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Spire Energy Manager of Pipeline Safety Distribution in Birmingham, Alabama

Manager of Pipeline Safety Distribution

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Date: Sep 16, 2023

Location: Birmingham, AL, US, 35203

Company: Spire Inc.

Company Overview

At Spire, we believe energy exists to help people. To enrich their lives, grow their businesses, advance their communities. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to understanding the needs of the homes and businesses we serve. That's why we're always looking for driven, collaborative people to join our team. Because we believe that offering our customers the best service means bringing together the best people.

And we find the best by hiring those who share our values of drive, safety, inclusion and integrity, and demonstrate our four essential behaviors that bring the Spire vision, mission and culture to life:

  • We make it happen: We are a company of go-getters, acting on every opportunity to help our company advance

  • We collaborate: We put teamwork first, bringing in everyone’s ideas, because our collective energy makes us stronger

  • We seek out perspective: We challenge ourselves to be open to different ways of doing things, because learning from each other leads to breakthroughs

  • We care: We treat people how we want to be treated, listening closely and doing what’s right, even when it’s hard

By living our values and behaviors every day, we strive to create an environment where every employee feels welcome, respected and valued.


Spire is seeking a Manager, Pipeline Safety, Distribution. This position will be responsible for implementing pipeline safety compliance and operations quality assurance programs for natural gas distribution facilities. Also, has responsibility for reviewing new technology, materials and service providers performing work on the distribution system, including collaboration with other departments such as Field Operations. This position is responsible for supervising Compliance Engineers and Quality Assurance Evaluators.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Act as a representative for the company with the respective state Gas Pipeline Safety Staff and other governmental agencies as required for pipeline safety compliance purposes

  • Manage and monitor pipeline safety compliance

  • Provide direction and support during the PSC pipeline safety inspections including associated preparation and internal auditing of records

  • Coordinate the preparation of state and federally required regulatory reports and documentation for distribution facilities. This will include annual reports, incident reports, safety related condition reports, and other documentation as needed and as required under 49 CFR Parts 191, 192 and 193.

  • Manage the implementation of field activities related to pipeline safety compliance, such as leak surveys and right-of-way clearing as required

  • Manage operations quality assurance initiatives, including Operator Qualification (OQ) program of all employees within a given jurisdiction as required by 49 CFR Parts 192, 193 and 195. Support and participate in all OQ related PSC and PHMSA Audits and follow-up activities. Also manage performance of periodic Spire company and contractor field audits to ensure adherence to company standards and applicable OQ requirements

  • Ensure welding standards are compliant with federal and state pipeline safety regulations and the work practices of the company and manages welding certification and qualification activities

  • Working with Operations Support, direct the number of construction field quality audits needed in each area, monitor and analyze results on a corporate level, and make recommendations to reduce risk and improve processes

  • In coordination with Director and other stakeholders, evaluate potential new technologies, R&D projects, materials and service providers related to the gas distribution companies

  • Serve as a technical contact for material suppliers and service providers across Spire

  • Manage the performance of timely defective product reviews, testing and analysis and determine corrective actions needed and coordinate implementation of new materials and services with Field Operations

  • Interpret and apply codes, standards, and regulations related to this role

  • Provide direction and support during PSC and PHMSA inspections, internal audits, and other reviews as necessary including associated preparation of records

  • Represent company on industry committees as appropriate, such as the American Gas Association, Southern Gas Association and state associations

  • Provide support to the Safety Management Systems (SMS) implementation along with the associated programs and initiatives related to this role

  • Provide support as needed for the company’s Integrity Management programs

  • Represent company on industry committees and state specific natural gas associations as required

  • Manage budgets and help ensure financial performance objectives are achieved for department and projects

  • Provide leadership and support across Spire enterprise applications

  • All other duties as assigned

Essential Characteristics and Competencies

  • Demonstrates a high standard of safety and is willing and able to comply with all safety regulations and Company safety policy

  • Ability to demonstrate the core and job category competencies: customer-focused, results-driven, teamwork, communications, adaptability, initiative, problem solving and quality

  • Ability to lead by example in support of the company’s essential characteristics and values: strong ethics and integrity, dedication to a safe work environment, commitment to a diverse workforce that recognizes and respects every individual’s unique skills and perspectives

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills

  • Capacity to assess new concepts and accurately apply them

  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to troubleshoot issues when found

  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively in order be productive with multiple concurrent tasks

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to build and establish rapport with a diverse array of people

  • Outstanding customer service skills and team player abilities

  • Effective active listening skills, positive and can-do attitude and commitment to quality

  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills

Supervisory Responsibilities


Required Education (certifications, licenses)

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or business

  • Professional Engineer license preferred

Required knowledge, skill and abilities

  • Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated experience in compliance/integrity, engineering or operations in a natural gas company or equivalent experience in another industry

  • Extensive knowledge of federal and state pipeline safety regulations and company standards

  • Innovative and collaborative leadership style coupled with strong communications skills

Physical demands, environment and schedule

  • Normal Work Environment – Work is normally performed in a shared office environment.

  • Travel may be required

Posting Requirements

Posting requirements: The above posting description is intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Spire, Inc., and its subsidiaries are Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all areas, including but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, selection, training, education, compensation, benefits, promotion, job transfer, upgrading, separation and recall regardless of the individual’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other protected categories under all Federal, State, and local laws. For more information, please view our Integrity and Inclusion pages of our career site.

Job Location: Birmingham Job Segment: Pipeline, Quality Assurance, ERP, Compliance, Engineer, Energy, Technology, Legal, Engineering

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