Team Leader (Operations - Hazardous Waste)

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Employment: Full Time

Providing water, energy and waste management solutions for 160 years, Veolia offers public authorities and industries with a range of water, energy and waste management services vital to human development and sustainable growth in 48 countries around the world. We continue to adapt and innovate in step with economic growth and human development by designing and implementing solutions that will have a positive impact on the environment and resources.
Our goal is to build a better 21st century, we therefore see ourselves as #resources.

Key figures:
• More than 1,300 employees in the Middle East (in addition to the 4,000 employees from Enova which reports directly to Veolia Africa Middle East zone, for Facility Management and energy Efficiency contracts in the ME)
• A strong local network with 12 offices across the region (UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar)
• 30 years of sustainable partnerships
• More than 6,000 references

In the Middle East, Veolia works with industries, governments and communities, retail and commercial businesses, to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions that are needed today, with the vision required for tomorrow.
Through public-private partnerships and innovative contractual schemes, Veolia is committed to achieving quantifiable results with sustainable, pragmatic environmental solutions.

MAGMA environmental Services operate and maintain two industrial Waste Treatment Facilities (IWTF) in Ruwais (Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates) with around 200 employees.

The Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility (HWTF or BeAAT) includes TDU, deoiling tricanter, Stabilization, Class I and II landfill, PCT, mercury treatment unit, and Incineration lines with a capacity around 60 KTA;

The Natural Occurring Radioactive Materials Treatment Facility (NORM) is a new 6,5 KTA decontamination facility, including a high pressure water descaling system, incineration and encapsulation of ashes.

Position Summary:
The Team Leader - Operations plays a crucial role in overseeing the operations of the Radioactive waste treatment plant Norm. Reporting to the Process & Operations Manager, the Team Leader is responsible for managing the operators and ensuring the efficient and safe operation of the facility. This includes supervising the operating units, coordinating with various teams, and maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements and safety standards.

Key Responsibilities:
- Supervise and lead a Control Room Operator and a team in NORM plant, providing guidance, support, and performance feedback to ensure operational excellence.
- Participate in morning meetings with the Process & Operations Manager and transmit information to the field (designated and non designated areas)
- Manage PTW, check on site before, during and after the good execution of works
- Coordinate and allocate resources effectively to ensure sufficient coverage and smooth operation of the different units on a 24/7 basis.
- Oversee operations, including monitoring process parameters, responding to alarms, and initiating appropriate actions to maintain optimal performance and safety.
- Collaborate with the Process & Operations Manager to develop and implement standard operating procedures, and work instructions to enhance efficiency and safety.
- Conduct regular performance evaluations of Operators, identifying training needs, and facilitating training programs to enhance their skills and knowledge.
- Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, industry standards, and company policies related to safety, environmental stewardship, and hazardous waste treatment.
- Foster a culture of safety, quality, and continuous improvement within the team by promoting adherence to standard operating procedures and best practices.
- Collaborate with maintenance personnel to schedule and coordinate maintenance activities, ensuring minimal disruption to operations.
- Monitor key performance indicators, operational metrics, and trends to identify areas for improvement and implement appropriate measures.
- Foster effective communication and collaboration with other teams, such as field maintenance, and laboratory personnel, to optimize overall facility performance.
- Promote a positive work environment by encouraging teamwork, resolving conflicts, and recognizing team members' contributions.
- Foster collaborative long-term working relationships with the facilities’ management and staff.
- Apply all relevant HSE measures in line with regulations and Veolia / Magma policy
- Ensure the safety of staff working under her/his supervision


- Bachelor's degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, possesses operations or related discipline.
- Additional certifications or training in leadership or management are preferred.
- 12+ years of experience in an industrial environment/ waste management facility industry along with the field of waste treatment operation and disposal plants or oil refining industry including adequate knowledge of radioactive waste characterization, sampling practices and general management practices.
- 5+ years of experience working in a similar role in a process-driven environment, preferably in a hazardous waste treatment facility or a related industry.
- Proven experience in leading and managing a team, including performance management, coaching, and development.
- Familiarity with regulatory requirements and industry standards related to process control, safety, and environmental compliance.
- Proficient in the use of control room software (Current systems to be defined), and data analysis tools.
- Ability to interpret and analyze complex data, identify trends, and make informed decisions based on operational parameters.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with team members, stakeholders, and senior management.
- Good Computer literate (Google Suit Experience is a plus).
- Interpersonal communication and problem solving skills.
- Good knowledge of oral and written English. Knowledge of other languages is a plus.
- Willing and able to be based full-time in Al Ruwais, Abu Dhabi
- Willing to work in a 24/7 operations environment - Shift Basis schedule apply (6 days on - 6 days off; 12h/day)
- Willing to work in a 24/7 operations environment - Shift Basis schedule apply (6 days on - 6 days off; 12h/day)


Veolia is the world's largest environmental services company.

For over 160 years, Veolia has provided public and private sectors with Water, Energy and Waste Management solutions and services which are vital to human development and sustainable growth.

With over 200,000 employees on five continents, Veolia designs practical solutions for the management (operation, treatment, distribution and/or supply) of Water, Waste and Energy. Through these three complementary activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, to preserve available resources and to renew them.

Veolia Group achieved revenues of EUR 28.5billion in 2021. (In 2020) the Veolia Group served 95mn inhabitants with drinking water, 62mn with sanitation, produced nearly 43mn MWH of energy, and recycled 47mn tonnes of waste.

Veolia aims to become the benchmark company for ecological transformation. Our goal is to build a better 21st century. We therefore see ourselves as #resourcers.


Veolia has operated in the Middle East for over 30 years, providing innovative and sustainable water & waste services to industries, governments & communities, retail and commercial businesses.

Veolia has more than 3,000 employees in the Near & Middle East and a strong regional network of ~12 offices in the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

Veolia currently has over 6,000 project references of work delivered in the region, and continues to develop new projects through public-private partnerships and innovative contractual schemes.

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