Southern Company Program Manager #LI in Virginia Beach, Virginia


Program Manager is accountable for the successful execution and commissioning of large scale distribution infrastructure improvement programs and various special and/or complex high profile projects. The Program Manager ensures success of the program by managing all aspects of the process from design to close out.

The Program Manager identifies and implements the necessary measures that ensure both internal resources (engineering, land rights, project controls, shared services, project coordinators, inspectors, communications, etc.) and external resources (pipeline contractors, engineering firms, sewer inspections, project prep team, leak survey, etc.) produce their respective deliverables to meet the company’s objectives (budget, schedule, and quality). These objectives may include development of programs, regulatory approval of programs, commissioning of assets, meeting program regulatory and government commitments and reporting, etc.

Functional Expertise:

  • Serves as Program Manager of medium or large scale programs and projects

  • Implements PMO business processes on medium or large programs and projects

  • Works and ensures that all projects are executed within the Company’s 5-stage Asset Development Process (ADP) and Supply Chain policies

  • Ensures Functional Leader and their respective tracks leads are fully engaged with deliverables

Business Acumen:

  • Provides vision and direction to Project Engineer personnel

  • Ensure that projects are managed to budget, schedule, design, and standards

  • Develop Projects' Organization Charts (including template)

  • Define roles and responsibilities for project team

  • Ensure requirements/standards for Project reporting are followed

  • Develop project charter

  • Define project scope and base line it

  • Develop project execution plans

  • Assures compliance with company policies & procedures

  • Identify and properly manage project risks

  • Manage project contractors per PMO and ADP procedures

  • Provide proper oversight for construction management & field activities

  • Participate as "contract owner" in all project related contract negotiations

  • Ensure that project materials and services are acquired for project and that requisitions are entered into PS with appropriate account coding and follow appropriate approval process

  • Ensure that contract schedule of values are clearly defined/consistent with corporate WBS/CBS

  • Ensure that contractors' invoices and payments are audited and approved per contract


  • Manages selection, development, and retention of Project Engineers

  • Responsible for enhancing performance of project management staff through mentoring, training, motivation and performance coaching

  • Identify and contract qualified contractors for project work through functional leader

  • Prepare and present project metrics to indicate project health (EVA, Financial Analysis, Schedule, Risk, etc.) for presentation to business owner and upper management

  • Ensure that scope changes are appropriately addressed per the Change Management process (e.g. adequately documented, impact analysis, approved, etc.)

  • Identify and establish project team resources

  • Hold project team meetings on a regular basis (progress & plan)

  • Participate in drafting contracts and performing final review of all project related contracts (from any track) prior to execution with support appropriate functional leaders

  • Assign appropriate field engineering and inspection personnel

  • Provide guidance & mentoring for project managers

  • Provide input for ADP improvement

  • Ensures proper communications with regulatory agencies and communities

Driving Results:

  • Oversees employees who perform project management

  • Establishes and monitors work goals and objectives. Measures employee performance and sets safety, quality and productivity metrics

  • Drives Change and coaches staff, provides feedback and evaluates performance

  • Complete Goals of Asset Development Process Stage 5

  • Gather lessons learned after every project and funnel to PMO for inclusion in appropriate process improvement initiatives

  • Ensure that project job data books, as-builts, other job documentation are secured from contractors and that they are distributed to appropriate parties


Education, Certifications/Licenses:


  • BA/BS in an technical discipline


  • Equivalent Work Experience


  • MBA, Project Management Professional (PMI), Professional Engineer (PE)

Related Work Experience:


  • 5+ years engineering, construction, or operations experience in gas distribution or related energy field


  • 3+ years supervisory experience

  • Transmission Line installation experience

Or equivalent education and experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Strong engineering and construction knowledge with natural gas distribution systems

  • MS Office Suite – intermediate proficiency

  • Highly skilled working across functional organization for group coordination

  • Ability to communicate with all levels in the organization

  • Ability to manage multiple programs and projects under stressful conditions

  • Ability to use project management tools and methods (e.g., earned value analysis, critical path scheduling, project administration, establishing project teams)


  • Working knowledge of Asset Development Process (ADP)

  • MS Project/Primavera - advanced proficiency

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.

Company Information:

Virginia Natural Gas

Virginia Natural Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Virginia Natural Gas provides natural gas service to 290,000 customers in southeast Virginia. For more information, visit at .


About Southern Company Gas

Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.5 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at .

Job ID: 2016-5350

Company: Virginia Natural Gas

Job Locations: US - VA - Virginia Beach

Type: Regular Full-Time

Posted Date: 11/15/2016