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EPC Project Manager II

Date: Oct 14, 2021

Location: JACKSON, 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.


Department Summary


Gas Compression & Storage Project Management is an organization within the Enterprise Project Management business segment and is responsible for the planning, execution, and delivery of projects in the Consumers Energy gas compression and storage system.


Job Description/Responsibilities


The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for leading a project teams in the planning, design, execution, and commissioning of the company’s first renewable natural gas production facilities and other natural gas system net zero emissions projects.  The PM will oversee, coordinate, perform and track the planning, implementing, quality control, and status reporting on a given project.  This position manages the project team, which typically consists of matrixed roles from all the areas of the organization as well as outside consultants, engineering firms, and construction firms. The EPC Project Manager is responsible for working with stakeholders to define the project scope; preparing the project schedule, and updating that schedule as it evolves; proposing the project budget, and then managing the project cost and schedule; making sure the project team has the supplies and human resources necessary to get the project done on time and on budget; identifying and minimizing potential risks to the project timeline and budget; making sure that all project team members understand what their responsibilities are; communicating the project's progression to management; and ensuring the quality of the team's work and any supplies or materials used by the team.


The Project Manager will:

  • Plan and manage renewable natural gas projects (and other projects as necessary) of varying complexity, consisting of single year and multi-year projects with budget amounts less than $500,000 to over $15 million.
  • Prepare Project Charter documents, Project Management Plans, Scoping Documents, Risk Registers, and other standardized project management deliverables through the Consumers Energy Project Lifecycle Processes.
  • Organize, lead, and document Project team meetings to coordinate, update, and hold team members accountable for project responsibilities
  • Manage projects to achieve overall financial and commercial success in meeting the company’s business goals.   
  • Meet agreed upon scope, cost, schedule and quality objectives
  • Develop project schedules with EPM Project Scheduling group in Primavera 6.  The Project Manager must develop schedule concepts, constraints, items in appropriate level of detail, track schedule process, update items with project Scheduler, and communicate schedule to project team.  The Project Manager is not required to work directly within Primavera 6 – that function is accomplished by the Project Scheduler (separate function).
  • Provide clear and accurate communications to project stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain project plans that provide timely deliverables to achieve project objectives
  • Identify initial risks, issues and constraints impacting project execution
  • Work collaboratively with other functional areas in the development of project tasks and deliverables ensuring the successful execution of projects
  • Manage multiple projects at various stages of development concurrently
  • Perform as liaison to coordinate effective communications, discussions, and negotiations between CE and third parties (both private and governmental)
  • Develop project execution plans for various complex project types and business arrangements, including Engineering-Procure-Construct, Build-Own-Operate, etc.
  • Develop and perform presentations for the Consumers Energy leadership team
  • Validate financial forecasts and provides on-going reconciliation of resources and other related project expenditures
  • Provide ethical leadership within the Consumers Energy Code of Conduct
  • Assist in the development of performance metrics and track performance of each project.
  • Identify and recommend new processes, techniques and standards that drive performance and process improvement.


Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 8-10 or more years applied engineering or equivalent working experience including project management experience.  Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is preferred. (If not certified, employee must obtain certification within 3 years of entering the job family).


Preferred Skills

  • Familiarity with gas compression, gas transmission or distribution infrastructure
  • Project management skills, including the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Planning, organizational and leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills including verbal, written, presentations, meeting facilitation and negotiation
  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to make effective presentations and communicate technical concepts to non-technical clients
  • Experience leading complex projects, with impacts to large energy customers, municipalities, or agencies
  • Demonstrated success in identifying and managing risk
  • Communicating and reporting project status to senior leadership
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Good communication skills including conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience with SAP
  • Experience with ProjectWise, Unifier or other Project Management Information Systems
  • Experience with scheduling software such as MS Project or Primavera P6.



Essential Functions


Duties and reporting structure will fluctuate between projects. Individual possesses the skills to lead, problem solve, and work well in a team environment.  Individuals should exemplify safe work practices and follow the company’s compliance standards.  Provide project management services with accuracy, integrating all applicable governmental and company laws, standards and procedures on time and under budget. Use computer assisted project management software to prepare project management documents and presentations.  Understand and follow company established standard procedures for file structure and standard drawing procedures for projects.  Become familiar with plans, specifications, maps, and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately.  Utilize effective oral and written communication skills to provide technical expertise to coworkers, clients, customers, government entities and the public.  Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders. Attend internal and external meetings.  Provide all project management services in a legal and ethical manner. Resolve all customer complaints in a timely manner. Serve as onsite project representative.  Review operating and construction sites to monitor progress.  Regular attendance is expected.



Hours and Travel


This position requires the individual work a minimum of 40 hours per week (45-50 typical) with 60% of time spent in the office (whether at company office building or at remote office if approved by Supervisor) and 40% at project locations, which may require overnight stays. Travel is required to job sites and project meetings and could be significant dependent upon location.  Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines.  Individuals must have a valid driver’s license.


The successful candidate will be required to routinely travel to Project Sites where work is in the planning or execution phases (all Consumers Energy facilities are located in the lower peninsula of Michigan). Work a flexible schedule that supports the demands and needs of the Projects. 



Physical Requirements


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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Must be able to stand and walk for periods of up to and beyond eight hours in all kinds of weather; snow, mud, dirt water, ice, etc.  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 fifty 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 construction 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.

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