Operations & Maintenance Manager (Athenry, Co. Galway)

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Coffey operates and maintains 49 Water Treatment Plants (WTP) and Wastewater Treatment Plants (WwTP) in Ireland, mainly along the west coast of Ireland between Cork & Donegal.

This role requires a candidate with a strong work ethic, good management skills, capable of working as part of a team and on their own initiative. This role will be required to provide leadership & management in the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Department of Coffey Group. The O&M Manager will be part of the management team within the Coffey Group.

The role will be based primarily in our Athenry head office, overseeing our water/wastewater operations team. Regular travel to all our plants will be required.  Reporting to the Engineering Director, to direct all activities relating to water operations on a daily basis. Ensuring that targets are met in accordance with set standards and regulations.

The candidate should have significant experience of water / wastewater treatment processes, plant operations and water quality monitoring and testing. As well as a sound technical background , the candidate should ideally have experience of the management of contractual and financial aspects of O&M contracts. The candidate will be required to represent the company, engaging stakeholders and colleagues in a professional manner at all times.


Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Supervision and management of operational staff at each water treatment plant and the O&M management team.
  • Overall responsibility for process compliance and maintenance management to achieve company and contract defined targets.
  • Working with the Commercial Department , be responsible for the commercial management of multiple contracts, reporting to the Engineering Director, as well as the Coffey commercial team.
  • Ensuring the most efficient use of resources and measuring this against set budgets. Setting annual budgets for the O&M Department and monitoring costs on a quarterly basis.
  • Overseeing water testing programmes. Notifying health departments of the implementation of emergency notification procedures pertaining to water quality
  • Acting as the representative for legislative/regulatory issues pertaining to water quality at authority- level meetings
  • Responsible for ensuring Coffey O&M representation and input throughout any new Design & Build project, from inception to handover.
  • Responsible for operational technical and procedural support in the handover of water/wastewater assets for operation from Coffey to IW, GWS, and LA operational management teams.
  • Overseeing the procurement and management of equipment and subcontract agreements for the delivery of required works.
  • Promotion of Coffey through business development with Clients, industry peers, sub-contractors and equipment suppliers.
  • Flexibility to work in required project locations with regular travel to and from regional offices.
  • Mentorship of supervisors, project engineers, scientists, technicians and design personnel. Promote continual improvement in staff capabilities and equipment.
  • Adherence to all Coffey HSQE plans, policies and procedures.
  • Liaising with consultants, Irish Water; NFGWS and clients, as required, including outside of normal working hours.
  • Attend Liaison Monitoring Committee (LMC) meetings on a quarterly basis.
  • Working with the Commercial Department , help to produce quarterly billing for clients in a timely fashion.
  • Ensuring the preparation of Monthly Status Reports (MSR) based on current water quality and operations activities, including a monthly financial dashboard.
  • Helping to implement changes and improvement works, often to meet the requirements of new legislation or new technological methods.
  • Regular travel to Coffey O&M sites will be required.
  • Provide help and inputs with quality and financial inputs into tender submissions.
  • Ensuring that HSQE Management Systems and processes are adhered to, implemented and maintained.


Desirable Skills, Experience and Qualifications:

  • A relevant degree (level 8 or equivalent) in Environmental Engineering / Environmental Science (or similar field).
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience working within Water Services and/or other Utilities.
  • A member of a relevant Professional Institution.
  • Deep technical knowledge of water/wastewater infrastructure is essential.
  • Ability to handle issues on multiple sites and to work well with plant operators and maintenance tradesmen.
  • Experience in a customer focused organisation
  • Project management experience
  • Experience in Water/Wastewater Operations
  • Experience in equipment selection, cost and technical analysis.
  • Start-up and commissioning experience on Water/Wastewater facilities would be a distinct advantage.
  • Strong problem solving and trouble-shooting skills.
  • Ability to work as a team.
  • Effective time management and communication skills.
  • Good oral and written reporting skills
  • A sound knowledge of commercial aspects of water plant O&M.
  • Good experience of implementing quality, environmental and safety management systems.
  • No sponsorship, must currently hold a valid work permit or Stamp 4 visa.
  • Full clean Irish/UK/EU driving license is required.
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