Section Leader Procedures PV

Date: Sep 14, 2023

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 Procedures Section Leader supervises the Procedure Standards Program for Palo Verde and is responsible for standards governance and oversight to ensure uniformity of standard in station procedures. In addition, oversees the development, maintenance, and cancelation of procedures for Maintenance, Emergency Planning, Radiation Protection, Chemistry, and other site departments. Supervises daily operations of assigned writing staff to provide the site with programs and procedures while ensuring a continuous upgrade of all facets of procedure maintenance and use. Owns and administers the non-accredited training program associated with site procedures. Owns the Procedure Change Request (PCR) module in SWMS and works closely with Palo Verde IT to ensure functionality; approves or declines any changes to the PCR module. Maintains the procedure architecture software and structure used by all Station Procedure Writers.

Minimum Requirements

A four-year bachelors degree in Engineering, Applied Sciences, Business, or other job-related field from an accredited college or university plus four (4) years' experience in technical writing, procedure writing or technical publishing at a commercial nuclear plant. In lieu of bachelor's degree, combination of college coursework and experience in technical writing, procedure writing or technical publishing at a commercial nuclear plant equaling eight (8) years.


Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications: Previously held RO or SRO license. Knowledge and understanding of FrameMaker and structured content.

Knowledge and understanding of maintenance processes and applicable regulatory and administrative requirements (e.g., NATM process, Control of Work process, etc.).

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) Interfaces regularly with procedure owners and content owners across the station by building strong relationships and trust to ensure procedure content meet departmental and station procedural needs, including incorporation of Corrective Action Program, as they pertain to procedures. Implements and maintains effective planning and operating practices to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the department to meet Business Plan objectives.


2) Oversees technical procedure writers responsible for creating, maintaining, and reviewing non-operations nuclear power plant procedures. Ensures procedures meet all requirements, are consistent among the units and industry best practice, avoid adverse impact, and meet necessary commitments and schedule. Ensures procedures are established to maintain implementing and administrative documents current with plant configuration, procedural, and regulatory requirements.


3) Reviews design and license changes for procedures impacting on the performance of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulatory requirements. Gathers documentation to prepare an analysis of recommended design and licensing change.


4) Implements all aspects of training and qualification associated with Procedure Process, Procedure Writing and Station Quality Review program.


5) Manages the tracking and prioritization of procedure change requests and assigns work to the procedure writers commensurate with writer experience. Ensures assigned procedures are modified as necessary to meet commitments and schedule. Monitors and manages procedure change inventory. Obtains supplemental writers as needed to support procedural needs of significant station project implementation.


6) Oversees the staffing, training, coaching, salary administration and performance management of direct reports. Develops an engaged workforce through day-to-day interactions, assignment of challenging work, and providing developmental opportunities.


7) Minimizes O&M costs for department section by implementing effective oversight of activities to ensure maximum efficiency and utilization of resources.


8) Maintains and monitors performance metrics in support of department objectives such as work-load volume, inventory volume, percentage of inventory burndown, writer productivity, and writer work assignments.


9) Implements requirements supporting the Palo Verde Operations Quality Assurance Program Description (QAPD). Maintains the procedure architecture software to ensure it maintains the requirements of the station Software Quality Assurance program. Addresses questions pertaining to utilization of the software as primary point of contact. Works directly with software manufacturer to ensure appropriate upgrades or software coding modifications are completed in a timely manner and in support of the procedure program.

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 Generating Stations (PVGS) 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.

Plant/Field Role:
This position requires work to be performed in the field and/or at the work site, due to the nature of work.

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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