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Construction/Contract Sr Mgr 

Non-Union Position
Utility Operations; PortlandOregon (US-OR)  
Regular FT 
Posting # 4277  


The Role:


Manages contractor contracts in the construction and maintenance of the Company’s gas distribution and transmission system and oversees other field activities.

Day to Day:


  • Manages construction and operations contractor contracts in the performance of their contract terms and conditions.
  • Develops and monitors contractor performance standards measuring against the KPI’s of the contract
  • Monitors contractor work methods to ensure compliance with Company and regulatory standards.
  • Manages auditing of contractor work practices and results.
  • Collaborates with Purchasing and Legal to develop RFPs and manages the interface with the work order process.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with Engineering, Resource Management, NW Natural internal Construction and Operations, Training, QA and OQ.
  • Evaluates emergency situations, analyzing required action and directing appropriate response; maintains proper emergency response procedure.
  • Manages work methods in accordance with Company and regulatory standards.
  • Ensures code and inspection requirements for federal, city, state, and county jurisdictions are met.
  • Develops and monitors project plans, construction time-lines, and budgets.
  • Develops business strategies to meet compliance and acquisitions goals.
  • Builds and maintains favorable working relationships with other utilities, governmental agencies, contractors, fire officials, and equipment installers/dealers; promotes locate requests and Company notification of pending work with these agencies.
  • Responds to customer/public inquiries, translates customer needs into service goals, communicating information to supervisors for implementation.
  • Coordinates activities and shares information within the company’s outside contractors, and public agencies in order to ensure satisfactory progress throughout the project.
  • Prepares periodic progress reports, remaining schedule estimates and long-range time-lines and budget estimates for corporate planning purposes.
  • Prepares budget, analyzing costs/benefits; continuously evaluates cost reduction and revenue enhancement opportunities.
  • Provides business documentation for Internal Audit and rate cases.
  • Provides notice of change to the stakeholders.
  • Directly responsible for all federally mandated activities.
  • This position may require travel.
  • Supports Company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices.
  • Participate as a subject matter expert for external audit preparation, data gathering in order to demonstrate compliance
  • Adheres to and promotes the philosophies and directives of current Collective Bargaining Agreement..
  • Develops, trains, and mentors individual and team members with documentation and ongoing performance feedback; recognizes accomplishments and provides cross-training opportunities when applicable.
  • Demonstrates appropriate leadership and decision-making behaviors; maintains technical job knowledge and personal skill development. Committed to coaching and developing employees.

Come on your first day with:


  • B. S. degree in Engineering, Construction Management or an equivalent combination of education/experience leading to proven skills to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • A minimum of 10 years prior experience in gas field operations, or equivalent of experience/education
  • Experience in preparing large construction budgets and project plans. Knowledge of project planning, monitoring, and reporting using appropriate computer software.
  • Knowledge of company standard practices for underground construction techniques as well as federal, state, and local jurisdictional regulations and requirements.
  • Requires demonstrated leadership experience in directing and leading a team; delegating and coordinating team activities with a strategic focus; skill and commitment to coaching and developing team members.
  • Strong communication skills to negotiate with various stakeholders: company employees, contractors, engineers, agency personnel to ensure cooperation and timely project completion.
  • Effective verbal communication skills, on an individual and group presentation basis, including team facilitation techniques as well as public interface skills.
  • Requires excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of employees.
  • Ability to handle/diffuse difficult conversations and negotiations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to diffuse conflict, and handle sensitive situations with confidentiality, tact, and discretion while providing clear and concise direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly participative and collaborative union environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain constructive working relationships with union leaders and management. Proven skills in persuasion, consensus building, and negotiating agreements.
  • Strong systemic and critical thinking skills and ability to use logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. Demonstrated problem solving, creative thinking and math related skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong commitment to working in a highly collaborative team environment and coordinate responsibilities openly with others within the organization.
  • Requires demonstrated project management skills as well as organizational abilities and the flexibility to manage multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency; including word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Possess/maintain a valid Oregon/Washington driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Subject to random drug testing.

What we offer:

Work life balance 

  • Up to 23 Vacation Days 
  • 2 Weeks' Sick Time 
  • 11 paid holiday which includes 3 floating holidays. 
  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • 3 weeks paid parental leave
  • 1500 Sq foot exercise facility, onsite yoga classes, massage, and secure bike room. 


  • Meaningful Annual Incentive Bonus Opportunity in addition to base salary
  • Generous 401K company contribution and match. 
  • 15% Discount on ESPP
  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement 


  • 20% off natural gas service 
  • Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
  • TRI Met Pass for all HQ employees
  • Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless 


Base salary range: $124,450.00 - $184,100.00 per year, depending on qualifications

Annual Target Incentive: Grade 24, 12.0% target
Targets are calculated using eligible earnings during plan year participation. Payout, if earned, is based on company and individual performance for each plan year and may range from 0% – 200% of target. Targets are subject to change in subsequent plan years. Must be employed by September 30 in order to receive any prorated payout.    


Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.


Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions. 

Deadline: 3/28/23


All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.


NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds. NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at or  (971) 979-6341.


NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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