Plant Operator

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Plant Operator

  • Post Date:30th May 2024
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Job Description

Job description
Cory is recruiting for the position of Plant Operator at their Energy from Waste Facility in Belvedere Kent.

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Using waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill as fuel to generate electricity. The facility generates c.575,000MWh of electricity each year from processing c.800,000 tonnes of waste. The company uses the river Thames as a green highway to move waste from London on tugs and barges, effectively removing 100,000 truck movements a year off roads. By generating electricity from residual waste, the plant is improving resource efficiency, avoiding landfill use, and achieving greater sustainability as part of London’s circular economy.

Summary of Role

The role involves ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the energy-from-waste facility under the direction of the Shift Team Leader (STL). Responsibilities include managing plant operations during various states (steady, start-up, shutdown, emergency) from the Control Room, ensuring compliance with the environmental permit, conducting routine inspections, and recording plant data. The position also involves diagnosing and rectifying faults, maintaining operation logs, ensuring safety compliance, assisting in investigations, and performing specific duties in emergencies. This role requires working 12-hour shifts, including nights and bank holidays, and participating in ongoing personal development.

The Role

  • Acting under the direction of the Shift Team Leader (STL), ensure safe and efficient operation of all activities on the energy from waste facility.
  • Operation of the plant during steady state, start up, shutdown and emergency situations and as directed by the STL, from the Control Room and as required by the operational demands of the plant. Plant includes mobile plant and waste crane as required.
  • Ensure day to day compliance with all aspects of the Environmental Permit, reporting any non-compliance or incident to the STL.
  • Carry out routine plant inspections and adjustments / operations as required, collecting, and recording plant data.
  • Work in compliance with the company’s Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental Management System and all relevant legislation.
  • Carry out first line process diagnostics, fault finding and defect rectification in conjunction with the STL and technical staff.
  • Maintain an accurate log of facility operations, activities, and events, reporting high level information to the STL.
  • Carry out the duties of Authorised Person and Nominated Supervisor within the company safety rules and ensure compliance by all staff, contractors, and visitors.
  • Assist in incident and accident investigations, as requested by a STL.
  • Carry out specific duties during emergency situations.
  • Undertake continuing personal development to enhance knowledge & skills relevant to the role.
  • The role involves working 12-hour shifts covering days and nights including bank holidays.
  • Carry out other reasonable tasks and duties as requested by management.

Other duties include:

  • Assisting the Permit Office to deliver outages and projects alongside other EfW departments, safely and within agreed times and budgets.
  • Reporting and rectifying where possible, any HSE concerns on site, to the duty Shift Team Leader.
  • Developing and reviewing operational work procedures and risk assessments.
  • Carrying out operational routines associated with the operation of the facility.
  • Attend training courses in conjunction with the departmental training matrix.

The Plant Operator may also be expected to provide cover for the Assistant Plant Operator role if required.

Job requirements

It would be desirable to have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Educated to GSCE or equivalent.
  • Technical Qualification in an Engineering/Operational Discipline (NVQ/ONC/HNC)
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • Safety Rules Training

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following essential knowledge, skills, and experience:

  • Authorised Person to carry out mechanical and LV (Low Voltage) isolations (min 3 years)
  • Experience in EfW Plants (or similar industry)
  • Ability to read and interrogate P&IDs and SLDs
  • Familiar with PTW systems
  • Literate in MS Office
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills

Other Requirements:

  • Team player
  • Flexible
  • Self-motivated
  • Be prepared to work additional hours if required
  • A keenness for personal development
  • Ability to work safely at heights
  • Valid driving licence

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