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Burns & McDonnell Governance Operations & Planning - OT Cyber Security (Multiple Locations) in Calgary, Alberta


Burns & McDonnell assists electric power industry clients by providing comprehensive operational compliance program solutions. We are looking for reliability compliance consultants, with an emphasis on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Operation & Planning (O&P) Standards, that are forward thinking in our field, enjoy helping others succeed, and will be responsible for the design and implementation of compliance programs that provide sustainable operations for our clients.

The position of Governance Operation & Planning (693) Compliance Specialist will have the responsibility for contributing to the strategy development, implementation, administration, and operation of compliance programs with respect to regulatory frameworks applicable to participants in the electric power sector. Including North American Electric Corporation (NERC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Market Rules at relevant Independent System Operators, and other applicable operating and/or reporting requirements. This position will be responsible for reinforcing all levels of compliance program support by designing and enhancing on-going compliance programs for perspective clients consistent with industry best practices to ensure compliance with the Governance Operation & Planning (693) Reliability Standards.

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement Bulk Electric System compliance programs (including policies, procedures, and documentation) to comply with the applicable mandatory and enforceable Governance Operation & Planning (693) Reliability Standards.

  • Coordinate reliability activities by participating in FERC, NERC governance or other Regional Entity regulatory forums; coordinating, evaluating, and reviewing regulatory documents impacting client's assets and reliability activities; analyzing client's position, filings, and other documents; weighing the impact of certain actions by client; preparing correspondence, opinions and presentations outlining client's position within area of responsibility.

  • Provide staff training on regulatory requirements and operational impacts of those requirements.

  • Participate comprehensive on-site and off-site audits of Registered Entities in compliance with Governance standards and Regional standards, with a special emphasis on the Operation & Planning (693) Standards.

  • Advise clients on best practices in managing compliance monitoring and enforcement activities relevant to the electric sector

  • Evaluate client internal controls and processes to determine effectiveness and efficiency with respect to managing risk and compliance

  • Participate in investigations into potential violations and make determinations of alleged violations of the standards.

  • Coordinate projects related to compliance activities ensuring that the scope, budget, schedule and quality, etc. meets the client's needs.

  • Coordinate with client departments, staff and members to achieve goals and provide direction on compliance activities while promoting a culture of compliance and security

  • Review energy market regulatory/compliance publications to keep apprised of new developments.

  • Travel to various client facilities as needed to review processes, records, participate in audits, consult with staff, etc.

  • Maintain job knowledge to ensure expertise on Governance/Regional Entity Operation & Planning (693) Compliance standards and requirements

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with existing and potential clients, customers and contractors in order to develop business.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited curriculum in engineering or related field - engineering degree preferred but is not required.

  • Minimum of 3 years related experience in the electric industry in the areas of regulatory compliance, power markets, power plant operations, transmission operations, asset management, or risk management.

  • Must have ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of industry, government, and public contracts on project-related matters.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Governance standards with an emphasis on the Operation & Planning (693) Standards.

  • Proven understanding of power utility operations. Experience with either transmission facilities or power generation plant operations preferable, also knowledge of energy trading, scheduling, and market activities a plus.

  • Knowledge and experience in risk management and internal controls preferred.

  • While not an engineering position, applicant should have sufficient technical understanding to interpret, audit, and/or direct regulatory requirements for clients and to identify times when engineering or operational expertise is required.

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common engineering and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.

  • Proven knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Project software and working knowledge of power plant control systems, SCADA systems.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for presenting both technical and non-technical information are required.

  • Ability to effectively prioritize tasks in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment.

  • Proven self-starter with the ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as individually on complex work assignments

  • Experience with corporate policies and procedures and/or technical writing skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • High attention to detail.

  • Travel for site work is estimated to average 25-50% yearly.


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Saint Louis

Other Locations US-MO-Kansas City, US-AZ-Phoenix, CA-AB-Calgary, US-TX-Houston, US-FL-Orlando, US-TX-Austin, US-GA-Atlanta, US-TX-Dallas, US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 212626 Job Hire Type Experienced