Southern Company is America’s premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. Southern Nuclear Operating Company, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, operates Southern Company’s six nuclear reactors units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala.; the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga., and the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga. Southern Nuclear is the licensee of two new nuclear units currently under construction at Plant Vogtle, which are among the first nuclear units being constructed in the United States in more than 30 years.

Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America’s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune’s annual World’s Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings.

The top priority for Southern Nuclear, a Southern Company, is the safety and health of the public, their employees and the environment. They are committed to the safe operation of their nuclear generating facilities with equipment and systems that meet strict Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety and design regulations. Each Southern Nuclear employee is committed to instilling Institute for Nuclear Power Operations’ “Principles for a Strong Nuclear Safety Culture” in every aspect of their responsibilities.

Role description

This position is responsible for implementing the SNC Fleet Chemistry program at Plant Hatch and reports to the Site Chemistry Manager (SFAM).  The Chemistry Superintendent is also responsible for providing direct oversight of the Chemistry Supervisors who supervise the Chemistry Technicians. The Chemistry Superintendent is responsible for aligning the Chemistry organization vertically through the SFAM and CFAM and horizontally (cross-functionally) between departments.

Reports To:      Site Chemistry Manager

Location:           Plant Hatch, Baxley, Georgia

Responsibilities

  • Provide direction to Chemistry Supervisors to ensure effective implementation of governance and oversight to ensure world class performance of day-to-day activities, drive standardization, and ensure program excellence for the SNC Fleet.
  • Responsible for the GOSP Perform function utilizing the Playbook and Performance Improvement Integrated Matrix that defines the program and focuses on gaps in program excellence
  • Develop and implement metrics to measure program success
  • Ensure that that instructions provided from daily meetings are integrated into the Chemistry schedule and that equipment problems are identified and addressed appropriately.
  • Ensure data is trended, and significant trends are immediately identified and disclosed to the SFAM, CFAM, and site management.
  • Work cross-functionally with other CFAMs and SFAMs to address cross-cutting issues involving multiple departments
  • Participate on the Peer Team and ensure that the Peer Team results are communicated to the shift
  • Develop plans with contractors for support of outage related activities
  • Develop budgets each year and ensure budget commitments are met
  • Develop Succession Plans for leadership positions in the organization
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential skills

The Chemistry Superintendent position requires extensive experience in nuclear plant chemistry, plant systems, and data management. The Chemistry Superintendent must have strong supervisory skills, supervisory experience, and must demonstrate a clear understanding of and the ability to apply skills in each of the above areas, and more importantly to directly supervise individuals performing these tasks. The Chemistry Superintendent must have general knowledge of the governance and oversight mechanisms required to successfully operate Chemistry programs at nuclear power plants. Hands-on experience at an operating nuclear plant or plant under construction managing a Chemistry program is very important and outstanding oral and written communication skills are required. The Chemistry Superintendent must be able to interact at all levels of the organization, including strong working knowledge of covered position requirements and management of shift work.

  • Demonstrated working level knowledge of Chemistry programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of CEI, Action Levels and application of the EPRI Guideline documents
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong commitment to ALARA
  • Clear understanding of INPO principles and the ability to apply these principles
  • Strong financial skills and the ability to manage complex, multi-site budgets
  • Strong work ethic and the desire to lead by example
  • Strong understanding and ability to use computer applications NuclearIQ, CDAS, LabStats, Maximo, and Primavera for fleet applications
  • Ability to interact effectively with external groups including regulators, industry groups and peers
  • Strong analytical and technical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships throughout Southern Company and the industry
  • Strong communication skills – written, oral, listening and presentation skills are required
  • Ability to work effectively with others in fast-paced deadline-oriented team and ability to provide work direction and associated follow-up to team members
  • Must be able to balance multiple demands and set appropriate priorities
  • Commitment to Target Zero and workplace safety

This position will be assigned to a position within the Emergency Response Organization (ERO). Selected candidate must live within one hour of the SNC Emergency Operations Facility for emergency response availability

Experience:

  • Five (5) years’ experience in nuclear power plant chemistry is required
  • Experience with plant equipment and cooling water systems is highly desired.
  • Management/supervisory experience is required and experience supervising covered employees is valuable. Supervisory experience with demonstrated proficiency in Chemistry and experience in management or supervision of ANSI qualified technicians

Education:

  • S. in Chemistry or a degree in one of the following: Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Health Physics, Biology, or Environmental Health Science is required.
  • Advanced degree desired.

Technical Requirements

  • Strong knowledge of chemistry, chemistry control of various systems, drinking water treatment, and wastewater treatment
  • Functional knowledge of plant operations related to plant chemistry, radiological and environmental protection
  • Strong working knowledge of radwaste management, shipping and disposal practices
  • Functional knowledge of INPO support and evaluation processes
  • Functional knowledge of the Federal and State legislative process as it relates to development of environmental and radiological protection laws

Desired skills

Leadership Requirements:

The Chemistry Superintendent develops strategy that conveys a clear vision of the future, makes principle-centered practical decisions with consideration of all factors, develops employees to their full potential, and manages business and financial performance in accordance with the Business Plan to contain costs and grow revenue for the long-term success of the company. The Chemistry Superintendent understands the SNC strategic goals and objectives, the GOSP Model and his or her role as a leader. The Chemistry Superintendent works to ensure departmental goals directly support this. The Chemistry Superintendent must embrace Our Values and live the aspects of Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment every day. The incumbent holds self and others accountable for superior results and for living Our Values to build a strong team that achieves success through leveraging diversity.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Demonstrate Southern Company’s Values – Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment
  • Create and support an effective nuclear safety culture, committed to the Principles of Nuclear Operations and maintains a safety focus and strong personal safety behaviors
  • Behave ethically, be widely trusted, and present facts in an honest and direct manner.
  • Be dedicated to meeting or exceeding expectations and requirements

Rate/Salary

The successful candidate will be offered an attractive salary, excellent benefits, and relocation assistance.

Contact a Consultant
Beth Park Director, Global Executive Search

Beth brings 13 years of experience in Executive Recruiting consulting, partnering with clients to identify and deliver top-tier talent. Prior to that, Beth had sixteen years of corporate experience with Dow Chemical Company and United Technologies Corporation serving in various leadership positions.

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