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Energy Systems Group Facilities Manager in Greater Chicago, Illinois


The Facilities Manager is responsible for management of the Chicago Westside Energy Center for ESG’s Operations Services department. The major process responsibilities include production of electricity, steam, and chilled water to meet customer contractual requirements. The Facilities Manager is responsible for delivering results related to EHS, financial performance, plant reliability and efficiency, customer satisfaction, and employee training and development. Creates and maintains positive customer relations. This individual must have a technical understanding of and practical experience with energy distribution, production and components associated with various equipment including motors, control centers, boilers, chillers, refrigeration systems, turbines, etc. This individual provides leadership and guidance in addition to technical support for all facility technicians. This manager establishes performance expectations at both the employee and facility levels. Provides proper tracking and recordkeeping for various facility, customer, and corporate reports.


  • Provide leadership, guidance, and technical support for technicians that operate on a 24 hour x 7 day basis. Provides reliable plant service, responds to issues with urgency, and ensures contingency plans are in place

  • Manage all aspects of the energy production facilities, including daily operations, maintenance, financial performance, budgeting, EHS, plant efficiency and reliability, and customer satisfaction. Ensures plans are in place and leads actions to improve performance and meet all site performance objectives and customer contract Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)

  • Lead site safety performance by ensuring all regulatory and company rules are adhered to at the site, training employees, holding others accountable, reporting and investigating incidents/ injuries, implementing programs to enhance the safety culture, and by personally observing safe work practices and adhering to all safety requirements. Ensure compliance to all environmental regulatory and company requirements including adherence to permits, recordkeeping, reporting, and employee training

  • Ensure outstanding customer satisfaction. Builds and maintains positive relations with key customer management and staff employees to ensure the company maintains a positive image with our customers. Develops a comprehensive understanding and adherence to customer contracts.

  • Coordinates work with multiple subcontractors to support plant maintenance and projects

  • Manages multiple capital projects, major repairs and replacements of plant equipment.

  • Responsible for establishing, executing, and documenting appropriate reactive, predictive, and preventive maintenance programs to improve overall plant reliability

  • Provides management oversight of all orientation and training for all energy production facility employees for new and existing systems. Establishes and executes development plans to enhance employee technical and leadership skill sets

  • Establishes performance and behavioral expectations and then tracks employee performance to complete accurate and constructive performance appraisals in accordance with ESG’s performance management system and policies

  • Responsible for employee scheduling including overtime authorization and day to day direction of employee activities and scheduling of all work activities

  • Leads root cause investigations for all major plant and equipment issues and ensures actions are taken to prevent reoccurrence

  • Responsible for management oversight of start-up activities including trouble shooting and establishing performance expectations

  • Responsible for establishing trouble call procedures for facility that effectively communicates

  • Completes all training modules as required by the position and/or management.

  • Performs all duties as deemed necessary by management.

  • Ability to perform daily role technical specialist; if needed.




  • Associate's degree and three (3) to six (6) years' related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Prior managerial and/or supervisory experience


  • Bachelor’s degree and six (6) to eight (8) years related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience with turbines, boilers, and chilled water systems

  • Chief Power Engineer (NIULPE), or 1st Class Power (NIULPE), or Professional Engineer (PE)

  • Certified Facilities Manager certification and/or other relevant certifications

  • Experience with high strong maintenance programs including preventive and predictive methodologies


  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate proactively with all levels of ESG, external organizations, and potential clients

  • Ability to lead, train, and develop employees operating and maintaining a very technical process

  • Ability to manage local projects

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret financial data, technical data, equipment manuals, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations

  • Ability to compose and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, analyze data, establish root cause and effective corrective / preventive actions

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables

  • Ability to successfully complete a mechanical and electrical aptitude assessment

  • Travel, including overnight stays, is required.


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 push, pull, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee must be able to walk, climb stairs, climb ladders, and work at heights using proper fall protection equipment if required. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision and depth perception. The employee should also be able to operate a computer and have at least a high school level of comprehension and retention. 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 must be able to work in varying conditions both inside and outside. Conditions may include noise, heat, cold, dust, rain and others. The employee must be able to work in conjunction with others. The employee must be able to communicate verbally to answer and place calls. The noise level in the work environments is occasionally moderate to loud.

The employee is required to practice, recognize, and interpret safety precautions and follow safety rules and OSHA requirements as they relate to the job.

Consistent and reliable attendance is required.

Energy Systems Group reserves the rights 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.”

ID: 2021-1689

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