Outage Manager

| Eldon, TX, USA
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Job Summary:

This position will be officed at the Cedar Bayou Plant in Eldon, Texas or the TH Wharton plant in Houston, TX. In addition to supporting Cedar Bayou, this position will also support outages in the South Region Gas Fleet.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides direct leadership for safety and environmental compliance for Outage activities, personnel, and results
  • Promotes productivity and teamwork in assigned area with open communication, timely decision making, and use of personal leadership skills to set high standards of performance while providing the direction necessary to achieve that performance
  • Promotes and supports the development of technical, leadership, and business skills of employees to carry out responsibilities in a competitive environment
  • Provides direct leadership and supervision to Planner Schedulers
  • Provides regular feedback to employees on their performance to allow them to capitalize on their strengths and focus on opportunities for improvement
  • Demonstrates behavior that encourages and rewards employee involvement, innovative thinking, adaptation to change, responsible risk taking, customer focus, and continuous improvement
  • Ensures development and implementation of assigned area goals, objectives, and initiatives
  • Supports and emphasizes importance of safety and environmental programs and ensures regulatory compliance
  • Reviews performance with customers/clients and addresses opportunities for improvement
  • Works with Planning and Scheduling to implement work management best practices derived from the NRG Maintenance Team.
  • Ensures work management reports are established and provided to maintenance and operations
  • Ensures assignment of maintenance analysis process and monitors for effectiveness
  • Ensures all Company resources are utilized in a cost-effective manner, estimates resource requirements, monitors expenditures, and reports on performance of assigned area
  • Assigns work and holds employees accountable for their performance
  • Performs field inspections of job sites and work in progress
  • Recognizes problems and is proactive in helping to resolve them
  • Maintains a working relationship with employees consistent with personnel policies and procedures
  • Manage multiple consecutive outages while ensuring future outage planning is in development in addition to ensuring effective daily/routine planning and scheduling is occurring
  • Interfaces with Operations to determine system priorities
  • Interfaces with Engineering and Commercial Operations on approval of the Outage Schedule for generating units.
  • Coordinates between Engineering, Plant Management, Engineering and Commercial Operations for Outage Schedule changes.
  • Acts as Plant's process owner for NRG Texas outage management and performance optimization processes.
  • Tracks the development of work plans, schedules, and cost for all outages or other events as required
  • Ensures Strategic Long Rang Planning Process (SLRP) is incorporated into outage planning and development process
  • Develops and presents Outage Readiness Review ORR to management
  • Ensures manpower requirements with maintenance crafts, operations, and contractors are coordinated to optimize resource utilization.
  • Monitor outage performance and provides regular reports on key performance indicators to management
  • Maintains Outage Performance database and produces performance reports
    • Maintains Outage Readiness Index ORI and Outage Performance Index OPI, and
  • Schedules lessons learned meetings after Inspection Outages and tacks/monitors actions items to completion. Ensures past lessons learned are reviewed in preparation for upcoming outages
  • Works with other plants on sharing of Outage Best Practices

Working Conditions:

  • Normal office environment and/or power plant environment
  • Requires operation of a motor vehicle, Valid State Driver's License
  • Work overtime and non-standard working hours as required
  • Requires occasional travel outside service area
  • Requires operation of a personal computer

Minimum Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in a power plant operation, maintenance, planning and outages.
  • Demonstrated experience with successful outages, including work experience in repair and maintenance of boilers, turbines and generators.
  • Knowledge of a work management process or programs such as SAP and Maximo
  • Experience with a project finance database clear understanding of project economic justifications
  • Knowledge of Planning / Scheduling / Resource Loading

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in Engineering, Business, or related degree
  • Experience managing people
  • Strong scheduling experience
  • PMP Certificate

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understands the processes, systems, assets, resources, key personnel, and business functions of the department
  • Knowledge of power plant systems and operations; and comprehensive knowledge in the area of responsibility
  • Demonstrated effective leadership and personnel management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to establish and maintain a positive and professional working relationship with all individuals
  • Ability to perform as a team member or leader in a cross-functional team environment and achieve consensus decisions
  • Ability to use a personal computer and standard business software
  • Ability to read, create and follow written policies and procedures
  • Ability to read, write and understand English
  • Ability to understand and use work management systems
  • Comprehensive knowledge of planning and scheduling methods
  • Comprehensive knowledge of maintenance analysis process
  • Knowledge of applicable safety and environmental regulations


  • Uses and maintains technical and professional knowledge, shares that knowledge with others, and recognizes/applies new technology in a cost-effective manner
  • Obtains and applies knowledge of competitive business practices in daily work activities and decision making
  • Seeks and understands the customer/client's needs and focuses on meeting and exceeding their expectations
  • Willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done (within reasonable limits and at no Safety/Environmental Risk)
  • Anticipates and accepts changes in the organization and adapts to meet the new requirements
  • Committed to making the workplace safe and environmentally sound
  • Willing to accept accountability for own decisions, performance, and behavior, as well as the performance of assigned employees

Physical Requirements:

  • Occasionally requires wearing personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, ear plugs, etc.)
  • May be required to work around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials and chemicals
  • Requires standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, climbing stairs and ladders, and entering plant equipment to access, inspect, or collect data on plant equipment
  • Occasionally requires lifting as appropriate to perform duties and responsibilities

Please Note: Salary offered will be commensurate with the successful candidate's education and/or experience and consistent with the job location's market pay rate.

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability

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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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NRG Energy operates in the Energy industry. The company is located in Houston, TX and Princeton, NJ. NRG Energy was founded in 1989. It has 5093 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Health insurance and Life insurance. To see all 28 open jobs at NRG Energy, click here.
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