Power Plant Supervisor (OCONUS)

Job Locations US-VA-Reston
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 3 months ago(1/12/2023 10:53 AM)
Location : Location
Potential for Remote
Clearance Requirement
Job Requires Relocation
Job Requires Relocation


** This position is contingent upon a contract award**


SOSi is seeking a Power Plant Supervisor to support a large Facility Operations & Maintenance (O&M) program to our U.S. government customer in Iraq. The ideal candidate will have experience working on other large facility O&M programs in contingency environments. 


  • Responsible for the oversight and management of power generation (Spot and Emergency Power Systems), central power plant and medium voltage distribution systems. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.
  • Maintain a safe workplace and ensuring safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Comply with all Environmental & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals. Provide information and materials to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.
  • Manage, supervise and provide accountability for the day-to-day (24/7/365) operations, maintenance and management of the 50 Hz and 60 Hz power station, critical systems and medium voltage distribution system.
  • Monitors energy efficiency and analyzes system performance to provide engineering recommendations to improve compound sustainability and resiliency.
  • Take appropriate actions to ensure safe, efficient and sustainable plant reliability.
  • Respond to critical service (power) outages and effect service restoration in a safe and expedient manner.
  • Manage and oversee the operation, calibration, diagnostics, troubleshooting and repair of all mechanical and electrical equipment systems and electric/pneumatic control systems on site.
  • Interpret work orders and associated specifications, operating manuals/procedures and technical publications in order to properly schedule work and provide advice to employees.
  • Conduct or arrange for employee training in utilities operational procedures, repair and maintenance techniques, and equipment use.
  • Determine schedules, sequences and assignments for work activities based on work priority, type of utilities services and skill of personnel.
  • Monitor work locations to identify unsafe work conditions and implement on-the-spot corrections and process improvements as required.
  • Participate in budget preparation, capital expenditure reviews, coordinate purchasing and monitor expenditures.
  • Liaise with the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) on commissioning and operational integration of ongoing and future engineering projects.
  • Conduct periodic inspections of buildings, machinery and equipment.
  • Maintain overall physical appearance and condition of equipment, buildings and grounds.
  • Inspects operational activities for safety precautions and instructs employees against occupational hazards; responsible for employee conduct and compliance with all safety policies, regulations and compliance with all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements.
  • Supervises the maintenance of plant records and prepares periodic and special activity reports.
  • Responds to emergency calls regarding plant equipment breakdowns and unit outages.
  • Perform additional duties and projects as assigned.


  • Active in Scope U.S. Government (USG) issued Secret security clearance or Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT) or be able to obtain a favorable MRPT certification or US Government clearance prior to being hired is required for the position. Must maintain eligibility at the required clearance level for the duration of the task order.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited college or university desired.
  • Ten (10) years’ experience operating and emergency power systems, medium voltage power distribution and prime power generation systems over 20 MVV of generating capacity.
  • Certifications relating to power plant and central plant operations.
  • Valid driver’s license from home of record.
  • Fluency in the English language (reading, speaking, writing).
  • Good verbal and written communication skills to direct employees, prepare reports for upper management and facilitate/disseminate information.
  • Experience managing more than one functional area in similar environments.
  • Experience developing and managing maintenance programs and systems, including service scheduling as well as maintaining stock levels for O&M parts, materials and tools while maintaining aggressive cost control.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of power plant related activities for a comparable facility.
  • Experience working on comparable overseas USG contracts in austere remote environments, such as Polar Services, LOGCAP, AFCAP or USG FMS programs.
  • Working knowledge of Maximo software.
  • Working knowledge of Reliable Centered Maintenance (RCM) and nondestructive testing methodology.
  • Knowledge of applicable U.S. Codes (NFPA, NEC, API and EPA) and accepted trade practices.
  • General knowledge of industrial safety and environmental regulations.
  • Ability to use data-driven metrics to analyze system and operational performance.
  • Ability to define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts and propose actionable solutions.
  • Ability to read, comprehend and apply information contained in manufacturer equipment manuals; plant documents including drawings and specifications; operation and maintenance manuals; standard operating and emergency response procedures; material safety data sheets, etc.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently.
  • Knowledge and experience regarding occupational hazards of the electrical and mechanical trades, related safety precautions and considerable skill required for the installation, maintenance and repair of power generation and water/wastewater treatment systems and equipment.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing excellent customer service, including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Ability to plan, assign, direct and review the work of subordinates and provide instruction to improve performance and morale. Experience in training local and foreign national employees in operations and maintenance of similar equipment.
  • Ability to plan, arrange, schedule, assign and inspect work of mechanical and electrical plant personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage staff.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple projects.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Power plant management and maintenance experience on large industrial generators (˃2MVV) and/or other large diesel engines (MHE/Marine).
  • Knowledge of power synchronization controls, power AC protective relays and power transformer maintenance.
  • Knowledge and experience with balance of plant and industrial evaporative cooling systems.
  • Knowledge of principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources, leadership, service delivery methods and coordination of people and resources.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective.
  • Fluency in a foreign language is desirable, but not required. 

Working Conditions

  • Indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Contingency operations environment, in a harsh climate, and often hazardous situations. While performing the duties of this contract, may regularly be exposed to an extreme and austere desert environment. Temperatures can reach 120 – 130 degrees Fahrenheit/50 – 55 degrees Celsius during the summer months.
  • Must be willing and able to perform job requirements in this environment, as well as deploying to Iraq for extended periods.
  • Requires periods of non-traditional working hours including consecutive nights or weekends when necessary.
  • May be performing physical activities including, but not limited to, heavy lifting and moving of items, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors.
  • Must be able to move quickly to cover during security alarms. This includes being able to lift, carry and/or wear forty (40) pounds of personal protective equipment (PPE) for extended periods of time and being capable of running during emergencies without putting oneself or others at risk.
  • Must maintain physical and dental requirements for duration of deployment.
  • Work could include assignments, or, visits to multiple sites – either temporarily, or, long term – in remote, or, austere locations.

SOSi is an equal employment opportunity employer and affirmative action employer. All interested individuals will receive consideration and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or protected veteran status. SOSi takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance diversity and inclusion of individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


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