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Summary of Responsibilities

The Operations & planning Compliance Engineer/Analyst is considered a high-level candidate performing NERC Reliability Standard compliance engagements and other compliance program activities. The position is expected to have expertise in the areas of the electrical power industry, professional auditing, and risk-based compliance processes.

The Operations & Planning Compliance Engineer/Analyst prepares and performs engagements in order to evaluate compliance with the NERC Reliability Standards. This position has significant contact with personnel who manage, operate, plan, and oversee generation, transmission, distribution, and physical/cyber security. The Compliance Engineer/Analyst ensures information obtained is consistent and accurate for preparing documentation and reports for the engaged NERC registered entity, NERC, FERC, Texas RE management, and the Texas RE Board, as directed.

The Compliance Engineer/Analyst works independently and in a team environment while reporting to the Manager, O&P Compliance Monitoring.

The Compliance Engineer/Analyst is also responsible for drafting engagement guidance, respond to formal questions, outreach, and training.

Essential Job Duties

  • Plans, supports, and conducts engagements required for security and reliability issues as a subject matter expert. Maintains confidentiality of evidence, findings, reports, and any other records.
  • Review, initiate, and update risk-based compliance processes jointly with other staff, NERC, and staff from other regions. Ensure selected requirements are valid, measurable reliability concerns and ensure measurement processes are fair and can be administered consistently.
  • Ensure procedures, templates and other risk-based compliance monitoring materials are maintained, up to date, and Texas RE staff is made are aware of any approved changes.
  • Communicate program requirements to NERC registered entities through presentations at informational meetings, website postings, and other venues.
  • Review changes to all NERC Reliability Standards, policies, and related material for impact on the risk-based compliance program.
  • Use computer systems to obtain logs, real time information, operational records and other data for reliability and security compliance needs. Maintain working knowledge of databases, SharePoint, OSI PI software, and other data systems.
  • Process collected data as necessary for risk-based compliance monitoring and assessment. Perform statistical, logical or other mathematical analysis as needed.
  • Develop accurate, concise reports and presentations, as directed, on engagements, activities, findings and needs of the program for Texas RE, registered entities (where applicable) and NERC.
  • Develop project requests and interface with other groups to implement and track progress on projects needed by the department.
  • Work independently, productively and follow through on all responsibilities to bring projects to a successful conclusion.
  • Provides input for, support of, and delivery of training risk-based compliance monitoring staff.
  • Represents Texas RE in working groups/task forces as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%.

General Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering field of study or six years applicable experience
  • Minimum of 5 – 7 years in excess of degree requirements stated above of progressively responsible experience
  • High-level position
  • Problem solving skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication Skills
  • Functional/Technical Skills
  • Technical Learning ability

Preferred Job Skills

  • One of the following active certifications:

    Engineering/Operations: PE, CET, NCSO, ERCOT System Operator

  • Knowledge of generation, transmission, and control centers.
  • Knowledge of grid and planning operations with an emphasis on reliability or security.
  • Ability to use specialized applications for IT security, power system modeling, analysis, and/or energy management systems.
  • Familiarity with formal internal, second party, or third party audits (e.g. AICPA, CQA, SAS 70, COSO, Sarbanes-Oxley, Malcolm Baldrige, ISO 9000, ISO 14000, TS16949).

Additional Information for Applicants

  • Background checks, including criminal history and drug screen, education and employment verification, will be conducted prior to employment.
  • Certain positions require travel outside the U.S.; valid passport necessary for those positions.
  • Texas RE has restrictions on employee and employee’s household members’ employment and financial relationships with NERC registered entities. Additional details furnished upon request.

Summary of Responsibilities

The Manager of Electric Utility Regulatory Compliance oversees the analysis of possible violations of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards (Standards) by registered entities and the final disposition of alleged violations in a consistent manner.

Essential Job Duties

  • Manages processes for the review and assessment of potential noncompliance (and for the determination and communication of Alleged Violations) in accordance with NERC’s Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program
  • Reviews determinations of Alleged Violations; ensures consistent and fair determinations among registered entities and across Regional Entities
  • Oversees processes for the continued monitoring of active Mitigation Plans and closure of completed Mitigation Plans to ensure noncompliance is corrected in a timely and effective manner
  • Manages the overall caseload of noncompliance issues
  • Prioritizes processing of issues and assigns issues appropriately
  • Establishes accurate and well-communicated procedures
  • Prepares reports to document NERC compliance assessments for Texas RE's Board of Directors
  • Approves violation notices to registered entities concerning assessments
  • Provides expertise to department members and other Texas RE departments on subject matter or enforcement processes
  • Leads settlements
  • Prepares settlement agreements
  • Facilitates training for staff
  • Coordinates with NERC legal and enforcement staff
  • Reviews enforcement records for sufficiency
  • Coordinates the use of Texas RE’s settlements and hearings processes for resolving compliance-related issues
  • Reviews incoming FERC orders and provides guidance
  • Provide strategic and or legal input
  • Author, edits, or compiles and then submits any required compliance filings to NERC or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Ensures that the complete and final record is submitted to NERC
  • Prepares presentations and communicates program requirements through informational meetings
  • Interviews and selects potential employees for positions within the group
  • Represents Texas RE on working groups and committees
  • Assists with the development of budgets

Minimum Job Qualifications

  • Licensed attorney with 5 - 7 years of experience in a regulatory field, preferably utilities or with equivalent industry experience
  • Minimum of three years of experience managing employees
  • Minimum of three years of experience managing programs or processes
  • Ability to gain comprehensive understanding of the design and limitation of the electric power system through reading of technical reports and reliability standards
  • Must be skilled in persuasive writing
  • Broad overview of the Bulk Electric System and its regulatory environment
  • General knowledge of corporate issues
  • Written and verbal communication skills including presentation skills
  • Technical comprehension
  • Organizational skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Microsoft Word and Excel skills

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Admitted to practice by the State Bar of Texas
  • Bachelors’ degree (technical or engineering degree desired) or equivalent industry experience
  • Experience with NERC Reliability Standards

Additional Information for Applicants

  • Background checks (including criminal history and drug screening, education and employment verification) will be conducted prior to employment
  • Certain positions require travel outside the U.S.; valid passport necessary for those positions
  • Texas RE has restrictions on employee and employee’s household members’ employment and financial relationships with NERC registered entities. Additional details furnished upon request