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Senior Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer/Specialist, Operations and Planning

Reports To Manager of Risk Assessment and Mitigation, Operations and Planning
Location St. Paul, MN
Post Date 03/22/2024

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

Position Summary

The Senior Risk Assessment and Mitigation (RAM) Engineer, Operations and Planning (OP) is an expert on the application of OP 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

  • Exhibits independent expertise by performing analytical evaluations of significant and difficult technical issues to develop MRO’s position on the technical application of OP standards
  • Serves as an OP expert, providing engineering and operational technology knowledge both internally and externally
  • 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
  • Leads 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;
  • 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 OP 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
  • Serves as a mentor to RAM staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Education, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering is required. Bachelor’s Degree in another discipline directly applicable to the reliability and security of the BPS and directly related experience may be considered in lieu of an Electrical Engineering degree.
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant power system reliability and/or security experience is required
  • The ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing, to both technical and non-technical individuals, and to give presentations to large groups is required
  • Professional Engineering license is desirable
  • Certifications related to BPS operations, risk management, compliance, and/or security (e.g., NCSO, CRISC, CCEP, CISSP) are desirable
  • 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 Senior Risk Assessment and Mitigation Engineer, OP must be available outside of business hours to address corporate matters
  • Travel Requirement: Approximately 15%; this position requires the ability to obtain documentation to allow for travel to and from Canada