Operations Planning Supervisor

NorthWestern Energy
Mitchell or Yankton, South Dakota 57078
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time



POSTING DATES:  August 2, 2019 through Open Until Filled



Operations Planning Supervisor


Distribution Operations

Work Location

Mitchell or Yankton SD


8-9 ($67,100 to $119,300 DOE)

Employment Status

Regular Full-time

Employment Physical


Drug Test


Background Check


Relocation Benefit




The Supervisor of Operations Planning reports to the local Operations 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.



·         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

·         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:

o    Outage management and analysis

o    Power quality system planning, power quality and RFI issue investigation and resolution

o    System operation optimization coordinated with the asset management, substation and electric/gas operations functions (coordination studies, data plans, switching plans, feeder loading, ties, etc.)

o    The coordination and integration of effective leadership and human performance initiatives in the Division workforce with the Operations Manager, Electric and Gas Supervisors

o    Supervisory responsibilities for a part of the Division workforce and operation

o    Metering function within the Division operations including personnel, work execution and metering performance metrics and data analysis

o    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

o    Claims resolution lead

·         The Supervisor of Operations Planning will have the responsibility to support the following:

o    Annual capital and expense budget preparation

o    Annual work plan development and execution

o    Annual required workforce training

o    DOT and DIMPS annual requirements assistance

o    Annual projects development and design to support operations and construction

o    Supervise the gas and electric operations in the absence of the Operations 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 in a day-to-day operations that is dynamic and is a change agent

·         A significant amount of time is spent in an office environment with occasional lifting of lightweight products or material up to 20 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





·         Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

·         An engineering degree is preferred

·         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

·         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

·         Proficient in computer skills for a variety of applications relevant to the planning and work management requirements of the position


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Operations Planning Supervisor

NorthWestern Energy
Mitchell or Yankton, South Dakota 57078

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