Drilling Operations Manager* – Bakersfild, CA USA

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Excellent high desert/ mountainous location for the outdoors type in Bakersfield/ Mojave/ Ridgecrest area of California. You will be responsible for Exploration, Development, and Production for a large solution mining operation. This will include managing 5 direct reports and about 20 indirect overseeing the daily operation and maintenance activities that support the mining infrastructure. These operations provide brine feedstock, brackish and potable water to a very large inorganics production facility.

Specific responsibilities include the following:
— Establish priorities and direct teams of operations and maintenance personnel to ensure day-to-day operational excellence and deliver project execution objectives.   Proactively lead team to identify, troubleshoot and correct flow and grade delivery issues.
— Manage the operations of the resource production assets to ensure optimum availability of brine feedstock, brackish and potable water around-the-clock in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
— Deliver resource (saline brine, brackish water and potable water) as budgeted for each production plant.
— Develop, review and manage daily performance reports and metrics to deliver flow and grade at optimal cost.
— Work with team to analyze, evaluate and interpret data to ensure development and operations projects will not adversely impact resource.
— Manage change using documented, structured programs to identify and address risks associated with new projects and modifications to existing processes. Manage and execute project plans specifying goals, strategy, staffing, scheduling, identification of risks, contingency plans, and allocation of available internal and external resources.
— Develop project proposals to determine goals, time frame, budget limitations, procedures for accomplishing project, staffing requirements, and allotment of resources.
— Develop budget and manage expenses, oversee proposal development, bid packages and subcontractor agreements.
— Coordinate the activities of project team to ensure project plans and proposals are complete, accurate and effective and progress on schedule and within budget. Develop plans for efficient personnel, machine and material utilization, including heavy equipment fleet.
— Ensure general services responsibilities of the organization are executed cost effectively.
— Identify and implement improvements in operations to reduce cost, improve HSE performance and improve productivity.
— Troubleshoot operating issues and formulate effective corrective and preventative operating strategies.
— Create and monitor key performance indicators and identify opportunities for improvement while ensuring findings and action plans are communicated effectively Manage, monitor and audit Safety, Health and Environmental (SSHE) practices to ensure a safe work environment and compliance with company, federal and state standards. Establish and monitor SSHE objectives for the Operations team


— Bachelor's degree in Engineering and 8-10 years experience in Petrochemical, Chemical, Mining, or Heavy Industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
— At least 5 years of production operations experience, including managing teams
— Knowledge of hydrology and/or reservoir geology.
— Demonstrated knowledge of pumps and piping systems
— At least 5 years supervisory experience
— Demonstrated mastery in the skills of project management
— Lean Six Sigma experience preferred
— A working knowledge of drilling and subsurface exploration, including well field development and production operations.
— Familiarity with CMMS and project management software preferred.
— Experience with EPA and BLM regulations is a plus.

Salary: $115,000.00 – $140,000.00

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