Windfarm Site Services Manager

WPO - Ireland - Dublin

The role

This role has responsibility for ensuring the day-to-day, safe, reliable and fit for purpose operational and contractual management of wind farms in Ireland. With responsibility for a small team of Site Service Coordinators, you will ensure HSE compliance for each wind farm, carrying out regular visual inspections and providing appropriate coordination of site activities as required. Additionally you will be responsible for providing accurate client reports including availability and performance on a monthly basis and ad hoc reports as required.

The person

To apply you must have a degree in an engineering discipline and ideally a postgraduate diploma in a related area. The successful candidate will have significant proven ability within the wind industry, for example having worked as a qualified wind turbine “Approved Technician” (as defined in WTSRs) with appropriate experience gained with a major player in the wind sector. It is essential that candidates have strong IT skills with experience of interpreting and recording SCADA data from the turbines and the use of alarm logs etc. to maintain an accurate report for our clients. Additionally you will have experience of managing and motivating a small team.
All WPO employees are eligible for life assurance, private healthcare, pension and 25 days annual leave.

Job Description

Day to day safe, reliable & fit-for-purpose operational management of wind farms.
The Site Services Manager reports to the Technical Support Manager (UK and Ireland) and works within the WPO Technical Management Services team to manage wind farms in Ireland on behalf of our customers.
Scope of Responsibility includes
The general duties include, but are not limited to:
• Ensuring that in-country quality management is fully compliant with WPO standards at all times with support and governance from the HSQE department
• Managing in-country Site Coordinators placed under his line management, with support of the HRS department
• Proactive monitoring of operating sites
• Ensuring Health & Safety compliance throughout each wind farm site according to WPO policies, procedures and Industry best practices
• Carrying out regular visual inspections of turbines (including nacelle/hub) and other site equipment and infrastructure
• Providing appropriate co-ordination of site activities when there are several contractors/service-providers on site
• Following up on any operational performance issues
• Following up on any contractor or service-provider performance issues
• Obtaining all current service/maintenance records
• Monitoring and/or maintaining site activity records
• Daily monitoring of SCADA logs, categorizing downtime
• Calculating monthly & annual availability performance and assisting with any subsequent claims
• Producing operations reports, inspections reports, etc.
• Organising repairs/statutory inspections as appropriate
• Maintaining a calendar of servicing plans, weekly movements, statutory inspections etc.
• Playing a proactive role in further developing good working relationships with customers and any other 3rd parties involved in the operation of the wind farm, in particular landowners, neighbors & local authorities, etc.
• Working with all parties to ensure that contractual obligations are fulfilled on site on a day to day basis

Proven Ability

• Hold a degree or equivalent qualification in an engineering discipline, ideally you will hold a post graduate diploma in a related discipline
• Significant proven ability within the wind industry, for example having worked as a qualified wind turbine “Approved Technician” (as defined in WTSRs) with appropriate experience gained with a major player in the wind sector.
• Experience of managing a small team
• Working at heights and first aid certified (ideally still current).
• Experience of interpreting and recording SCADA data from the turbines and use the alarm logs etc. to maintain an accurate report for our clients.
• Organisation skills

Job Type: Full-time

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Technical Support Engineer

WPO - England - Manchester

The WPO Group is an independent European platform of renewable energy expert-services. Our clients are asset owners, investors, lenders and insurers. By providing asset management services on 3GW of wind and solar sites with a capital value of €4bn generating €750m of electricity sales annually, WPO is the market leader in France, UK, Ireland and Sweden. Our integrated service offering also includes technical due-diligence, asset inspections, testing and insurance brokerage. WPO currently operates across 9 European countries through 24 offices or service points.

The role

Responsible for the technical operation and management of wind farms in the UK and Ireland. Working in a small team of Engineers you will be responsible for a number of wind farms ensuring that our clients achieve maximum output. Working closely with other internal departments such as HSE and site services you will assist in carrying out technical inspections, maintain contractual relationships with various service providers and ensure compliance with regulatory and legal requirements.

The person

To apply, you must be educated to at least degree level in a relevant Engineering or Technical area. The successful candidate will have excellent attention to detail as producing reports, data gathering and continuous monitoring of sites need to be accurate at all times. Ideally, you will also have relevant wind industry experience however, this is not essential.

All WPO employees are eligible for life assurance, private healthcare, pension and 25 days annual leave.

Job description

  • Working with all parties to ensure that contractual obligations are fulfilled on a day-to-day basis.
  • Liaison with technical services teams to ascertain the cause of turbine failures, response times and works undertaken.
  • Keeping all appropriate records of operations and maintenance activities on site.
  • Compiling and verifying accurate monthly operations reports for presentation to the customer (wind farm owner).
  • Developing systems and procedures to ensure asset optimisation.
  • Liaison with & reporting to clients and asset owners.

Duties also include, but are not limited to:

  • Data gathering, distribution and proactive monitoring of operating sites in conjunction with other team members.
  • Daily Reporting & Monitoring
  • Performance, Downtime and Availability Analysis
  • Prepare & issue Preliminary Reports, help train others to compile these report
  • Prepare & issue Monthly Reports, help train others to compile these reports.
  • Follow up any performance issues
  • Obtain all current service/maintenance records
  • Maintain site activity records
  • Monthly & annual availability performance and any subsequent claims
  • Reacting to alarms from turbine monitoring systems when a turbine is unexpectedly taken “off line” and reporting all concerns raised by proactive monitoring and the general operation/maintenance of the wind farm to both the owner and the maintainer as appropriate.
  • Work with site/field based staff including WPO Site Service Co-ordinators in the organisation of repairs/statutory inspections as appropriate.
  • Maintaining a calendar of servicing plans, weekly movements, statutory inspections etc.
  • Personal Skills / Attributes:

    You must have excellent attention to detail as producing reports, data gathering and continuous monitoring of sites need to be accurate at all times. You’ll be working in a small team within a fast paced environment, so having a good sense of humour and being able to work in an organised manner is a key requirement.

    Education and Qualifications:

    You must be qualified to at least Degree level in a relevant Engineering / Technical area. Travelling to sites will be a requirement of this role so you will need to hold a current, full drivers licence.

    A proven record of accomplishment and experience from within the renewable industry, especially Wind Power will be highly advantageous.

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