Instrumentation & Control Senior Specialist

Date: Apr 28, 2021

Location: Kansas City, MO, US, 64129

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.

We value safety, inclusion, and integrity. We connect to people, get the job done, and leave a memory and everything about our culture comes back to one thing: a handshake at the front door. We have 4 essential behaviors that show how the Spire culture comes to life:
Living Spire (Essential Behaviors)
• We Collaborate: We reach across boundaries to connect with each other and deliver on our promises. We put teamwork first, knowing that our collective energy makes us stronger.
• We Care: We create good memories by treating people how we want to be treated: We are inclusive, respectful and kind. We actively create a caring culture that feels like a handshake at the front door.
• We Advance: We are active learners who never stop looking for ways to innovate and improve ourselves, and our company. We embrace ongoing development and process improvement with passion and tenacity.
• We Have Perspective: We strive to gain additional perspective about Spire’s business and the ever-changing energy industry. We know that every employee plays an important role in Spire’s success, and we give our best to better understand how to help move the company forward.

Summary

Responsible for supporting the daily work activities of the I&C group to ensure the safe control of gas pressure levels in Spire’s transmission and distribution systems. This position has the opportunity to work with Measurement, Gas Control, System Planning, Construction Engineering, Field Ops, Pipeline Safety and Workload Planning. Serves as a leader on 24-hour call on a rotational basis (once every several weeks – however, expected to respond at all times, when required) for the relevant franchise area(s).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in the daily I&C Operations activities.
  • Assists in sequence of operations and shutdown procedures for various types of main replacement and or repair involving pressure regulating facilities.
  • Participates in the formulation of the area’s strategic direction.
  • Writes operations and maintenance procedures.  Evaluates new regulatory requirements and makes recommendations for compliance.
  • Lead resolutions during system supply emergencies.
  • Serves as Leader on 24-hour on call a rotation basis, or as needed.
  • Acts as a liaison between Measurement, Gas Control, System Planning, Construction Engineering, Field Ops, Pipeline Safety and Workload Planning.
  • Designs and delivers maintenance training, development and testing programs.
  • Serves as primary back up in absence of Supervisors/Manager and assumes responsibility for all Pressure Operations.
  • Stays abreast of best practices on training delivery
  • Tracks, monitors and reports on data related to natural gas pressure and measurement operations
  • Manages special projects, may oversee or coordinate area wide initiatives. May take lead on troubleshooting unusual, complex or abnormal operating conditions.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Essential Characteristics and Competencies

  • Ability to successfully negotiate business agreements and to resolve disputes with business partners preferred
  • Ability to conceptualize and analyze multiple scenarios in solving business problems preferred
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex messages to diverse audiences at all organization levels preferred
  • Ability to quickly evaluate and assess emergency response requirements, coordinate related activity and make effective decisions in stressful situations

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Ability to cover for I&C Supervisors during vacations and other absences required for special projects

Required Education (certifications, licenses)

  • Associate's Degree is required, relevant experience may be substituted for this requirement
  • Bachelor's Degree is preferred
  • MO Class E Driver’s License or issuing state's equivalent

Required knowledge, skill and abilities

  • 5+ Years Pressure Operations experience required
  • Demonstrated leadership ability preferred
  • Ability to develop and deliver training and assess practical/field qualifications
  • Extensive knowledge of natural gas piping networks, regulator operation and system operating parameters
  • Knowledge of natural gas measurement devices
  • Knowledge in electronics and telemetry equipment
  • Must be able to make effective and confident decisions during stressful situations
  • Ability to proficiently operate information technology for process control and managing data for business decision making

Physical demands, environment and schedule

  • Work is occasionally performed in a moderately noisy business office. At times, work is performed in wet or humid conditions; near moving mechanical parts; in an area with fumes; in an area with airborne particles; in an area with toxic or caustic chemicals; in extreme heat (non-weather); with risk of electrical shock; in an area exposed to radiation; in an area exposed to vibration; in a private office; in cramped or confined spaces; in a very loud noise area; and in outdoor weather conditions of extreme cold and extreme heat.
  • Typically 6:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Scheduled for on-call duty, which consists of extra hours of work every third week
  • Some additional hours required to handle emergencies and completion of jobs as necessary

Competencies

We Advance
We Care
We Collaborate
We Have Perspective

Posting Requirements

The above posting description is 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 Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all areas, including but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, selection, training, education, compensation, benefits, promotion, job transfer, upgrading, separation and recall regardless of the individual’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other protected categories under all Federal, State, and local laws. For more information, please view our Integrity and Inclusion pages of our career site.


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