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Duquesne Light Company Sr. CIP Compliance Specialist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Duquesne Light Company, headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, is a leader in providing electric energy and has been in the forefront of the electric energy market, with a history rooted in technological innovation and superior customer service. Today, the company continues its role as a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy, providing a secure supply of reliable power to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Duquesne Light Company is committed to creating a culture of inclusion. We value and respect the unique differences and experiences of our employees. We believe that our differences lead to better collaboration, innovation and outcomes. We want you to join our team!

Overall Purpose

Lead and coordinate efforts related to oversight of the Company’s North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Compliance program including evaluation of compliance initiatives, review and monitoring of compliance with existing NERC CIP Reliability Standards, and the preparation of compliance-related documentation. Monitor changes in NERC CIP Requirements and provide necessary leadership and training on regulatory compliance issues. Responsibility to verify and track compliance activities.

This position will serve as a resource for management and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) throughout the Company, and will work collaboratively with all personnel on compliance-related efforts.


Lead and coordinate compliance audits by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), NERC, PJM Interconnection (PJM) and/or ReliabilityFirst (RF). This responsibility includes internal and external coordination, as well as organization, review and preparation of Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets (RSAWs) and associated evidence. Audit preparatory work will include conducting mock audits, and coordination of external assistance for mock audits, as required.

Lead Company efforts to confirm compliance with NERC CIP Reliability Standards including scheduled requests, self-certifications, data submittals, randomly selected spot checks, continual maintenance of evidence, investigations (both internal and external), self-reports and mitigation plans. This work would also be performed with the goal of fully investigating and mitigating any outstanding compliance issues that are found and ensuring that SMEs are “audit ready.”

Verifying compliance with FERC, NERC, RF and PJM policies and standards and identifying, developing and implementing opportunities for improvement in company procedures and practices.

Lead and conduct reviews of Company compliance programs and documentation specifically related to the NERC CIP Reliability Standards to ensure that they are complete and accurate. If gaps are identified, conduct an evaluation and/or root cause analysis to identify, develop and implement recommended improvements and mitigating actions.

Provide training as necessary. Lead investigations, prepare documentation and submit potential violations to regulatory organizations and ensure they are tracked for timely resolution and fully documented in auditable records. Maintain tracking database for required filings as well as database to assign, track and monitor compliance efforts.

Monitor the NERC Standards Development process and evaluate potential changes to the NERC CIP Standards for impact on Company compliance programs. Maintain awareness of emerging utility industry compliance issues through benchmarking and participation in appropriate forums/groups, including PJM, RF and NATF compliance calls. Distribute information to impacted SMEs and provide education as required.

Provide leadership and guidance to Company management and SMEs in the development and maintenance of the NERC CIP compliance program. In conjunction with SMEs, identify risks to the reliability of the Bulk Electric System, and develop Internal Controls that will mitigate the risks as well as ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

Participate in the threat and operating experience impact assessment process, with particular focus on the planned mitigation efforts resulting from the assessment.


Required: Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Information Systems or related discipline with ten or more years of experience working in a regulated electric utility or commensurate combination of education/experience. Five or more years of experience with NERC CIP Standard compliance programs and implementation.

Preferred: Knowledge and experience with Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) equipment and infrastructure including networking technologies.

Skills/Abilities: Excellent communication skills required to communicate in a collaborative, concise and professional manner; and ability to work professionally with business units on compliance initiatives. Attention to detail.

Duquesne Light Company is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of the employment relationship, without discrimination because of race, age, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran or any other unlawful basis, as defined by applicable law, and fostering a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and retaliation. This policy affects decisions including, but not limited to, hiring, compensation, benefits, terms and conditions of employment, opportunities for promotion, transfer, layoffs, return from a layoff, training and development, and other privileges of employment. An integral part of Duquesne Light's commitment is to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws concerning equal employment and affirmative action.