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FIBRE SUPPLY MANAGER in Fort Saint James at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 11/26/2018

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Job Description

The Fort Saint James Green Energy Plant is a 40MW biomass electric generating facility currently in the final stages of commissioning in British Columbia, Canada. The plant reached commercial operation in late December of 2017, and is now service BC Hydro under a 30 year power purchase agreement. The plants will be operated and maintained by Veolia with a staff of approximately 25 FTE per plant under a 30 year guaranteed performance contract. Each plant will also be supplied by Veolia with 200,000 oven dry tons of biomass fuel per year.
 
The state-of-the art biomass electric generating plant in Fort St. James will utilize a wide range of fibre including hog fuel, sawdust, shavings, wood chips and bush grindings to meet broad boiler fuel specifications.  Supply options include harvests from an exclusive bio-energy woodlot license in that will be managed to maximize overall portfolio value.  The person in this position will coordinate fuel supply deliveries; manage stockpiles as well as blending and screening activities, and ensure quality control.  Implementation of the plans will involve daily interaction with plant operations, suppliers, and truckers to ensure fuel is available at all times, and/or stored and processed as required for successful operation of the plant.  Input into short and long term fuel supply strategies will also be required. 

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Responsible for management of reliable fuel supply for both Fort St. James Green Energy plant.  Works closely with Operations, and Maintenance departments to achieve optimum plant performance as it relates to fuel supply and quality. Meets regularly with the plant manager and others to establish fuel supply requirements including quality control, transportation logistics and storage, and identify opportunities for improvements in the fuel supply chain.
  • Maintain continuous contact with suppliers and truckers in the supply chain to manage volumes, price and delivery. Seek out new sources of suitable fuel and develop working relationships to increase supply options.
  • Oversees fuel supply operations and inventory management including tracking shipments and quality control measurements.
  • Monitors fuel supply costs including operating expenditures and investigates variances.
  • Supervises contractors; establishes good work practices and standards for quality of work performed by contactors consistent with the values of the corporation, and regularly oversees work to ensure contractual compliance. Ensures contractor compliance with company safety and environmental policies and procedures.  Must observe and comply with all standard safety codes and practices, and ensure work is performed in accordance with regulatory requirements and recognized trade and company standards.  Identifies opportunities to improve safety and to prevent accidents and permit violations.
  • Ensures fuel supply and deliveries are coordinated with planned and emergency equipment shutdowns.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

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Job Requirements

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Post-secondary education or the equivalent in education and experience.
  • Valid BC drivers license.
  • Minimum of five years related experience; proven ability building strong relationships with contractors, communities, First Nations, aboriginal and government agencies; commitment to health, safety and environmental compliance; ability to take initiative, translate business needs into action plans; evidence of solid leadership ability with a willingness to serve as an active team member; ability to work collaboratively with others; ability to interpret business contracts and agreements; ability to remain flexible, problem-solve effectively, and apply fair and consistent conflict resolution skills; high degree of professionalism; ability to take and give direction, and work independently as well as a member of a team; detail oriented; ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize work effectively. An entrepreneurial, results-oriented attitude, a willingness to acquire new skills and utilize technology to streamline processes, a desire to improve reliability and equipment output and longevity, and the ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve creatively, are essential.


PREFERENCES:
  • Advanced degree in business preferred
  • Knowledge of timber harvesting, processing and hauling operations including fibre supply/demand markets in BC, especially in the forestry regions supplying the Fort St. James plant
  • Familiarity with biomass power plant operations;


TECHNOLOGY SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:
  • Solid computer skills:  proficiency with spreadsheet, email, and word processing software required; Microsoft Office and Windows preferred. 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be able to work in extremes of hot and cold temperatures and inclement weather conditions.  Must be able to tolerate dust and other airborne particles and work around materials such as biomass, diesel and lube oils.  Under certain conditions while working in the plant, may be required to wear a respirator.  Required to wear safety equipment and clothing where appropriate.  Must be able to regularly travel to multiple locations throughout the province.