Southern Company Supervisor, Storage & Peaking Operations in Ancona, Illinois

Supervisor, Storage & Peaking Operations


This role supports daily operations of underground natural gas storage facilities in Illinois. The position will have a primary reporting location of Ancona Storage (Ancona, IL) but will interact and be accountable for Storage Operations 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. Duties will include station and field operation responsibilities in potential high stress environments. 24/7 on call requirements, including overnight stays during critical/peaking operations.

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.


  • 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.

  • Preferred:

  • 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

  • Preferred:

  • 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 should be infrequent (0 – 5%).

Disclaimer: This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees in the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification. #LI

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Central Illinois-Ancona

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

Ancona - 28512 North 100 East Rd (28512AnconaCODE)

28512 North 100 East Rd

Ancona, 61364

Req ID: GAS2000095