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Manager, Operational Excellence

Division / Function: Operations
Location of the Job: Abuja, with regular travel to Husk MiniGrids locations
Reports to: Country Director and Global Operations Team

About Us

Husk is one of the world’s leading rural energy providers. We provide low-cost and reliable power to rural households and businesses, entirely from renewable energy sources. Powering economic possibilities in every village is at the heart of everything we do.

We design, build, and operate the lowest-cost hybrid (solar and biomass) power plant and distribution network in India and Africa. To date, Husk has provided electricity to over 15,000 homes and businesses, reducing 95,000 tonnes of CO2. Our aim is to provide 30MW of power to 225,000 customers by 2025 and save 350,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Husk Values

Honesty and Integrity; Act with discipline and integral to your job; Respect each other; Respect Human rights within our responsibility and contractual obligations. Frugal Innovation, Quality, and Reliability; Respect for environment, health, and safety. Excellence as an attitude; We shall align perception to a common understanding of performance rating and measures., We > I, Fail Fast and Learn Faster Continuous Learning.

Husk is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, or religion. Husk is committed to improving gender balance within its teams in Nigeria and globally. Female candidates are therefore highly encouraged to apply even if not all requirements are met.

Benefits

Husk offers flexible working conditions with employee benefits that are in line with global best practices. These include clear career growth planning, transparent annual review processes that are gender inclusive, maternity, and paternity leave, gender-inclusive workplace conditions, family health insurance, and frequent training to assist the employees to grow in and to the next roles. Husk does not believe in micromanagement and encourages its employees to have a healthy work-life balance, hence giving them the freedom to manage their workload to be compatible with their life.

Role Summary

Husk is seeking a Manager, Operational Excellence who will be responsible for all plant operations and maintenance activities. The individual must have high level of technical competency with an understanding of electrical engineering, ensuring safety and environmental inspections and preventive maintenance within Husk power plants.

This position provides the opportunity to join a growing team that is changing the face of rural electrification in Nigeria and Asia. The ideal candidate should have a positive attitude, be a team player, believe in Husk’s values, have an inherent curiosity to find creative solutions for problemsolving and have an appetite for growth.

Key responsibilities:

General

  • Reporting to the Nigeria Country Director and Global Operations Team and responsible for Uptime management, preventive maintenance, safety practices, capacity utilization, asset management, and report generation
  • Responsible for the smooth functioning of PV Solar/Biomass hybrid power plants and implementing effective techniques to bring efficiency to the performance of the plants.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of commitment to the company’s success by proactively managing growth plans and a bias to action.
  • Management of operational budget and monitoring of performance.
  • Management of entire Service Team across different locations and NOCs.
  • Other responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time.

 

Plant Operations

  • Management of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly equipment healthiness checklist; Preventive maintenance planning; Shutdown planning; Daily reading logbook, etc.
  • Management of process for Quality verification and compliance of work during Handover – Take over from the Projects Department.
  • Ability to ensure safety standards are followed at the core of operations and plan, organize, schedule, and direct the safety training and compliance at sites.
  • Management of overall KPIs and deliverables for operations and ensuring that the complete team is aligned to the same.
  • Responsible for training and development of the operations team including electricians, and engineers as per the system design standards.
  • Responsible for overall monitoring and reporting of plant and asset health and performance.
  • Regular interaction and engagement with other verticals especially sales to ensure and extend required support for growth of business.
  • Responsible for managing and ensuring security standards at the plant and enable quick turnaround time for action in case of security issues.
  • Responsible for management of spares and inventory components based on criticality and lifecycle of the components.
  • Responsible for managing fuel supply chain and stock for Diesel generators and Biomass gasifiers.

 

Asset Management

  • Interface with the vendors/contractors to review the operation of plant equipment and systems continuously, minimize unplanned downtime, anticipate and solve problems in a timely manner, and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Ensure completion of technical documents; grid outages, onsite equipment problems, log entries, site visits; and safety and environmental inspections to comply with standard operating procedures.
  • Interact and liaison with local authorities for smooth functioning of the plant and management of ROW issues.

General Skills & Attributes

  • B.Tech/B.Eng./MTech –Specialization: Electrical/Electronics Engineering from a reputable institution.
  • An MBA is an added advantage.
  • Should have handled operations & maintenance of solar PV plants, Biomass, and other renewable energy sources, especially micro-grids.
  • Should have Monitored maintenance of LT Transmission and distribution lines, protective relays & associated equipment, and inverters.
  • Good knowledge of solar PV Panels, Inverters, Battery banks, T&D lines, SCADA systems, and all solar electrical operational equipment.
  • Overall, a minimum of 12 – 15 years of relevant experience or more.
  • Extensive knowledge of renewable energy, instrumentation control systems, and in-depth knowledge of both solar & biomass power generation systems and procedures.

 

Does this sound like you?

  • Experience working in dynamic high-growth entrepreneurial/start-up organizations.
  • Team player and prior experience in the management of large, decentralized teams.
  • Very proactive, with deep commercial acumen, and high level of “customercentricity”
  • Problem-solving ability and prior experience in the management of mass-scale deployments with digital platforms.
  • You have no issues working in (and living around) rural Nigeria.

 

Location and Travel

This role is based in Abuja, Nigeria with regular travel to Husk minigrid and other operational locations.

Salary

Based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications, salary can be negotiated, if required.

Mode of Application

Interested candidates should send a resume with relevant job experience and a one-page cover letter to bizdev_ng@huskpowersystems.com, with role title as subject.
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DISCLAIMER:
This description indicates the general nature and level of the qualifications and duties required of employees in this job classification, as well as the essential functions a person must be able to perform to do this job. It is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of all duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Husk Power Energy Systems Nigeria Limited is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and business needs. We hire without consideration of race, colour, religion, citizenship, political activity or affiliation, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex or gender, or any other basis protected by law.

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