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Utility Construction Planning Manager

Location: Fayetteville, AR, United States
Job ID: 33768
Date Posted: Nov 22, 2021
Salary: $93000 to $153450 annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

We are seeking an experienced project manager and people leader to join our growing energy and utility organization. We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. We're pretty proud of our 135-year history and are excited about what's to come. 

As our Utility Construction Planning Manager, you will provide leadership for our organization to ensure projects are effectively prioritized and implemented. You will work on capital and maintenance projects, to be sure they are planned and accomplished in a timely and cost-effective manner. We consider it a strong plus if you have prior construction, natural gas, or related experience, however strong leadership and project management experience is the most critical. 

SALARY RANGE:   $93,000 - $153,450 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Director (State Operations)

LOCATION: Fayetteville, Arkansas  

  • To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website.
  • A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position! Our benefits include but are not limited to: home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, paid time off to move, transition and spousal career support, home finder and purchase assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter’s lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Provide direct supervision of and effective communication to Utility Construction Planners and Specialists to ensure consistent results. Develop a culture of learning and development, by building trusted relationships with employees. Regularly provide input and coaching to employees for optimum performance. Communicate and provide consistent training for industry and regulatory processes, policies, and standards.
  • Lead or co-lead design function of major, unique, and critical projects. Facilitate leadership and partnership between departments and partners. Find opportunities for continuous improvement within the project management process. Confirm designs, estimates, and construction prints meet standards. Ensure construction work is planned in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Supervise budgets and spending within the department. Provide input for Capital/O&M budget creation and prioritization. Monitor actual vs. estimated cost on capital work orders. Manage 3rd Party Damage estimates. Document significant variances and search for ways to continuously improve the department and company.
  • Responsible for consistently applying tariffs throughout the state.
  • Ensure all work orders processed in a timely manner. Assist with third party construction contract discussions as needed.
  • Provide oversight and management of customer contracts, contributions in aid of construction, refundable construction deposits, and services agreements as needed.
  • Be proactive in safety and promote a culture of safety.
  • Assist with storm/outage restoration and audits as needed.
  • Review, implement and maintain feasibility models.


  • Provide backup for local Operations Supervisor(s) and Managers as needed.
  • Available to provide off-hours support as required.
  • Perform and manage special projects and other duties as assigned.


  • MMinimum of (5) five years of utility or related industry experience required. 
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Engineering, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience required.


  • Strong commitment to safety every day.
  • Ability to lead programs, projects, and people across functional utility teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and direct the work of employees in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong communication and customer service skills.
  • Advanced project management and time management skills and ability to monitor multiple projects concurrently.
  • Experience managing budgets for departments, portfolios, or capital projects is helpful.
  • Ability to learn electrical/natural gas standards related to construction, methods, and materials.
  • Experience with cost estimating and variance reporting.
  • Excellent digital literacy and experience with Microsoft Office applications, and ability to use and learn trade related software.

The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in an office job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental Descriptions:  Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions. Make decisions which have significant impact on the immediate department.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously moves about the office and the job sites and operates machines and equipment. Employee frequently accesses low and high areas with additional equipment, ascends/descends stairs, maintains coordination, and engages in repetitive motions (kneeling, reaching). Employee may occasionally use a respirator. Employee operates job related equipment and tools. Employee routinely performs this work for an average of 8-10 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Regular, reliable, and timely attendance is expected.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include:  Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Work environment:  Routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level and occasionally outdoors in sometimes inclement weather. Worker may be subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working in places of height or close quarters. Willing to travel occasionally (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package: annual incentive program (based on percentage of eligible earnings), 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 93000 to 153450
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Utility Construction Planning Manager

Fayetteville, AR, United States