Operations Technician- Deer Lodge

  • Northwestern Energy
  • Deer Lodge, MT, USA
  • Oct 12, 2020
Full time Inventory Software

Job Description

The Operations Technician will oversee the daily operation of the gas transmission materials warehouse. Review daily material requisition process while incorporating a review of overstock report for excess materials on system.  Validation of pedigree of materials received.  Batching of the materials within the SAP linear asset management (LAM) system. Reconciling of materials issued, installed, and scrapped.  Will research and purchase non-stores materials as requested and review daily transactions for reasonableness, utilizing various SAP reports to assist in daily duties. Responsible to oversee complete yearly inventory of all storage locations in gas transmission.


  • 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
  • Establish working relationships with vendors
    • Material requests
    • Quote process
    • Establish agreement on pricing for materials
    • Work directly with procurement group
  • Perform materials and supplied requisition and procurement procedures to meet the demands of gas transmission staff
    • Process material requests evaluating materials available and determining materials to order
    • Create purchase requests
  • Perform all tasks associated with receiving and shipping materials to/from vendors, suppliers, other warehouses, and designated work sites.
    • Exception report for deliveries
    • Validate material documentation
    • Complete batching of the validated materials in the LAM system
    • Application of batch number or bar code
  • Perform required inventory functions
    • Monthly, quarterly, annually as required
  • Gather, prepare, and stage materials for all shop fabrication and field construction and maintenance work
  • Process all daily SAP transactions for issues, returns, transfers, and receipts via PC or bar code handheld device
  • Process and review all reports to ensure on-hand quantities/values, date of last physical inventory, open transfers/PO's are properly received and review any other reporting necessary to perform the job
  • Contact person for fleet and facility maintenance issues, oversee keeping warehouse, yards, and all related equipment safe and orderly
  • Oversee and participate in the plastic gas pipe expiration process, as required for gas transmission needs
  • Local contact for yearly company Obsolete Material Review
  • Manage the purchase and tracking of tool requests
  • Perform and document daily forklift inspections
  • Travel to other work locations with some overnight travel required (up to 25% to 30% travel per year)
  • Must be able to safely perform physical tasks such as lifting up to 50lbs repeatedly


*These functions may be considered essential based on location and other factors.

  • Attend staff meetings, as required, to ensure efficient flow of materials and review job planning information
  • Assist in the development of material standards, processes, and material specifications (masters)
  • Evaluate and improve layouts of warehouse and material yards for efficiency gains and safe operation
    • Bar code and label bins as needed
  • Respond/research/purchase requests from management and crews
  • Manage freight and small package shipping needs for Deer Lodge
  • Supervise temporary summer worker where applicable


  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Valid Driver's license and satisfactory driving record
  • Forklift Certification or ability to obtain is required (NorthWestern Energy will provide training, if necessary)
  • Equipment operator license for backhoe, excavator, and side-boom is a plus (NorthWestern Energy will provide training, if necessary)
  • Knowledge of Code of Federal Regulations 49Part192 is beneficial
  • Understanding of utility and gas transmission process, policies, and standards is a plus
  • Pipeline material knowledge is preferred
  • Knowledge of steel materials is preferred
  • Experience with asset tracking, inventory processes are beneficial
  • Knowledge of inventory procedures and warehouse safety
  • Computer skills are essential (email, Microsoft office, material management systems)
    • Experience with the SAP platform and material management module is a bonus
    • Knowledge of SAP's linear asset management (LAM) system is a plus
  • Possess record-keeping, filing, and organizational skills


When considering applicants for this position, the selection process will take into consideration the needs of NorthWestern, including such factors as reorganization requirements, diversity opportunities, relocation requirements, employee development, and job succession.  If any of the preceding language conflicts with the applicable bargaining unit agreements, the bargaining unit agreement will prevail.   


External applicants should apply online at http://www.northwesternenergy.com.  Internal applicants should apply online at iConnect.  In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department via phone at 1-800-245-6977, or via email at job.inquiries@northwestern.com. 

NorthWestern Energy
Human Resources Department Job #3160
3010 West 69th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57108 

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and statutes.