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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  Competitive plus benefits
Location: 

Sunderland, GB

Career Area:  Engineering, Nuclear & Scientific

Area Manager - England North

The Opportunity


A career that will deliver change. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero

Contract Type:        Permanent
Location:                 England - North
Salary:                    Competitive Salary & Benefits  
Closing date:           23rd of January 2022

EDF Renewables. Building a sustainable future through wind power and other renewable technologies, in partnership with local communities.

Join us as an Area Manager at England North and be a core member of our EDF Renewables (EDF-R) team. You’ll enjoy having a particular focus on the safe maintenance execution and Operation within an area for the Asset Operations Group which manages, operates and maintains c. 1 GW of existing renewable energy assets in the UK, in a context of rapid growth and diversification across technologies (notably offshore, PV and storage). 

The role will involve the delivery of the Maintenance and day-to-day running of their Area Asset Operations portfolio aligned with the strategy and objectives of the division. You will directly line manage EDF Windfarm Technicians and take responsibilities for the full windfarm maintenance and upkeep (Wind Turbine, HV, facilities, tracks etc.) at a site level allowing strong responsibility and influence for the technical availability and windfarm performance with focus on adding value, Operational Excellence and Zero Harm. You will execute an agreed maintenance approach that works collaboratively within the In-house teams and with contracted OEM partners on the EDF assets to deliver the full potential of energy production. Managing technician teams from a local service centre, having strong involvement with a planning team. 

Key to the role is short term rescheduling of work due to such risks as weather and breakdowns, to achieve the most efficient manner for the safe and successful completion of proactive and reactive maintenance.

Day to day you will


•    Lead by example by maintaining the highest level of standards to comply with all SHEQ requirements while taking care of personal health and safety and that of others.
•    Lead and coordinate the team for all maintenance activities for continuous improvement
•    Grow and sustain a high performing and motivated team, with an open and positive working environment, and a culture of collaboration and trust.
•    Validate and execute the agreed planned scheduled and intervention programs.
•    Provide first level technical support to in-progress interventions in the Area and organise/participate in them as required (field support, special operations).
•    Manage the Service centre and logistics of the Area (tools, vehicles, stock, equipment, etc).
•    Have close and strong relations with OEMs and other strategic partners contributing to the asset performance, ensuring high-level of satisfaction in terms of reporting, quality and integrity.
•    Liaise with the wider Asset Operations team to make decisions for operational and maintenance activities in the area.
•    Manage, monitor and promote the day-to-day transversal operations to deliver the best in-field performance (operational communications, WSTR, major component changes, cross functional relations)

The Person


You will lead and manage a potentially remote and diverse team, working closely with selected Internal and external partners for all activities on the area Windfarms in line with the company policy, procedures and critically, safety rules specifications (i.e. Wind Turbine Safety Rules). This includes people management responsibilities, such as coaching for performance (CFP) conversations. You will maintain strong relationships and represent the interests of EDF with critical stakeholders e.g. landowners, planners, Investors, local communities as needs arise.

The successful candidate will receive, develop and deploy department goals and objectives to Technician teams with a focus on driving value and integrity of the assets. In addition, they will have an input on the effectiveness and efficiency of the Windfarms due to the interaction with other Asset Operations functions (i.e. Procurement, SHEQ etc.) as well as taking responsibility of any assets on stop needing both minor and Major Component Replacements (MCRs) to prevent downtime and complete in a safe agreed process.

In this operational role they will be on hand to lead and give responsive, inquiring guidance to the rest of the maintenance team, with commitment to safety, health, environment, quality and production.

•    Strong/Proven experience in Maintenance, establishing/managing internal and external relationships, and securing and maintaining a safe environment for all operations.
•    Qualification in electrical and/or mechanical disciplines to NVQ3 level/HNC/HND (or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience). Engineering background desirable.
•    Experience of overcoming challenges of working in a wind turbine environment.
•    Strong commitment to safety, health, environment and quality.
•    Excellent at building successful relationships (with external, peers, stakeholders and reporting line).
•    Able to lead and coordinate an ad-hoc team for a specific achievement.
•    Sound knowledge in the application of UK based Wind Turbine Safety Rules, and in industry standard High Voltage Operating procedures and safety rules.
•    Strong understanding of the requirements for optimising the performance of a Wind Turbine Technician Team.
•    Strong at managing and coaching people and the ability to communicate and pass on technical knowledge. Previous accreditation as AT/AE under WTSR an advantage.

Competitive Salary and Benefits


At EDF we’re dedicated to offering flexible benefits that support our people across all aspects of their lives. We’re delighted to offer a range of benefits to support our employees’ physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. 

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a market-leading company pension scheme, paid holidays and a range of flexible benefits, such as: a company incentive bonus plan, health cover, cycle to work scheme, gym membership, discounts and employee pricing.

Please let us know if you’d like to discuss flexible working arrangements by highlighting this on your application. 

Why EDF Renewables?


EDF Renewables purpose is to accelerate a net zero future where clean energy powers our lives. We want to make the net zero future happen as fast as we can. We want to set the pace and, where necessary, disrupt the status quo and transform perceptions. We are here to combat climate change, this is a clear and tangible goal for us. Climate change is what galvanises us to bring the right solutions to the UK and Ireland.

Our mission is critical in the pursuit of our purpose, we will lead the way in the delivery and operation of renewable technologies. We are proud to utilise fully our EDF heritage and place ourselves at the core of the industry.

We are constantly challenging ourselves to improve the way things are being done. We bring leadership to our interactions and collaborations with one another, how we influence our partners and external bodies, how we use technology. 

The success of our mission and purpose is underpinned by our core values – our DNA:

Together: Working together.
Open: We are open and authentic in our behaviours.    
Passion: We have a strong belief in what we are doing.
Growth: Growth as a company and as individuals.
Resolve: We remain determined even in challenging environments.


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