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NORTHWESTERN ENERGY Operations Planning Supervisor in BILLINGS, Montana


  • Engineering degree
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • General knowledge of the engineering, construction and operation of electric and natural gas transmission and distribution systems including regulatory policies (FERC, DOT, etc.) or related experience
  • Working knowledge of company safety and environmental policies and procedures or have related experience
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft office and ability to learn and effectively use proprietary software
  • Ability to supervise and direct the activities of several functions and direct reports, coordinate diverse activities, delegate efficiently and promote and maintain a positive and progressive work environment
  • Ability to lead a day-to-day operation that is dynamic and is a change agent
  • Ability to perform constant sitting, frequent standing and walking, occasional lifting up to 35 pounds
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the work time or as the work requires under varying conditions
  • Ability to be on-call for after-hours emergencies as part of the Division operations Supervisor-on-Call rotation
  • Ability to pass an employment physical, a drug test and a background check
  • Professional Engineer License is preferred
  • Practical knowledge of all phases of utility electric and gas operations is recommended

Criteria for hiring and/or promotion to Upper Level:

  • Strong leadership skills including interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a department and department staff members
  • Exceptional work experience and knowledge may be considered subject to review and approval by upper management


  • Demonstrate leadership consistent with NorthWestern Energy's code, values, policies, processes and controls
  • Utilize management practices to maintain employee engagement and productivity
  • Effectively manage budgets, ensuring proper cost controls
  • Lead special projects and utilize change and project management techniques as required
  • Ensure that work is performed in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations as well as Policies and Procedures established by NorthWestern Energy
  • Ensure that plans and work are executed in compliance with the NWE Safety and Standards Manuals
  • 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

Directly responsible for:

  • Outage management and analysis
  • Power quality system planning, power quality and RFI issue investigation and resolution
  • System operation optimization coordinated with the asset management, substation and electric/gas operations functions (coordination studies, data plans, switching plans, feeder loading, ties, etc.)
  • Coordination and integration of effective leadership and human performance initiatives in the Division workforce with the Division Manager, Electric and Gas Supervisors
  • Supervisory responsibilities for a part of the Division workforce and operation
  • Metering function within the Division operations including personnel, work execution and metering performance metrics and data analysis
  • Operations processes to include, but not limited to the line patrol annual plan, execution and deficiency corrections; annual transmission aerial assessment; claims process and high load moves Claims resolution lead

Responsible to support the following:

  • Annual capital and expense budget preparation
  • Annual work plan development and execution
  • Annual required workforce training DOT and DIMPS annual requirements assistance
  • Annual projects development and design to support operations and construction
  • Supervise the gas and electric operations in the absence of the Division Manager

Full-time position.

$81,200 - $148,900 annually, de ending on experience. Benefits include: 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%; healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision; Health Savings Account (HSA); healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA); Employee Assistance Programs; Life Insurance; paid time off starting on your first day, plus 11 paid holidays.

Closes on May 28, 2024.