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Plant Operations Manager - Kairos Power

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Job Title
Plant Operations Manager
Job Location
Albuquerque, NM
Job Description

Company Overview

Kairos Power is a new nuclear energy technology and engineering company whose mission is to enable the world’s transition to clean energy, with the ultimate goal to dramatically improve people’s quality of life while protecting the environment. This goal will be accomplished through the commercialization of the fluoride-salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (FHR) that can be deployed with robust safety, affordable costs, and flexible operation to accommodate the expansion of variable renewables.

Job Summary 

Kairos Power is seeking a highly motivated Plant Operations Manager Engineer with expertise in new construction and operation experience managing complex chemical plant including hazardous material management. You will be integrated with the design and construction process, implement standard operating procedures (SOPs), quality check protocols, production schedules, lead investigations and troubleshoot day to day problems as it may arise. During process design and construction phase, you will provide input to ensure upcoming operational success. Once construction is complete, you will be responsible to operate a fully operating plant and all functions including personnel and plant management.


  • Monitor construction progress ensuring that the project is implemented per the approved designs
  • Identify and help resolve any potential operating issues identified during the construction
  • Responsible for developing the teams to conduct the punch listing of the plant equipment as being installed
  • Participate in Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) reviews
  • Develop hiring plan/need for production engineers and operators including hiring and managing production engineers and operators, operator training and assist in training
  • Develop operating procedures and QA/QC to meet the frozen design basis
  • Develop Management of Change procedures for plant, maintain records of changes and compliance with HAZOP/PHA and (if applicable) PSM
  • Responsible for development of the system definitions and system handover packages for implementation
  • Lead process commissioning efforts for the handover systems
  • Responsible for final acceptable of the handover systems for release to operations
  • Develop the commissioning schedule, unit start-up schedule, and plant start up plans
  • Responsible for procurement of the materials required for start-up including initial inventories of consumables, safety equipment, and personnel equipment
  • Maintain ongoing operations - production schedule, day to day operations schedule, operations, personnel, safety and environmental, and operations


  • B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Construction Engineering or related discipline 
  • 10+ years of experience managing operations for newly constructed chemical plants, preferred industry in Oil & Gas, Chemical Production (i.e. paint, novel manufacturing and etc.), Factory Manufacturing, or similar industry handling various chemicals (acids/bases/toxic chemicals) 
  • 5+ years of supervisory experience managing up to 30 direct reports including engineers, operators, and other personnels 
  • Proven operations management in a complex chemical plant handling hazardous materials 
  • Balance safety and operation to meet schedule and cost targets 
  • Experience commissioning complex chemical plants
  • Develop plans and programs to plan out work with needed resources 
  • Proven track record managing a diverse workforce and problem solve technical issues
  • Ability to work with highly collaborative team and proven team player working with various teams
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently
  • Prioritizes and ensures safety of one self and others
  • Ability to proactively collect, manage and transfer knowledge
  • Ability to seek different and novel ways to create efficiencies when working on problems, challenges and issues

Physical Conditions 

  • Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, scissor lifts, and articulated boom lifts
  • Setting up and transferring temporary structures (e.g. scaffolding, ladders)
  • Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods
  • Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another
  • Adjusting, moving, transporting, installing, positioning, or removing objects up to 50 pounds in all directions
  • Communicating with others to exchange information
  • Operating motor vehicles, heavy equipment or machinery
  • Use hand tools

Environmental Conditions

  • General office environment
  • Low temperatures
  • High temperatures
  • Outdoor environment or elements such as precipitation and wind 
  • Noisy environments
  • Small and/or enclosed spaces
  • Odors or fumes from chemicals or chemical reactions
  • Evaluated heights
  • Accessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned
  • High-concentration, demanding and fast-paced

Safety and PPE

  • Reading and interpreting hazardous warning signs
  • Manipulating, cleaning and disposal of hazardous materials
  • Reporting issues with equipment or unsafe conditions
  • Wearing proper PPE, to include face mask, face shields, gloves, safety shoes
  • Handling of Beryllium (Be)


  • Some travel may be required - approximately 10% 


  • Capable of obtaining forklift and boom lift certification 

Additional Requirements

  • Requires occasional working weekends 
  • Requires occasional schedule flexibility 
  • Requires occasionally non-standard work-week hours 
  • Requires occasionally working 2nd shift, beginning at 3:00pm local time 
  • Requires occasionally working 3rd shift, beginning at 11:00pm local time 
  • Requires occasional extended hours to support launch and critical project timelines 

About our Benefits

We know that we have some of the most talented and dedicated employees, and we believe in rewarding them accordingly. If you work here, full-time employees (excludes interns) expect to have access to the benefits below:

  • Competitive compensation packages
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits for employees and their dependents
  • Paid Vacation
  • 401(k) and pre-tax health insurance, dependent care, and commuter benefits (FSA)

Kairos Power is committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects the communities where we do business. Kairos Power is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We actively welcome people of different experiences, abilities, and perspectives.

Kairos Power participates in E-Verify.

Candidates only, no recruiters or agencies please.

Note: You are applying for a position that is located in a facility that handles information that is subject to export control restrictions by the Department of Energy under 10 CFR Part 810. To work in this facility, you need to be authorized by the Department of Energy to access Part 810-controlled information. Foreign nationals who are citizens of countries that are not on the Department of Energy’s general authorization list (link below) are not permitted to work in our facility unless the Department of Energy issues an export control license to the company to permit that individual to have access to Part 810-controlled information. The following questions are intended to determine the licensing requirements that may apply. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/10/appendix-A_to_part_810

Kairos Power Headquarters Location

Alameda, CA

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Kairos Power Company Size

Between 100 - 500 employees

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Kairos Power Funding Rounds

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  • Grant

    $16,320 USD