Head of Operations

  • Job Reference: SWR2763
  • Date Posted: 1 June 2021
  • Recruiter: Spider
  • Location: Thetford, Norfolk
  • Salary: £36,000
  • Sector: Engineering, Manufacturing, Agriculture
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Head of Operations (Biogas AD Plant) – Spider is advertising on behalf of a well-known family farming business, established in 1939, that grow combinable sugar beet, crops and early new season root vegetable production for all year-round supply. They are looking for an experienced Head of Operations (Biogas AD Plant) to join their team on a full-time, permanent basis, based in East Wretham just outside of Thetford. 

As the Head of Operations, you will be responsible for the day to day running of the Anaerobic Digestion Plant. The role encompasses a wide variety of responsibilities including problem solving and using the plant control system. There are a range of daily operational and maintenance duties including completing daily and weekly site checks to monitor the health of the plant to ensure optimum performance. There will be scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and an importance of always maintaining safety. Environmental consideration will be important in meeting the requirements of the environmental permit. 

Responsibilities include maintaining feedstock records, feedstock mix parameters and feedstock feeding and ensuring agreed targets and goals are achieved with maximum output and minimum downtime. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Anaerobic Digestion Plant & Personnel SAFETY
    • Personal safety, Safety of others, Plant safety to ensure ALL safety features & monitors are serviceable
    • Ensure an Emergency Action plan is in place
    • Routinely update DSEAR risk assessment & other safety procedures
    • PPE is warn at ALL times
    • The site is secure when not manned


  • Anaerobic Digestion Plant ENERGY PRODUCTION
    • Responsible for ensuring the plant :
    • Feed twice a day to give maximum energy production in the form of Electric & Heat
    • Solid waste is carted out to fields
    • A suitable mix of feedstock is utilised
    • Daily, Weekly, Monthly checks are carried out including Phostac readings
    • Sufficient feedstock is planned for the year


  • Anaerobic Digestion Plant EFFICIENCY
    • Produces 703KW of Electric + 599KW + 199KW of HEAT
    • Minimum flare time
    • Minimum Feedstock
    • Clark Efficiency data
    • Feedstock waste
    • Minimising Breakdowns
    • Running Costs
    • Planned Maintenance
    • Set KPIs


  • Anaerobic Digestion Plant MAINTENANCE
  • Daily, weekly, monthly checks
  • Completing 6 month Thioni Action plan for maintenance
  • Carry out ALL routine maintenance (Period based, hour based)
  • Carry out maintenance of JBC, Defacer and other Aux equipment 
  • Anaerobic Digestion Plant ENVIRONMENTAL
    • Responsible for ensuring the plant :
    • Adheres to the Mere Farm Environmental Permit
    • Has all relevant testing at the required periods
    • Is audit ready at a very short notice period


  • Anaerobic Digestion Plant MISCELLANEOUS
  • Responsible for ensuring the plant :
  • All relevant documentation is kept up to date
  • Tidiness of site at ALL times
  • Feedstock covers checked
  • Lagoons checked
  • Perimeter checks 

This is a permanent, full-time position, offering a salary of £36,000 per annum. Company benefits include discretional bonus scheme, 28 days holiday (including bank holidays), training and progression opportunities.

If you have the relevant skills and experience, please apply by forwarding an up to date CV as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you. 

This vacancy is being advertised and handled by Spider. The regions Fixed Fee Web Recruiter and Online Job Advertiser. We provide an online recruitment advertising and employee selection service in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and beyond. 

Additional keywords: plant, biogas, agriculture, plant manager, plant operations, head of operations, production 

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