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Southern Company Project Manager in Naperville, Illinois

Project Manager



The purpose of this position is to manage individual projects associated with the Nicor Gas Dig Program as well as projects from an overall program perspective. This position will be responsible for managing the initiating, planning, execution and closing projects involved with pipeline and station integrity verification, testing, and replacement. In addition, this position will be responsible for managing and controlling the capital expenditures associated with the work.

The position will work with a cross functional team that requires significant coordination with internal and external stakeholders such as Transmission Integrity, Engineering, Construction, Land, Environmental, Operations, System Planning, GIS & Asset Data Services, and contractors.

The position will support the Integrity Verification Program at Nicor through

  1. MAOP Validation – provide support for detailed research and prudent evaluation of existing pipeline and related asset records and physical attributes based on codes, standards, and practices established by PHMSA, the Company, and Industry

  2. MAOP Confirmation – manage the inspection and testing of assets to verify material properties and manage additional work to establish maximum allowable operating pressures

The Dig Program will process all digs performed:

  • Track them in a standardized manner

  • Utilize digs (excavations) to cover multiple requests (if opportunistic)

  • Obtain non-destructive testing (NDT) data

  • Satisfy IM assessments

  • Execute a spool cut-out for destructive testing (DT)

  • Satisfy Operations needs (corrosion, asset protection, etc.)

  • Facilitate the remediation of identified issues, closeout digs, and ensure that traceable, verifiable, and complete (TVC) records are of quality and stored in LaserFiche to meet new code requirements

Functional Expertise:

  • Serve as Project Manager of dig program projects.

  • Implement PMO business processes on dig projects and small to medium scale projects.

  • Work with contractors and representatives from applicable functional areas to meet the scope of the program.

  • When applicable, follow established Asset Development Processes (ADP) to ensure meaningful structure exists to meet departmental and company objectives.

  • Ensure the organization and processing of detailed historical and new records pertaining to gas system integrity.

  • Track projects from concept through completion with responsibility for schedule and budget variances.

  • Implement KPI’s and support continuous process improvements.

Business Acumen:

  • Ensure permanent records and evaluation processes are well documented to an established standard.

  • Define roles and responsibilities for project team.

  • Ensure requirements/standards for project reporting are followed.

  • Define project scope and baseline it.

  • Develop project execution plans.

  • Assures compliance with company policies and procedures.

  • Identify and properly manage project risks.

  • Manage project contractors per PMO procedures.

  • Provide proper oversight for construction management and field activities.

  • Participate as “contract owner” in all project related contract negotiations.

  • Ensure that project materials and services are acquired for project and that requisitions are entered into the procurement system with appropriate accounting code and follow appropriate approval process.

  • Ensure that contractors’ invoices and payments are audited and approved per contract.


  • Collaborate with Engineering, Construction Management, GIS and Asset Data Services, Transmission Integrity, Operations, Land, Environmental, and System Planning leaders to produce effective solutions and designs.

  • Identify and contract qualified contractors for project work.

  • Prepare and present project metrics to indicate project health (EVA, Financial Analysis, Schedule, Risk, etc.) for presentation to business owner and upper management.

  • Ensure that scope changes are appropriately addressed per the Change Management process (e.g. adequately documented, impact analysis, approved, etc.).

  • Identify and establish project team resources.

  • Hold project team meetings on a regular basis (progress & plan).

  • Participate in drafting contracts and performing final review of all project related contracts (from any track) prior to execution.

  • Assign appropriate field engineering and inspection personnel.

  • Provide input for IVP improvement.

Driving Results:

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

  • Complete goals of Asset Development Process Stages as applicable.

  • Gather lessons learned after every project and funnel to PMO for inclusion in appropriate process improvement initiatives.

  • Ensure that project job records, as-builts, other job documentation are secured from contractors, validated to be of traceable, verifiable, and complete level of quality, and are distributed to appropriate parties.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • BA/BS in Engineering (Mechanical or Civil)


  • MBA, Project Management Professional (PMI), Professional Engineer (PE)

Related Work Experience:


  • 5 years experience working in the natural gas transmission or related energy field

  • 3 years leading project planning and execution

  • Contractor management


  • Equivalent education and experience


  • Direct personnel supervision

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Strong engineering and construction knowledge with natural gas transmission systems, natural gas distribution systems, gas engineering principles and theories, and DOT pipeline safety regulations.

  • Strong understanding of the integrity management assessment process.

  • MS Office - intermediate proficiency.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects under stressful conditions.

  • Ability to use project management tools and methods (e.g., earned value analysis, critical path scheduling, project administration, establishing project teams).

  • Ability to communicate with all levels in the organization.

  • Ability to influence and persuade in decision making.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Position is located in an office environment

  • Periodic field presence at construction sites


This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

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 Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: Southern Company 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: GAS2003504

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