System Controller

Date: Jul 11, 2019

Location: St Louis, MO, US, 63101

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 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.

Spire is seeking a System Controller to work in the St. Louis, MO location. This role may include but is not limited to 24/7 monitoring and control of the Company’s natural gas distribution systems, storage and transmission assets to ensure safety, reliability and efficiency.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary duties:

• Safely and reliably operate the natural gas system(s) through a SCADA system

• Responsible for adjusting supplies through use of remote-control regulators and valves as needed to maintain sufficient system pressures and flow

• Remotely control and monitor company equipment which may include but is not limited to regulator set-points, odorant injection, compressors, scrubbers, evaporators, refrigeration units, boilers and heaters in order to maintain maximum safety and efficiency of the system

• Prepare and submit reports to various departments and personnel within the Company

• Responsible for monitoring, analyzing and responding to SCADA alarms and the recognition of unusual conditions that do not generate alarms while notifying appropriate personnel

• Coordinate appropriate and timely response to system emergencies and other operational problems that could result in unsafe conditions and possible service outages

• Maintain safe operational practices as described in the Control Room Management Plan

• Provide on-going training and performance monitoring of new system controllers in the use of the SCADA system and the safe operation of the system(s)

• Complete annual training relating but not limited to: Fatigue Management, Operator Qualification, Information/SCADA Security, Intra-Departmental Cross-Training

• All other duties as assigned

Essential Characteristics and Competencies



• Ability to communicate effectively with others inside and outside of the Company

• Ability to read and work from engineering drawings and pipeline maps

• Ability to work/lead in an ethical and safe manner, and support the company’s values

• 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 adapt in 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 work independently and under pressure to manage time effectively in order to meet individual goals and deadlines

Supervisory Responsibilities


Required Education (certifications, licenses)


• High school diploma required

• Formal technical training with an Associate’s Degree or higher preferred

Required knowledge, skill and abilities


• One to three years of applicable work experience in the natural gas or petroleum industry preferred

• One to three years of computer experience with proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite software, especially Excel

• Prior experience using SCADA system software with the ability to program and troubleshoot computer problems preferred

• Knowledge of API RP 1165, API RP 1168 preferred

• Knowledge of basic physics, chemistry, gas pressure regulators, gas flow measurement and related gas industry terminology

• Must be compliant with all federal and state regulations

Physical demands, environment and schedule

• Work is performed in a 24/7 control room environment with frequent distractions that require concentration, multitasking, and decisive appropriate actions in the performance of duties. Required year-round 12 hour rotating shift including days, nights, weekends and holidays. Such work is accomplished in compliance with Company and Federal Control Room Management guidelines.

We Care
We Collaborate
We Have Perspective
We Advance
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.

Job Location: St Louis

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