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Southern Company Manager, System Planning in Naperville, Illinois

Manager, System Planning


Job Summary:

The role is responsible and accountable for managing engineering system planning support activities for all SCG utilities and non-regulated companies. The role is accountable for establishing processes to prioritize and recommend capital projects needed to efficiently maintain system reliability. This is a shared service provider role focused upon the planning support for new business, public improvements, system improvements, transmission, storage facilities and main replacement projects. Additionally, the role is responsible for coordinating daily operating support and emergency situational analysis.

Functional Expertise:

  • Manage the engineering and technical support for the development, building, and validation of multiple seasonal hydraulic models for all utility distribution systems.

  • Expand and direct strategies to understand, forecast and illustrate current and future distribution and transmission system capacity needs.

  • Approves long term capacity plans for the optimization of the gas system for all utilities and non-regulated operations.

  • Reviews peak day and situational hydraulic plans for Gas Control, Supply, Storage, and Transmission systems.

  • Develops engineers by teaching gas industry knowledge through coaching, in house classes, external training and field experiences.

Business Acumen:

  • Assures engineering recommends the most cost effective short and long-term solution for all projects analyzed and developed for the distribution and transmission systems.

  • Oversees the development, validation and implementation procedures to ensure the hydraulic models (steady state and transient) are current, accurate and usable for all needs of the AGL.

  • Responsible for establishing departmental and capital budgets for system and capacity improvements.

  • Prepares project prioritization lists used in the annual capital budgeting process.


  • Collaborates with Construction, Operations, Gas Control, System Operations, Transmission, Storage, Meter Shop, IT, Sales and Billing to produce effective models.

  • Collaborates with Engineering Design to assist on the best design for the situation.

  • Provides and identifies leadership development opportunities for engineers including coaching, mentoring, and both structured and opportunistic challenges.

  • Recommends how Gas Control, Storage, Transmission, and System Operations manage system operations on daily and emergency basis.

  • Manages staff performance, selection, development, succession, and retention for a department of approximately 12 technical employees.

  • Oversee hydraulic analysis, due diligence, and feasibility studies performed to evaluating non-regulated business opportunities.

Driving Results:

  • Facilitate strategies to ensure that performance requirements are sustained, including established service level, quality, and productivity metrics.

  • Prepare and administer capital budgets and monitors budget variances. Provide monthly variance explanations and take appropriate actions to achieve year end targets.

  • Perform scheduling and budgeting activities to ensure that budgeted projects are constructed within budget year.

  • Manage departmental O&M budget to ensure established targets are achieved.

Education, Certifications/Licenses:

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, ABET accredited institution

Engineer in Training certification

Preferred: Professional Engineering License

Project Management Professional

Master’s Degree – technical or business

Related Work Experience:

Required: 10 years minimum of progressive experience in gas engineering or operations

Preferred: 2 years of system planning experience

2 years of supervision

2 years of project management experience

Gas supply planning experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


• Knowledge in gas engineering principles and theories

• Knowledgeable in operations of gas distribution and transmission systems

• MS Office – intermediate proficiency

• Hydraulic modeling – intermediate proficiency

• GIS - basic proficiency

• Financial and statistical analysis – basic proficiency

• Strong leadership skills

• Project Management experience


• MS Project proficiency

• SynerGEE Gas experience or equivalent

• Transient modeling skills

• AutoCAD basic proficiency

• Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: The incumbent works in an office environment.

• The incumbent may/will work near or with moving mechanical parts.

• The incumbent may/will be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals.

• The incumbent may/will be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.

• The incumbent may/will be exposed to excessive noise.

• The incumbent may/will be exposed to construction related activities

• This position occasionally requires prolonged standing or walking.

• This position occasionally requires the incumbent to reach above shoulder-level.

• This position occasionally requires the incumbent to bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

• This position requires the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

• Local travel.

• Occasional overnight travel

• Keyboarding required in approx 40% - 60% of daily tasks

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at .

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Req ID: GAS2002692

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