32450_Principal Gas Storage Engineer
Black Hills Corporation
Fayetteville, AR
Description :
Job Specifications

Provide expert reservoir and design engineering services to our natural gas utility underground storage operations in multiple states. Support long-term capital planning for underground storage assets. Conduct analyses to maintain reliability and performance. Work in partnership with state operations to ensure safe, reliable service to customers. Perform highly complex system analyses and oversees implementation of actions and measures. Independently leads project teams. Responsible for the design and technical oversight of 7 storage fields while maintaining compliance with pipeline safety regulations, industry standards and general engineering practices. Work with cross functional departments to develop and promote commercial opportunities for the assets. Maintain and produce records to verify inventory verification reports comparing gas-in-place to book volumes. Develop growth plans and projects to fully optimize storage assets.

LOCATION: Papillion, NE; Cheyenne, WY; Fayetteville, AR; Glenwood Springs, CO; Frederick, CO

SALARY RANGE: $98,000 - $137,000 (Base salary is determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position! Our benefits include but are not limited to: home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, paid time off to move, transition and spousal career support, home finder and purchase assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter’s lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Director, Design Engineering

Lead the design, construction, and standardization of subsurface and aboveground facilities vital to the storage assets.
Model, analyze, estimate, and recommend projects for the continued safe operation and reliability of the assets.
Design, utilize, and maintain analytical models for the commercial optimization of facilities and project development.
Conduct reservoir and well analyses of storage assets to predict, monitor, and manage storage field performance.
Monitor storage field performance to develop forecast for reservoir injection and deliverability.
Participate as a technical expert in discussions, analyses, and development of commercial opportunities with cross functional departments.
Provide engineering support in the development of long-term capital planning.
Monitor new technological and regulatory developments that may affect Black Hills Energy.
Provide technical leadership to teams or committees dealing with industry-wide issues or strategies.
Actively represent BHE’s interests on external industry teams and committees.
Identify, lead, and provide innovative solutions to process improvement initiatives.
Work with internal customers to ensure project adherence to applicable codes and regulations.
Influence department/project work. Facilitate and inspire teamwork.
Maintain a safe work environment. Show leadership in demonstrating Black Hills Energy’s safety policies, procedures and stop work authority.
Lead safety initiatives and be seen as a safety role model.
Lead engagement and facilitation of safety activities.
Organize, plan, lead, and actively contribute to change management initiatives
Acts as a mentor in areas of expertise
Provides related training to NGU operations as necessary
Acts as a role model. Provides technical direction and review to other engineers.
Maintains a successful partnership with NGU operations.
Proficient knowledge of 49 CFR Part 192.

Provides professional services elsewhere in the company’s energy business, as requested.
Supports the hiring and managing of department interns
Participates in community relations based activities
Participate in state and federal audits
Travel as necessary to support activities for Natural Gas Utility Operations.
All other duties as assigned

Maintain positive partnerships with state and federal pipeline safety commissions
Partner and maintain positive relationships with industry peers
Partner with operations managers, supervisors, and technicians. Contact with vendors, suppliers, industry associations.
Maintain positive working relationships with internal and external customers. Proactively communicate with internal and external customers.
Inspire confidence in others through effecting mentoring/training.

12 or more years of gas industry experience; with proven knowledge of natural gas operations.
7 years of experience as a practicing reservoir engineer.
Mastery of reservoir engineering analysis.
Proven technical expertise in a related discipline.

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution required
Degree in geotechnical field (Petroleum, Geological) preferred.

Demonstrated technical and operational expertise.
Proficient knowledge of support functions including but not limited to Finance, Accounting, IT, HR and Supply Chain.
Extensive knowledge of network design, standards, and system operations.
Understand and apply advanced concepts of related engineering disciplines

Strong interpersonal and communications skills.
Effective presentation, facilitation and training skills.
Strong writing and editing skills.
Proficient in word processing, database, and spreadsheet programs.
Ability to lead and participate with cross-functional teams.
Ability to manage projects of varying scale simultaneously.
Ability to thoroughly document analytical work.
Team player and demonstrated ability to effectively lead in such an environment.
Self-starter, energetic, and proactive.

Professional Engineer license required

Requires travel within the utility service territory and for support of corporate subsidiaries.

Applicant must be able to perform the essential job functions of the position with or without accommodation.
About our Company: We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2800 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package: annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job. This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment. Job descriptions may and do change periodically.

Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

We are an EEO Employer.