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Southern Company Storage and Peaking Operations Supervisor in Hudson, Illinois

Storage and Peaking Operations Supervisor


This role supports daily operations of underground natural gas storage facilities in Illinois. The position will have a primary reporting location of Hudson Storage (Hudson, IL) but will interact and be accountable for Storage Operations and compliance support throughout the Illinois footprint. This supervisory role will have responsibilities managing union direct reports. This position will develop and execute daily maintenance/work plans to maintain safety practices, system integrity and reliability while adhering to operational and capital budgets. Primary duties will include station and field operation responsibilities in potential high stress environments, with a heavy weighting related to compliance oversight and tracking for Federal, State and Local rules and policies (CFR 49/API 1171). This role requires 24/7 on call requirements, including overnight stays during critical peaking operations/periods of inclement weather.

Functional Expertise:

  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all equipment and facilities needed to meet daily system and commercial needs.

  • Develop and coordinate annual operating and capital projects and develop budget needs for field personnel, contractors, and others to complete all operational and maintenance tasks required.

  • Communicates regularly with Gas Control, Gas Supply, other operating facilities, and/or other internal business units.

  • Develop work plans, schedules and monitors all code compliance work (stations, valves, reliefs, wells, regulators, etc.) to insure all are completed within regulatory guidelines.

  • Comply with Company policies and procedures as well as applicable State and Federal regulations.

  • Responds appropriately to abnormal operating conditions in order to maintain a safe and reliable operating environment.

  • Promotes good relations with direct reports, peers, all customers, and other internal business units (i.e., Gas Control, Gas Supply, other operating facilities, interconnecting pipelines, management, etc.) and cooperates with other personnel and/or departments to achieve business goals.

  • Responds appropriately to Emergency Response situations and performs first responder duties in accordance with the Emergency Response Plan. This role requires 24/7 on call responsibilities/support.

Business Acumen:

  • Supervise the monitoring of facility security and access control, and supervisory control (HMI) systems to respond to system changes, alarms, and abnormal operating conditions in an efficient and professional manner.

  • Strives to promote continuous improvement pertaining to safe, efficient and reliable operation of facilities.

  • Identify, report and address operational issues that may impact facility reliability or efficiency.

  • Identify, report and address operational issues that may impact compliance with regulations or company policies and procedures.

  • Act as a point of contact for compliance related activities for all Illinois Storage locations.


  • Collaborate with direct reports, management peers, internal groups, consultants and contractors to assist with improving existing operations, special projects, new construction, and expansion of existing facilities.

  • Develop each employee’s skills and abilities to maximize the effectiveness of a small workgroup in order to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective service. Measure and evaluate employee performance throughout the year. Provide feedback and training for the employees to insure their personal growth.

  • Participates in Company sponsored technical training programs, cross-training assignments, job shadowing, and orientation of new hires to improve knowledge and skills of self and others.

  • Takes initiative to assist peers with workloads and self-starter performance.

Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • High School Graduate or GED

  • Valid state driver’s license


  • Associates degree in technical, process, plant operator specialties, business or equivalent supervisory experience

Related Work Experience:


  • Gas operations, plant maintenance, and/or process experience, or equivalent (refinery, LNG)

  • Computer experience including, but not limited to, MS Word, MS Excel, PeopleSoft, MS Projects, etc.


  • Prior supervisory experience, specifically managing union direct reports.

  • Prior experience creating and managing operational and capital budgets

  • Prior Project Management and/or Project Construction experience a plus

  • Knowledge and experience in safe handling practices of flammable gases or liquids, and high pressure systems.

  • Knowledge of the principles internal combustion engines, gas processing equipment, well systems and pipeline/gathering systems.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Mathematical proficiency

  • Ability to prepare written and electronic reports in a clear and concise manner.

  • Proficient understanding and use of the English language.

  • Experience reading and interpreting blueprints and diagrams.

  • Good computer skills (i.e., Word, Excel, MS Outlook, etc.).

  • Ability to interact effectively with others

  • Motivated, with good communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills

  • Knowledge of gas handling/processing equipment


  • Knowledge of gas handling/processing equipment.

  • Knowledge of pipelines, compression, plant processes, and/or storage field operations.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • The incumbent works in a plant office environment and field environment.

  • Other physical activities include crouching, climbing, working in extreme weather conditions; hot and cold, and working around loud noises and able to safely lift 50 pounds.

  • Visual acuity requirements include color, depth perception and field of vision necessary to operate a computer.

  • Travel requirements outside of Illinois service territory should be infrequent (0 – 5%).

  • Travel requirements within Illinois between storage field locations will be frequent (50 – 75%).

This position falls under the company’s Insider Threat Program and will have access to, and control over sensitive data, systems or assets. Enhanced personnel screening, which includes a background review, drug screen and psychological assessment, will be required if you are selected for this position

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Central Illinois-Hudson

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Hudson - 20487 North 1700 East Rd. (20487HudsonCODE)

20487 North 1700 East Rd.

Hudson, 61748

Req ID: GAS2003255

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