The purpose of the Electric Operations Manager position is to ensure service reliability for Midwest Energy, Inc. customers through the supervision of personnel, planning and coordination of construction, maintenance and operations of electric facilities.
Planning and Controls
Schedules for all construction and maintenance in his/her designated area.
Develops and provides the Vice President Operations with budget and staffing requirements for consideration as needed. Monitors current expenditures related to the approved budget.
Monitors progress and costs incurred in carrying out the department’s work plans and develops reports and data regarding the status of the activities to assure compliance with program goals and budget levels and to serve as the basis for planning.
Participates in the development of the five-year work plan by analyzing various data.
Evaluate and make recommendations for future electric system improvements.
Interviews, selects and terminates reporting personnel in accordance with approved organization plan and corporate policies subject to the approval of the Vice President Operations and Vice President Administrative Services.
Periodically reviews performance of employees and recommends changes in salary and/or status in accordance with approved wage and salary plan and union contract.
Periodically reviews position descriptions for all reporting personnel and recommends necessary change.
Counsels and advises subordinates. Assists with training sessions pertaining to safety, proper work procedures and meetings as needed.
Administers the Union contract, company policies and procedures.
Evaluate the progress of apprentices throughout the apprenticeship program and provide recommendation for or against upgrade of apprentices. Review and report apprentice hours monthly. Periodically review the apprenticeship program and recommend necessary changes.
Approve time sheets, vacation schedules and sick leave for all reporting personnel.
Directs personnel, advises with respect to work schedules, area activities, equipment, materials and procedures.
Establishes procedures for personnel in handling of outages and emergencies. Provide after-hour call-out information in their area for the Dispatcher and ensures that appropriate personnel are available to provide for emergency conditions.
Maintains contact with material and equipment suppliers to gain familiarity with new products.
Coordinates and organizes work assignments of area crews in order to accomplish the goals and objectives as established by the Vice President Operations.
Advises warehouse personnel in advance of construction schedules, assists in the receiving and handling of heavy materials and maintaining proper and adequate inventory level.
Inspects work in progress and observes job site work practices making corrections as necessary.
Studies construction and maintenance reports, noting trends and analyzing operational costs.
Determines disposition of obsolete materials and advises Purchasing Manager.
Coordinates operations activities with other departments/areas that will maximize the efficient utilization of manpower, materials and equipment.
Assists Fleet Manager in analyzing vehicle and construction equipment costs and in developing equipment specifications.
Respond to, manage, and oversee emergency response situations
Assists office operations with the collection of bills and customer account adjustments.
Promptly investigates and resolves complaints as expeditiously as possible.
Supports Key Accounts and Member Services Manager on initiatives in area of responsibility.
Forwards inquiries regarding provided services and programs to Regional Key Account Manager.
Maintains an up-to-date customer information program
Promotes commercial and industrial growth by participating in local organizations for economic development.
Communication and Government Relations
Develops working relationships with other utilities, elected officials, city and county entities, civic and community organizations.
Keeps management informed on current issues that might impact utility operations.
Supports the renewal of city franchise agreements.
Promotes safe working habits and enforces all safety rules and regulations adopted by the Company, including the wearing and use of protective equipment by assigned personnel.
Keeps informed of changes concerning federal, state and local laws and takes appropriate action to stay in compliance with said rules and regulations.
Ensures that directed employees receive required training in safety aspects of their jobs. Presents information at safety meetings.
Operates vehicles and/or equipment in a safe manner and within the regulations of federal, state, and local laws.
Takes corrective action on defective transportation and/or working equipment, tools, materials and supplies.
Qualifies himself/herself in first aid and CPR and AED.
Reviews current literature in his/her field and keeps informed on the trends in the industry.
Collects and assembles statistical data for reports.
Coordinates maintenance of facilities with other departments.
Keeps informed regarding new developments, trends, and best practices in relevant field. Recommend changes, initiatives, etc. to management for effective processes and procedures within the company.
Keeps apprised of changes and developments in pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules, and take appropriate action to stay in compliance with said rules, regulations, etc.
Develops and maintains internal and external working relationships for maximum effectiveness in serving Midwest Energy customers and communities. Ensure communication and exchange of information so as to present a positive corporate image, both internally and externally. Keep Midwest Energy leadership and management informed of issues that might impact the work environment.
Education and Experience
High school graduate or equivalent plus previous work experience required. An applicable bachelor’s degree is desirable.
A minimum of seven to ten years of increasingly responsible experience in construction and maintenance of an electric/gas utility or related industry.
Management, supervisory and human relations experience is required.
Knowledge of National Electrical Safety Code, DOT, EPA and OSHA Rules and Regulations.
Familiarity with construction practices utilized in distribution and transmission work is required.
Understanding of budget methods.
Must be able to acquire a knowledge of Corporation Commission Regulations and Midwest's construction specifications and Safety manual within six months of employment.
Skilled in the areas of organizing, planning, directing and controlling in the operation and supervision of the area.
Capable of meeting Midwest's goals through the implementation of work plans, etc.
Customer service skills and possess excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal skills.
Skilled in motivating, training and evaluating subordinates in order to obtain the highest degree of productivity and be responsible for the development of individual capabilities.
The ability to effectively deal with consultants, vendors, subcontractors and other utility companies.
Strong analytical skills and be able to operate a personal computer.
Midwest Energy, Inc is Kansas' largest energy cooperative, serving approximately 50,000 electric meters and 43,000 natural gas meters in 40 central and western Kansas counties. Headquartered in Hays, KS Midwest Energy is proud of its growth-oriented and entrepreneurial history. Midwest has 270 employees.