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NorthWestern Energy District Manager in Havre, Montana

District Manager

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  • 18-Nov-2020 to 02-Dec-2020 (MST)

  • Distribution Operations - MT

  • Havre, MT, USA

  • Regular Full Time

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POSTING DATES: November 18, 2020 through December 2, 2020


District Manager


Distribution Operations--Havre

Work Location

Havre, MT


10 ($87,500 to $135,500 DOE)

Employment Status

Regular Full-Time

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Responsible for managing, directing and supporting functions related to the operation and administration of the electric and natural gas systems. Provides direction and leadership. Responsible for overseeing the operations and budget of an operating area. Ensures the quality, effectiveness and consistency with regulatory and company standards. Maintains effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Ensures best practices and continuous improvement methods that align with corporate strategies.


  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics

  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

  • Demonstrates leadership consistent with NorthWestern Energy's code, values, policies, processes and controls

  • Utilizes effective management practices to maintain employee engagement and productivity

  • Effectively manages budget, ensuring proper cost controls

  • Leads special projects as required utilizing effective change and project management techniques

  • Oversees and plans optimum staffing levels

  • Provide oversight and direction in the operating area in accordance with the organization's goals, policies and procedures

  • Coordinate or direct development of activities to ensure that operational needs and objectives are met

  • Lead employees to meet the organization's expectations for productivity, quality, and goal accomplishment

  • Plan and implement systems that perform the work and fulfill the mission and the goals of the department efficiently and effectively

  • Plan, evaluate, and improve the efficiency of business processes and procedures

  • Make business decisions that are financially responsible, accountable, justifiable, and defensible in accordance with organization policies and procedures

  • Establish and maintain relevant controls and feedback systems to monitor the operation of the department

  • Communicate regularly with other managers, the director, and other designated contacts within the organization

  • This position will have direct responsibility for:

  • Ensuring that plans and work are executed in compliance with the NWE Safety Health and Environmental Handbook

  • Interacting effectively and working collaboratively with management and employees from various NorthWestern Energy work groups, including but not limited to Distribution Operations Control, Construction, Asset Management, Safety, Customer Care, Finance, Fleet, Facilities, HR and Legal

  • Budgeting and scheduling of capital projects and expense activities in order to efficiently complete all work reflected in the annual Division/District work plan

  • Ensuring that all work is done in compliance with all federal, state and local rules and regulations as well as NWE Policies and Procedures

  • Oversee the engineering functions assuring capital business process and construction standard adherence for growth, customer requested relocations, MDOT relocations, and reactionary projects

  • Overseeing day to day operations including project management, and directing contract and company construction crews

  • Supervising the Division/District workforce

  • Supervising the Division/District engineering staffProactively contributing to a positive customer experience and assisting in conflict resolutions

  • Performing special assignments for new Company or Distribution Operations initiatives as assigned

  • The District/Division Manager will have the responsibility to support the following:

  • Designing or approval of designs of electric and/or natural gas facilities to NWE standards, while following the Capital Business Processes

  • Required annual and periodic workforce training

  • DOT and DIMPS annual requirements assistance

  • Annual projects development and design

  • Long range system planning

  • Fleet and equipment operations and maintenance

  • Facilities operations and maintenance

  • Local travel and outdoor environment up to 20%-40% of the time; overnight travel is required up to 20% of the time

  • A significant amount of time is spent in an office environment with occasional lifting of products or material up to 35 pounds

  • This position will also be required to be on-call for after-hours operations and emergencies as part of the Division/District Operations Supervisor-on-Call rotation


  • An engineering or business degree preferred, or equivalent technical training required

  • Professional Engineer's License or ability to obtain license is preferred

  • A minimum of three years of responsible leadership experience

  • Prior experience in management or supervisory positions preferred

  • Knowledge of the functions, operation and mission of the department

  • Strong leadership skills including interpersonal communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a department and department staff members

  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment

  • Evidence of the ability to practice a high level of confidentiality

  • Excellent organizational management skills

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

  • A background in, or demonstrated practical knowledge of, all phases of division gas and electric operations

  • A general knowledge of the engineering, construction and operation of electric and natural gas transmission and distribution systems

  • Knowledge of utility regulation codes (FERC, DOT, etc.), and working knowledge of PSC rules and tariffs and their application to customers

  • Working knowledge of Company safety and environmental policies and procedures and their application

  • Labor relations experience is advantageous

  • The ability to supervise and direct the activities of several functions and direct reports, coordinate diverse activities, delegate responsibilities efficiently, and promote and maintain a positive work environment

  • Effective administrative and leadership skills are required as well as excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Must be proficient in computer skills for a variety of applications relevant to the planning and work management requirements of the position

  • A proven track record as a change agent with skills and experience for innovation and implementation of new programs and procedures is essential

  • Customer service skills

  • Must establish residency within the Division/District community


When considering applicants for this position, the selection process will take into consideration the needs of NorthWestern, including such factors as reorganization requirements, diversity opportunities, relocation requirements, employee development and job succession. If any of the preceding language conflicts with the applicable bargaining unit agreements, the bargaining unit agreement will prevail.


External applicants should apply online at Internal applicants should apply online at iConnect. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department via phone at 1-800-245-6977, or via email at

NorthWestern Energy

Human Resources Department Job # 3180

3010 West 69th Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and statutes.