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O&M Manager - France - Onshore Wind / France, Europe

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Location: France, Europe
Salary:€50000 - €55000 per annum + 10% bonus, company car + benefits

We are currently searching for a O&M Manager, based in the North-East region of France (Amiens, Saint Quentin, Reims, Dijon to join the client, one of Europe's leading renewable energy developers and constructors, headquartered in Germany. The O&M Manager will be responsible for ensuring the North-East France wind farms are operated and managed with a high focus on safety, production maximisation and commercial awareness. The role may have line management accountabilities depending on the contractual status of the wind farm. The O&M Manager may manage a team of technicians or interface with contractors whilst being accountable for all aspects of operations and maintenance of the onshore wind farms under their responsibility.

Main responsibilities:

Health, Safety & Environmental Leadership

  • Support incident investigations and reporting requirements
  • Ensuring all assets are compliant with relevant legislative and internal safety process requirements
  • Review of Safety Alerts and Notices and implementation of lessons learnt.
  • Setting to work and Tool-box talk provisions
  • Management of inductions in accordance with induction procedure.
  • Ensure a Safe System of Work is in place and adhered to in respect of all work taking place across the portfolio.
  • Manage contractor safety, including review of all submitted documentation (e.g. Risk Assessments and Method Statements.)
  • Produce, update and maintain working procedures, ensuring compliance is maintained with relevant formal business procedures.
  • Accommodate and conduct regular safety audits and initiatives across the portfolio, ensuring all actions arising are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Enact the role of Emergency Coordinator sites under their responsibility

Technical & Performance Responsibilities

  • Site performance reporting
  • Reviewing O&M plans for wind farms under their accountability to agreed targets.
  • Active contract management ensuring that contractors deliver all of the contracted services to agreed specification.
  • High Voltage (HV) authorised for the sites under their responsibility
  • Utilising the works management system to control access, record works completed and identify any nonconformance
  • Performance analysis using current and future technology
  • Identify, evaluate and implement continuous improvement projects

Commercial & Financial Responsibilities

  • Support tendering activities required in relation to the wind farms under their responsibility
  • Support the Medium-Term Plan (MTP) in conjunction with the Asset Manager
  • Provide detailed feedback on the performance of contractors to ensure quality service
  • Operating the wind farm to budget as per agreed MTP and follow appropriate processes for obtaining prior approval for unplanned spend, where required.

Stakeholder Management

  • Liaising with external stakeholders on operational challenges (Landowners, Community Groups, Local Government) to maintain positive working relationships
  • Maintain positive communications with the functional teams (e.g. Engineering, HSE, technical, Control Room, Procurement, Asset Management etc)
  • Ensure an effective handover from construction to Operations phase by fully understanding assets from an early stage and ensuring that all systems are implemented, and documentation is in place.


  • Ensure all mandatory training, as defined in the training matrix, is kept up to date for self and by all team members.

Other responsibilities

  • Day to day decisions in relation to the wind farm, scheduling and prioritisation of resources
  • Operational restriction implementation and removal
  • Safety decisions in relation to plant integrity (shutting down asset)
  • Restricting of access to the wind farm to ensure production is maximised
  • Budgetary (in line with Medium Term Plans) Generation plan MWH, OPEX
  • Site Improvement and CAPEX project management
  • Wind Farm Availability depending on contract
  • Production of KPIs for site performance; HSE, availability, budgetary control etc.

Works alongside:

  • External windfarm stakeholders e.g. land owners, O&M providers, OEMs, Suppliers etc.
  • Asset Manager ; HSE Manager
  • Country Manager Onshore Operations ; Head of Southern Europe Onshore Operations
  • Asset Management Engineering Teams
  • Other functional Departments, Procurement, Control Room, Operational Excellence.
  • Local Communities & Local authorities (emergency services)


  • A technical qualification in Engineering discipline - Mechanical, Electrical, HV C&I or demonstratable equivalent.
  • At least 5 years' experience working in the Energy Industry preferably renewables with a demonstratable history of Maintenance Management and Operations.
  • Experience of operating within safety, environmental and operational policies, frameworks and statutory legislation.
  • Strong leadership, people management and coaching skills, leading local and international teams

Additional skills

  • Experienced in Contract Management and managing HSE.
  • Excellent communication, stakeholder management, influencing & negotiating skills with a successful demonstratable history.
  • Strong organisational, time management and planning skills.

How to Apply

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