Operations Manager - Solid Waste Division

Olmsted County
Organization Summary


Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Job type

$75,441.60 - $122,012.80 Annually


Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Primary Duties
Nature of Work

Under general supervision, is responsible for the management and training of all operation’s personnel at the Olmsted Waste-to-Energy facilities. Supervises Shift Supervisors, Supervising Systems Operators, System Operators, Auxiliary Operators and Scale Operators. Performs additional responsibilities as assigned.

Examples of Work
  • Supervises the activities of operations staff, including start up, shut down, normal and casualty operation, environmental monitoring, investigations, and preventative maintenance tasks as required. Recommends and authorizes hiring, transfer, suspension, promotion, discharge, assignments, rewards or discipline of employees, direction of the work and adjustment of other employees' grievances on behalf of the employer.
  • Coordinates with the leadership team to provide operational support as necessary to facilitate plant maintenance.
  • Participates in the implementation and documentation of preventative maintenance program.
  • Coordinates daily facility operations through leadership team.
  • Supervises new training and continuing education of plant staff, including personnel safety training.
  • Creates and maintains the Facilities Operational and Casualty manuals.
  • Assists in the preparation of maintenance, operational and capital budgets.
  • Coordinates with the leadership team to plan and schedule coverage for personnel absences.
  • Assigns and monitors operational maintenance and housekeeping.
  • Ensures proper record keeping of plant operation.
  • Ensures plant cleanliness.
  • Prepares both routine and incident related operational reports.
  • Implements directives issued by the Plant Manager.
  • Provides technical assistance to staff.
  • Reviews machinery history and equipment status documentation.
  • Coordinates plant chemistry and control.
  • Ensures plant compliance with operating permits and legal statutes.
  • Resolves grievances not resolved by the Shift Supervisor.
  • Conducts liaison with advisory groups, private and public agencies, and the general public.
  • Shares on call responsibility with other management staff.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices applied to the operation of a refuse fired furnace
  • Extensive knowledge in the operation of heavy stationary mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Knowledge of the hazards involved in heavy industrial equipment operation and the necessary safety precautions
  • Skill in planning, organizing, and accomplishing work in a timely and effective manner
  • Skill in the use of computers and technology, including software and hardware to compile, evaluate, forecast, and report facility operational data
  • Skill in written and oral communications, with particular emphasis on technical communications related to operating procedures and procurement specifications
  • Skill in analyzing problems and developing efficient/effective solutions
  • Skill in recognizing, diagnosing, and averting faulty operation of a wide variety of mechanical and electrical auxiliary and support equipment
  • Skill in project management, including the ability to plan and direct the work of employees and contractors engaged in installing, repairing, and maintaining building facilities, process, and distribution equipment
  • Skill in written, verbal, and interpersonal communications
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with customers, contractors, colleagues, employees, and the public
  • Ability to plan and direct the work of other employees engaged in installing, operating, and repairing facilities and equipment
  • Ability to develop and manage complex multi-disciplinary projects from concept to commissioning
  • Ability to review accurate engineering computations and engineering judgment to the planning, design, construction, and operation of public works facilities
  • Ability to read and understand plans sketches, diagrams, and blueprints
  • Ability to develop and administer effective training programs
Persons with disabilities: the above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.
Minimum Qualifications of Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in mechanical, electrical, or process engineering with three (3) years of experience in a similar position, with at least two (2) years in a supervisory or lead worker role.
Combination of education and experience equivalent to seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in a similar position as listed in the work functions, with at least two (2) years in a supervisory or lead worker role.
Regular and reliable attendance is a necessary component of job/position. Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid driver’s license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years.
Required Special Qualifications:

  • Possession of a MPCA Waste Combustor Operator Certificate within six (6) months of employment.
  • Possession of an OWEF Municipal Waste Combustor Operator Full Certificate within two (2) years of hire.
  • Possession of a MPCA Waste Combustor Examiner Certificate within three (3) years of hire.
  • Possession of a valid Minnesota Chief Engineer Grade A License.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in resource recovery.
  • Background in power generation facilities.
  • Experience in the design, construction, maintenance, management and/or operation of solid waste processing, energy producing or similar facilities.
How to Apply

Apply online:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/olmsted/jobs/3809254/operations-manager-solid-waste-division


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