required environmental and regulatory reports
  6. Control and maintain plant expenditures utilizing budgeting, forecasting, and cost accounting methods. Manage the development of annual budgets for the facility in accordance with the long term maintenance plan and project pro formas
  7. Coordinate liaison efforts with the community and regulatory agencies. Continue to enhance image of plant as a good neighbor to the community and the environment.  Encourage involvement and participation of plant staff in community activities
  8. Provide hands-on support for operations and maintenance as required. Assist in the evaluation of equipment problems and failures.  Employ outside resources as necessary to resolve technical and administrative issues
  9. Provide direction and leadership to plant management. Conduct periodic reviews of plant programs and policies to ensure they reflect current plant goals, operating requirements, and the industry's best in class
  10. Complete special projects as required by the Vice President of Operations.


BS in Engineering with ten or more years of experience in the operations and maintenance of power generating facilities, including significant exposure to gas turbine power plants. MBA or significant experience relating to the business principles and practices of power generating facilities, specifically independent power producers. Demonstrated skills in environmental management, budget development/control, organizational development, and contract administration.  History of development of innovative and creative problem solving approaches to improving various aspects of facility performance; including technical, personnel, and business. Must have strong leadership, motivational, and communication (oral and written) skills, including the ability to communicate effectively to large groups and make detailed presentations.