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Risk Assessment & Mitigation Engineer/Specialist, Critical Infrastructure Protection

Reports To Risk Assessment and Mitigation Manager, CIP
Location St. Paul, MN
Post Date 01/31/2023

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter in an email to [email protected].

Position Summary

The Risk Assessment and Mitigation (RAM) Engineer, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is a specialist on the application of CIP Reliability Standards and the associated risk with non-compliance. This position shares technical expertise internally and externally to promote the reliable operations of the bulk power system (BPS).


Connection: Place importance on relationships within MRO, across the ERO Enterprise, and industry as we do our work. Connection allows staff to leverage the expertise of others and appreciate differences.

Curiosity: The foundation for innovation and creating alternatives by being interested and asking questions. Curiosity aids us in exercising the principle of independence and being objective. It is the antidote to bias.

Commitment: Support MRO’s Vision, Mission, and Core Principles that embody our accountability to maintain the public trust as we do our work and use our funding wisely.

Competency: Apply knowledge, expertise, and experience with integrity to produce excellent work while being a thought leader.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Evaluates the facts and circumstances surrounding possible violations to the relevant NERC requirements in an effort to determine the risk presented to the reliability of the BPS and engages with entities to obtain necessary information to support the determination of the extent, evaluate the risk, and review and approve the proposed mitigating activities of the non-compliance event
  • Performs Inherent Risk Assessments to identify and document risks that individual registered entities pose to the BPS in order to provide a technical foundation for MRO’s compliance oversight of entities and partners with registered entities to develop adequate mitigation plans following the discovery of a violation and verifies completion of the plans
  • Develops and presents outreach materials to assist registered entities in the implementation of CIP requirements and presents at workshops, webinars, and conferences
  • Identifies and documents risks to the BPS that are not addressed in the NERC standards for the purpose of providing input to the standards development process
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Education, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or another technical area directly applicable to the reliability and security of the BPS is required. Bachelor’s Degree in another discipline and directly related experience may be considered in lieu of technical degree
  • A minimum of two years of relevant power system reliability and/or security experience is required
  • Relevant industry experience and knowledge with the support and implementation of operational technology, specifically SCADA/EMS, substation automation, communication, and/or network implementation is required
  • The ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing, to both technical and non-technical individuals is required
  • Experience with the NERC Reliability Standards is desirable

Supervisor Responsibility

  • Individual contributor role, no supervisory responsibilities

Physical Working Conditions and Travel Requirements

  • Standard office environment, requires mobility and sedentary work
  • The Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer, CIP must be available outside of business hours to address corporate matters
  • Travel Requirement: Approximately 10%; this position requires the ability to obtain documentation to allow for travel to and from Canada

Please note that the position may be filled at a different level based on the candidate’s qualifications.