Operations & Maintenance Manager – IPP – Northern Cape, South Africa
18 Aug 2023
Southern Africa
South Africa

About the job

Want to join a frontrunner in renewable energy that is actively seeking early entry into new markets globally? Since the establishment in 2007, Scatec has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in developing, building and operating solar, wind and hydro power plants and storage solutions. Driven by our company values and competent global workforce, we aim to deliver competitive and sustainable renewable energy globally; protect our environment and improve quality of life through innovative integration of technology; and create shareholder value. We are present on four continents and are headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

Main purpose of the position Currently we are looking for an Operations & Maintenance Manager in Kenhardt, South Africa to be part of our global team working together towards our vision – Improving our future. As our Operations & Maintenance Manager (Power Production) you will be responsible to manage the Operations and Maintenance activities of the fully dispatchable electricity generation Project in Kenhardt, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. To ensure the health and safety of all people and equipment under his/her control, whilst ensuring maximum possible energy production at all times.

Main Responsibilities

  • Adhere to company policies and procedures
  • Any ad hoc task that may arise at request from Management this may include the need to assist Technical teams
  • Manage the Operations and Maintenance of all Solar PV Plants including the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) under his/her control
  • Manage and take responsibility for Plant Safety in all aspects including legal appointments as required by law at all Plants under his/her control
  • Help build a sound Safety and Quality Culture within O&M
  • Manage all O&M staff under his/her control
  • Develop a good working environment and build a motivated O&M team
  • Manage the O&M HR function and support the plant managers/supervisors with HR functions
  • Manage training and development needs of Plant personnel
  • Accept and implement the relevant legal appointments in terms of the OHS Act or equivalent regulations and legislation
  • Visit and audit the functioning of all Solar PV plants under his/her control
  • Implement the integrated resourcing strategy for all Plants under his/her control
  • Analysis and reduction of equipment downtime across all Plants under his/her control
  • Drive the effective management of warranty & insurance claims
  • Drive and ensure the resolution of nonconformance and issues
  • Manage the effective handover of new Plants under his/her control
  • Manage the implementation of the O&M functions at new Plants
  • Ensure sound O&M administration and document management
  • Communicate effectively with other departments, external contractors and management
  • Manage all related stakeholders – internal and external
  • Communicate company values and objectives
  • Manage O&M quality programs and drive continuous improvement across all Plants under his/her control
  • Manage the standardised O&M processes & procedures
  • Manage the organisational standardised HSSEQ system across all Solar PV Plants (incl. BESS) under his/her control
  • Manage the organisational standardised Permit to Work system across all Plants (incl. BESS) under his/her control
  • Manage the organisational HV/MV operating regulations and plant safety regulations across all Plants (incl. BESS) under his/her control
  • Manage the Plant performance monitoring program (including, downtime, plant events, equipment failure analysis, Plant Availability, PR, etc.
  • Manage the process for recording equipment maintenance history & calibration records as per organisational standard on CMMS;
  • Manage a spare parts management strategy & system across all Plants, and ensure appropriate stock levels
  • Manage and control the operational budget as delegated by Management
  • Manage and ensure Plant Operating Plans for all Plants under his/her control are in place
  • Ensure compliance of O&M processes and procedures to O&M contract
  • Designated as GMR2(1) to ensure supervision and operation of machinery in terms of the OHS Act


  • Manage and coordinate the required operational reports
  • Prepare the required reports to top management
  • Manage effective communication of Plant significant events to top management
  • Attend and support BOD meetings where required
  • National Diploma: Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current)
  • Ideal: BTech: Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current) or BEng Electrical Engineering
  • Required: Government Certificate of Competency – Factories
  • Knowledge of Safety legislation and best practices
  • Highly computer literate: Excellent knowledge of MS Office
  • 5 years’ appropriate experience as an appointed GMR2(1) in a renewable energy plant or power production environment
  • 10 years’ appropriate experience in a relevant environment
  • Managerial experience in a technical environment
  • Experience within the Renewable Energy environment
  • Personnel performance management experience
  • Experience with HSSE systems and regulations, including GMR (General Machine Regulations)
  • Experience in Physical Asset Management, Plant Maintenance Management & Equipment Reliability improvement Exposure to SCADA systems
  • Work experience in the power generation or distribution environment
  • Competency in pertinent plant electrical equipment such as Transformers, Inverters, Switchgear, Sub-station equipment, SCADA, network communication and Battery Energy Storage Systems
  • Experience with HV Operating Regulations and Permit to Work systems
  • Experience with CMMS or ERP and Control & Monitoring Centres
  • Experience in dealing with a large staff complement and dealing with labour Unions and potential strike/protest action

Personal Characteristics

It is part of every employees’ terms of reference to contribute to Scatec’s vision: Improving our Future and adhere to our company values which are:

  • Predictable : demonstrate clear communication and listening skills, shares information in an open and honest way
  • Driving results: demonstrate determination, pro-activeness, can prioritise and work independently
  • Changemaker: demonstrate entrepreneurship, can challenge, fast learner, take initiates and adjust
  • Working together: demonstrate teamwork, shares responsibilities, can compromise, has a can-do attitude

For the particular role we also expect

  • Ability to think and function clearly, decisively and quickly under pressure
  • Analytical thinker
  • Independent and self-starter
  • Pro-active and initiative-taking
  • Excellent judgement skills and high integrity
  • Assertiveness and organisational skills
  • Excellent communication and team skills
  • High energy levels and motivation
  • Self-motivated
  • Good interpersonal skills and building relationships and trust
  • Excellent English literacy
  • Sound technical skills
  • Strong HR and personnel management skills
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • High social und intercultural competence

Additional information:

  • Based in Kenhardt, Northern Cape, South Africa
  • Should be available and accustomed to travel as and when required
  • Must be available to travel internationally as and when required
  • Must be able to work extended hours
  • Valid drivers’ license

We offer Scatec is an exciting, innovative and ambitious company operating in a growing industry. We offer a challenging and interesting position where you will be part of a flexible, diverse and truly international working environment consisting of highly competent and committed colleagues with a positive drive to make a difference. Scatec is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by appropriate law. All hiring decisions are made based on merit, competence and business need.

Applications will be processed on a continuous basis.

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