Compliance Analyst

Columbia Basin Trust
Posted 2 months ago
Castlegar,
$105,500 - $138,000 per year
Full Time

Job Description

We are seeking a Compliance Analyst to join our Power Operations team. This position focuses on organizational compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Mandatory Reliability Standards (MRS). The incumbent will work with the compliance team to assist in the development and management of the internal compliance program in coordination with neighbouring utilities and will ensure the ongoing optimization of the compliance program.

This is a permanent, full-time position based out of our Castlegar office where you will join our dedicated team covering a diverse range of work in a collaborative and supportive environment. The staff at this office live throughout the West Kootenay region and enjoy all that the Kootenays has to offer.

The Compliance Analyst focuses on organizational compliance with the North American Electric
Reliability Corporation (NERC) Mandatory Reliability Standards (MRS). The incumbent will work
with the compliance team to assist in the development and management of the internal
compliance program in coordination with FortisBC staff and other contracted support and will
ensure the ongoing optimization of the compliance program. This role is accountable for
supporting the organization to continually meet its obligations and achieve compliance with MRS.
This program is applicable to the Corporation’s asset obligations and requirements under the role
of Generation Owner (GO) and Operator (GOP) and Transmission Owner (TO). This role
maintains expert knowledge of compliance with a major focus in Operations & Planning (O&P)
and a minor focus in Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Requirements. The incumbent will
also provide project management support for reliability and compliance-focused, owner-led
initiatives in the facilities. This position reports to the Senior Manager, Compliance, and is based
out of the Castlegar Office.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

1. Responsible for maintaining the Internal MRS Compliance Program.

 Monitors and analyzes Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) MRS for changes and updates to ensure compliance.
 Conducts internal audits and assessments to ensure compliance with the relevant standards.
 Collaborates with cross-functional teams and third-party service providers to create and implement compliance measures and procedures.
 Provides training and guidance to internal or external teams on compliance requirements and best practices, operating as the subject matter expert (SME) for a variety of MRS standards.
 Responds to inquiries from regulatory bodies and provides information and reports as required.
 Manages and maintains documentation of compliance activities and ensures accuracy and completeness.
 Evaluates and recommends updates to company policies and procedures to ensure ongoing compliance.

2. Ensures compliance documents are accurate and current, including Cyber Security

Program, Protection System Maintenance Program (PSMP), Integrated Vegetation Management Program, and Facilities Ratings Methodology.

3. Creates, maintains and oversees Risk Assessment, Internal Controls and Policy,Process, Procedures, Reliability Standards Audit Worksheet’s (RSAW’s) and Evidence template documentation as required by the MRS.

4. Supports the organization in meeting its obligations and complying with the MRS
requirements.

 Assists in the process of registration and maintaining registration with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) and responsible for functional registrations of GO, GOP & TO.
 Participates in compliance monitoring programs including self-audits and external WECC audits, ensuring appropriate follow up of audit findings.

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 Representative as assigned, on various projects and industry workshops through webinar and annual conference attendance in relation to MRS compliance within the WECC.

5. Participates in compliance with WECC audit response.
 Assists in the implementation of processes, and leads standards as SME, providing internal expertise to ensure timely and accurate response to compliance audit inquiries.

6. Maintains positive relationships with both internal and contracted on-site staff.
 Provides owner perspective and onsite leadership and troubleshooting during compliance related testing at the power facilities.
 Supports MRS Compliance with annual training for generation staff and contracted control center operators.

7. Provides support for a variety of reliability or compliance-focused initiatives.
 Develops and manages contracts for contractors, consultants and specialists in support of compliant operations at the facilities.
 Provides compliance leadership, with respect to the requirements imposed on all Generation and Transmission equipment and systems, in support of annual and longrange planning and budgeting at the facilities.
 Works with consultants to improve tracking processes of the compliance system. This may include future software solution implementation.

8. Other duties as may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS
Training and Experience
 Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration or a related field.
 Seven + years of demonstrated experience in a related compliance role associated with Bulk Electric System (BES) risk, preferably in hydroelectric facilities.
 Strong understanding of MRS standards as outlined from NERC and their implementation within the Province of British Columbia.
 An alternative combination of education, training and related experience may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
 Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
 Excellent attention to detail.
 Expertise in policy and standards interpretation.
 Ability to oversee and lead projects and work with multidisciplinary teams.
 Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain productive and cooperative working relationships between departments. All while using effective negotiation and influence skills to achieve corporate objectives through collaboration and consensus.
 Ability to communicate effectively with cross-functional teams and regulatory bodies.
 Knowledge of compliance management within WECC, preferably administered within British Columbia.
 Experienced working with third-party resources to achieve department objectives.
 Comfortable with large-scale change in a dynamic environment.
 Ability to think strategically and incorporate goals into operational objectives.
 Demonstrated judgment, initiative, and creativity in problem-solving and decision making.
 Excellent analytical, cost estimating and scheduling skills.

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 A model of integrity, trust, openness, and fairness.
 Functional knowledge of power systems and equipment protection relays.
 Ability to manage and interpret large volumes of complex data efficiently.
 Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

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