Plant Operator – Nijhuis Saur Industries Industrial O&M Solutions, Cornwall – Nijhuis Industries – Doetinchem

Nijhuis Industries

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The Operator’s main working hours will be 8am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday, the salary reflects permanent weekend work. The need to cover holiday & sickness on other days will be expected, with overtime or rest days in the week given.

The Operator will be responsible for operating and maintaining the assets associated with the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) on multiple sites in Cornwall and one site in Wiltshire. The primary base for the operator will be Cornwall. You will also work with the local maintenance technicians to carry out basic planned preventative maintenance and should therefore be mechanically biased.

All travel and overnight expenses will be paid for by the company in line with the expenses policy.

The on-site WWTPs receive mixed effluent from the customer and require treatment to a high standard. The WWTP processes therefore require regular monitoring for any deviation from the operational plan.

You will be expected to implement monitoring control activities and implementation of operational changes. The Operator will also be expected to maintain analytical data into a computer-based system to record plant performance. After carrying out testing and analysis, you will respond to results by optimising the WWTP process to ensure the plant is working optimally, within its set operating limits.

The role also requires that the assets are operated at optimum performance at all times, the operator will form part of a team framework to assist in this task.

The role requirements are the safe & seamless operation of the WWTP in accordance with the regulatory consent and without interruption to the customer’s production activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

•To undertake the role of plant operator across several sites primarily based in Cornwall.
•To ensure the wastewater treatment plant is operating correctly and protect the EA water authorities’ consent levels by carrying out sampling, testing and general plant maintenance.
•Manage and deal with any issues that may arise, including liaising with clients.
•Organise and manage chemical deliveries, spare parts quotes and orders.
•Develop, monitor, evaluate and propose revisions to operating procedures.
•Be responsible for the Health & Safety and Environmental matters on-site; keeping site registers and carrying out inductions.
•Carry out general housekeeping and cleaning of equipment.
•Preparation of reports, timesheets, risk assessments, method statements as well as data collection from plant operations.
•To occasionally cover the operation of wastewater plants when other operators are sick or on annual leave including weekends and bank holidays. Also, to help cover sites during the period between Christmas and New Year.

Required Skills/Qualifications (Essential):

•GCSEs or equivalent.
•Experience in wastewater preferable but not necessary. Ideally some background in biology or chemistry.
•Computer skills including some knowledge of Word & Excel.
•Full UK driver’s licence.
•Good communication skills.

Our Employment Conditions Package

•Job Title – Plant Operator
•Salary Banding – £28,000 to £32,000 (DOE)
•Bonus – Up to 5%
•Overtime – 1.5
•Hours of Work – 40 hours per week, Wednesday to Sunday
•Holidays – 22 days + 8 stats
•Probationary Period – 6 months
•Pension – Can join immediately or auto-enrolled after 3 months – Employee 4.5% and Employer 4.5% via salary sacrifice
•Eligible to join company benefits after successfully completing probation – Private Healthcare, Group Income Protection and Death in Service (4 x basic salary)
•Notice – 1 week during probation, increasing to 1 month thereafter
•Location – Cornwall
•Company Vehicle – Leased Van


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Are you a potential candidate and do you have any questions about this vacancy? Please contact Richard Mann (Recruitment Manager) via the email below and will be happy to answer your questions.

Please send your CV to for the attention of Richard Mann (Recruitment Manager), We will let you know as soon as possible if we see a match.

We will fill this vacancy through our own recruitment. Profiles and CVs sent unsolicited by agencies will be treated as direct applications from candidates.

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