Manager of Compliance
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Ensures Upper Missouri G&T and its participating member cooperatives comply with mandatory North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards, regulations, and mandates with its associated transmission system assets, as well as Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) with affected cyber assets.
Develops forms, processes, policies, procedures, documentation standards, and a documentation database for all constituents to assure compliance. Maintain required documentation that demonstrates compliance and to support compliance audits. Track compliance of reliability standards and notify cooperatives of compliance issues and deadlines.
Works with employer, member cooperatives, power suppliers, engineering firms, vendors, and industry to keep abreast of latest NERC developments, to achieve standard protocols where possible and seek best industry practices.
Works with constituents on annual pre-audits, self-certification, NERC audits, and seeking required information for NERC, SPP, MRO, Basin, WAPA, or other agencies as needed from cooperatives.
Work with Chief Operating Officer, and others, to develop system of archiving and maintaining records for all cooperatives
Ensures new and revised reliability standards under review by NERC, SPP, or other organizations are properly analyzed, disseminated, and brought into the scope of responsibilities for Upper Missouri G&T and its cooperatives.
Represent Upper Missouri G&T on various committees and attend workshops and conferences associated with reliability standards.
Works closely with Chief Operating Officer, to provide reports, updates, progress, and areas of needed attention as needed.
Maintains positive and productive relationships with other employees, board of directors, member systems, associates and vendors.
Other Responsibilities The position description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of job responsibilities, duties, and requirements; but to describe the standard level of work being performed. Employees may be required to perform other duties as assigned or as required by the needs of the business. Upper Missouri G & T Electric Cooperative, Inc. retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.
QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor degree in engineering, finance, legal, or other relevant critical thinking and analytic field is required. Closely related and progressive job experience may substitute for a portion of the educational requirements. Five years of utility or related experience in operations is preferred. Experience in compliance (NERC) or regulations is highly desired.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Possess strong critical thinking, interpretation, problem solving, and analytical skills. Must be capable of accurately assessing needs and guiding others in determining and developing strategies, programs, and processes, and procedures.
Able to promote the open flow of information by actively soliciting and listening to the ideas of others
Able to develop operating procedures and processes along with additional technical writing
Proven commitment to be discreet, tactful, and timely; and operate judiciously when addressing internal and external needs
Self-directed and proven to meet critical deadlines
Written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills at the level required to successfully perform the essential responsibilities of the position
Able to operate computers and associated programs, including MS Office programs, at the level required to successfully perform the essential responsibilities of the position
Analytical skills with ability to synthesize information to develop a working solution
Other: Valid driver’s license required
UPPER MISSOURI G&T ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE: Upper Missouri was organized in 1957 to serve transmission needs of rural electric cooperatives in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. Upper Missouri provides service to ten electric distribution cooperatives, five in eastern Montana and five in western North Dakota. The ten member systems serve nearly 63,000 meters to farms, ranches, homes, and businesses in thirty-three counties, representing over 51,000 square miles.
Upper Missouri sources power from two major suppliers, Western Area Power Administration and Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Over 93% of the power is sourced from Basin.
Today, the Upper Missouri Region has been transformed into a world of oil and gas exploration play. Upper Missouri has seen explosive energy sales and demand growth, now a 772 MW system representing 21 of Basin’s member sales. Upper Missouri is projected to need another 1,200 MW of capacity in the next twelve years.
The headquarters facility for Upper Missouri G&T is located in Sidney, Montana which is the county seat of Richland County. Sidney is also a major shopping center in Eastern Montana. Its exceptional medical facilities add to the areas status as a major retail center. The area ranks at or near the top of all Montana counties in a number of agriculture and other production areas. It ranks second in oil production in the state and its livestock center is ranked sixth. The area has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation due to the current surge in crude-oil production as companies scramble to attract workers to keep pace with the oil production. The area also offers great recreational opportunities to relax in the “great outdoors” with many activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, golf, and boating.
Upper Missouri G&T Electric Cooperative is An Equal Opportunity Employer and offers an excellent retirement plan through NRECA, competitive benefit programs and a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications. Anyone interested in this position should contact Jeremy Mahowald. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2014. Please send an electronic resume, cover letter, minimum of three professional references or letters of recommendation and salary expectations to:
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