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Service manager - Process Chemistry - Process/Plant Engineer (Operations)

Job reference: REQ000259
Location: Mansfield
Salary: £30,283-£42,582
Package: Civil Service Pension, 27.5 days plus Bank Holidays + 6 days Flexi Leave, Performance Related Pay, Gym Membership contribution plus more

Job description

Do you to want make a difference to communities and the environment? If so we have an opportunity to join a dynamic and highly motivated Environment team developing and managing high profile and innovative mine treatment schemes helping resolve the impacts of historical mining.

This role would ideally suit someone with a background in operational process engineering, plant management or someone with a background in the industrial treatment of metal contaminated water.

We're based in Nottinghamshire, England. We provide expert advice and creative solutions to manage public safety and environmental issues from coal and metal mining. We have an ambitious 5 year plan to expand our services, providing advice and services to governments and public bodies in the UK and overseas. The Environment team as a whole is responsible for addressing issues of water pollution from abandoned coal and metal mines across the United Kingdom through the development and operation of over 70 existing mine water treatment schemes. Treatment schemes range from passive schemes with pumps, settlement lagoons and reedbeds through to large scale process engineering plants.

It is a vibrant and fast moving team with people from a wide range of backgrounds including: operational and civil engineering, Geo and Earth sciences, contaminated land, mining, surveying and the armed forces. The team can be working on over 40 projects at any one time.

We are looking a highly motivated and skilled Process Engineer with a background in the management and operation of treatment systems removing metal contaminants from mine water or liquid wastes. We are looking for an experienced manager to take ownership and deliver the effective management of our metal minewater treatment schemes and associated monitoring programme. You will also have the opportunity to input best practice and lesson learnt into the design and operation of new and existing systems. Many of these schemes are in challenging environments with multiple stakeholders and constraints, requiring proactive and decisive management. You will be part of a motivated and fast moving team delivering the design, construction, management and operation of a diverse range of innovative mine water treatments schemes. You will be responsible for ensuring environmental and health & safety compliance as well as identifying, developing and implementing projects that improve operational efficiency and environmental sustainability. You will also be responsible for overseeing both operational and financial performance of contracted service providers and specialist consultants.

You will be required to work with a wider range of in house and external experts as well as dealing with regulators and wider stakeholders.

Your Team

  • The team is led by a Principal Contracts Manager, working with 3 x Operations Service Managers and a Contract Performance Managers, supported by finance managers and administration staff.
  • Field operations are delivered by out sourced serviced providers responsible for the day to day operational activities.
  • The team works across both the coal and metal mine programmes.
  • The metal mine programme is funded by DEFRA and delivered in partnership with the Environment Agency. The programme was set up 5 years ago to develop and build and construct treatment schemes to remediate the contaminated water form abandoned historic metal mines.
  • The Coal programme consists of new and existing minewater treatment schemes and subsidence pumping stations to manage the legacy issues from the coal mining industry.

You'll have:

  • A proven record in operations/service management
  • A relevant qualification in your area of expertise.
  • Excellent budget, programme and risk management skills
  • The ability to manage and prioritise a high volume workload and multiple projects
  • Experience in managing challenging stakeholders and statutory bodies
  • Experience in managing contractors and consultants through the NEC suite of contracts
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and self-motivation
  • An open mind to innovative solutions
  • Commercial acumen and good client management skills

You'll be:

  • Joining the Contracts team and managing a portfolio of mine water treatment schemes, monitoring site and surface water pumping stations.
  • Taking full ownership and be accountable for project delivery from conject to conclusion.
  • Managing an individual budget ranging from GBP 50k to 3M
  • Managing multiple groups and individuals to deliver projects including: internal technical experts, external contractors and consultants, project partners such as DEFRA, the Environment Agency, SEPA and NRW.
  • Work closely with our technical, projects, innovations and R&D teams to find sustainable solutions and maximise commercial outcomes.
  • Preparing business cases and projects reports to gain internal funding and report progress.
  • Manage multiple stakeholders and statutory bodies to obtain consents and permissions.

Your team:

It's a vibrant and fast moving team with individuals from various backgrounds in civil engineering, contaminated land, highways, construction & the armed forces. Between us we can be working on over 40 projects at any one time.

Things you need to know:


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks and will be subject to UK Immigration requirements.

Selection Process Details:

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Contact point for applicants:

Should you require our application form in a different format, please contact us via email or write to the Human Resources team at The Coal Authority, 200 Lichfield Lane, Mansfield, NG18 4RG.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion:

The Coal Authority embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Reasonable adjustments:

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: Contact the Human Resources team via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.


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