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AES Senior Operations Lead--Hydrogen in Dayton, Ohio

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At AES, we’re accelerating the future of energy, together. As the second largest clean energy developer in the US with significant global operations, we imagine an energy grid that is 100% carbon-free and work every day to make this a reality. AES Solution Innovation is our innovation platform, where we invest in or build new businesses that materially accelerate decarbonization. We have already built multiple billion-dollar companies across the energy storage, digital energy, electric vehicles, and solar sectors (

AES Solution Innovation is developing a differentiated green hydrogen product to position AES as a market leader ( We develop novel technology innovations to deploy into AES’ global hydrogen pipeline by challenging conventional thinking and embodying three core principles: Take Ownership, Forward Leaning Posture and Pursue with Diligence.

AES’ Hydrogen Innovation Hub in Dayton, OH will serve as the platform for generating strategic insights and developing internal technical capabilities. As Senior Operations Lead, you will lead operations at the Hydrogen Innovation Hub. As part of the innovation team, expect to participate in all phases of technology validation, from ideation, R&D, pilot scale validation, scale up and operations.

As the operations lead, you will set an example for how AES will safely operate our hydrogen production facilities and be responsible for executing test programs to generate the technical insights required to develop new technology.

A successful candidate will have an extensive background in pilot scale or commercial scale operations in the hydrogen or other relevant industries (chemical process industries, oil and gas, energy, chemicals, power/electric, mining or water) with a ‘safety first’ mindset. You must be entrepreneurial and creative to thrive in a fast-paced environment full of ambiguity and uncertainty. Ideally, you will also have broad experience developing new technology at pilot scale and be mechanically inclined to operate and maintain mechanical equipment.

You will operate in a start-up like environment with the resources of a large corporation, focusing on rapid execution to gain speed to insight. Expect to interact with internal stakeholders across AES and our utilities, including senior management, and external stakeholders including EPCs, vendors, regulatory authorities, and strategic partners.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead Operations at the AES’ Hydrogen Innovation Hub

  • Execute test plans developed in collaboration with the innovation team

  • Institute and champion standard processes in hydrogen safety by owning site HSE responsibilities

  • Commission and operate hydrogen electrolyzers, compressors and hydrogen storage

  • Develop and implement site operating procedures and protocols, including:

  • Safe operating procedures, LOTO, management of change and O&M program

  • Environmental reporting requirements

  • Document control and inventory management

  • Manage the operating budget and resource scheduling

  • Develop databases to collect, analyze and store operating data

  • Perform maintenance on installed equipment

If qualified, additional responsibilities may include

  • Project/Construction management during initial construction or facility upgrade projects

  • Update and manage document control/as-builts of typical engineering drawings and lists: PFD, P&ID, SLD, BOM & Equipment lists

  • Co-develop testing plans to support the product roadmap

  • Collect and analyze operating data to generate core insights that support validation of new product features


  • Founder’s mentality : A passion for getting things done and a “make it happen” attitude with an intellectual curiosity. You will question assumptions to generate insights and build novel solutions that overcome unexpected challenges.

  • Experience : A minimum of 10 years of work experience in an operations role or environment.

  • At least 3 years of operations experience in a pilot or laboratory setting, including hands-on experience with installation and maintenance of tubing, small bore pipe and valves and mechanical equipment is preferred.

  • Technical backgrounds, such as a Bachelor of Science or Engineering, are desirable, but not required.

  • Other applicable experience may include commissioning, technical support and service, PLC operation and programming, construction management, instrumentation installation and calibration, troubleshooting and maintenance of motors and electrical equipment.

  • Expertise : Proven experience in all aspects of pilot scale operations, including facilities that use industrial automation and controls. Deep familiarity with developing and validating new technologies in the hydrogen, chemicals or oil and gas industries preferred.

  • Mindset : Capability to work dynamically and collaboratively across multiple teams in a technical environment with minimal direction. Excellent communication skills. Results-oriented, “can-do” attitude, and “get things done” mindset; comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity; no compromise on attention to quality and details.

  • Technology proficiency: Demonstrated understanding of the operation of equipment in typical hydrogen production facilities.

  • Technical understanding of hydrogen electrolyzers, process and power plant control systems, and dispatch algorithms are a plus.

Travel: 10%

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

Accelerating the future of energy, together

Our people are our energy and have transformed AES into the type of energy company that the world needs today and in the future. Coming from all walks of life, our people share a passion for improving lives by advancing the energy sector through innovation, collaboration and action.

We are working in an industry that requires new thinking and ways of working together to create solutions that are both economically and environmentally viable, not just one or the other.

We are looking for passionate people to join us in our mission to accelerate the future of energy.

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