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Southern Company Principal Gas Storage Engineer / Manager in Naperville, Illinois

Principal Gas Storage Engineer / Manager



Provide expert reservoir and integrity engineering services to our natural gas utility underground storage operations in multiple states. Support long-term capital planning for underground storage assets. Conduct analyses to maintain integrity, reliability and performance. Work in partnership with state operations to ensure safe, reliable service to customers. Perform highly complex system analyses and oversees implementation of actions and measures. Independently leads integrity related projects and teams. Responsible for maintaining all Integrity related oversight of 11 storage fields while maintaining compliance with pipeline safety regulations, industry standards and general engineering practices. Work with cross functional departments to develop and promote commercial opportunities for the assets. Maintain and produce records to verify inventory verification reports comparing gas-in-place to book volumes.

LOCATION: This position is to be located in Naperville, IL

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Director, Reservoir Engineering


  • Develop and maintain Risk Management Plans for all of our gas storage assets.

  • Lead the design, construction, and standardization of subsurface and aboveground facilities vital to the storage assets.

  • Model, analyze, estimate, and recommend projects for the continued safe operation and reliability of the assets.

  • Design, utilize, and maintain analytical models for the commercial optimization of facilities and project development.

  • Conduct reservoir and well analyses of storage assets to predict, monitor, and manage storage field performance.

  • Participate as a technical expert in discussions, analyses, and development of commercial opportunities with cross functional departments.

  • Provide engineering support in the development of long-term capital planning.

  • Monitor new technological and regulatory developments that may affect Southern Company Gas.

  • Identify, lead, and provide innovative solutions to process improvement initiatives.

  • Work with internal customers to ensure project adherence to applicable codes and regulations.

  • Maintain a safe work environment. Show leadership in demonstrating Southern Company Gas’s safety policies, procedures and stop work authority.

  • Organize, plan, lead, and actively contribute to change management initiatives

  • Acts as a mentor in areas of expertise.

  • Proficient knowledge of 49 CFR Part 192, API RP 1171 and API RP 1170.


  • Provides direct supervision of an Integrity Engineer

  • Supports the hiring and managing of department interns

  • Participate in and lead state and federal audits

  • Travel as necessary to support activities for Gas Storage Operations.

  • All other duties as assigned


  • Maintain positive partnerships with state and federal pipeline safety commissions

  • Partner and maintain positive relationships with industry peers

  • Partner with operations managers, supervisors, and technicians. Contact with vendors, suppliers, industry associations.

  • Maintain positive working relationships and proactively communicate with internal and external customers.

  • Inspire confidence in others through effecting mentoring/training.


  • 10 or more years of gas industry experience; with proven knowledge of natural gas operations.

  • 7 years of experience as a practicing reservoir engineer.

  • Mastery of reservoir engineering analysis.

  • Proven technical expertise in a related discipline.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution required

  • Degree in geotechnical field (Petroleum, Geological) preferred.


  • Demonstrated technical and operational expertise.

  • Extensive knowledge of network design, standards, and system operations.

  • Understand and apply advanced concepts of related engineering disciplines


  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills.

  • Effective presentation, facilitation and training skills.

  • Strong writing and editing skills.

  • Proficient in word processing, database, and spreadsheet programs.

  • Ability to lead and participate with cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to manage projects of varying scale simultaneously.

  • Ability to thoroughly document analytical work.

  • Team player and demonstrated ability to effectively lead in such an environment.

  • Self-starter, energetic, and proactive.


  • Ability to acquire a Well Control Certification


  • Requires some travel within the utility service territory and for support of corporate subsidiaries.


  • Applicant must be able to perform the essential job functions of the position with or without accommodation.

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: Gas Pipeline Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: Atlanta Gas Light

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: GAS2002357

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