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Operations Engineer

Manchester, UK
Type of contract: Full time for indefinite period

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 7.7GW of wind and solar sites with a capital value of €10bn generating €1.5bn 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 13 European countries through 37 offices or service points.

The role

Responsible for the technical operation and management of wind farms/solar parks in the UK and Ireland.  Working in a small team of Engineers you will be responsible for a number of wind farms/solar parks ensuring that our clients achieve maximum output.  Working closely with other internal departments such as Health and Safety and Commercial Management Services you will carry out technical reporting, 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 be proactive and 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/solar industry experience however, this is not essential.

All WPO employees are eligible for life assurance, private healthcare, pension and 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays).

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 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/solar 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 Monitoring
    • Performance, Downtime and Availability Analysis
    • 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 monitoring systems and reporting all concerns raised by proactive monitoring and the general operation/maintenance to both the owner and the maintainer as appropriate
    • Work with site/field based staff including WPO Site Managers 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. You will be encouraged to be proactive and participate in the development of best practices and continuous improvement which is a core part of the business.

Education and Qualifications:

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

A proven record of accomplishment and experience from within the renewable industry, especially wind power /solar energy will be highly advantageous.