Energy Systems Group

Plant Manager, Digesters

US-WI-Green Bay
3 weeks ago
# of Openings
Operations Services


What do you get when a group of passionate, customer-focused professionals unite under a shared mission for delivering innovative energy solutions to help customers go green?


You get an energy services provider that continuously strives to deliver excellence and that is accredited by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO). Energy Systems Group (ESG) provides innovative solutions for the modernization of buildings and energy infrastructures in the government, education, health-care, and commercial sectors through our core business of performance contracting and extensive network of utility partnerships. ESG also designs, builds and operates landfill gas processing facilities and co-generation plants, and offers a full range of waste-to-energy and renewable energy solutions.


ESG is currently looking for a highly motivated professional to join our team as a Program Manager for our anaerobic digester locations in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area. We are looking for an individual who has at least an Associate's or Technical degree and three to five (3-5) years of experience in power generation; however, ESG would prefer that this individual have a Bachelor's degree and five to ten (5-10) years' experience with digesters and electric generation. It is preferable that this individual have some experience with biogas or natural gas processing equipment and familiarity with the potential hazardous environments associated with these systems. Familiarity with dairy farm operations is valued highly for this position. As with all candidates hired by ESG, the selected individual's employment will be contingent upon a drug test and background check.


The Program Manager for the Digesters oversees and manages three anaerobic digester/energy center facilities located near Green Bay, WI. The Program Manager will negotiate and interact with farmers, subcontractors, substrate suppliers and other vendors to establish agreements that maximize program financial performance and optimize operations. This individual should be comfortable around both power generation and digester equipment, with the ability to troubleshoot problems and determine when external vendors and technicians are required for repairs. The Program Manager must develop and implement programs related to safety, operations, maintenance, etc. to ensure that the digester program(which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) remains online and profitable.



  • Interact, communicate, and negotiate with digester facility counterparts, including farmers, subcontractors, substrate suppliers, etc., to develop contractual agreements related to the digester program
  • Manage contractual agreements associated with digester facilities, including but not limited to: fuel supply agreements, land lease and easement agreements, operating and maintenance agreements, power purchase agreements, etc.
  • Identify and negotiate modifications to contractual agreements, maximizing financial performance of the digester program
  • Use negotiation to collaborate with digester facility counterparts  to identify and coordinate opportunities to improve digester performance
  • Develop and manage a program operating budget
  • Maintain all permits associated with digester program operations, including but not limited to: land application permits, air permits, environmental permits, etc.
  • Develop and implement digester program, performance monitoring, digester health, maintenance, chemistry, etc.
  • Establish, implement, and monitor trending data management plan to allow for operations optimization, various forensic analyses, etc.
  • Evaluate current vendors and subcontractors, identifying and suggesting improvements as necessary
  • Implement standard operating procedures that optimize program efficiency for both digester operation and power generation
  • Develop and implement substrate management and acquisition plan, coordinating with dairy owner(s) and substrate suppliers
  • Collaborate with ESG Environmental, Health, & Safety Manager to implement safety standards that ensure compliance with all safety regulations
  • Develop and implement program that effectively ensures proper maintenance and operating procedures
  • Implement and maintain effective program that manages the analysis, recording, and reporting of Carbon Credit data and information
  • Troubleshoot minor tasks associated with operations, including but not limited to: performing basic repairs on equipment, diagnosing whether an outside vendor should be contacted to repair equipment, etc.
  • Communicate information and coordinate with internal ESG team to develop operations and maintenance optimization
  • Maintain availability for response calls, including but not limited to non-emergency, emergency, after-hour, evening, and weekend calls
  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary by management





  • Associate's degree or two-year Technical degree
  • Three to five (3-5) years' experience in power generation


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Five to ten (5-10) years' experience with digesters and electric generation
  • Experience with biogas or natural gas processing equipment and familiarity with the potential hazardous environments associated with these systems
  • Familiarity with dairy farm operations


  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with all levels of ESG, external organizations, and potential clients
  • Ability to work both within a team structure and independently
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications and general computer proficiency
  • Demonstrated trouble-shooting ability
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and/or government regulations
  • Ability to read and interpret basic mechanical and electrical drawings including piping and instrumentation diagrams, piping plans, single-line electrical diagrams, control schematics, etc.
  • Ability to compose and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and/or concrete variables
  • Ability (and availability) to respond to after-hours calls
  • Ability to travel
  • Maturity and professionalism to effectively handle frequent exposure to senior members at ESG, as well as with external organizations, customers and the public


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee must be able to walk, climb stairs, climb ladders, and occasionally work in confined spaces. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision and depth perception.


The employee is required to practice, recognize, and interpret safety precautions and follow safety rules and OSHA requirements as they relate to the job. The employee is required to travel to various sites, and as such, the employee is required to have a registered driver's license. The employee may be required to respond to after-hours calls and must be willing and able to be available.


Energy Systems Group reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the company desires. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including main accountabilities, to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied or otherwise. The employment relationship remains "at-will."


Energy Systems Group prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Energy Systems Group to implement opportunities for all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, veteran, or any other legally protected status, as embodied in federal, state, and local legislation. Equal employment is a part of all of our personnel policies and practices, including but not limited to, all hiring, placement, promotions, transfers, advertising, training, and termination policies.



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