Operations Manager

Natel Energy, Inc Published: June 9, 2021
Alameda, CA
Second Location
Alameda, CA 94501, United States
Job Type
Energy / Project Management /

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~ At Natel Energy, we're an international water + energy innovation company based in Alameda, CA. ~

Our mission is to redraw the map of where and how hydropower is developed. We are driven by a vision of climate resilient hydropower that solves the problems inhibiting traditional hydropower: capital intensive to develop, negative environmental and community impacts, and inflexible in the face of climate uncertainty.

We are launching a new hydropower product which enables cost-effective production of low impact, distributed baseload energy while maintaining the health of watershed ecosystems and the communities who surround them.

Position Overview

Operations (Turbine Team)

As the Operations Manager for Natel Energy’s Turbine team, you will be responsible for ensuring our product and processes are consistent, effective, and aligned with customer, market, and regulatory needs. You will use your organizational and communication skills to continuously assess, document, and improve a variety of activities related to product development and production.

As a hub of critical information and process control you will be comfortable collaborating with a broad range of technical experts within and without the team: mechanical, electrical, and controls design; manufacturing and assembly; factory and field testing / operations. Your role will also require interfacing with Natel’s leadership and back office teams as well as customers and industry stakeholders. You are comfortable managing information and direction from a wealth of sources simultaneously – from chats and emails, to collaborative documents and spreadsheets, to contracts and published standards.

Note: This position will report to Natel’s Director of Engineering.


Your role will cover the following areas of responsibility:

  • Quality and Environmental Management: You will oversee Natel’s newly implemented ISO 9001 + 14001 management system, working closely with key engineering and manufacturing process owners. You will conduct internal audits of our processes, follow through on non-conformances and opportunities for improvement, and keep documentation up to date.
  • Regulatory and Certification Compliance: As a family of electromechanical products, Natel’s turbine systems are subject to a variety of national and international standards. You will oversee our ongoing compliance by developing and maintaining familiarity with these standards, managing the creation and upkeep of required documentation and associated schedules, and organizing 3rd party evaluations.
  • Product Documentation: Our range of turbine products, markets, and customer requirements creates an ongoing need for the development and maintenance of installation and operation manuals. You will drive these efforts, ensuring that a wide range of material from internal and 3rd party sources is developed and compiled clearly, consistently, and comprehensively. You will also ensure local regulations regarding machine safety and environmental protection are properly followed in product documentation and signage.
  • Operational Safety: Natel Energy has a health and safety culture that is important for us to maintain as we grow. You will combine a knowledge of state and federal safety and environmental regulations with a familiarity of Natel’s day-to-day to promote safety, ensure compliance, and follow through on policy and procedure upkeep, training, and incident reporting. 
  • Reporting: Natel’s activities require compilation of engineering and operational activities into reports for stakeholders, including our board members, existing and potential customers, and funding sources such as grants from the Department of Energy. You will guide the team on the timely completion of these reports, creating and updating content independently as much as possible.
  • Scheduling: Natel’s development and production plans are driven by a range of R&D, commercial, and market factors. You will collaborate with engineering, sales, and leadership team members to ensure our top level plans are complete and up to date.
  • Budgeting: You will be responsible for the recurring development and updating of R&D and operations budgets. In this role you will work closely with team leads and our back office group to assess and analyze past planned vs. actual spend, identify gaps and opportunities for improvement, and translate upcoming work into each budgeting cycle.
  • Logistics, Contracts: You will act as the point person between the manufacturing and back office teams to arrange expedited, overseas, and/or oversize transport of product and components. You will work with our field operations personnel to organize required facilities, lodging, equipment, and contractors. You will also assist in the development and oversight of consulting and external engineering contracts.


To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • At least a bachelors’ degree in a relevant area of study (Business Administration, Operations or Project Management, Manufacturing, Engineering or similar – we encourage individuals with applicable experience to apply even if your degree is not precisely aligned with the role. Your ability to work independently and effectively is what is crucial)
  • At least 5 years of experience in a relevant industry / role
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • An interest in, and ability to understand and convey, a wide range of technical and industrial process subject matter
  • Ability to work with ease on collaborative digital documentation, spreadsheets, etc

The following specific skillsets are pluses:

  • Familiarity with Siemens Teamcenter or other PLM software
  • Familiarity with Oracle Netsuite or other ERP tools
  • ASQ and/or Six Sigma certifications
  • Familiarity with German and/or French languages

Note: Natel will consider excellent candidates for remote employment, though your role will require at least occasional onsite presence at Natel’s Alameda, CA facility as well as potential travel to customer locations.

To Apply

  • Interested applicants should click "Apply" below to email a cover letter and resume in PDF format.
  • Please reference “Operations (Turbine Team)” in the subject.

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