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Date: Nov 12, 2021

Location: BENZONIA, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities.  Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.



The Electric Field Leader Job Family is used in Electric Transmission and Distribution.  The Field Leader I will provide planning, direction, regulatory compliance and oversight to assure completion of field construction, maintenance, service and emergency work to Company Electric Transmission and Distribution facilities in a safe and cost-effective manner.

The successful candidate will work from the Benzonia Service Center



Duties and Responsibilities


  • The Electric Field Leader will typically supervise 6-15 bargaining unit Electric Distribution, Transmission or Metering company employees
  • Work may also involve managing and monitoring work performed by non-company crews; and, may assist in the development of Electric Field Leaders
  • The work involves a mixture of standard to advanced supervisory and operating responsibilities
  • In addition to responsibilities for lower rated positions, an Electric Field Leader is responsible for managing successful headquarter business operations in a cost-effective fashion while maintaining a safe work environment and balancing the needs of the customer and company
  • The Electric Field Leader develops direct reports in both business knowledge and technical skills; plans and prudently manages the scope, schedule and cost of construction projects; applies thorough understanding of policy coupled with leadership skills to resolve process and employee issues; has thorough understanding of the Working Agreement and is adept at dealing with local union leadership
  • Initiates and leads change to improve results
  • Professionals in this role have the ability to perform effectively and efficiently in routine and non-routine/emergency situations with minimal guidance
  • Responsibilities include supervision of electric distribution employees, on-call assignments, management of project work including job site reporting, and working extended hours during restoration activities
  • The ideal candidate will be safety focused and experienced in construction methods with the ability to accurately estimate hours required to complete complex projects
  • The candidate will also be proficient in the storm process and use of supporting computer systems and programs (e.g., Arcos, OMAR/Service Suite, OMS, and Outlook) required to complete their day-to-day work
  • This position requires demonstrated knowledge of safe work practices and procedures; in-depth knowledge of electric distribution operations and construction; demonstrated leadership capabilities including the capacity to lead change efforts in a competitive business environment; and demonstrated capacity to direct both company and non-company resources in both routine and non-routine or emergency operations


Essential Functions


  • Responsible for the planning, organization, coordination, evaluation and supervision of employees assigned to the operation, maintenance and construction of Electric distribution systems, customer Electric services, electric generation plant facilities, buildings and grounds or utility support areas
  • Recommends proposed changes and enhancements to systems and facilities operation; responds to complaints and requests for information; prepares and maintains reports of completed job orders and the status of jobs in progress
  • Inspects job sites to check on work progress, assures satisfactory completion and plans new assignments; prepares requisitions for operations and maintenance supplies, equipment and materials and supervises special projects as required
  • Conducts regular safety meetings, participates as a member of safety committee; investigates and completes necessary incident reports and accident reports; maintains records, prepares and submits required reports for appropriate agencies
  • Implements preventative maintenance programs
  • Individuals should exemplify safe work practices and follow the Company’s compliance standards


Requirements/ Qualifications


  • High School Diploma/GED required
  • 4+ years experience in electric transmission, electric distribution, electric metering or generation
  • 1.5+ years of Electric Field Leader or comparable supervisory expereince
  • The Electric Field Leader requires technical knowledge in electric transmission or electric distribution or electric metering gained either through a technical field of study and/or through related work experience
  • Working outside of normal work hours and responding to customer emergencies during anytime of the day, including evenings and weekends is required
  • Strong inter office skills, understanding the relationship scheduling and design has with operations, the ability to manage visual management



Preferred Qualifications


  • A Bachelor's degree in a related field or electric lines on-the-job training
  • Temporary upgrade supervisory experience will be considered as comparable experience for internal employees

Hours and Travel


  • This position requires the individual to work a minimum of 40 hours per week with a majority of the time spent in the office or specific field locations.
  • All salaried Electric Operations employees are required to have a storm role
  • Individual is required to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with storm or emergency restoration activities and could be given very short notice to do so
  • Individual is required to participate as necessary in the on-call rotation in case of potential storms
  • Individual may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to help with storm restoration which may require overnight stays
  • Could potentially work a flexible schedule to meet the demands of the customer, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime
  • The work takes place in all weather conditions--the ability to work in the elements is an expected part of this position
  • Individual must have a valid driver’s license


Physical Demands


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms
  • The employee frequently is required to talk or hear
  • The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to seventy-five pounds.  The recommended maximum weight for employees to lift without the aid of other employees or lifting devices is thirty-five pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

 The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job:

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • The noise level on the field site is often loud
All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Nearest Major Market: Traverse City
Nearest Secondary Market: Northern Michigan

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