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Portland General Electric Intergrated Grid - Technical Program Manager in Tualatin, Oregon

At PGE, our work involves dreaming about, planning for, and realizing a smarter, cleaner, more enduring Oregon neighborhood. Its core to our DNA and we haven’t stopped since we started in 1888. We energize lives, strengthen communities and drive advancements in energy that promote social, economic and environmental progress. We’re always on the lookout for people passionate about leading and being a part of teams that are advancing innovative clean energy solutions that are also affordable and accessible to all.

Summary

The Integrated Grid Operations Technical Program Manager role is an exciting opportunity to join PGE and our forward learning culture and journey towards a zero-carbon future! In this role, a successful candidate will join a highly interactive team that delivers program management for new Grid Operations technologies. Specifically, the role will work on both technical and business process elements to ensure functionalities for the Advance Integrated Grid technologies are operationalized as a part of program delivery. These programs consist of AMDS (Advanced Distribution Management System) advanced applications, OMS (Outage Management System) enhanced functionalities, VPP (Virtual Power Plant) program(s) implementation. This is not the full suite of Integrated Grid programs, just a sample set for a potential candidate to understand the exciting programs they will be working on!

As a Technical Program Manager, you will:

  • Be an integral part of the Integrated Grid Programs team, utilizingprogram management skills to lead the initiation, design, testing and closure phases of Integrated Grid Programs.

  • Leverage communication skills to ensure cross functional technical and business requirements for program needs are documented and validated with stakeholders and program benefactors.

  • Require expanded professional-level knowledge and experience in own area; incumbents continue to acquire higher-level knowledge and skills

  • Expand on high-level knowledge of the company, processes and customers in order to enhance the effectiveness of the programs in the Integrated Grid department.

Career Level Summary

Technical Program Manager 7097

Grade 7

Career Level: P3

Career: Requires in-depth knowledge and experience

Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external business issues to improve products or services

Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions

Works independently; receives minimal guidance

Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience

Key Responsibilities

Project Consultation and Planning Responsible for leading a single moderate-sized project or for multiple minor projects. Types include, but are not limited to, Utility scale operational technologies, business systems or process improvement, department reorganizations and strategy implementation, training, feasibility studies and pilots.

Consults with operations managers to ensure strategic alignment, cost effectiveness and mitigation of negative operational and/or customer service impacts of business initiatives and projects; works with project sponsor to develop objectives and scope; assists in or develops business case/justification.

Develops project plan(s) including work breakdown structure, schedule and cost baselines, 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.

Strategy and Team Leadership Leads a project team or one major team in completing a project. 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.

Project Controls Establishes and maintains formal controls to manage and monitor project budget, scope, quality, schedule and risks to ensure projects are completed on time, within budget and effectively. Negotiates necessary project changes with project sponsor. Maintains, adjusts and updates project plans as needed.

Stakeholder Engagement Develops communication plans and strategies; provides timely, accurate communication of project plans and status to stakeholders.

Process Improvement Leads and/or facilitates business process improvement 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.

Project Reporting and Documentation Follows program governance to ensure all project documents are catalogued and archived in a secure and efficient manner; documents and files all “lessons learned” along with all project artifacts.

Internal Collaboration Partners with program managers and project managers to improve overall organizational competencies in project and program management; collaborates with program/project manager peer group to continually improve.

External Relationships Occasionally partners and participates with customers and/or other utilities to strengthen and create opportunities to share best practices.

Qualifications

Education/Experience/Certifications

Education Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, business, communications or fire science or other related field or equivalent experience. ABET-accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency is preferred.

Experience Typically five or more years in related field.

Certifications, Licenses and Training PE and/or PMP certification preferred.

Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Intermediate knowledge of how transmission and distribution grids operate, including knowledge of the asset types within the grid being operated.

  • Intermediate knowledge of Utility Scale Operational Technologies such an Energy Management System (EMS) and Distribution Management System (DMS)

  • Intermediate knowledge of project management science, methodologies, and standards.

  • Intermediate knowledge of and ability to integrate project management knowledge areas, including project scope, quality, time, cost, communication, procurement, human resources and risk management.

  • Intermediate knowledge of and skill in using software applications such as MS Project, PowerPoint, Word, Excel spreadsheets and graphing, Access, Visio, Maximo and Power Plant.

  • Intermediate knowledge of Project Profile system and PGE email system.

  • Intermediate knowledge of business process reengineering and continuous improvement methods and concepts.

  • Intermediate knowledge of systems thinking concepts and principles.

  • Intermediate knowledge of group problem-solving methods and techniques, including problem analysis, nominal group and brainstorming techniques and consensus building.

  • Intermediate listening skills, including the ability to draw information out and to see things from another’s perspective.

  • Intermediate skills in writing technical and business requirements.

  • Advanced communication skills, both written and oral, including negotiation, persuasion and presentation skills.

General Competencies:

  • Working consulting skills

  • Intermediate decision-making skills

  • Intermediate enterprise/business awareness skills

  • Intermediate negotiation skills

  • Intermediate organization and prioritization skills

  • Intermediate presentation/facilitation skills

  • Intermediate team-building skills

  • Intermediate written and oral communication skills

Physical, Schedule/Attendance and Cognitive Demands

Cognitive Level: Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).

Cognitive:

  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization

  • Demonstrates sound memory

  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks

Schedule/Attendance:

  • Ability to adhere to pre-established schedule, including start/stop time and break/lunch schedule

  • Ability to work long hours

  • Ability to work a variable schedule

  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather

  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance

  • Ability to work shift schedule

  • Ability to work on-call schedule

Physical Capabilities:

  • Driving/travel/commute: Daily within service territory - Frequently (at least once a week or more)

  • Overnight inside/outside the service territory:Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)

  • Lifting/pushing/pulling: Up to 10 lb

  • Carrying: Up to 10 lb

Environment - Indoor/Outdoor (check all that apply):

  • Office

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PGE supports hybrid flexible work arrangements; and will have a combination of in-the-office and working offsite. However, these arrangements may change due to business needs or changes in responsibility. 

Compensation Range:

$96,300.00 - $160,500.00

Actual total compensation, including a performance based incentive bonus, is commensurate with experience, skills, qualifications, education, training, and internal equity. While we anticipate the selected candidate for this position will fall towards the middle or entry point of the compensation range, the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis.

PGE believes in rewarding dedicated performance. We provide a total rewards 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. To find out more, click here (https://portlandgeneral.com/hrcs5511) .

Join us today and power your potential!

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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.

PGE does not discriminate on the basis of disability. We recognize individuals have a variety of abilities to offer and we believe there is much to value and celebrate by incorporating different abilities into the work we do. One very important way we live this out is in our application and interview process. We work hard to support individuals who may need an accommodation to fully participate in these processes. If you feel you may need an accommodation, or would like to request one, please notify the Talent Acquisition Specialist (Recruiter) associated with the job posting. You may also make this request by contacting talentacquisition@pgn.com or by calling 503-464-7250. The Recruiter will provide information and next steps for the accommodation process. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) team is also available for support. You can contact them at dei@pgn.com .

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