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Nuc Regulatory Affairs Consultant Sr

Date: Jun 12, 2022

Location: TONOPAH, AZ, US, 85354

Company: APS

Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.


Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country’s fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.


Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.  


The Regulatory Affairs Consultant relies heavily on interpersonal skills, professionalism, knowledge of the nuclear plant design and licensing bases and knowledge of regulatory requirements.  The successful candidate must be able to interact and communicate effectively with site and regional inspectors, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) project managers and reviewers as well as with leadership within the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  The Consultant provides leadership and coordination for NRC site and team inspections from planning stages to inspection closeout.  The Consultant provides regulatory guidance and leadership to the site and the site leadership team in order to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and site-specific design and licensing bases.  Communication skills must be clear and effective.  Daily activities may include regulatory reviews, report reconciliation, managing compliance restoration and ensuring appropriate site response to regulatory inquiries.  Familiarity with Event Reporting 10 CFR 50.72 and 10 CFR 50.73 reporting requirements is helpful.

Preferred special skills, Knowledge or Qualifications:  The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills, excellent attention to detail, strong written and organizational skills, excellent project management skills and the ability to quickly adjust and adapt in a reactive environment.  The applicant must be trustworthy and discreet as the candidate will have access to sensitive and/or confidential information.


Minimum Requirements

Regulatory Affairs Consultant:
A four year Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Business or other job related field from an accredited college or university plus five (5) years power plant experience of which three (3) years shall be nuclear.  In lieu of bachelor's degree, nine (9) years of power plant experience of which five (5) years shall be nuclear and one (1) year shall be in nuclear regulatory affairs.  OR, have held a SRO/RO license/certification or a Palo Verde Management Certification plus five (5) years power plant experience of which three (3) years shall be nuclear.     

Regulatory Affairs Consultant Sr.
A four year Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Business or other job related field from an accredited college or university plus eight (8) years power plant experience of which five (5) years shall be nuclear. In lieu of a bachelor's degree, 12 years of power plant experience of which eight (8) years shall be nuclear and three (3) years shall be in nuclear regulatory affairs. OR, have held a SRO/RO license/certification or a Palo Verde Management Certification plus eight (8) years power plant experience of which five (5) years shall be nuclear.

Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications: Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Nuclear requirement: Any PVGS employee may be called upon to serve as a member of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and will be expected to fulfill their obligation as an ERO member. Any PVGS employee may be called upon to support a refueling or short-notice outage. This includes line roles and responsibilities as necessary to execute outage activities. These are conditions of employment at PVGS.

Major Accountabilities

1) Functions as a leader of a Palo Verde response team for a NRC inspection. Interacts with the NRC inspectors and reviews and approves responses to questions and requests for additional information ensuring completeness and accuracy of information.

2) Prepares regulatory submittals including but not limited to Licensee Event Reports (LERs), License Amendment Requests (LARs), Inservice Inspection Relief Requests, Notice of Enforcement Discretion (NOED) and Special Reports ensuring compliance with regulations and site requirements for external correspondence.

3) Provides input and guidance to site leadership on the strategy for responding to questions and plant operational issues involving regulatory challenges and compliance with Federal Regulations.

4) Reviews and coordinates licensing document changes to the Palo Verde Licensing Bases including the Updated Final Safety Analysis (UFSAR), Technical Specification Bases, and Technical Requirements Manual (TRM).

5) Reviews and approves Palo Verde plant operational data and enters appropriate input into site systems for Nuclear Regulatory Commission Performance Indicators.

6) Identifies regulatory trends in functional areas and leads the effort for the evaluation to provide resolution and corrective actions.

Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Flex Role:
This position is not required to be performed at a specific APS facility as long as adequate technology and a solid ergonomic set up are present. Pending agreement with leadership, employees hired into this role will be able to choose where they prefer to perform their work. Employees will have two options to choose from: 

  • APS office based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from an APS facility.
  • Home based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from his/her home.


*Employees in Flex roles are required to reside in Arizona (or NM for Four Corners-based employees). Role types are subject to change based on business need.

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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