Water Production Operations Manager – Engineer

August 27, 2023
Olathe, KS
Job Type


Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary


PAY RANGE: $87,433 TO $135,522

The City of Olathe's Environmental Services Division wants YOU to join our team of talented and dedicated employees that provide critical water-related services to the City of Olathe's residents. In 2022, our award-winning water production facility treated 4.75 billion gallons of drinking water for an average daily demand of 13.0 million gallons per day. Our team works hard around the clock to make sure we consistently meet or exceed all federal and state drinking water standards so that Olathe customers have safe, high-quality drinking water.

The Water Production Operations Manager is responsible for leading our Water Production Operations team of 20 employees in a state-of-the-art water production facility. A typical day might include meeting with Water Plant Superintendents to address maintenance and staffing issues, collaborating with City Engineering Staff on capital improvement projects related to water production and strategizing with Infrastructure Leadership to implement infrastructure business plan objectives.

The City of Olathe is a great place to work. We're "Setting the Standard for Excellence in Public Service." If you're interested in a career where you can make an impact on the community, apply today. To learn more about our Vision, Values, and Mission click here . To find out more about our benefits click here .

Job will be posted until filled.

Keywords: Water Engineer, Water Engineer Program Manager, Water Engineer Operations Manager

For more details, review the full job details and requirements below.

  • Direct the overall operation of the Water Production section, including water supply facilities, water treatment plant, and distribution storage and pumping. Ensure compliance with all Federal and State regulations and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, supervise, coach, lead, motivate, engage, train, and review the work of assigned staff. Model the City's Leadership Philosophy to promote a positive work culture.
  • Manage the development and implementation of objectives, policies, and procedures; develop and oversee strategies to align Water Production with the City's strategic priorities.
  • Evaluate and recommend new treatment processes, process changes, and capital investments to ensure regulatory compliance and improve water quality, treatment effectiveness, and operational efficiency; troubleshoot processes and equipment; analyze water quality and operating results with personnel.
  • Coordinate operations, maintenance, and laboratory activities. Collaborate with engineering, utility maintenance, procurement, finance, and other City departments; represent Water Production with regulatory agencies and other external stakeholders.
  • Develop requirements and specifications for obtaining materials, services, and equipment at the best value; perform value analyses; develop and monitor budget and expenditures for assigned business unit.

Experience and Education Guidelines Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is acceptable. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

Experience : Six to eight (6-8) years of related experience. Two (2) years supervisory experience preferred. Experience operating a water softening plant and/or membrane filtration plant preferred.

Education : Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, or related field. Master's degree preferred.

Licenses and Certificates : Must possess a valid driver's license, Kansas Professional Engineer (PE) license, and Kansas Class IV Water Operator certificate (or ability to obtain within 12 months of hire).

Supervises : Water Production Superintendents (2), indirectly Water Production operators (16).

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