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Plant Director Job

Location(s): CO - Pueblo


Are you ready to take your leadership potential to the next level with a growing Fortune 500 company?  Xcel Energy is at the leading edge of an industry that is changing quickly. We’re seeking dynamic, proven leaders to help guide us into this exciting energy future. If you’re looking to lead at a company that is committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship, with plenty of room to grow, consider a position at Xcel Energy.



Xcel Energy is seeking a Plant Director to lead operations at Comanche Station in Pueblo, Colorado. This is a large coal power plant; the ideal candidate will have no less than 10 years of experience in coal power plants and must have at least 5 years of relevant management experience. 


Provide leadership and management for power plant. Key objectives: ensure personnel and plant safety, reliable operation, effective maintenance practices and customer satisfaction, a trained qualified and engaged workforce, financial performance, compliance with environmental requirements, and effective community relations. Scope of Position: Generally responsible for plant(s) exceeding 1500 MW in capacity. However, other compensable factors may impact grade level including co-ownerships, number of units, complexity of systems, complexing, geographic dispersion of units, multiple fuel types, etc.
Essential Responsibilities


  • Provide a safe working environment by establishing the proper infrastructure (processes, procedures, training, accountabilities, records, etc.) to ensure that personnel and plant safety are managed effectively and in compliance with all applicable regulations.
  • Ensure unit reliability in order to deliver production and ancillary services to customers. Ensure customer interfaces are managed effectively.
  • Accountable for plant financial performance. Establish and manage O & M and capital budgets to ensure effective and efficient utilization of available resources to optimize costs. Manage inventory and contracts to minimize overall costs.
  • Ensure a trained, qualified and engaged workforce. Provide opportunities for employee development, recognition, communication and involvement. Ensure compliance with all applicable hiring, promotion, training and development practices. Comply with all labor agreements and AA/EEO policies.
  • Maximize the value and profitability of plant assets. Ensure that plans and processes are in place to support long-term plant improvement and investment.
  • Ensure all personnel understand the requirements of plant environmental permits and applicable regulations. Establish the infrastructure to ensure compliance with all commitments and requirements.
  • Represent Xcel Energy's interests in contacts and relationships with suppliers, contractors, industry/professional organizations, and the public while maintaining high ethical standards at all times. As appropriate, provide support for involvement of plant personnel in community programs and activities.
  • Ensure linkage of Corporate, Energy Supply and plant objectives through use of the Management System and ES Operations and plant business plans. Establish action plans to ensure key performance indicators (KPI's), initiatives and other goals are achieved.




  • 10 years experience in power generation (or related experience providing equivalent knowledge), to include 5 years leadership experience
  • Demonstrated leadership capability and proven performance/results




  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (6 years of related work experience may substitute for the degree



This position requires a behavioral assessment prior to being considered for an interview.




As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  CO - Pueblo || CO - Pueblo || United States (US) || Generation || 31100:GM Pwr Gen CO || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $142,900 to $203,100 per year

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Requisition Number: 27581

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