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Supervisor of Field Operations at Pennsylvania American Water

Posted in Construction 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Scranton, Pennsylvania

Job Description:

American Water is consolidating employees based at multiple sites in southern New Jersey into one Corporate Headquarters location in Camden, New Jersey for a greater sense of community, efficiency and collaboration.  More than 600 people from each of the four existing buildings will move in a phased approach beginning in early October and continuing through November. Positions posted in Voorhees, Mount Laurel, and Cherry Hill, NJ will ultimately be based in Camden, NJ.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada.  To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role

Supervise the day-to-day management and operations of water and/or wastewater systems within an operational area, to include field operations, ensuring cost effective, high quality customer service and operational reliability. Serve as a key customer and municipal client interface within assigned area.

Key Accountabilities

  • Establish, maintain and continuously improve the health and safety culture within an operational area.  Create an environment of accountability and implement high performance safety programs, including the provision of resources, time, equipment and training. 

  • Ensure that all facilities maintain operational reliability, including environmental compliance with current and future regulations.

  • Implement best operating practices to promote continuous improvement, innovation and excellent customer service. Implement operations strategies and direct and manage the field operations for water and wastewater operations within an operational area.  Provide operational input to annual business plans, control budgets for responsible areas, and ensure that operational and financial targets are met or exceeded.  

  • Lead, motivate and develop staff in assigned operations areas. Build shared commitment to improving business performance, and develop both individual and team capabilities.  Drive performance by linking business units' objectives to company goals and values.  Communicate a shared vision, energize and empower staff, and champion diversity.

  • Work with the engineering staff to develop the strategy and priorities for capital investment programs, and drive the effective implementation of such programs.

  • Establish relationships with and serve as a key operational contact for customers, political and civic leaders and other key external stakeholders. Support and assist in maintaining and enhancing such relationships area-wide.

  • Support the business development function in an operational area. Assist in due diligence and operational analysis, and ensure effective integration and performance of acquisitions and contract operations.

Knowledge / Skills

  • Extensive in-depth knowledge of the regulated water and/or wastewater utility business and its operations.

  • Knowledge of the applicable regulations, requirements and trends impacting the water and/or wastewater business,  as it exists throughout American Water locations and areas of new business opportunities.

  • Knowledge of the assessment of operating practices and the establishment of best practices.

  • Broad knowledge of Production, Source Water Management, Engineering, Project Management and construction management practices.

  • Computer literacy.  Strong skills in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, flow-charting, project scheduling.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills (e.g., presentation, listening, report writing).

  • Financial analysis skill, including budget management and comprehensive accounting knowledge.


Dealing Effectively with Direct Reports


Directing Others

Managing / Measuring Work


Sharing Information

Experience / Education


Minimum of 5 yrs water and/or wastewater utility experience.


Associate’s degree in operational discipline, management or related discipline, or equivalent experience.

Licenses & Certifications

DEP certification within functional area is required and must be maintained. Equivalent experience and reciprocity provisions will be made for obtaining required licenses.

Travel Requirements

Daily travel throughout an individual area or district of responsibility.  10% Travel outside of individual area or district.


This job is specific to a large state or district of a large state and must have oversight for both field operations and production functions.

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American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.