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Operations Manager

Company: CMS Energy
Location: Flint
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

CMS Enterprises owns and operates independent power generating plants, natural gas assets and an energy marketing group for the non-utility segment of CMS Energy's business. We are proud of our strong history of reliably serving our utility, municipal, commercial and industrial customers.To learn more about CMS Enterprises business, please visit https://www.cms-enterprises.com/about.

At CMS Enterprises, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture which supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're part of a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.


This position is available at our Genesee Power Station (GPS) in Flint, Michigan. It is a renewable facility which burns a variety of biomass materials that would otherwise be landfilled, including tree trimmings, land-clearing residue, construction debris, pallets, spools and other clean industrial wood wastes provided by Mid Michigan Recycling. The power produced supports the health of the forests, mitigates greenhouse gases (is "carbon neutral"), conserves landfill space, and supports the electric grid in central Michigan. The electric output is sold pursuant to a long -term power purchase agreement with Consumers Energy Company. This facility can produce enough electricity to power approximately 40,000 homes. Commercial operation began in 1995.

The Operations Manager is an integral part of the GPS leadership team and to lead a safe and efficient Operations department.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees the GPS Operations Department. Direct supervision of 14 Operators.
  • Will learn Micro-Main work management system and process for GPS.
  • Ensures safe, timely, accurate completion of all PM work orders assigned to the Operations department.
  • Develops metrics to show the Operations work management process progress on a weekly basis.
  • Ensures the support of the Operations department during forced and scheduled outages. Provides technical assistance and assist in troubling shooting to support the plant goals.
  • Trains the Operations department personnel on all company policies and government regulations. Oversees and administers the operations budget for the facility.
  • Provides subordinate coaching and counseling as necessary. Oversees special projects as necessary.
  • Oversees the Operations training program and makes sure the personnel are performing accordingly. Coordinates and oversees contract work as necessary.
  • Complies with all company safety policies and procedures.
  • Schedules, performs, and analyzes plant calibration programs.
  • Oversees plant Continuing Monitoring System (CEMS) operation. Ensures reliability and compliance. Assists in identifying and implementing plant betterment and/or profit improvement projects.
  • Responds quickly to plant conditions or requirements which may involve extended work hours. Assists in developing and defining plant policies and procedures.
  • Participates in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental, plant, and company goals. Provides leadership to others through leading by example and sharing of knowledge and skills.
  • Performs other collateral duties as assigned.

Requirements/ Qualifications

  • A college degree in a technical or engineering field; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Must possess a demonstrated track record of successful goal achievement
  • 5+ years' relevant experience, with 3+ years in a supervisory position
  • Must be willing and able to work call ins, overtime and various schedules to support plant operations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of power plant operations and technical ability is preferred.
  • A thorough demonstrated understanding of power plant operations, including a working knowledge of the operations & maintenance functions.
  • A working knowledge of chemistry as it relates to plant operations as well as environmental and water treatment programs and statutory regulations. Understand budgets, bid proposals, contract evaluation, basic accounting principles.
  • Demonstrates the ability to make competent decisions in emergency situations.
  • Demonstrates the ability to read and interpret mechanical drawings, electrical one-lines, logic drawings, and technical manuals.
  • Ability to solve practical problems, clearly communicate tasks and needs, and training of other personnel. Analyzes and interprets data to make sound professional judgments and recommendations.
  • Demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills. Ability to manage and motivate subordinates.
  • Advance level of computer skills
  • Able to deal with multiple levels of personalities in people. General/specific knowledge of maintenance requirements and practices.
  • Must have in depth knowledge of all Plant systems, their support equipment, theory of operation, and proper care and maintenance of same. Previously have worked in the fossil fuel/ bio-mass industry.
  • Leadership training/skills/seminars; able to deal with people, etc. General/specific knowledge of operational requirements and practices. Ability to prioritize work.
  • In-depth knowledge of all Plant systems, their support equipment, theory of operation, and proper care and maintenance of same.
  • Able to perform job responsibilities of those under your direction. Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills. Familiarity with MlOSHA/OSHA regulations.
  • Familiarity with a procedural oriented company/industry.
  • Must be able and willing to work any shift schedule, including call-ins, nights and weekends.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at waist. Requires full use of lower extremities and back muscles. Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on one knee or both knees.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine. Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Sitting: Sitting upright in the work area to perform duties.
  • Crawling: Positioning the body so that weight is evenly distributed on both hands and knees on a flat surface. Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances.
  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward. Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Requires substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling. Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds with no less than a 40 dB loss at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz with or without correction.
  • Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on machined parts.
  • Heavy Work - Exerting up to 70 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Visual Acuity Requirements including Color, Depth Perception, & Field of Vision.
  • Machine Operator (including inspection) - This is a minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines (including inspection), using measurement devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes.
  • The worker is required to wear personal protective equipment.
  • Outside environmental conditions: Minimal protection from weather conditions and temperature changes. Extreme heat: Temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour during a work shift.
  • Extreme cold: Temperatures below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour during a work shift.
  • Noise: There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.
  • Hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, and exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals. Atmospheric conditions: One or more of the following conditions that may affect the respiratory system or the skin: Fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation.
  • Oils: There is air and/or skin exposure to oils and other cutting fluids. Prolonged, irregular working hours.


Temperaments applying to this job include:

  • Performing repetitive or short cycle work.
  • Working alone or apart, in physical isolation from others. Attaining precise set limit s, tolerances, and standards. Working under specific instructions.
  • Dealing with people from multiple functions. Making judgments and decisions.
  • Dealing with changing priorities.

Giving direction to others without having formal authority. Working under pressure to meet specific deadlines

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Nearest Major Market: Flint

Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

Job Segment: Operations Manager, Electrical, Engineer, Wastewater, Operations, Engineering

Keywords: CMS Energy, Flint , Operations Manager, Other , Flint, Michigan

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