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Customer Operations Manager

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Author ahnationtalk
Date September 11, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Hydro One Networks Inc
Location Newmarket, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Hydro One
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Customer Operations Manager

Vacancy Number: 28981
Number of positions: 1
Town/City: Newmarket, Ontario (CA-ON)
Business Unit: NTW OPRTNS
Division: DISTRIBUTION
Department: DX LINES (10000287)
Job type: Regular
Duration of rotation: Ongoing

General Accountabilities:

Responsible for provision of wide range of customer electrical services such as connections, upgrades and emergency repairs.

Manage and supervise staff, organize schedule and assign routine and special duties to clerical, technical, trades and Society staff, providing instruction, guidance and checks necessary to ensure work quality and accuracy and conformity to governing regulations.

Specific Accountabilities:

  • Through the Zone Superintendent, and within context provided by the Zone Superintendent (i.e., corporate strategies and policies, accountabilities, tasks, budget and programs, compliance and performance targets, expectations for continuous improvement, etc.), provide the following:
  • Responsible for provision of wide range of customer electrical services such as connections, upgrades and emergency repairs.
  • Supervise staff, organize schedule and assign routine and special duties to clerical, technical, trades and Society staff, providing instruction, guidance and checks necessary to ensure work quality and accuracy and conformity to governing regulations.
  • Make effective recommendations on personnel issues such as staff changes, promotions, hiring, and maintain discipline.
  • Provide advice and guidance relative to staff problems.
  • Responsible for developing team environment amongst peers and subordinates.
  • Responsible for sound environmental practices and compliance with approved legislation.
  • Administer the general Operations Centre operation, ensure that adequate security, fire and safety measures are taken, and precautions observed.
  • Ensure that personnel are provided adequate training, be aware of fluctuating workload and initiate measures necessary to maintain operating efficiency.
  • Participate in meetings of both local and province-wide scope and contribute to the formulation of new or revised policy affecting Provincial Lines and Zone operations.
  • Direct the disposal of obsolete equipment, perform work standard studies and prepare reports.
  • Authorize expense reports and other personnel forms as delegated.
  • Ensure adequate training for subordinates, administer pay and personnel matters.
  • Manage Operations Centre(s) technical activity.
  • Plan and direct the day-to-day preventive and other necessary maintenance to rural lines and associated equipment.
  • Supervise work performed on lines above rural line voltage and be accountable to Zone for work performed.
  • Plan and direct day-to-day operation relative to the implementation of rural plant.
  • Supervise the installation of electric service, special metering devices and initiate requests for power meter tests.
  • Direct the installation and maintenance of fuses, reclosures, breakers, repeater switches and other safety devices in accordance with Zone fuse, coordination plan.
  • Investigate and provide details and sketches of proposed line crossings to Zone and direct pole replacement program in accordance with Work Management instructions.
  • Direct and be responsible for routine maintenance and minor repair relative to stations within area jurisdiction having limited technical responsibility in this regard.
  • Be responsible for the operation of shops, garages or other repair depots engaged in the repair and minor maintenance of quantities of equipment such as fleets of vehicles, boats and/or work equipment, etc.
  • Manage Operations Centre office.
  • Ensure staff follow the appropriate processes related to accounting and clerical activities associated with the billing and collection of authorized charges relative to the installation of services and/or revenue from sale of power, the maintenance of area stores and the accounting for tools and office equipment.
  • Prepare or supervise preparation of reports and the various correspondence relative to Zone operation.
  • Participate in planning of Zone capital expenditures, such as line extensions, plant betterment, etc.
  • Be aware of load growth or other conditions necessitating modification of existing plant or services, or extensions.
  • Study requirements and participate with planning staff in preparation of plans for construction and expenditure, attend meetings and supervise the implementation of the program in accordance with direction.
  • Manage and provide advice and recommendations on capabilities, price, service levels and other deliverables as part of negotiation of Service Level Agreements or Contracts.
  • Contribute to and review information and estimates provided for negotiating/bidding on distribution work.
  • Evaluate the complete package, identify and recommend potential changes to improve the final package including prices and service levels.
  • Participate in discussions, problem solving and issue resolution with customers regarding negotiation.
  • Implementation and ongoing work performance of Service Level Agreements or Contracts.
  • Deal with the consumer service requirements providing advice to customers relative to their electrical problems, interpreting wiring code and drawing attention to hazards.
  • Advise new customer’s relative new construction, rates and application procedure and costs.
  • Deal with customer complaints and initiate remedial action.
  • Plan local interruptions necessary for maintenance and advise all affected customers and DOMC of interruptions affecting stations and act on its instruction.
  • Assist in the transfer of customers’ supply and services to municipalities and provide various technical and/or administrative services to municipalities upon request or by contract arrangement.
  • Arrange for exhibits, speakers, films, etc, for public meetings and be prepared to participate in local public meetings to promote or defend Corporate policy.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams to implement customer products and programs in the areas of asset planning and operations, customer relations, customer connections, information management, code compliance application of tariffs within timelines.
  • Work with technical specialists within and outside the company for the exchange of data and consultation in areas of mutual interests and integrate the recommendations into policies, processes and products being developed or delivered to customers.
  • Develop and implement work plans to deliver policies and products designed to address expectations of Customers (LDC’s, load customers, generators) regulator and shareholder and improve customer’s knowledge and understanding of new obligations and processes in the deregulated Ontario electricity market.
  • Provide advice and deliver communications products to external groups to assist in their understanding of regulatory codes, business policies and strategies.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Managerial Accountabilities:

  • Manage the unit and achieve the approved programs and targeted results through:
  • Maintaining a team of subordinates who are capable of producing the outputs required.
  • Ensure subordinates are able and willing to produce the desired output, and that subordinate managers continually improve the processes for achieving the outputs.
  • Assess staff capability to do the required work, now and in the future.
  • Conduct personal effectiveness reviews of subordinates managers/specialists to build relationships and trust, and to improve effectiveness.
  • Mentor and counsel subordinates-once-removed.

Accountability for the Outputs of Others:

  • Set the appropriate context for subordinates (i.e. corporate strategies and policies, accountabilities, tasks, budget and Programs), compliance and performance targets, expectations for continuous improvement, etc.)
  • Set an effective framework of policies and procedures for the work of the unit.
  • Know and ensure own and subordinates’ compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements, and all corporate policies and procedures, and generally accepted practices relating to the work of the unit.
  • Establish a two-way working relationship with subordinates to solicit their views on conditions and potential changes effecting their work, and continuous improvement opportunities.

Selection Criteria:

Essential Knowledge:

  • Requires a knowledge of customer service and distribution function in order to supply electrical power and service to customers of a Utility Customer Centre.
  • Requires a knowledge of customer operations sufficient to lead a staff of mixed trades.
  • Requires a knowledge of project management and human relations to negotiate effectively with customers and the public, a knowledge of computer applications related to distribution network systems.
  • Requires a good knowledge of English to effectively communicate.
  • Requires extensive experience in customer service and distribution.
  • Requires an understanding of Corporate Safety Rules, Occupational Health and Safety Act and legislative requirements, Work Protection Code, environmental issues affecting the Corporation.

Essential Experience:

  • Requires experience in handling complaints and dealing with retail customers, mid-sized customers, generators, LDC’s Municipalities.
  • Requires experience in the supervision of trades and technical staff, experience in promoting and developing a teamwork environment with both staff and peers.
  • Requires experience in carrying out the broad scope of administrative responsibilities associated with monitoring, coordinating, and controlling the work activities of a large staff.
  • A period of over 10 years and up to and including 12 years is considered necessary to gain this experience.

Demonstrated Management Skills:

  • Achievement Motivation – concern for working well or for competing against a standard of excellence.
  • Analytical thinking – ability to understand a situation by segmenting and tracing implications step by step.
  • Client –Service Orientation – desire to help or serve others, to meet their needs.
  • Developing Others – takes action to foster the long-term learning or development of others.
  • Directiveness – able to insist others comply with one’s wishes where the power of one’s position is used appropriately and effectively, with the long-term good of the organization in mind.
  • Impact and Influence – able to persuade, convince, influence or impress others.
  • Initiative – takes action, proactively doing things and not simply thinking about future actions.
  • Information seeking – ability to acquire information relevant to the achievement of valued goals.
  • Listening, Understanding and Responding – ability to accurately listen, understand and respond appropriately when interacting with individuals and groups.
  • Strategic business thinking – ability to apply their technical knowledge and experience to making management decisions for achieving business objectives.
  • Team leadership – ability to take a role as leader of a team or other group.
  • Teamwork – able to work with others as part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

If you share our passion for safety, our customer service focus, and are ready to play a lead role in building a bright future, we would love to hear from you!

Thank you for considering this opportunity and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates.  If you are being considered for an interview or other assessment one of our Recruitment Consultants will be in touch.  Furthermore, if you are being considered for an interview and require special accommodations please let us know.  Finally, short-listed candidates will be asked to pass a reliability check (which could include criminal background check, driver’s license abstract, education verification, etc.) prior being offered a job at Hydro One.

Deadline: September 24, 2018

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