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Reliability Assurance Specialist Operations and Planning

BC Hydro
Edmonds, British Columbia, Canada (hybrid)
20 days ago


Source:             BC Hydro
Job Title:          Reliability Assurance Specialist – Operations & Planning
Job Number:     BCH-R-4890-221115E1
Job Location:    Edmonds Annex - W1, British Columbia, Canada

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 * One of BC Hydro’s key business priorities is to ensure compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Mandatory Reliability Standards (MRS). MRS have been adopted by the BC Utilities Commission to achieve, sustain and demonstrate compliance to support the reliability of the bulk electric system.

* To manage MRS, BC Hydro has established a Reliability Standards Assurance (RSA) Business Unit to provide MRS leadership, compliance and strategic expertise to advance a sustainable compliance program. This role in RSA will report to the O&P Assurance Manager and is focused on the assurance of the approximately 90 adopted Operations and Planning (O&P) Standards including topics such as facility ratings, protection & control programs, system operation and system planning. The Reliability Compliance Specialist will lead the assurance program planning, implementation and reporting, monitor and engage in the MRS program development in the US

and Canada and engage with industry stakeholders

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

* Leads development of MRS assurance program to have a consistent approach to assurance engagements including strategy sessions with Assurance teams and completing process and program documentation.

* Plans, develops and manages an MRS assurance engagement strategy and a 3-year risk-based plan for the O&P Standards using on compliance history, risk and control maturity, and business monitoring implementation.

* Leads the delivery of assurance engagements by defining and obtaining resources; scheduling assurance engagements; monitoring progress, communicating results and documenting the assurance findings.

* Develop and utilize technical knowledge to conduct assurance activities which may include auditing the standards implementation, reviewing the quality and adequacy of compliance narratives and evidence, testing the strength and quality of internal controls as well as identifying opportunities to improve practices and tools.

* Prepares, presents and discusses assurance engagement results with managers, directors and executives. Negotiate and document the business groups management action plans to address findings from the engagement results.

* Monitors and evaluates pertinent Canadian and US MRS initiatives, regulations, and / or rulings; participate in related conferences and seminars, builds relationships and maintain membership with relevant industry professional associations and organizations, and recommend best practices .

* Develops and maintains expertise and knowledge with the O&P Standards, by a combination of self-study, peer reviews and relevant industry engagement.

* Provides technical leadership for compliance guidance; communicates and advises stakeholders across all levels of the organization on MRS and compliance expectations and compliance monitoring and enforcement policies.

* Leads and supports O&P MRS non-compliance investigations, assists with developing mitigation plans and monitors and finalizes completion

* Performs other activities of a comparable type as required.


 * Bachelors degree in Engineering, Business or Public Administration, Political Science, or other relevant field, or equivalent combination of education, skills and experience related to compliance assurance activities (including auditing).

* A minimum of 12+ years of progressive compliance and assurance experience in a highly regulated environment, preferably within the energy / electric utility industry. Preference will be given to the candidates possessing a demonstrated depth of O&P Standards experience.

* Demonstrated and proven senior level experience and ability in the following:

  • auditing, risk evaluations and control testing.
  • leading investigations including completing cause analysis.
  • experience with NERC/WECC/MRS Programs in Canada and/or the US will be beneficial.

* Excellent written and verbal communications skills and ability to communicate with target audiences all levels within the organization; including strong presentation skills to convey complex technical issues to diverse audiences

* Excellent relationship management, collaboration and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to negotiate and mediate discussions to find value add solutions and reach consensus; effective conflict management and resolution skills

* Self-Motivated with strong organizational skills, goal oriented and the ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as individually.

* Strong analytical skills, with demonstrated ability to distill complex issues to highlight issues and provide actionable recommendations in a concise manner.

* Demonstrated project management and leadership skills

* Additional assurance certifications will be beneficial, such as Certified Internal Auditor or equivalent audit certifications (i.e. CPA, CFA, CMA, CRISC, CISA, ARM, CRM, CRMP) 


 * Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered for a lower-level role (P3)

How to Apply

 Interested candidates should submit their applications online at  by Dec. 07, 2022.

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Our four role types identify the degree of flexibility an employee could have to work from home based on the type of work they do. The flexibility for an individual job is up to the manager for each position and the operational requirements. Employees also have the right to work full-time from the office if they prefer. All of our roles require at least some in-person time.

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Resident – Works primarily (4+ days per week) in the office.

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 66777891
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Edmonds, British Columbia, Canada
  • Company Name For Job: BC Hydro
  • Position Title: Reliability Assurance Specialist Operations and Planning
  • Job Function: Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Over 10 Years
  • Salary: $108,337.00 - $162,556.00 (Yearly Salary)

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