The Project Engineer and Operations Manager (“Manager”) supports the Vice President of Operations (V.P. Operations) by overseeing the day-to-day operations to support the growth and add to the bottom line of a successful operation of FCPC Renewable Generation, LLC (FCPC RG) within an appropriate budget and scope. The primary function of FCPC RG is the business operations and functional operation of renewable energy power plant fueled by an anaerobic digester (“Biodigester”). The position requires daily management, analysis, monitoring, documentation, feedstock procurement and analysis, creation of budget tracking, operation expenses and any other role as determined by the President and Board.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for the successful overall direction, administration and coordination of the Biodigester and other facilities as assigned or developed in accordance with policies, procedures and objectives established by the Board and/or President.
Responsible for management and operational decisions with appropriate approvals as required.
Is primarily responsible for complying with all contracts, agreements, amendments, or financial decisions that impact the business.
Consult with the President and Vice President on short and long-term business objectives.
Create, develop and implements an effective strategy of corporate organization consistent with the objectives for future growth and expansion.
Ensures quality management operations in all areas of the organization.
Work closely with all levels of management, consultants, and professional staff. Provide direction to, and oversee performance of staff employees.
Regularly review and evaluate departmental performance, working with department staff to resolve unsatisfactory results or conditions.
Prepares and reviews departmental reports.
Facilitates the flow of information throughout the Biodigester and other facilities as assigned or developed. Develop effective corporate procedures and controls, by organizing and presiding over regularly scheduled meetings.
Be accountable, to the highest degree, for the accuracy and thoroughness of records and reports.
Maintain open lines of communication with all departments.
Directly supervises the contract consultants and the activities of all employees who work at the Biodigester and other facilities as assigned or developed.
Develop and guide a Tribal Career Development Program- A structured program that will prepare members of the Forest County Potawatomi Community for a career within the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.
Establish, update and ensure full compliance with federal, tribal, state law, departmental policies, procedures and regulations.
Participation in regular update calls with relevant staff and consultants. Provide meeting minutes to the President.
Review and control invoices from consultants, outside vendors and facility services. Ensure consistency with the O&M and make recommendations regarding payments.
Prepare annual budgets in coordination with the President, Vice President and V.P. of Operations. Make recommendations regarding changes to budget, increases, decreases, and operational needs.
Oversee feedstock procurement activities for the Biodigester and provide assistance related to the same (e.g. provide tours, pursue leads, provide information and ensure procured feedstock is properly usable.)
Coordinate with the President to respond to media or other public inquiries regarding the Biodigester.
Prepare federal agency filings and reports including the United States Department of Agriculture and certain tax filings regarding green energy production.
Serve as Biodigester's liaison to WE Energies, which shall require working to achieve lowest available rates and to process the Sales Tax Exemption.
Serve as the Biodigester's liaison with Potawatomi Bingo Casino and Potawatomi Hotel. Work with facilities staff as appropriate and when needed to address concerns or otherwise optimize performance of the Biodigester.
Manage Heat Loop contract with Potawatomi Bingo Casino and Potawatomi Hotel.
Provide prompt notice, via email to the President and Vice President of material concerns.
Provide recommendations for improvements to the Biodigester; provided that you lack authority to bind or otherwise commit, and shall not attempt to bind or otherwise commit, the Board to undertake or pay for improvements without the Board's prior written consent.
Provide to the VP Operations monthly summaries of the Biodigester's performance which highlights gallons of feedstock received, tipping revenue, heat recovered and beneficially reused, revenues, production of electricity, disposition of excess biogas and recommendations regarding these items and the Biodigester.
Adaptability - adapts to change, is open to new ideas, willingly takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet departmental/business enterprise needs.
Budget/Cost Control - plans for and uses resources efficiently. Consistently seek ways to reduce costs. Create and contribute to accurate and realistic budgets. Track and adjust budget accordingly.
Communication – good communication ability both verbally and in writing. Create accurate and punctual reports, demonstrate good listening skills. Demonstrate behavior that is welcoming, friendly, open and approachable.
Decision Making/Judgment - recognize problems and respond appropriately. Systematically gather information, sort through complex issues and seek input from others. Address root cause of issues and make timely decisions. Exercise good judgment and demonstrate the ability to make difficult decisions. Effectively communicate decisions to all appropriate personnel, departments and/or business enterprise.
Job Knowledge - demonstrate the necessary management, administrative, professional and/or technical skills to meet or exceed position requirements and expectations. Use a common sense approach to completing tasks and meeting deadlines. Keep job knowledge current, and take command of all critical issues that develop day-to-day on the job. Continuously seek to increase job knowledge and add value to organization.
Staff Development- provides feedback, coaching, and training opportunities to the Biodigester team. Take on a mentoring role that rewards hard work and risk taking. Effectively manage and embrace the diversity of skills on the team. Use this as leverage to engage and motivate all direct reports. Defines position requirements and necessary skills that embrace/encourages diversity in the applicant pool.
Problem Solving/Analysis –break down problems into smaller components so that understanding underlying issues are easily detected. Apply the ability to simplify and process complex issues. Identify and understand the difference between critical details and unimportant facts. Focus attention on the primary source or cause of a problem. Demonstrate the ability to identify and successfully resolve issues before they become significant problems.
Results Focus -target and achieves results by setting challenging goals, prioritizing tasks and overcoming obstacles. Accepts accountability for results achieved and sets team standards and responsibilities. Provides direction, leadership and motivation.
Quality Service -ability to handle internal/external questions, concerns and complaints effectively and communicates positively. Consistently maintain a pleasant, approachable, professional image.
Team Leadership- anticipates and resolves conflict. Is able to turn team diversity into an advantage while effectively utilizing team talents. Listens well and diffuses conflict before it starts.
A Bachelor's degree in a related field plus 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience is required. State of Wisconsin certifications such as: A5, B, C, or U or a MS in Environmental Engineering, Biology or Bioengineering, Mechanical, Biotechnology or Biochemical Engineering, preferred. If no degree, 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience is required.
Experience in environmental engineering, waste water treatment, and biology is a must.
Five years of managerial experience required.
The ability to use standard office equipment, email, and intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Ability to interact with stakeholders at all levels and understand the interests of multiple stakeholders and FCPC Renewable Generation, LLC and its goals. Ability to communicate effectively before groups or guests.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents such as technical journals, financial reports, legislation and legal documents.
Ability to work irregular hours and extended shifts including late nights, early mornings, weekends and holidays.
While performing the duties of this job, the Project Engineer is regularly required to talk or hear. The Manager frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The Manager must be able to operate a personal computer. The Manager must be able to move freely around the office and property. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
About FCPC Renewable Generation LLC
The Forest County Potawatomi Community organized FCPC Renewable Generation, LLC
("FCPC RG") in 2011 as a Wisconsin domestic limited liability company. FCPC RG was
developed as a merchant electric generation facility utilizing food wastes to produce biogas,
which in turn powers two electric generating turbines.