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What does an Operations Manager do?

If you like being at the centre of the action and are cool under pressure, you might have what it takes to be a power Operations Manager. As the person in charge of power generation, distribution, transmission or field operations, your decisions have an impact on thousands of electricity users who depend on you. Making things work in the here and now means anticipating what will happen in the future. A keen ability to look ahead is an important part of striking the right balance between the demand for electricity and the supply you are providing.

Keeping the cost of electricity down is a big priority. You are responsible for the financial performance of your operations. You need to set the right targets and budget how money gets spent in order to reach them. This involves hiring the best new talent, so great people skills are essential. A good manager knows how to provide the right kind of work environment for employees and make sure that they are ready to deal with any situation.

As Operations Manager, you need a strategic mind to recognize opportunities to make things work better. You study the improvements that people elsewhere have made and see if they might be used in your own operations. Then you create processes and procedures for others to follow and make sure that things operate smoothly and safely. Guiding others in their job and helping them gain the right technical know-how is critical to keeping the power grid running at peak performance. It’s a big responsibility, but it feels good to know that so many people are counting on you.

What’s the commitment?

Depending on how far you go into your area of specialization, your university degree could take four years to five or more. Experience counts for a lot in operations, so you need to work your way up to a position of Operations Manager. As you become more and more familiar with the intricacies of the grid and advance in career level, your area of responsibility widens. Operations managers also make a commitment to continuous learning such as keeping up to date on the latest technological advances, new procedures, and changes in laws and regulations.

What do I need to apply?

A university degree in a relevant field of study, typically engineering.
Good knowledge of power generation, transmission and distribution systems.
An ability to work your way up and gain knowledge of the industry as well as a proven track record in leading teams of people.
Resumes with a cover letter and a copy of your school transcripts can be sent directly to potential employers. For employer website links click here

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