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Do you have experience participating in the scheduling, coordination and completion of all significant planned and emergency maintenance events for a mission critical facility and ensuring these activities are executed in a controlled and proven method to ensure the reliability of the critical loads supported by these systems?
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Data Center Manager - Mechanical
VA - Ashburn

Opportunity Snapshot
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Partner with a data center manager focused on electrical to deliver best-in-class operations

If you combine comprehensive knowledge of large-scale data centers, including mechanical, cooling and fire protection systems, with strong leadership skills and a hands-on approach, the role of Data Center Manager - Mechanical at our busy Ashburn campus could be your ideal opportunity. Consider a few of the advantages of joining our team. You will:
  • Play a key role in the development of processes and procedures related to the operation and control of the mechanical plant infrastructure.
  • Help shape and develop the Data Center Operations department and team, exchanging ideas with leaders at other sites.
  • Join an organization that is growing fast and that means plenty of opportunities for strong performers to build a career here. In fact, this position is open because the incumbent is pursuing another opportunity within Digital Realty.
  • Enjoy visibility as you work with and build a team. You will join a talented group of professionals at a new state-of-the-art facility in Ashburn, VA. The Ashburn campus is a premier site that continues to expand.
Digital Realty: Where the cloud lives and business thrives. We built the global standard for technical real estate, developing a unique capability to acquire, manage, and scale data center campuses. Now, Digital Realty is building a unique ecosystem of open solutions that power customer growth through exceptional service on a foundation of unrivaled data center expertise. The new Digital Realty combines unparalleled data center services, carrier-dense interconnection, real estate acumen, and financial strength to create a unique power of choice and value when and where our customers need it. Digital Realty is proud to be a Virginia Values Veterans (V-3) certified company.
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Impact Operations at State-of-the-Art Facility at a Global Leader in Data Center Solutions

The Requirements
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To meet the basic qualifications for this role you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. To be a good fit for the Data Center Manager (internally titled Essential Infrastructure Manager) opportunity, you will also need:
  • A bachelor's degree or two-year technical degree preferred but not required; we will also consider non-degreed candidates with relevant vocational training history and/or relevant technical certifications
  • Strong experience in facility management or facility engineering in mission-critical / high-uptime facilities
  • Comprehensive knowledge of large-scale Data Centers, including central chilled water plant cooling systems, fire protection and pre-action sprinkler systems
  • Team supervision or management experience; experience working with a technical team is a plus
  • Understanding of the operation and troubleshooting of Building Automation System (BAS) required; ALC WebCTRL System is a plus
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The Role
If you meet the minimum qualifications, feel free to apply at any time. If you'd like some additional details about the role, please read below.
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Reporting to the Regional Manager of Data Center Operations, you will join the Operations team and provide leadership and management for day-to-day operations for a large-scale Data Center mechanical plant. Your mission will be to ensure that the highest levels of reliability and availability are always maintained. Daily, you will leverage your thorough understanding of building automation systems that assist in the operation and control of the data center mechanical infrastructure, and partner with a peer focused on the electrical infrastructure.

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Pictured: Digital Realty consistently delivers "five nines" (99.999%) in performance uptime, using state-of-the-art redundant systems for power, cooling, security and more.
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Why Join Us
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Professional development
You'll work on a world-class campus in a new building where your primary focus will be on the mechanical infrastructure, but you'll share responsibility for the entire site and will most likely gain experience in areas that are new to you. In addition, we are committed to helping our people grow professionally, including providing training opportunities.

Career options
While you could be challenged in this role for years to come, if you're driven to modify or further advance your career, success in this position could set you up to move in a variety of directions, such as design and construction, technical operations, property management, etc. We have two million feet of data floor and continue to grow. We anticipate ample opportunities for proven performers in Ashburn.

Unique culture
We are a collaborative, people-focused company dedicated to quality and continuous improvement. When you become a member of our team, you receive our commitment to your continued development and support.

Green standard for sustainability
At Digital Realty we are committed to improving the performance and energy efficiency of our data centers through the creation, adoption and promotion of industry-leading best data center practices and experience. We are pioneers in thinking about green data centers, as well as, adopting and building to LEED and BREEAM certification requirements. We are also a contributing member of The Green Grid.

Excellent compensation
In addition to a competitive salary and discretionary bonus potential, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes multiple flexible spending plans, a generous company match on the 401(k) plan, and more.

Video: take a tour of Digital Ashburn, strategically located on a 98-acre site in the Dulles technology corridor of Northern Virginia.
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More about the Requirements
In addition to the qualifications described under The Requirements tab, you will need:
  • Strong computer skills including experience and familiarity with:
    • Microsoft Office Suite applications, including intermediate Excel skills (e.g. formulas, pivot tables, VLOOKUPs, etc.)
    • CMMS
    • Microsoft Project
    • SharePoint
    • Visio and/or AutoCad preferred
  • Advanced written communication and technical writing skills to create documentation, SOPs, etc.
  • Solid experience interpreting contract requirements and working closely with critical equipment vendors
  • Complex problem-solving skills using analysis, technical and organizational expertise to develop creative innovative solutions
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to create consensus around new ideas and initiatives
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Strong work ethic, positive attitude and the ability to lead by example in attendance, disposition and technical work
  • Availability to work extended hours as needed to keep the site running efficiently and manage projects. Typically, you'll begin your workday with the team around 6:30-7:00 AM
  • Availability to be contacted and respond to after-hours emergencies 24/7/365
More about the Role
In addition to the responsibilities described under The Role tab, you will work directly with an outsourced union workforce consisting of 4-5 personnel working at the site on break/fix and mechanical priorities and preventative maintenance. The team will also interact with electrical personnel. To set priorities and effectively lead the team, you will regularly interface with the Mechanical Foreman who directly manages the union workforce.

You will set up procedures and ensure all systems operate correctly and efficiently as designed, develop the team and set expectations, and more. Ultimately, you will ensure the operation and performance of the equipment, so it effectively meets the power and cooling demand of the site at all times. You will also be responsible for managing a budget, obtaining proposals for contract work, handling required documentation, as well as getting hands-on with troubleshooting and managing critical issues. Specifically, you and your outsourced union workforce will:
  • Oversee mechanical building systems, critical facilities equipment, and other equipment including fire/life safety infrastructures
  • Schedule, coordinate and participate in all significant planned and emergency maintenance for the facility Quick question for you - click here
  • Ensure all maintenance for the facility is executed using the change control process in a controlled and proven method that ensures the uninterrupted integrity of the critical load supported by these systems.
  • Develop operating and maintenance strategies to ensure continuous availability of all critical systems
  • Develop and updating preventative and predictive maintenance programs for essential equipment
  • Coordinate and inspect services performed by outsourced vendors
  • Manage costs and budgets associated with the Essential Infrastructure (mechanical and fire protection systems) and associated operations
  • Respond quickly to emergency situations (such as critical system alarms, fire evacuation, equipment failures, etc.) and customer concerns.
  • Ensure the performance of predictive maintenance and communicating recommendations for operational upgrades and/or resolving operational concerns
  • Ensure compliance with applicable codes, requisitions, government agencies, and Digital Realty directives as they related to mechanical building operations
  • Maintain an environment where diligence to policies and proven policies processes are quintessential
  • Ensure best practices and standards are adopted and enforced
More about your success
You will come in with a strong technical / mechanical background and a commitment to the job. If you're the right fit here, you'll exemplify ownership and lead from the front. You will take a hands-on approach, both to the work itself and to actively developing the team -- this isn't a role you can manage from your desk. It will also be critical that you can partner with the Critical Infrastructure Manager (externally, Data Center Manager - Electrical) for the overall success of the site.

Pivotal to your success will be your ability to manage multiple activities with shifting and competing priorities and high expectations from both internal managers and external customers. You'll need to be resourceful, finding answers and solving issues before they become problems. You'll also be a strong communicator, keeping your supervisor informed, but also working independently to meet your goals.

Additionally, to thrive and excel in the role, you will:
  • Bring a positive attitude and model a strong work ethic
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with key contacts internally and externally
  • Identify industry trends and articulate implications that will have an impact on the Data Center operation
  • Actively solicit feedback to ensure all activities and deliverables meet expectations
  • Identify opportunities to increase efficiencies
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for innovation
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Digital Realty is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at sgaskill@engage2excel.com.