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Southern Company Asset Protection Specialist in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Asset Protection Specialist


Asset Protection Specialist

Job Responsibilities & Accountabilities by Competency

The purpose of this position is to protect company assets from damages, encumbrances and encroachments on all distribution and transmission pipelines, their associated abutments, land right-of-ways and easement rights. Serves as field SME in organizing and structuring the activities of Asset Protection Specialist. This is an operational role that requires ensuring compliance is maintained with state, federal and corporate pipeline safety regulations.

Functional Expertise:

  • Serves as company Asset Protection liaison between excavators, municipalities, builders, developers, land owners, logging operators, VNG Contractors and/or their agents / contractors, etc by responding to any issues or concerns.

  • Oversees, monitors and assists on all Asset Protection responsibilities, to include but not limited to: right-of-way patrols, right-of-way quality audits and locator quality audits, etc. to ensure they are performed with quality, within compliance and that records are accurate. Performs procedural field observations of Asset Protection staff as instructed by Manager.

  • Assist in the development and improvement of MSA’s and SOW’s for contractors working with the Asset Protection department

  • Respond to inquiries from all stakeholders including; state regulators, excavators and/or home owners on damage prevention topics

  • Negotiate and propose alternatives to field conflicts.

  • Conduct quality audits on locate contractors and right-of-way contractors to ensure compliance and quality is maintained while updating the required electronic system.

  • Conducts all 2 nd and 3 rd party damage investigations and provides thorough and accurate damage reports to be submitted to the Virginia State Corporation Committee. Determines root cause of damages and address issues with locate contractor or excavator on site and provides training as necessary.

  • Serve as liaison to the excavating community, internal stakeholders and locators by resolving Difficult to Locate Issues to ensure a proper locate is completed and no down time claim occurs.

Business Acumen:

  • Attend large project pre-con meetings and monitor progress to protect assets.

  • Assist the Manager, Asset Protection in the administration of Asset Protection contracts; including but not limited to: aerial patrol, locating, mowing, side trimming and remediation contracts; ensuring quality and resolution of customer complaints.

  • Performs complex or highly technical field work.

  • Conducts research on easement and encroachment issues.

  • Meet with asset protection supervisors from other jurisdictions regularly to discuss and develop department best practices and make recommendations to managers for implementation.


  • Facilitate meetings related to Asset Protection contracts and projects prior to projects beginning.

  • Ensures that the Compliance Tracking System, SharePoint Site, Patrol Reports and all other required documentation is maintained within compliance and up to date at all times

  • Ensures procedures relating to the team in the Operation Procedure Manual and in step procedures are reviewed and remain up to date

  • Represent company at Local Damage Prevention meetings.

  • Provide oversight of processes, provide coaching, establish goals and objectives, training and support to the Asset Protection department employees.

  • Monitor monthly compliance and statistical reports to ensure adherence to performance measurements (i.e. aerial patrol, on-time performance and damage ratios, etc.)

Driving Results:

  • Drives damage prevention and right-of-way improvements including but not limited to potential damages and erosion issues

  • Conducts meetings and training presentations with excavation contractors, realtors, land owners and company personnel to build awareness concerning pipeline safety rules, regulations and best practices with regards to protecting Company assets

  • Audit and improve damage reporting for accuracy and timeliness of reporting

  • Ensure compliance and requirements are met relating to contracts, patrols, inspections and audits.

  • Assist Management in the administration of Asset Protection contracts.

  • Ensure required Asset Protection documentation through Compliance Tracking Systems and SharePoint Sites or other electronic means remain up-to-date.

  • Assist with compliance training of field employees as field observer and on-the-job trainer – OQ and Company Policy. Monitor OQ and training documentation for contractors and Asset Protection employees

  • Assists Connected Conversations process by providing input to Asset Protection Manager regarding field observations of employees, limited to compliance, OQ, and procedures.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:

Required: High school diploma or GED with a State driver's license

Preferred: Associates or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic education

and field operations experience

Related Work Experience:

Required: Minimum of 3 years experience working outdoors

or related work experience

Preferred: 2 years experience in locating gas, working in the Utility Industry

Specific Skills & Knowledge:

Required: Knowledge of quality assurance concepts, Computer literacy - basic proficiency

Well developed interpersonal skills including influencing and/or negotiation, Operator Qualified in accordance with Company Plan, leadership skills.

Preferred: Knowledge of easement rights, engineering, locating and surveying principles, knowledge and experience with pipeline system, knowledge of real estate terminology; knowledge of terms used by developers.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

• Stooping, kneeling, reaching above and below shoulders; frequent bending

• Climbing in and out of manholes

• Extensive digging

• Carrying equipment up to 30 lbs.

• Walking long distances to inspect facilitates

• Exposure to outdoor elements (rain, sun, heat, cold)

• 95% of time is spent in the field

• Subject to after hours call-outs to respond to damages or high profile emergency situations


This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) 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 . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. 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. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Gas Pipeline Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Virginia-Coastal Virginia-Virginia Beach

Operating Company: Virginia Natural Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

VNG Virginia Beach - 544 S. Independence Blvd (544VirginiaBeachCODE)

544 S. Independence Blvd

Virginia Beach, 23452

Req ID: GAS2002904

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