Compliance Engineer
AGL Resources, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

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Overview:

About AGL Resources

AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services, midstream operations and cargo shipping. As the nation’s largest natural gas-only distributor based on customer count, AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves more than one million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Nicor National, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management, ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities, and ownership of Tropical Shipping, one of the largest containerized cargo carriers serving the Bahamas and Caribbean region. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com .

Responsibilities:

The Compliance Engineer is responsible for performing assigned Pipeline Safety compliance-related activities. Principal among those are project management of the company's Public Education Program (RP 1162) and interaction with the Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee pipeline safety regulators. This position also has responsibility for monitoring pipeline safety legislation/regulations, annual DOT reporting, pipeline safety (State & Federal) audit administration, as well as liaison with other utility groups.

The Compliance Engineer is also a focused discipline within the engineering job family. The duties listed are activities associated with the various levels of the engineering progression. The engineering progression covers the following general titles:
  • Engineer I – Associate Engineer
  • Engineer II – Intermediate Engineer
  • Engineer III – Engineer
  • Engineer IV – Staff Engineer
  • Engineer V – Senior Engineer
Specializes in pipeline safety and compliance issues (both internal and external). Responsible for monitoring compliance performance within LDC. Provides support and analysis of the operations quality assurance program. Understands and assists with compliance with the DIMP program. Supports lead in addressing commission inquiries and audits, monitoring compliance performance, performing investigations, and initiating improvement programs. Knowledge of various aspects of gas distribution operations is required. Examples include gas system design, construction, system maintenance, damage prevention, corrosion and leak survey

Functional Expertise:
  • Program Manager of the Company Public Education Program (RP 1162)
  • Prepares and submits annual DOT reports (Distribution, Transmission and LNG)
  • Prepares and submits State and DOT Incident Reports and Safety-Related Condition Reports
  • Coordinates State pipeline safety inspection schedule and may accompany the inspector during field and record inspections. Answers questions and responds to follow up item from the inspections.
  • Reviews and monitors new/upcoming legislation/regulation for pipeline safety and damage prevention and prepares impact paper to apprise leader ship.
  • Can serve as a Company SOS Coordinator for AGA
  • Responsible for regulatory interaction, communication and data gathering for reportable incidents.
  • Ensures compliance with state level requirements (e.g. countywide safety plans)
  • Provides expertise, research, interpretation, and insight into regulations and codes.
  • Provides analysis and reporting on key operational compliance gaps and develops improvement programs to address issues.
  • Provides expertise in evaluating proposed standards and procedures that will impact gas operations
Business Acumen:
  • Provides for proper interpretation, application and implementation of new federal, state and local codes.
  • Monitors new/upcoming legislation/regulation and prepares report for senior leader ship of significant items and their impact to the organization.
  • Analyzes performance metrics from operations programs to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and prepares and submits pipeline safety metrics as required to Federal and State agencies.
Engagement:
  • Serves as point-of-contact for State pipeline safety regulators
  • Communicates regulatory inspector audit schedule to affected business units.
  • Provides support to business units on maintaining compliance with 49CFR192 activities
  • Can serves as representative on various trade associations such as AGA, MEA and SGA.
  • Collaborates with various business units in the data gathering and validation for regulatory reporting
  • Collaborates with business units on gathering responses to AGA SOS requests.
Driving Results:
  • Recommends changes to company operations and procedures based on results from regulatory audits
  • Monitors list of follow up items from regulatory audits to ensure business units completed the recommended actions.
  • Reports results of regulatory audits to ensure senior leadership is apprised of issues raised by regulatory agencies.
  • Ensures compliance with corporate procedures through internal auditing of operations and records including managing remedial actions.
  • Reviews and enhances compliance audit program for specific LDC. Tracks, reports and makes recommendations on all non-compliant action items.