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Portland General Electric Senior Technical Program Manager - Wildfire Operations/Analytics (Remote OR/WA only) in Tualatin, Oregon

This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!

Summary

The Wildfire Mitigation & Resiliency team drives resiliency and reduces risk for all hazards within our company and communities to create a safe, secure, sustainable, and reliable future. Specifically related to wildfire we reduce this risk by creating resilience through proactive planning, analytics, technology, operational excellence, strategic partnerships, and compliance. Two roles with one supporting Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) and one for Engineering & Analytics. The positions may be hybrid or remote (Oregon/Washington Only) and will need to support on site during Wildfire season.

Responsibilities

Leading a single major project or multiple moderate projects. Types include, but are not limited to, business systems or process improvement, department reorganizations and strategy implementation, training, feasibility studies and pilots.

  • Serves as a company expert on related initiatives; develops company best practices; consults with business unit leaders to ensure strategic alignment of program(s), understanding of dependencies and constraints, cost effectiveness and mitigation of negative operational and/or customer impacts of business initiatives and projects; works with project sponsor to develop objectives and scope; assists in or develops business case/justification.

  • Develops or oversees development of project plan(s) including WBS, schedule and cost baselines, overall budget management, dependencies and project roles and resource requirements; identifies project risks and mitigation strategies; partners and strategizes with Supply Chain, Legal, IT, Fleet, and project sponsor on vendor contract negotiations.

  • Assists leadership in developing program strategy; leads multiple major projects/initiatives in completing strategic projects. Provides staff leadership to team members; facilitates team meetings, cultivates and reinforces group values, norms and behaviors; provides guidance and motivation to team on performance and productivity issues; ensures compliance with established project management methodologies and standards; takes corrective action as needed.

  • Establishes and maintains formal controls to manage and monitor project budget, scope, quality, schedule, and risks across the portfolio of projects, and overall program completion that is on time and within budget. Negotiates necessary project changes with project managers and project sponsors. Maintains, adjusts, and updates overall project and program plans as needed.

  • Develops communication plans and strategies; coordinates with project managers, business unit managers and change managers to provide timely, accurate communication of project and program plans and status to internal and external stakeholders. Develops and promotes adherence to communication and reporting standards to reduce inefficiencies and potential inaccuracies resulting from developing customized communications, reports, or materials for different audiences on demand.

  • Leads and/or facilitates BPI activities; assists managers and subject matter experts to identify, understand and improve or revise processes, practices and policies; assists managers in establishing process controls in order to measure baseline and post-improvement performance to monitor success of improvement initiatives.

  • Acts as a change agent, systematically driving continuous improvement.

  • Assists in developing program level governance to ensure standards, methodologies and policies are adhered to and proper documentation is maintained. Ensures all project documents are catalogued and archived in a secure and efficient manner; documents and files all “lessons learned” along with all project artifacts.

  • Develops and maintains key relationships across the business, including with senior executives; provides subject matter expertise for project management and/or process improvement. Collaborates with, mentors and/or assists in training other PMs or leads to continually improve project standards and methodology.

  • Partners and participates with customers and/or other utilities to strengthen and create opportunities to share best practices.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, business, communications, or fire science from and ABET accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency related field or other related field or equivalent experience.

  • Eight or more years in related field.

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of electric utility systems (general)

  • Experience managing major projects in a matrixed organizational structure

  • Providing oversight to other project/program managers

  • Experience with a utility wildfire mitigation and resiliency program

  • Experience with development, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of a comprehensive program responsible for the planning, development, implementation, and execution of companywide Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) events; wildfire mitigation & resiliency compliance program; and mitigation and resiliency projects to ensure the safety of PGE customers and communities. (Wildfire Operations Program Manager)

  • Experience with development of wildfire risk modeling, risk mitigation and other T&D capital programs, weather station deployment strategies, and utility ignition management programs. (Wildfire Analytics Program Manager)

Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

Talent Acquisition Contact:

Staffing@pgn.com

This job posting will close at 12:01 am Pacific Time on the closing date listed below:

At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.

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