AD Plant Manager

Our Client is a renewable energy company with a focus on anaerobic digestion and now seeks an experienced plant manager to have overall responsibility for the operation and performance of a designated plant.


This is a great opportunity for an experienced plant manager to apply their operational and technical expertise to a plant managing a diverse range of feedstocks to drive performance forward at the highest level. Reporting to the Operations Director, the Plant Manager will have overall technical and operational responsibility for the plant. You will be accountable for all aspects of the plant’s operations including maintenance, process engineering and optimisation techniques.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the operational activities on site including those of operational staff and all other labour resources efficiently and effectively. Dealing with all personnel issues in line with company policies and procedures.
  • Managing the commercial element of the AD business, ensuring all activities are closely analysed, recorded and reported, clearly justifying any decision made.
  • Leading the technical maintenance of the site to optimise process equipment performance, uptime, biogas production and energy generation. Dealing quickly and efficiently with site, mechanical and supply issues.
  • Ensuring all materials delivered to or dispatched from site are fit for purpose and of expected standards. Managing variety of feedstock materials to maintain and optimise feedstock mix to drive maximum biogas yield
  • Promoting good working practices and positive relations with staff members, local community, suppliers and external stakeholders and regulatory bodies.
  • Analysing and reporting on feedstock characteristics and digester health. Determining optimum feeding regime and informing Senior Management of insights and means to improve plant performance through feedstock procurement.
  • Fully responsible for the Profit and Loss of the facility – Compilation and agreement of site budgets, targets and forecasts, using head office support to ensure transparency and regular feedback on key issues and profit improvement initiatives.
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance and that all internal and external audits are carried out smoothly, are documented and filed for future retrieval. 


We are seeking a talented and hands on operational leader who has an aptitude for developing and optimising an innovative facility. Experience of anaerobic digestion is essential. A will do attitude, proactive mind-set and excellent interpersonal skills with good management expertise will hold you in good stead. The plant operates on a 24/7 basis so flexibility on out of hours and responding to call outs is required. Standard working hours are to be confirmed depending on the candidate.

Key requirements:

  • Graduate calibre or equivalent (ideally chemical/process engineering)
  • Will ideally hold COTC, WAMITAB or NEBOSH qualification
  • Minimum of two years direct experience of anaerobic digestion at manager level
  • Strong aptitude for work scheduling and for planning ahead
  • Stong appreciation of the need for safe working practices
  • Strong aptitude for problem solving back to root cause and ability to implement corrective measures where required
  • Have good awareness of the regulatory background and compliance requirements for an APHA licensed and PAS110 certified site with some degree of management systems experience.
  • A full apprenticeship in mechanical or electrical engineering is highly advantageous as well as practical experience
  • Enthusiastic and flexible team player with high expectation of self and others able to lead by example
  • Excellent coaching skills and the ability to develop others
  • Self-starter – Able to work under pressure on own initiative and confident to make decisions and improvements
  • Good communicator - Managing relationships with site based operators, suppliers, local stakeholders, regulators and external contractors and stakeholders.

For a confidential discussion to establish if this role might be suitable for you, including salary expectations, please contact Aardvark EM on 01984 624989 or email