Program Mgr, Pipeline Integrity

Virginia Beach, VA

Manage and provide technical leadership for Virginia Natural Gas's (VNG’s) Transmission Integrity Management Program (TIMP). Efforts to ensure VNG’s natural gas transmission system is safe, reliable, and in compliance with state and federal operational utility regulations.

Representative Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establishes and optimizes transmission integrity policies and sets program objectives to maintain compliance with state and federal regulatory system integrity requirements for VNG

  • Monitors and anticipates changes in transmission integrity regulatory requirements. Works with key stakeholders to adapt policies and ensures procedures and accountabilities meet regulatory requirements

  • Leads the VNG development and execution of the Transmission Integrity Management Program. This includes directing internal line inspection and complex data correlation processes post inspection

  • Serves as the technical leader for transmission integrity initiatives and demonstrates proficiency with transmission integrity regulations, industry standards, and internal policy. Ensures transmission integrity management plans meet regulatory current requirements

  • Demonstrates a competency with transmission integrity challenges & practices including pipeline risk assessment methodologies, pipeline integrity assessment methods, and pipeline repair criteria

  • Reviews and approves threat assessments, risk rankings, assessment techniques, assessment reports, remediation schedules, required repairs, and required preventative and mitigative actions

  • Coordinates regulatory compliance activities with the Virginia State Corporation Commission, including Transmission Integrity Audits in the office and field, integrity assessments, and integrity direct examinations

  • Oversees the selection of direct examination sites for various Transmission Integrity Management activities, including In-Line Inspection validation

  • Works with Southern Company Gas representatives for technical guidance as needed to implement industry best practices and emerging technologies to optimize safety, reliability and efficient system operations

  • Establish transmission integrity management program budgetary requirements. Execute in alignment with established budgets that delivers impactful programs and services in highly regulated environment.

  • Actively participates in trade association efforts to favorably influence regulatory policy

  • Engages with operations to maintain awareness of pending assessments and system implications

Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s Degree (engineering, project management, or construction management preferred)

  • 5+ years progressive experience in Gas Operations, Engineering, and/or Management

  • General knowledge of pipeline safety policies, procedures, codes and standards (49 CFR 192, Subpart O; ASME B31.8S; NACE SP0502, etc.)

  • Experience in compliance work, corrosion control and pipeline system operations


  • 7+ years progressive experience in Gas Operations, Engineering, and/or Management

  • Advanced knowledge of pipeline safety policies, procedures, codes and standards (49 CFR 192, Subpart O; ASME B31.8S; NACE SP0502, etc.)

  • Demonstrated continuous learning in field(s) related to this job


  • Equivalent academic education and experience



  • MS Office – advanced proficiency

  • GIS – intermediate proficiency

  • Project management and project scheduling concepts – intermediate proficiency

  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload

  • Ability to solve complex problems and arrive at preferred solutions

  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and situations

  • Ability to work independently with little supervision

  • Ability to develop, monitor, and report on budgets

  • Demonstrate the ability to influence and persuade in decision making

  • Ability to read and interpret codes, standards, regulations, and procedures and translate them into an actionable plan.

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills

  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with regulators and other stakeholders

  • Must work well within short deadlines

  • Analytical problem solving and ability to determine root causes



  • Professional engineer license

  • NACE certification (i.e., PCIM)

  • Project Management Certification (i.e., PMP, CAPM)

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements :

  • Keyboarding = Occasional 1--70%

  • Travel = Occasional 1-25%

  • On-call = 24/7/365 as member VNG leadership team

  • Hybrid work environment, 3 days in the office/onsite, remaining days are remote

Disclaimer : 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 of employees in the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities .

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of over four million U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to a supply of clean, safe, reliable and affordable 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 a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit

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 Identification: 4950

Job Category: Legal & Compliance

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Virginia Natural Gas