Specialist Sr/Specialist Construction Risk Management

Naperville, IL


Southern Company Gas is looking for talented individuals interested in joining this country’s vital natural gas industry. Natural Gas is an essential part of America’s Energy mix and a trusted energy source for more than 70 million homes and businesses. This position is an exciting opportunity for persons who enjoy the challenges of supporting the construction of natural gas facilities

The purpose of this position is to provide field support and lead process improvement projects on behalf of the Southern Company Gas Construction Risk program (quality, compliance, critical safety risks, etc.). As a subject matter expert for multiple initiatives the individual will serve as a liaison between Construction Operations, pipeline contractors and various departments at Southern Company Gas helping drive change in training, policies, and procedures. The right candidate must be a self-starter, excellent communicator, and able to make sound decisions using analytical skills.

Please note, this position is posted as a job family and can be filled at a Construction Risk Engineer/Specialist, (Level 4) or Sr. Construction Risk Engineer/Specialist (Level 5) depending on experience. It can either be located in Naperville or Glen Ellyn

The Specialist/Engineer, Construction is a focused discipline within a job family. The duties listed are activities associated with the various levels of the Specialist/Engineer progression. This progression covers the following general titles:

  • Spec/Engr, Construction Risk

  • Sr Spec/Engr, Construction Risk


  • Supports, consults, coordinates, and provides feedback to the Construction Operations team, contractor’s and other departments in the area of Construction Risk (quality, compliance, critical safety risks, etc.) based on federal and state regulations, company and industry standards, field assessments and IT data.

  • Exposure to Con Ops leadership in day-to-day activities and ad hoc presentations.

  • Takes the lead as project manager for process improvement projects (policies, procedures, OPM) in Construction Risk (quality, compliance, and critical safety risks) leveraging technology to create value and efficiency.

  • Conducts field assessments of construction activities (distribution, transmission, and large projects) of both contractor crews and internal construction crews to evaluate Construction Risk (quality, compliance, critical safety risks, etc.)

  • Conducts special and large-scale assessments for construction operations over a wide variety of topics (e.g. new/ revised procedures, full LDC, specific contractor, damage investigation, specific quality activity, etc)

  • Leverages tools like Human Performance and API 1173 in the pursuit of continuous improvement.

  • Supports corporate efforts in becoming a Learning Organization.

  • Provides first level support for all Construction Risk Management systems (e.g CQA, Locus View, SharePoint, Smartsheets etc.).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • High level of interpersonal skills, with ability to leverage internal and external stakeholders to efficiently accomplish tasks and resolve issues

  • Analytical skills such as problem solving, data analytics, critical thinking.

  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 tools (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams, etc.)

  • High degree of initiative and ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work across a matrix organization structure with horizontal and vertical teams

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Customer service oriented

  • Ability to learn and become proficient in new technology solutions that support the business.


  • Experience with energy related (e.g., gas, electric, etc) regulations, policies, procedures, and operations manuals

  • Intermediate computer proficiency in business related tools (e.g., Power BI, Work Management, etc)

  • Intermediate experience leveraging Project Management best practices

  • Basic knowledge of field construction and how the many parties involved interact with each other

Education and Experience


  • Valid driver’s license

  • 2-4 years of experience operations, construction, project management, engineering, quality, safety


  • 5-7 years of experience operations, construction, project management, engineering, quality, safety

  • 1-2 years supervisory or project leader experience

  • Professional certification (e.g., project management, safety/quality management, etc)

  • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in technical, engineering or business related field (e.g. construction management)

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional Traveler (5% travel): The incumbent will be required to travel on occasion. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.

  • Hybrid home/office/field.

  • This position may/will provide exposure to hazardous conditions and materials (e.g., weather, noise, fumes, etc.)

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of over four million U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to a supply of clean, safe, reliable and affordable 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 provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

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 Identification: 3283

Job Category: Construction

Job Schedule: Full time

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