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Director, Gas System Planning

Job ID: 822


Gas Operations is focused on ensuring the safe and reliable flow of natural gas to our customers. As a whole, Gas Operations is responsible for all aspects of our client’s gas distribution and transmission operations, including planning, engineering, maintenance and construction, restoration and emergency response. The Gas System Operations organization continuously monitors and directly controls the flow, pressure, and quality of gas.

         Serve as a first line of defense for emergencies on the gas system.

         Operate the system efficiently in order to maximize revenue.

         Keep operating costs low, such as maintenance and fuel costs, and maximize capacity available for sale.



The Director, Gas Systems Planning provides strategic leadership and direction to a geographically dispersed team of engineers whose work has a key impact on the safe and reliable operation of the company’s gas system. The Director ensures sufficient gas pipeline capacity for safe and reliable daily and future operations. He or she oversees pipeline system experts focused on all aspects of gas system hydraulic analysis and modeling. The Director contributes toward Gas Safety Excellence goals by improving safety, reliability and affordability for one or more asset families and one or more life cycles.

In the Director, Gas System Planning team leadership role, he or she will recruit and select direct reports, communicate expectations, foster employee engagement, coach, develop, mentor, recognize, and reward employees in order to drive performance and results.


Details of Opportunity:

         Provide management and strategic leadership for the Gas System Planning organization. Builds an integrated team and fosters teamwork and learning across the organization.

         Ensure that capacity and operating plans that drive gas system investments, design, and operations to deliver gas to customers without operational incidents are developed.

         Provide oversight to long-term, seasonal, and daily capacity and operational planning of gas transmission and distribution systems.

         Develop policies, processes, tools and training for planning engineers in remote locations

         Provide oversight for hydraulic analysis, operational and emergency support, and system engineering of the firms backbone, local transmission, and distribution systems.

         Provide expert knowledge of gas system operations and hydraulics for regulatory and other purposes.

         Ensure that an integrated plan for gas transmission outages is developed.

         Employ analytical tools and processes to enable gas system planning.


Minimum Qualifications

         Bachelor of Science in Engineering, preferably Mechanical Engineering

         10 years of relevant experience, including hydraulic modeling and gas system operations experience

         Supervisory/managerial experience


Desired Qualifications

         Professional Engineer License

         Experience leading union-represented employees

         Knowledge of Engineers and Scientists labor contracts



         Technical Knowledge & Expertise: Knowledge of fluid flow/dynamics, gas system hydraulic modeling, pipeline engineering, and gas system control and operations.

         Safety: Ability to create, promote and manage a safe work environment

         Budget/Expenses: Has knowledge and skills to develop and manage department budgets, expenses, variances. Serves as key budget resource and guide to others.

         Communication: Has skills to support and communicate company and organization policies, procedures, goals, objectives, vision and values

         Strategy: Has knowledge and skills to develop and implement short, medium and long-term strategy in support of company and organizational objectives

         Work Planning: Has knowledge and skills to ensure that managers in the organization have established work plans that support dept. goals and objectives

         Relationship Management: Has skills to develop working relationships with customers & business partners ensuring that work plans and operations are coordinated, aligned and support department and company goals and objectives; ability to persuade higher levels of leaders and leadership peers to change positions or approach based on situational need.

         Continuous Improvement: Ability to proactively recognize, plan and act on the need for innovation and improvement, helps groups and organizations to overcome resistance to change and uses benchmarking and best practices knowledge to set expectations and targets. Has change management knowledge, skills and abilities.

         Leadership Presence: Ability to exhibit comfort in interacting with senior executives. Ability to convey credibility, confidence and sense of authority. Conveys messages simply, concisely and at right pace and tone for audience. Remains calm, controlled and productive when confronted by opposition or work stress.

         Functional Expertise: Ability to foster a learning environment and to develop employees to ensure backfills and successors. Has an understanding of the business to maximize results, limit risks and effectively lead group.