Operations Controller – Fixed Term Contract (6 months)

About the Company

Ventient Energy Ltd, one of the UK’s largest generator of onshore wind energy, and the largest non-utility owner of onshore wind. With 34 wind farms located from Caithness to Cornwall, comprising 509 turbines and 690MW of installed capacity. Ventient Energy supplies the equivalent of 420,000 homes annually, offsetting 0.75 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year. The company was formed by combining the Zephyr portfolio of 15 wind farms with 19 wind farms that were formerly owned by Infinis, with the entire portfolio of wind farms now owned by Institutional Investors advised by JP Morgan Asset Management. The company Headquarters are in Edinburgh where most of their staff are located. Staff who support our wind farm assets are located throughout the UK in regions within close proximity to the wind farms.

Role Profile
  • Position Title: Operations Controller - Fixed Term Contract (6 months)
  • Reporting To: Control Centre Manager
  • Department:  Technical
  • Key Contacts: Technical Director, Technical Manager, Energy Analyst, Operating Equipment Manufacturer, Engineering Team
  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Direct Reports: N/A
  • Role Type: Temporary
  • Work Pattern: Full Time - Shift Pattern
Role Purpose

The role is responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient operation of our wind assets installed throughout the UK. This is done through site access control, controlled handover of plant and regular monitoring and reporting of the asset’s performance. As well as ensuring the safety of the in-house and external workers who operate and maintain the wind turbines and associated plant.

Key Responsibilities

Site Access and Work Control

  • Using the telephone and specialist software, ensure all visitors to site are booked on and off site, whilst ensuring any essential information is communicated clearly and effectively to them
  • Maintain and check induction records for any visitors to site
  • Implement emergency response procedures in the event of personnel not booking off site
  • Set up and maintain Lone Working arrangements
  • Ensure all work that is carried out on site is carried out by persons authorised to do so
  • Perform the role of Operational Controller under the Wind Turbine Safety Rules
  • Manage Day-to-Day Work Control performing the role of Operational Controller under the Wind Turbine Safety Rules
  • Work with Asset Managers to ensure safe daily wind farm operations
  • Maintain up to date Wind Turbine Safety Rules documentation and work control records
  • Interface with National Grid, transmission and distribution network operators regarding grid outages and curtailments

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Monitoring wind farms via a variety of SCADA systems, and ensuring the appropriate response is delivered to faults and alarms
  • Monitor weather forecast systems and issue alerts as required
  • Participate in the creation of daily, weekly and monthly reports on the wind assets performance and status
  • Retrieval and checking of energy export data

Health Safety Quality and Environment

  • Act as the first point of contact for any health and safety related near misses or incidents on site, escalating and reporting on these matters as required
  • Handle and respond to emergency calls from wind farm personnel and members of the public
  • Log all incoming Engineering Change Requests, ensuring no unauthorised plant modifications are carried out
  • Work to strict Control Centre procedures
  • Contribute to Continuous Improvement and Development of Control Centre services and processes
  • Log all incoming Engineering Change Requests, ensuring no unauthorised plant modifications are carried out

 

Other / Future Progression / Opportunities
  • Tracking and reporting on key operational KPIs, allowing benchmarking of the various turbine OEMs
  • Analysing and reporting on wind asset performance, highlighting recurrent trends and issues
  • Analysing wind turbine power performance, with deviations from the warranted power curve being escalated
  • Assist the Engineering Team with asset life extension project work
  • Analysis of energy export metering data
  • Processing and submission of Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) claims to Ofgem

 

Qualifications, Training & Professional Memberships

A qualification in a technical discipline would be advantageous although not essential.

Preferred Experience
  • Previous experience in engineering or renewable energy is preferred
  • Ideally possess knowledge and experience gained from within the wind industry. However, full training will be offered to candidates
  • Telephone handling experience – experience of handling high volume calls
  • Experience of working in a procedure driven environment

 

Skills
  • A highly motivated, team player, who is dedicated and flexible enough to ensure a first-class operational service
  • Strong numeracy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and exceptional attention to detail.
  • IT Skills with a high level knowledge of Microsoft Office along with the ability to learn new and bespoke software packages
Company Values
  • Safety
  • Passion
  • Innovation
  • Delivery
Notes

Ventient Energy is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be considered for employment and will not be discriminated against on any of the nine protected characteristics defined under The Equality Act 2010.


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