Area Mgr, System Planning Engineering

Date: Apr 30, 2024

Location: Birmingham, AL, US, 35203

Company: Spire Inc.

Company Overview

At Spire, we believe energy exists to help people. To enrich their lives, grow their businesses, advance their communities. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of our business. We’re dedicated to understanding our customers’ needs and goals to better serve them today and tomorrow. That’s why we’re always looking for driven, collaborative people to join our team. Because we believe that offering our customers the best service means bringing together the best people.
And we find the best by hiring those who share our values of safety, inclusion and integrity, and demonstrate our four essential behaviors that bring the Spire culture to life: 

  • We make it happen:  We are a company of go-getters, acting on every opportunity to help our company advance. 
  • We seek out perspective:  We challenge ourselves to be open to different ways of doing things, because learning from each other leads to breakthroughs.
  • We collaborate:  We put teamwork first, bringing in everyone’s ideas, because our collective energy makes us stronger.
  • We care:  We treat people how we want to be treated, listening closely and doing what’s right, even when it’s hard

By living our values and behaviors every day, we strive to create an environment where every employee feels welcome, respected and valued. 


Spire is seeking an Area Manager, System Planning to work in Birmingham, AL. The position will be responsible for the review and approval of engineering design studies using a computer-based model of the Spire natural gas distribution piping systems. This includes a review of modeling studies and providing recommendations to other groups within the Spire network. This position will also have on-call responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and provide guidance for the System Planning staff's hydraulic studies of the Company's various pressure networks
  • Evaluate and approve proposed sizing of new gas mains and services – for new residential, commercial, and industrial opportunities, as well as replacement and relocation of existing gas facilities, with insight on present and future impacts to the hydraulic system
  • Review and approve a multitude of internal and external requests and applications, including those pertaining to elevated delivery pressure, bypass sizing, load addition, economic development, emergency leak, and damage repair, Gas Interruption Procedures, and regulator sizing
  • Delegate, review, and approve the strategic replacement analyses of the team to ensure safe, efficient, quality work prior to releasing to other departments across Spire territories
  • Analyze and approve easement release exhibits and other ROW encroachment inquiries for conflict
  • Collaborate effectively with personnel from all involved departments, including Operations Services, Field Operations, and others, to ensure the prioritization and timely completion of work
  • Effectively manage long-term growth studies and submit reinforcement recommendations to adequately serve additional customers in a timely manner and with consideration for upstream supply capacities and other operational constraints
  • All other duties as assigned

Essential Characteristics and Competencies

  • Ability to lead by example in support of the Company’s essential characteristics and values: strong ethics and integrity, dedication to a safe work environment, commitment to a diverse workforce that recognizes and respects every individual’s unique skills and perspectives
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-moving and changing culture
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to build and establish rapport with a diverse array of people
  • Ability to sufficiently manage the staff and collaborate with other departments to ensure safe, efficient, quality work

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervise all engineers within the department

Required Education (certifications, licenses)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Valid State Driver’s License


Required knowledge, skill and abilities

  • Six or more years of related engineering experience
  • Three or more years of experience in the application of system design concepts and system studies with Spire’s gas modeling software

Physical demands, environment and schedule

  • Hybrid remote work schedule allows for up to 3 days remote per week, dependent on performance
  • Work is normally performed in a shared office environment•
  • Work hours are typically 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday
  • An additional 20 hours may be required per month to complete necessary work in the areas of responsibility that fall under this position
  • Overnight travel is required to visit various work locations and to attend business functions
  • 10% travel required

Posting Requirements

We accept online applications through our career site at

Disclaimer:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
Spire Inc., and its subsidiaries are an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

Job Location: Birmingham

Job Segment: Systems Engineer, Manager, Engineer, Hydraulics, Engineering, Management