Southern Company Manager, Leak Survey Operations in Atlanta, Georgia

Manager, Leak Survey Operations


The purpose of this position is to execute the Leak Survey program for compliance with federal and multi-state pipeline safety rules in 11 state jurisdictions as well as both regulated and non-regulated storage field operations. This position operates in a shared services role. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance for leak survey activities on facilities including, but not limited to: inside meters, distribution systems, transmission pipelines, business districts, vertical main, and storage fields.

Functional Expertise:

  • Ensures that leak survey data is updated and maintained in the appropriate system

  • Implements winter / frost cast iron leak surveys

  • Develops and maintains written processes and procedures specific to leak survey work

  • Develops and maintains written processes and procedures specific to inside leak survey work

  • Develops and maintains written processes and procedures specific to atmospheric corrosion work

  • Ensures that graded leak data is updated and maintained in the appropriate system

  • Ensures that atmospheric corrosion survey and repair data is updated and maintained in the appropriate system

  • Ensures that inside leak survey data is updated and maintained in the appropriate system

  • Develops and maintains appropriate Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) processes and measures to validate and ensure quality of the work performed

Business Acumen:

  • Administers compliance monitoring of leak survey records to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, policies, and procedures

  • Prepares annual leak survey plan to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, policies, and procedures

  • Tracks and monitors completion of the work against the defined project plans to ensure compliance

  • Designs, develops and maintains compliance data monitoring systems to be utilized by Resource Management for visibility and planning purposes

  • Monitors, generates and assigns leak re-evaluations activities to internal and external resources to ensure compliance

  • Identifies issues or problems that could affect performance of the work and develop appropriate solutions to ultimately ensure success

  • Administers compliance monitoring of graded leak records to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, policies and procedures

  • Administers compliance monitoring of inside leak survey records to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, policies and procedures

  • Administers compliance monitoring of atmospheric corrosion records to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, policies and procedures

  • Maintains the company O&M Leak Manual and appendices to ensure company policies are accurately documented and communicated with regulatory agency

  • Prepares annual compliance program reporting to be presented to the state regulatory agency for auditing purposes

  • Prepares and tracks against budget for contracted leak survey.

  • Prepares supporting documentation and data necessary for Operations to prepare leak survey budgets for use of internal resources.

  • Analyzes and interprets data to identify problems and trends. Takes appropriate and timely actions to correct or improve.


  • Coordinates leak surveys for special projects (i.e. uprates)

  • Identifies computer application improvements required and coordinates with IT as necessary to implement

  • Coaches and develops employees within span of control.

  • Collaborates and builds effective relationships with various stakeholder groups.

  • Coordinates the efforts of cross departmental committees to ensure compliance.

  • Provides leak survey, inside leak survey, leak re-evaluations, leak repair and atmospheric corrosion requirements to project teams developing or modifying enterprise work management systems

  • Establishes goals and objectives for the department to ensure compliance activities are met and to drive continual improvement.

  • Provides leak survey-related support to Integrity Management Departments when determining appropriate Accelerated Actions and Preventive & Mitigative measures.

  • Provides relevant, timely metrics and data to relevant stakeholders

  • Elevates issues, problems, or concerns to the appropriate level in a timely manner to ensure resolution

Driving Results:

  • Ensures business districts are defined and updated on a timely basis

  • Process invoices and accruals on a timely basis.

  • Ensures inside leak survey customer communication process is properly executed.

  • Identifies proper timing for the activation of ILS and AC inspection characteristics in CC&B

  • Generates inside leak survey disconnect notification activities to be executed in the field

  • Implements leak survey-related Accelerated Actions to support Distribution Integrity Management (DIMP) (actions identified by others)

  • Implements leak survey-related Preventive & Mitigative (P&M) measures to support Transmission Integrity Management (TRIMP) (actions identified by others)

  • Develops processes and associated tracking measures to drive change, improve metrics, and achieve goals

Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • Bachelor’s Degree – Preferably in Engineering, Mathematics, Information Systems, or other technical disciplineOR

  • Equivalent education and experience

Related Work Experience:


  • 2 years


  • Experience working in a regulated environment, preferably utility operations

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Ability to manage, integrate, and interpret large volumes of data

  • Data analysis

  • Ability to self-prioritize work

  • Ability to identify and work with key stakeholders as necessary

  • Ability to work independently

  • Strong written and oral communication skills both upward and downward throughout the organization

  • MS Office – intermediate to advanced proficiency

  • MS Excel – advanced proficiency

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Ability to read, interpret, and implement codes, standards, and procedures

  • Ability to identify process improvements and develop appropriate processes and procedures

  • Directing and developing direct reports

  • Development of and management to budgets


  • Hyperion proficiency

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) basic proficiency

  • Project management proficiency

  • Contractor management proficiency

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Travel: Occasional local and overnight travel (5 – 20%)

  • Physical Demands: This position requires the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.

  • Work Environment: The incumbent works primarily in an office environment.

  • The incumbent may work occasionally in varying outdoor weather conditions.

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.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

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 Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: AGL Services Company

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

AGLR Corporate Office - 10 Peachtree Place NE (10AtlantaCODE)

10 Peachtree Place NE

Atlanta, 30309

Req ID: GAS2000248