Operations Scheduler - Gas Job

St Paul, Minnesota
09 Sep 2016
23 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Location(s): MN - St Paul
Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talents and education to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow?  A professional position at Xcel Energy could be just what you're looking for.
Position Summary
Operations Schedulers will strategically prioritize work and determine resource assignments to proactively plan and align a multi-week, rolling schedule to ensure work is performed on-time and within the specified customer, compliance, safety, and operational performance metrics. Schedulers are responsible for maintaining a holistic view of work to be completed at all times to identify and recommend solutions for resolving work capacity issues in the most efficient, cost-effective, safe manner. The objective is to build and manage a 0 - 12+ week book of work to develop and hand off a prioritized, compliant, executable 2 week schedule to the Work Coordination function for final adjustment and execution by field teams. Operations Schedulers will be responsible for creating the schedule for a designated region, function, and/or commodity area.
Essential Responsibilities
  • Plan a multi-week region/function/or commodity area-wide work schedule based on evaluation of work demands and work prioritization considering factors such as work types, job priorities, resource availability, customer expectations, permitting requirements, business unit guidelines, and others.  Planning responsibilities include identification of gaps and authority to resolve scheduling conflicts and making recommendations to management related to schedule and resources needed.   
  • Manage personnel, equipment, and material resource availability/backlog over a multi-week timeframe and ensure availability of work assignment to crews across the region including decision making to reallocate resources across areas as needed. Optimize contract/employee resource selection within scheduling window to minimize costs, and maximize schedule adherence, customer satisfaction, safety and compliance.
  • Analyze scheduling and work assignment performance in order to forecast resource utilization for upcoming quarter and identify opportunities for resource reallocations and operational improvements, make recommendations for crew sourcing changes based on forecasts as well as improvements within area of responsibility, and lead process change implementation efforts. Facilitate monthly regional/area metric review meetings to evaluate performance. 
  • Accountable for ensuring all compliance work is scheduled within required timeframes. Verify work tasks are assigned to the correct work areas, in the right order, based on provided dependencies. 
  • Communicate and work effectively with local supervisors and build/leverage strong partnerships with stakeholder groups at a variety of levels to maximize productivity, utilization and operational efficiency of all resources. Drive and maintain ownership for regular scheduling meetings. Negotiate with key partners to realign dates on projects to ensure customer and compliance dates are met.
  • Drive customer satisfaction by establishing and maintaining strong adherence to scheduling processes.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related field preferred.
  • Five years experience in construction, design, maintenance or other operations area.
  • Utility scheduling/planning experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to schedule and manage work activities in a manner that meets customer and/or internal stakeholder requirements.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships, as well as strong written and verbal communication skills including meeting management and facilitation.
  • Proficiency with spreadsheet tools.
  • Ability to retrieve and manipulate data from reporting tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to use software applications which include Microsoft products, work management, mapping and scheduling tools.
Preferred Requirements
  • Experience with Primavera or similar software
  • Project management experience
As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you're ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.
Posting Notes:  MN - St Paul || MN - St Paul || United States (US) || Operations || 59690:Field Scheduling Work Assignmt || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||
Requisition Number: 5671
Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran
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