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Permanent - Manager Power Generation - Somerset West - South Africa

Job Number: 72830

Manager Power Generation
Ms Office
Somerset West
Western Cape

Purpose of The Job:

  • At company new Utility Substitution Power Plant at Somerset West, Eskom Power is supplemented with Solar PV- and Diesel Generated Power to ensure extremely high reliability in the electricity supply to all production facilities at the company site.

The Manager - Power Generation [company Power Station - Somerset West] is responsible for the technical, administrative, and interpersonal aspects of plant operations and maintenance, ensuring optimal performance, safety, and compliance. This role involves supervising the operations and maintenance (O&M) team, managing contractors, and liaising with various stakeholders.


Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure plant availability meets contractual targets.
  • Meet performance ratio targets for the Solar PV Power Plant and the Diesel Back-up System.
  • Ensure accuracy and compliance with all required operations and maintenance (O&M) reporting.
  • Optimize net cost of power generation.
  • Plan and execute maintenance effectively.
  • Cooperate with the Plant operations of the Somerset West Maintenance Department.

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Post Requirements

  • Minimum BEng/BTech in Electrical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Post graduate qualification in Electrical Engineering would be advantageous.
  • GCC (Factories) under the OHS Act would be advantageous.
  • Experience of GMR 2(1) or GMR 2(7) appointment under the OHS Act.
  • At least 5 years of relevant technical experience and at least 3 years of management or supervisory experience in a maintenance environment.
  • Understanding of power system protection, relays, and breaker operation.
  • Large-scale solar PV experience, Generator power experience.
  • Understanding of plant monitoring systems.
  • Ability to conduct switching activities and be authorized to switch (Authorized Person with reference to ORHVS).
  • Project management experience is advantageous.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proactive and able to work independently.
  • Willingness to be on standby during weekends and after hours.
  • Able to perform physical site work and obtain a medical fitness certificate as per Annexure 3 of OHS Act Construction Regulations.
  • Analyse and resolve faults within the plant.
  • Manage, supervise, and conduct repairs and replacement of components.
  • Monitor and control the plant through the monitoring platform.
  • Supervise and conduct switching activities of 11kV Substations.
  • Manage, supervise, and conduct preventative and corrective maintenance.
  • Complete all reporting requirements related to plant operations.
  • Complete and submit incident and investigative reports.
  • Fully proficient in English (verbal and written communication), additional language beneficial.
  • Fully computer literate (MS Office Suite and Google App Suite).
  • Strong organizational, planning, scheduling, and prioritization skills.
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