Duke Energy Director Distribution Vegetation Management (Midwest) in Plainfield, Indiana

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Position Summary

This position will report to the General Manager of Distribution Vegetation Management and can be located at any operations complex in Indiana, Ohio, or Kentucky.

This position is responsible for leading and providing strategic direction in the execution of the Distribution Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Program for a jurisdictional region(s) within Duke Energy. There is one position each for the Florida (FDO), Carolinas (CDO), and Midwest Delivery Operations (MDO) areas. This position will lead the Midwest Delivery Operations area. This position provides strategic direction to company and contractor personnel to achieve desired safety and reliability results, customer and community acceptance, regulatory compliance, and execution of the IVM work plan within financial constraints for a multi-state, regulated utility service area.

The scope of responsibility for this position and the IVM Program includes vegetation maintenance of the rights-of-way of distribution overhead circuit facilities and an annual budget of $50 - $113 Million.. Reporting directly to this position are Manager I, Distribution Vegetation Management and Division Vegetation Management (VM) Specialist postions. This position is also responsible for utilizing a work force of fulltime, exempt VM Specialists, Contract Foresters, and 400 - 1,700 base load, contract tree workers that increases during the summer herbicide season, to accomplish the annual IVM work plan in compliance with ANSI/OSHA and State regulations.


  • Promote Zero Injury / Zero Incident work culture and Human Performance Improvement within company and contract team.

  • Provide strategic resource, communication, and oversight plans to ensure the annual IVM Program is executed safely, effectively, within financial constraints, and in compliance with Duke Energy specifications and regulatory requirements. Ensure vegetation management contracts are administered in accordance with company policies and contract terms and conditions and payment invoices are are processed according to established guidelines. Provide oversight of quality programs that monitor, evaluate, and manage line clearance contractor performance. Ensure contractor safety, quality, customer service, and productivity meet or exceed goals and that contractors are pursuing continuous improvement. Manage the relationship between VM contractor management, zone management, and contract administration. Coordinate and direct VM contract and company resources for restoration efforts in response to major storm events.

  • Provide effective leadership and direction to employees on the team to maintain an effective and motivated work force. This includes obtaining feedback and input from internal customers, providing on-going coaching and feedback, conducting performance reviews, monitoring work requirements, maintaining positive employee relations, identifying training needs, and providing training opportunities and resources.

  • Collaborate with the Vegetation Governance organization as a key stakeholder on strategic vegetation management issues including funding needs, regulatory interactions and issues, work plan development, performance metrics, technical specifications, strategic sourcing, contract management, etc. Participate and provide strategic direction within the industry. Support benchmarking and identification of best management practices. Ensure VM related Regulatory Compliance requirements are met and appropriate documentation is maintained. (Utility Commission, City/Municipal Ordinance Etc.)

  • Effectively represent vegetation management within Distribution Region Operations organization. Advocate for the distribution vegetation management programs by developing and maintaining relationships with external and internal customers. Assist and intervene as needed to assist forestry and government/community relations personnel in resolving any vegetation management related issues and protect the Duke Energy brand.

Basic/Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor Degree in related area (Forestry, Engineering, or other related technical field) and 5+ years of related Transmission or Distribution experience OR 10-12 years’ experience working with an electric utility or in vegetation management in lieu of a degree.

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in related area (forestry, engineering, business administration, etc.)

  • Possesses previous leadership and/or supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to manage large work teams over an expansive, geographic region

  • ISA Certified Arborist

  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and manage work teams

  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to relate to various types of people and management

  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills

  • Demonstrated conflict management skills

  • Working knowledge of computer systems and programs

  • Core business process understanding and process development experience

  • Demonstrated Project Management experience

  • Demonstrated ability to manage large budgets and consistently achieve financial results through disciplined work management.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with all levels of Duke Energy leadership

  • Ability to influence future direction of programs within the company

  • Ability to influence future trends in the industry

  • Possesses previous experience in engineering or field operations supporting reliability improvement programs or system studies

  • Specific Requirements

  • Demonstrated passion and champion for creating and maintaining a safe, injury free culture.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish direction, develop work plans, and achieve results.

  • Demonstrated ability to implement and lead others through change.

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)Yes

Represented/Union PositionNo

Visa Sponsored PositionNo

Posting Expiration Date

Sunday, July 22, 2018

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

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