Reporting to the President as a member of the Leadership Team, the Director of Engineering is responsible for (1) leading the development and implementation of the capital plan; (2) leading the development and implementation of the asset management plan; and (3) providing analysis of and other support for acquisition opportunities related to drinking water and wastewater systems within North Carolina and Tennessee.
- Evaluates the operation of the treatment, distribution and collection systems for both water and wastewater to provide a high level of efficiency. Seek methods to increase operational efficiencies. Educate and instruct operation staff on the strategies to implement to enhance efficiency.
- Leads the development and implementation of the capital plan, including the development of the justification and scope for each project and managing tasks from planning and modeling through final commissioning.
- Leads the development and implementation of the asset management plan including asset registry, condition assessment, business risk evaluation, and levels of service.
- Accountable for the identification, selection and management of consulting engineering services.
- Responsible for full-cycle project management including development, scope, budget, and scheduling.
- Develop and maintain a solid working knowledge of environmental, health, and safety legal obligations.
- Responsible for compliance with all technical requirements including health and safety, regulatory, permitting, building code and engineering of utility infrastructure.
- Determines best practices to ensure that effective measurement and monitoring tools are in place and understood by all staff.
- Develop, understand, and maintain all engineering data to ensure overall project success. Develop and present business cases to support projects utilizing the information from various sources, including the input from Operations, Finance, and Shared Services.
- Utilizing all the data collection within the utility arena, develop hourly resolution interactive models of interconnecting utilities. Use these models to demonstrate and evaluate potential strategic and operational options showing improved efficiency, economy and capacity requirements. Derive operation commodity budgets from the models to predict incremental expansion of the utilities capacity or volume.
- Responsible to ensure customer satisfaction, health and safety, environmental, and operational objectives are met while achieving the overall project related financial objectives.
- Develop and maintain engineering standards, equipment selection, design, construction and commissioning.
- Provide President with technical evidence to demonstrate compliance with desired performance obligations and facilitate continuous improvement.
- Knowledge of and familiarity with the principles of Effective Utility Management (EUM) and the ethic of continuous improvement.
- Knowledgeable about and familiar with management systems, including ISO 9000, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, and ISO 55001.
- Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, including customers, regulators, and contractors.
- Provide to the President weekly, monthly, quarterly, and year-end reports of operational and technical subject matter as requested. Review monthly reports on plant performance for technical compliance with stated operational goals and KPIs, capital project performance, and health, safety, and environmental objectives.
- Provide ongoing communication on engineering-related activities including: capital plan, status of capital and operational projects, asset management, KPIs, etc.
- Identify and prepare cost-benefit analyses for any identified cost-saving initiatives.
- Actively participate in the annual budget and monthly forecasting process by identifying changes that will result from technical or operational changes.
- Identifies, understand and communicates financial variances within and their drivers to the President any financial variances due to technical drivers that occur to the plans in a clear and concise manner.
- Recommend strategies to the President to provide and develop appropriate metrics or key performance indicators (KPIs) demonstrating the level of the company’s performance.
- Possess strong character and the highest level of integrity. Must demonstrate the values of humility, transparency, and resiliency.
- Result-focused, detail-oriented, customer-centric and self-motivated individual.
- Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to manage the scope, budget, and schedule of projects. Technical expertise and business acumen with ability to engineer balanced solutions.
- Demonstrated ability to develop clear and coherent written proposals or project reports.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Experience with automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).Experience with SCADA and other similar technologies.
- A strong commitment to safety.