Senior Consulting Scientist-Biology-ESC-San Francisco

Employer
PG&E
Location
San Francisco, California, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 10, 2021
Closes
Jun 12, 2021
Ref
2212433264
Discipline
Biology, Permitting
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Requisition ID # 95925

Job Category : Engineering / Science

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Shared Services

Job Location : San Francisco

Department Overview

Land and Environmental is focused on protecting and managing PG&E's land rights and rights-of-way (ROW), environmental permitting, and compliance by engaging our employees to better understand our clients' businesses and provide superior customer service. Aligning our operations and team with the client organizations we support with: planning, execution and overall service delivery.

The Environmental Management, Wildfire Rapid Review team is responsible for providing environmental support to the Company's approximate 140,000 miles of electric distribution lines, with a specific focus on the approximate 25,000 miles identified as within extreme and elevated wildfire risk areas. We establish goals related to safety, customer service, affordability, land management and environmental compliance that require a collaborative, cross-functional effort of employees across the company. Together, we will become the leading corporate services organization and the leading utility in U.S.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating activities in the terrestrial biology field, including contract management and research

and development activities to support utility goals and objectives. This position will routinely confer and interact with other scientists, engineers,

regulators and others to plan and review complex projects and broad utility programs, and to provide expert technical advice and direction. This position

will prepare and administer project and program scope, schedule, and budgets; review and approve expenditures, and will report the status of work

activities as needed.

The Senior Consulting Scientist is a widely recognized biological expert within the company and with external partners and stakeholders. Their extensive

scientific knowledge combined with a thorough understanding of utility OM&C practices and excellent program management skills are called upon to help

resolve complex challenges and/or advise or directly negotiate and resolve broad or complex settlement and license agreements. Routinely requested by

management to develop strategic and tactical solutions for the most complex business endeavors, including programs and projects they don't otherwise

manage.

The Senior Consulting Scientist also manages the environmental portion of multiple complex, high risk, or very large engineering, construction,

and/or regulatory projects and resolves problems of very complex scope. Regularly takes a leadership role on projects that are complex from a technical

or regulatory perspective. Customarily and regularly uses discretion and independent judgment in fulfilling these job functions. Provides leadership, coaching and development of less experienced scientists. Provides technical briefings, advice, and/or recommendations to upper management. Responsibilities may include Privileged and Confidential work. Regularly supports Directors, Managers, Principals, and Supervising

engineers and project managers on programmatic solutions, process improvements, regulatory relations and strategies, and contracting strategies.

Job Responsibilities

Job duties include all the duties of Senior Biologist and in addition:

1. Safety

· Perform all work in accordance with PG&E safety goals and practices:

- Complete all required safety training

- Promote safety awareness

2. Project Planning and Workload Management

· Ensure that work scope, schedule and cost are accurately defined and approved by the business partner before work proceeds on individual

projects.

· Plan and schedule all studies to ensure that project specific regulatory requirements are met.

· Ensure that strategically managed labor is tracked and reported monthly.

· Ensure the proper coordination, staff utilization and satisfactory completion of all assigned work.

· Senior Consulting Scientists are expected to manage a natural resource based program or segment of a business partner's workload

(by region or type of work) on behalf of the department. The Senior Consulting Scientist will serve as a program manager for that segment

of the workload providing direct oversight for the management of the program.

3. Relationship Management

Represent the company in agency/stakeholder interactions and negotiations to best meet the goals and objectives of PG&E including

full compliance with both the letter and intent of all state and federal natural resource laws

Develop and/or review agency or public meeting presentations for assigned projects and ensure that the presentation is factual and

based on sound scientific principles

4. Project Management

As the technical subject matter expert, and as a member of a multidisciplinary project team, develop scope, schedule, and budget

for the biological component of all assigned licensing and permitting work; obtain business partner approvals before work begins

Ensure that cost and schedule updates for assigned projects and programs are provided to Business Partners at an agreed upon

interval.

Inform business partners of potential cost over /under runs and identify any potential schedule delays as early as possible

Provide strategic permitting and licensing guidance to business partners and contractors

Develop specific project study plans for cost effectiveness

Plan and manage implementation of studies and assessments associated with specific biological work scopes in support of license

compliance, permit compliance and as may be necessary for project planning; ensure these meet current technical standards

Provide technical expertise on PG&E projects for responses to agency/NGO comments or requests for data

Manage and provide technical oversight to contractors

Responsible for natural resource based interaction with regulatory agencies and for providing oversight of other project participants that

may interact with these agencies on natural resource issues.

Ensure a consistent approach by project teams, one that is rooted in current regulatory law and policies and that is also consistent with

PG&E's goal of being a leader in the environmental arena,

Provide technical and contract administration oversight for assigned environmental workload

Ensure that all schedule commitments and key program deliverables are met on or before the planned due dates

Develop contractor technical scope of work and submit requests for proposals

Conduct proposal evaluations and select successful bidder

Ensure that company strategic sourcing program is implemented on all appropriate projects

Ensure that diversity spend requirements and practices are followed

Functions as the lead point-of-contact on natural resource issues for business partners

Contributes to the development of capital and/or expense budgets.

Provides effective management of project teams in meeting established goals.

May apply formal project management techniques for major projects and programs.
  • Develops and/or reviews agency or public meeting presentations for projects assigned and ensure that the presentation is factually accurate and based on sound scientific principles.
  • Ensures the proper coordination, staff utilization and satisfactory completion of all assigned work.
  • Manages and provides technical oversight to contractors.
  • Develops scope, schedule, and budget for the biological component of all assigned licensing and permitting work; obtain business partner approvals before work begins.
  • Develops specific project study plans for cost effectiveness.
  • Ensures that cost and schedule updates for assigned projects and programs are provided to Business Partners at an agreed upon interval.
  • Ensures that strategically managed workload (including in-house and contract labor) is tracked and reported monthly.
  • Informs business partners of potential cost over /under runs and identify any potential schedule delays as early as possible.
  • Oversees natural resource based interaction with regulatory agencies and for providing oversight of other project participants that may interact with these agencies.
  • Plans and manages implementation of studies and assessments associated with specific biological work scopes in support of license compliance, permit compliance and as may be necessary for project planning; ensure these meet current technical standards.
  • Plans and schedule all studies to ensure that project specific regulatory requirements are met.
  • Provides strategic permitting and licensing guidance to business partners and contractors.
  • Provides technical expertise on PG&E projects for responses to agency/NGO comments or requests for data.
  • Represents the company in agency/stakeholder interactions and negotiations to best meet the goals and objectives of PG&E including full compliance with both the letter and intent of all state and federal natural resource laws.
  • Develop contractor technical scope of work and submit requests for proposals, conduct proposal evaluations and select successful bidder.
  • Ensures that all schedule commitments and key program deliverables are met on or before the planned due dates
  • Ensures a consistent approach by project teams, one that is rooted in current regulatory law and policies and that is also consistent with PG&E's goal of being a leader in the environmental arena.
  • Ensures that diversity spend requirements and practices are followed.
  • Manages a natural resource based program or segment of a business partner's workload by region or type of work on behalf of the department; serves as a program manager for that segment of the workload providing direct oversight for the management of the program.
  • Ensures that work scope, schedule and cost are accurately defined and approved by the business partner before work proceeds on the project.


Qualifications

Minimum
  • Advanced degree (MA, MS, or PhD) in Natural Resources, Botany, Biology, Ecology, or related sciences.
  • 15 + years relevant experience (or less if employee consistently demonstrates consulting level performance and has a minimum of 5 years as a Senior).
  • Experience as technical lead on multiple large and complex Company projects that are "high profile" in nature and carry political or other risks for the Company.
  • Valid driver's license required.


Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

EEO
Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Employee Privacy Notice The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. CCPA grants new and far-reaching privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information PG&E collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed through the following link: Employee Privacy Notice

PG&E will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment in a manner consistent with all state and local laws.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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