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Plant Manager 

Non-Union Position
Mist/Miller UGS Staff; Mist, Oregon (US-OR)  
Regular FT 
Posting # 4479  


About Us:


At NW Natural, we offer more than rewarding career opportunities and a vibrant, inclusive work culture. We invite you to join us in providing safe and reliable utility services and renewable energy to better the lives of the communities we serve. Our vision is to be the leader in service excellence, innovation and environmental stewardship for our customers, while building on our strengths as a trusted energy provider and environmental leader for our industry.  


In addition to environmental stewardship, We’re also deeply committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at NW Natural. Our DEI Council started 21 years ago, and today we continue to foster a culture where all employees can experience a sense of belonging, shared purpose and possibility.

The Role:


Directs and supervises the operation and maintenance of the company’s two (2) underground storage facilities in Mist, Oregon to assure the safe, reliable, and cost-effective movement of inventory into and out of storage.

Day to Day:


  • Provide backup support to the Senior Manager of Gas Storage as needed, including supervising, coordinating and leading gas storage supervisors with tasks associated with the operation and maintenance of plant facilities.
  • Manages personnel to include supervisors and maintenance personnel to maintain operational capability of two underground storage plants.
  • Coordinates with plant customers to include gas purchasing, gas control, executive management to ensure that the plant is meeting customer objectives.
  • Plans and executes maintenance shutdowns while coordinating customers needs.
  • Assists the engineering department in executing projects to include timing and coordination with plant staff and external stakeholders.
  • Leads maintenance program execution, documentation and process improvement, directs preventive maintenance programs and maintains availability to supervise repairs at any time.
  • Maintains a positive public image of the Company and the underground storage plant through information, programs, facility tours and community involvement. Responds to a variety of inquiries/concerns initiated by customers, Company personnel, or the general public; resolves problems by coordinating necessary resources.
  • Reads, interprets, and explains information pertaining to plant operations.
  • Promotes, implements and monitors safe work practices and conducts safety meetings for appropriate staff.
  • Responds to and evaluates emergency situations, analyzes required action and directs appropriate response; maintains proper emergency response procedure.
  • Develops, trains and mentors individual and team members with documentation and ongoing performance feedback, recognizes accomplishments and provides cross-training opportunities for plant operators.
  • Develops staffing plans; participates in employee selection process of plant personnel.
  • Maintains, coordinates and builds budget plans for all O&M and personnel expenses for both underground storage plants.
  • Translates corporate vision and strategy into team goals and priorities.
  • Manages, facilitates and evaluates team development, work processes and technical expertise.
  • Supports Company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices.
  • Assists 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 the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Demonstrates appropriate leadership and decision-making behaviors; maintains technical job knowledge and personal skill development.
  • Committed to coaching and developing employees. Creates and maintains positive team environment at facility.

Come on your first day with:


  • 7 to 10 years gas plant operations experience and 4-year degree preferred.
  • 3 to 5 years of prior Supervisory experience required .
  • Budgeting experience preferred.
  • Compressor station knowledge preferred.
  • Knowledge/experience/training in PC/computer applications, including  spreadsheets, database and PLC applications; excellent Microsoft Office skills required.
  • Excellent communication and public interface skills.
  • Strong written skills, including technical documentation and report writing abilities.
  • Personal availability to respond immediately to emergency situations and staffing requirements in the Mist, OR area.
  • Skill and commitment to coach and develop employees.
  • Ability and commitment to continue to develop personal skills and technical knowledge.
  • Proven collaboration skills and ability to build consensus and trust across disciplines and processes .
  • Proven ability to facilitate and coordinate projects; skill in organizing and managing time effectively to meet deadlines and balance priorities.
  • Ability to physically access construction and other work site locations as required.
  • Demonstrated skill and ability in delegating and coordinating employee activities consistent with Company strategy to balance customer satisfaction with shareholder value. 
  • Possess/maintain a valid Oregon/Washington driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record .
  • Subject to random drug testing.

What we offer:

Health & Wellness –

  • Rich health insurance benefits with competitive employer contribution
  • Free access to an online wellness resources platform 


Work Life Balance -

  • Up to 23 Vacation Days 
  • 80 Hours of Sick Time 
  • 10 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • 3 weeks paid parental leave
  • Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network and many other Employee Resource Groups
  • 1500 sq foot exercise facility and secure bike room  


Financial -

  • Meaningful annual incentive bonus opportunity in addition to base salary
  • Competitive 401K company contribution and match 
  • 15% discount on NW Natural stock through Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement  
  • Wellness incentive program  


Discounts -

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


Base salary range: $113,350.00 - $161,550.00 per year, depending on qualifications

Annual Target Incentive: Grade 23, 15.0% 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.


Deadline: 6/13/23


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.


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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