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Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer

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VP of Risk Assessment, Mitigation, and Standards


Saint Paul, MN

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Position Summary

The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer is a highly regarded subject matter expert on the potential and actual risks posed to the Bulk Electric System (BES) through the planning and operating functions of the registered entities, as well as the application of all mandatory and enforceable reliability standards. The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer will:

  1. Perform Inherent Risk Assessments (IRAs) to identify and document risks that individual registered entities pose to the BES in order to provide a technical foundation for MRO's compliance oversight of registered entities;
  2. Determine and thoroughly document the potential or actual risk posed to the BES associated with discovered potential non-compliances; 
  3. Work with registered entities to develop adequate mitigation plans following the discovery of noncompliance and verify completion of those mitigation plans; 
  4. Review system events for possible noncompliance; and
  5. Identify and document risks to the BES not currently addressed in the NERC standards to contribute to the standards development process.

The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer must have extensive relevant industry experience and knowledge of all registered entity functions and their compliance responsibilities. The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer will provide a wide variety of analytical evaluations of technical difficulty and critical importance, and exhibit independent expertise.  

The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer responsibilities align with several areas of the electric industry, including:  (a) technical assessment of risk; (b) enforcement; (c) the review and development of discretionary records; (d) documentation associated with evidence of possible noncompliance; (e) validation of alleged noncompliance

The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer must be able to apply expertise to evaluate the impacts of various business and operating practices on the electric transmission system of the region and on the interconnection in order to make accurate and fair decisions regarding the application of reliability standards.  The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer must have expertise in reliability standards, risk assessment processes, and technical knowledge to evaluate and track mitigation plans on behalf of the region.

Primary Responsibilities

​The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer will make decisions including independent and authoritative evaluation of:  (a) compliance discovery records; (b) entity mitigation plans to correct noncompliances; (c) investigation of system events; and (d) comprehensive tracking of process steps, evidence, reports, and activities.  The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer works directly with registered entities in order to obtain additional information pertaining to noncompliance and mitigation plan development, as well as additional information requested by NERC staff, NERC Board of Trustees, and regulators.

Key responsibilities:

  1. Technically evaluate the facts and circumstances surrounding possible noncompliances to determine the risk presented to the reliability of the BPS;
  2. Work directly with registered entities to obtain necessary information to support analyses, and to develop mitigation plans;
  3. Review and validate completion of mitigation plans;
  4. Review BPS events from a compliance perspective;
  5. Lead IRAs of registered entities used to develop risk-based Compliance Oversight Plans;
  6. Develops outreach materials to assist registered entities in the implementation of operations and planning requirements;
  7. May perform other duties related to the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP), as assigned or required; and
  8. Stay abreast of changes in the NERC standards, the configuration of the BPS, and technical advancements in power system engineering.


Qualified candidates must possess the following:


Bachelors or Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering.  Combination of education, training, certifications, and directly related experience may be considered in lieu of engineering degree.  Emphasis in power systems - planning and/or operations.


  • Expert-level experience with electric utility operations or planning is essential
  • Computer aptitude and experience in report organization is essential
  • Experience managing complex projects is helpful
  • Negotiation skills are desirable
  • Consensus-building facilitation skills are essential

Knowledge and Abilities/Skills:

  1. Technical knowledge of factors involved in electric utility planning and operations.  Must possess a high degree of professional competence and skill and have a thorough understanding of power system operation and planning principles.  Must demonstrate proficient knowledge of the electric industry, electric power generation, transmission, and power system reliability.
  2. Ability to execute a wide range of complex electrical power systems analyses, reports, and audits and investigations concerning the operation and planning of proposed and actual generation and transmission systems.
  3. Ability to conduct extensive investigations or reviews of events and complaints, determination of noncompliance with reliability standards, and evaluation of mitigation plans.
  4. Ability to effectively present research, findings, and recommendations; both orally and in writing, to a diverse audience of technical and non-technical professionals.
  5. Ability to provide clear, comprehensive reports and present findings and recommendations to a diverse audience of professionals and non-professionals.
  6. Ability to work effectively in teams and to facilitate consensus-building among participants in the region.

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Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer