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Plant Manager I

Date:  Jul 1, 2022
Job ID:  2913

Snoqualmie, WA, US, 98065

Remote and Hybrid Work Opportunities:  In Office

Puget Sound Energy is looking to grow our community with top talented individuals like you!  With our rapidly growing, award winning energy efficiency programs, our pathway to an exciting and innovative future is now.

PSE's Generation & Natural Gas Storage team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Plant Manager I position!
Specific details regarding the work arrangements for this position will be discussed in further detail during the interview process.

Job Description

PSE's Generation & Natural Gas Storage team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Plant Manager I position at our beautiful Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project!


The Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project is PSE’s oldest power-generating operation and the world’s first completely underground power plant. More than a century after its construction, the facility still produces clean, cost-effective electricity for PSE customers. In addition, the hydroelectric project’s public park and trails have for decades been one of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular scenic destinations, drawing approximately 2 million visitors annually to view the majestic, 270-foot waterfall. In 2013, the facility completed a four-year redevelopment, which included substantial upgrades and enhancements to the power-generating infrastructure and public recreational facilities.


The Plant Manager I has overall responsibly for the project and all aspects of effective plant operations and maintenance; safety program and performance; setting planning, budgeting, and financial objectives; establishing plant policies and procedures; meeting plant production, reliability, and compliance goals; establishing and maintaining positive community relations; and building and retaining a well-trained and motivated staff in a culture of continuous improvement. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Safety Performance - Conducts operation and maintenance activities to maintain a safe environment for employees and visitors:
    • Works with all personnel to create a culture of safety awareness to ensure an injury-free workplace, and facilitates regular safety and loss prevention training.
    • Supports the on-site Safety Committee and ensures its effectiveness for staff, contractors, and consultants.
    • Implements incident investigation and reporting program, leads investigation of all accidents, injuries, or near-misses, prepares all recordable accident and investigation reports, ensures that the root-cause is determined and that appropriate preventive actions are recommended and implemented.
    • Assures that facility staff is adequately trained for emergency response situations.
  • Operations & Maintenance - Manage the overall operation, maintenance, budgeting, planning, and administration of the assigned PSE generating facility to meet PSE safety, environmental, financial, and performance goals:
    • Maintains high plant performance and availability consistent with safety and environmental constraints, approved budgets, and facility design limitations.
    • Coordinates with PSE operations and energy trading groups to forecast and schedule production and delivery of energy and/or ancillary services from the facility.
    • Responsible for and oversees the development, scheduling, and implementation of facility maintenance plans and long-term strategic work plan.
    • Provides recommendations for cost-effective investments, procedural changes, or equipment modifications to enhance safety, compliance, and/or performance benefits.
    • Ensures that labor schedules and work practices are in accordance with the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
    • Prepares and/or approves all required facility production, safety, hazard, compliance, and financial reporting.
    • Collaboratively work with other PSE departments, resource and regulatory agencies, and other organizations to facilitate operation of the facility.
  • Employee Development & Team Building - Providing employees with coaching, feedback, and developmental opportunities and building effective teams:
    • Challenges and inspires employees to achieve business results.
    • Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews.
    • Ensures employees adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements.
    • Oversees training and development of employees directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions.
    • Provides coaching, direction and leadership support to team members in order to achieve employee, business and customer results.
    • Oversees and/or performs interviews, hiring, and plant staff development.
    • Sets clear expectations and holds employees accountable for performance.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Compliance - Maintain compliance with plant regulatory commitments and project agreements:
    • Coordinates with management team to maintain compliance with permits and FERC license, and for assuring project environmental compliance; and coordinates regular physical inspections of facility grounds, buildings, equipment, and operations.
    • Develops programs to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local safety-related regulations, in addition to other environmental health, safety, and loss prevention standards and guidelines; identifies hazards and incidents of regulatory non-compliance, and recommends corrective measures.
    • Leads and participates in the overall implementation of a quality assurance program/plan, prepares quality assurance audit checklists, and leads or participates in QA audits of the project.
  • Budgeting and Financials – Develops and manages the annual and 5-year Capital and O&M budget plans and provides accurate forecasting and analysis of plant financial results:
    • Manages to the proforma financial plan for the facility and reports related monthly, annual, and 5-year budgetary forecasts.
    • Develops and implements the annual O&M and Capital work plan for the facility and evaluates financial and personnel resources needs to perform the work. Recommends changes in funding or staffing consistent with the annual work plan.
    • Develops project performance objectives and measures in participation with executive management, monitors progress toward the agreed objectives and measures, and provides periodic reports.
    • Re-shapes the annual work plan to accommodate changing budget priorities, deficits in facility performance, emerging regulatory needs, and/or environmental or community issues
    • Supports optimization of facility performance and the margin between market price and production cost.
  • Represent PSE in the local community
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five (5) years of combined industry experience and related education in effective operations and maintenance of power generation or other heavy industrial facilities. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Analytical skills to effectively and efficiently analyze a wide array of potential business challenges.
  • Strong leadership capability; demonstrated experience and ability to lead and influence cross-functional teams and internal/external stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively manage changing priorities, demands, and timelines.
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

  • Five (5) years of industry experience in collecting and analyzing data to optimize plant operations.
  • Experience working and/or managing within a Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Strong community involvement skills and experience with a commitment to establishing, building, and maintaining relationships.
  • Competency in the utility regulatory environment.
  • Proficient with suite of word processing, presentation and spreadsheet applications

Additional Information

Families and businesses depend on PSE to provide the energy they need to pursue their dreams. Our steadfast commitment to serving Washington communities with safe, dependable and efficient energy started in 1873. Today we're building the Northwest's energy future through efforts like our award winning energy efficiency programs and our leadership in renewable energy.


At PSE we value and respect our employees and provide them opportunities to excel. We offer an expansive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive benefits, 401(K), a company paid retirement pension plan, and an employee assistance and wellness program.


Puget Sound Energy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status or presence of a disability that with or without reasonable accommodation does not prevent performance of the essential functions of the job, or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law.


Should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources Staffing department at or 425-462-3017.

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