Operations Planning Supervisor - Helena

$79,300 - $145,400 yearly
  • Northwestern Energy
  • Helena, MT, USA
  • May 12, 2023
Full time Management Operations

Job Description

About this position:

The Supervisor of Operations Planning reports to the local Division Manager and is responsible for the supervision of specific responsibilities described below and supports all other Division functions related to the planning, operation and administration of the electric and natural gas systems within the Division service area. The Supervisor of Operations Planning will work closely with the other Division leaders of Safety, Construction, Electric Operations and Gas Operations to assure that the planning and execution of work is performed safely, on schedule and effectively.

We offer great benefits:

NorthWestern Energy is a fully regulated electric and natural gas utility serving Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. We employ 1,500 amazing people and serve 753,600 customers who are our neighbors in our communities. We are a top employer and offer competitive benefits, including:

  • 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%
  • Healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision for you, your spouse and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Programs (Offering up to six free counseling sessions, per person, per issue, per year for employees, spouses and dependents to include financial heath)
  • Life Insurance (Company pays basic employee policy; spouse, dependent insurance also available)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Competitive pay (Scheduled performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities.)
  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid bereavement leave
  • Paid training opportunities
  • Paid time off starting on your first day, plus 11 paid holidays

Benefits may vary by position or as negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

About this job:

  • Demonstrate leadership consistent with NorthWestern Energy's code, values, policies, processes and controls
  • Utilize management practices to maintain employee engagement and productivity
  • Effectively manage budgets, ensuring proper cost controls
  • Lead special projects and utilize change and project management techniques as required
  • This position will have direct responsibility for:
    • Outage management and analysis
    • Power quality system planning, power quality and RFI issue investigation and resolution
    • System operation optimization coordinated with the asset management, substation and electric/gas operations functions (coordination studies, data plans, switching plans, feeder loading, ties, etc.)
    • The coordination and integration of effective leadership and human performance initiatives in the Division workforce with the Division Manager, Electric and Gas Supervisors
    • Supervisory responsibilities for a part of the Division workforce and operation
    • Metering function within the Division operations including personnel, work execution and metering performance metrics and data analysis
    • Operations processes to include, but not limited to the line patrol annual plan, execution and deficiency corrections; annual transmission aerial assessment; claims process and high load moves
    • Claims resolution lead
  • The Supervisor of Operations Planning will have the responsibility to support the following:
    • Annual capital and expense budget preparation
    • Annual work plan development and execution
    • Annual required workforce training
    • DOT and DIMPS annual requirements assistance
    • Annual projects development and design to support operations and construction
    • Supervise the gas and electric operations in the absence of the Division Manager
  • All employees are responsible to ensure that work is performed in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations as well as Policies and Procedures established by NorthWestern Energy
  • Responsible to ensure that plans and work are executed in compliance with the NWE Safety and Standards Manuals
  • Able to lead a day-to-day operation that is dynamic and is a change agent
  • Perform constant sitting, frequent standing and walking, occasional lifting up to 35 pounds
  • Travel is required (up to 20%) of the work time or as the work requires under varying conditions
  • This position will also be required to be on-call for after-hours emergencies as part of the Division operations Supervisor-on-Call rotation
  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics
  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

Am I right for this job? Here's the success profile:

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • An engineering degree is required
  • Professional Engineer License is preferred
  • Practical knowledge of all phases of utility electric and gas operations is recommended
  • General knowledge of the engineering, construction and operation of electric and natural gas transmission and distribution systems including regulatory policies (FERC, DOT, etc.) or related experience
  • Possess a working knowledge of Company safety and environmental policies and procedures or have related experience
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft office and ability to learn and effectively use proprietary software
  • Ability to supervise and direct the activities of several functions and direct reports, coordinate diverse activities, delegate efficiently and promote and maintain a positive and progressive work environment

Criteria for hiring and/or promotion to Upper Level

  • Strong leadership skills including interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a department and department staff members
  • Exceptional work experience and knowledge may be considered subject to review and approval by upper management