Specialist III, GIS

Naperville, IL

Spec III: The purpose of this position is to support, plan, design, and implement enterprise asset data within the GIS or other asset information databases/applications. Primary responsibilities for all subsidiaries will be to ensure workflows with various internal departments are accurate and documented, operate as a lead GIS representative by assisting customers on operational issues utilizing asset data and GIS, building and maintaining strong working relationships with internal and external customers, and delivering on SLAs that support multiple organizations.

Spec I-III: The purpose of this position is to create, collect, review, analyze and validate enterprise asset data within the GIS or other asset information databases/applications.  Primary responsibilities for all subsidiaries include performing QA/QC on asset data, customer data and land base into geospatial format in the GIS for asset and customer focused projects and producing related maps, reports, and queries. 

This position may be filled as Specialist I (GSE02), Specialist II (GSE03) or Specialist III (GSE04). Individuals who demonstrate advanced skills in terms of work experience, education, and certifications may be eligible for the more advanced position.

This position follows a hybrid work schedule. Employees are required to be in the office three (3) days per week.


  • Develop and maintain QA/QC checks on spatial edits within GIS utilizing Data Reviewer.

  • Processes, prepares, and converts data to enter into GIS from a variety of data formats.

  • Provides specialized queries, maps and reports to meet customer requirements/specifications.

  • Performs complex data analysis using ArcGIS and related extensions/add-ons.

  • Analyzes current business processes and recommends best practice solutions.

  • Interfaces with users; documents requested/needed changes.

  • Interfaces with Technology Organization (TO) GIS Support group to drive development and data model changes.

  • Performs weekly analysis on mission critical GIS data to audit and sustain data integrity.

  • Identifies training requirements; creates and maintains training and procedural documentation.

  • Prepare specifications, procedures, manuals, project documents and reports.

  • Working knowledge of geodatabases, georeferencing and spatial and attribute data entry and editing.



  • Bachelor’s degree in geography, GIS, Computer Science/Information Systems, Engineering or related discipline or equivalent experience.

  • Spec III: 4+ years of experience with industry-standard GIS.

  • Spec II: 3+ years of experience with industry-standard GIS.

  • Spec I: 2+ years of experience with industry-standard GIS.


  • GISP Certification and or 5 years industry related GIS experience



  • Thorough understanding of Esri ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcSDE, versioning, and geoprocessing.

  • Ability to quickly learn new skills and abilities with database technologies, data modeling, and scripting as needed.

  • Experience with Esri geodatabase design, structure and management.

Spec II+: Work with existing GIS standards and assist development and roll-out of new procedures.

  • Effective written/verbal communication and organization/analytical skills, and proven problem-solving abilities.

Spec II+: Ability to meet and track SLAs, metrics, etc. on a variety of simultaneous projects and initiatives.

Spec III: Will perform a wide variety of project management tasks associated with new solutions, existing processes, and data integrity:

  • Scope of Work

  • Requirements

  • Scheduling

  • Quality Control

  • Tracking

  • Reporting

Spec III: Experience managing and completing multiple projects or assignments; including planning, organization, tracking / monitoring, and coordinating projects or assignments to ensure timely completion.


  • Experience with Natural Gas Utility

  • Experience using Esri Data Reviewer and Workflow Manager Extensions

  • Experience converting data between CAD and GIS

  • Strong understanding of content and document management applications

  • Knowledge of publishing with ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS, including data versioning, multiuser and replication

  • Development and deployment of field GPS and data collection systems including Esri mobile applications.

  • Enhance existing GIS capabilities by seeking opportunities for improvement of existing methods, tools, or workflows.

Applicant may possess a combination of equivalent education and work experience.



  • Esri ArcGIS 10.2x – Spec I: basic proficiency/ Spec II Intermediate / Spec III: advanced proficiency.

  • Esri ArcGIS Enterprise (ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS).

  • Spec I: basic proficiency/ Spec II Intermediate / Spec III: advanced proficiency.

  • MS Office suite (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Visio) – Spec I: basic proficiency/ Spec II Intermediate / Spec III: advanced proficiency.

  • PowerBI - Spec I: basic proficiency/ Spec II Intermediate / Spec III: advanced proficiency.

  • Geometric Network – Spec I-II: intermediate proficiency / Spec III: advanced proficiency.

  • SharePoint – intermediate proficiency.

  • Model Builder – Spec I-II: intermediate proficiency / Spec III: advanced proficiency.

  • Python – Spec I-II: intermediate proficiency / Spec III: advanced proficiency.

  • Utility Pipeline Data Model (UPDM) – intermediate proficiency.

  • Utility Network – intermediate proficiency.

  • ArcGIS Pro – Spec I-II: intermediate proficiency / Spec III: advanced proficiency.

  • SQL RDBMS – Spec I-II: basic proficiency / Spec III: advanced proficiency.

  • SQL Knowledge – Spec I-II: basic proficiency / Spec III: advanced proficiency.

  • AutoCAD/CADD – basic proficiency.

  • Visual Basic/VBA – basic proficiency.


  • Current GIS industry trends (field data collection, GPS technology, etc.).

  • Schneider Electric ArcFM.

  • MapFrame MobileGIS.

  • Laserfiche (Document Management System).


  • Works primarily in an office environment.

  • Travel (5%)

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of over four million U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to a supply of clean, safe, reliable and affordable 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 a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

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Job Identification: 3276

Job Category: Data Analytics

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Nicor Gas