The Enviva team is driven by our shared vision for a renewable energy future. We are a fast-growing, purpose-driven, global energy company specializing in delivering sustainable wood bioenergy solutions. We are the world’s largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, which provide a low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels.

Prospective Plant Manager

Enviva combines earth’s oldest renewable energy source with 21st century technology to make wood pellets.  By using wood pellets instead of coal, electric utilities can reduce the lifetime greenhouse gas emissions intensity of power generation by 80%. And wood pellets can provide uninterrupted power at any time, at a large scale and at comparatively low cost.  As a result, Enviva delivers a sustainable, cost-efficient, and essential complement to wind and solar power.

Founded in 2004, Enviva is today the world’s largest producer of wood pellets – a small and ordinary product that is helping solve intractable challenges of energy and the environment and delivering tangible results.

Enviva owns and operates ten plants strategically located in the southeastern United States that produce over 6 million metric tons of wood pellets annually. We export our pellets primarily to power plants in the United Kingdom and Europe that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by about 80%. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests.

Due to Enviva’s rapid growth over the last 4 years, and planned commissioning of 6 additional facilities over the next 5 years, Enviva is seeking Prospective Plant Managers to build a bench of talented operations leaders and executives.  Prospective Plant Managers will be assigned to the Operational Excellence Team for a period of 3 months to 1 year where they will have the opportunity to learn about our manufacturing process and business model, work on challenging process improvement projects, and build a network of colleagues that will make them successful in their future role as a Plant Manager and provide them a platform for future growth into expanded, multi-site leadership roles.

Prospective Plant Managers will not be asked to relocate, provided they can travel 2-3 days per week to the manufacturing facilities to lead and participate in assigned projects.  After successful completion of the program and selection as a Plant Manager, they will need to relocate to the selected site.

 Responsibilities

  • Lead and participate in Focused Improvement Teams tasked with delivering significant gains in productivity and cost at Enviva’s manufacturing plants
  • Lead and participate in Best Practice Teams to identify and implement manufacturing best practices across Enviva’s assets
  • Conduct manufacturing process audits to identify gaps in current practices relative to identified best practices, and assist local plant leadership in development and execution of action plans to close gaps
  • Develop and deliver training on manufacturing best practices, principles of operation, and Enviva’s Operational Excellence Management system at Enviva’s manufacturing plants
  • Complete all training and certifications necessary to perform successfully as a Plant Manager including training on Enviva’s:
    • Safe Work Practices
    • Manufacturing Process, Standard Work, and Standard Operating Procedures
    • Maintenance and Reliability Processes
    • Financial management and procurement processes
    • Etc.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or relevant discipline.
  • Minimum 10+ years of progressive operations management experience in manufacturing plant operations in a 24/7 operating environment with direct responsibility for safety, environmental compliance, quality, reliability, production, and financial results
  • Strong knowledge of business and management principles (budgeting, strategic planning, resource allocation and human resources).
  • Ability to manipulate, analyze, and interpret large amounts of data including pressures, temperatures, material flow rates, etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Suite as well as other applications 
  • Must be able to analyze financial and cost data and develop conclusions and recommendations 
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision 
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines 
  • Strong team building, decision-making and leadership skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a Plant Manager
  • Experience in Wood Products related industry and/or complex, high hazard, continuous flow manufacturing process

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work in outdoor environments and occasionally in temperatures above 100 degrees and below 32 degrees.
  • Willing and able to work in a hot, humid, cold and noisy industrial environment.
  • Willing and able to maintain strict adherence to safety rules and regulations, to include wearing safety equipment.
  • Willingness to travel approximately 50% of time (most locations of travel are within 3 hours of Raleigh, NC

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to climb stairs and ladders in wide range of environmental conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc.)
  • Willing and able to work around moving equipment and machinery.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.

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Enviva is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity (EEO) in any term, condition or privilege of employment. Enviva does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member, genetic information or any other status protected by law. Enviva complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we operate.

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