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Supervisor - Regional Planning


Farmington Hls, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  5329

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve.  We have businesses in 26 different states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for consecutive years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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Job Summary

Responsible for the front-line leadership of a diverse range of employees in multiple classifications. Responsibilities encompass marketing the DTE Energy brand through the delivery of cost effective designs for both internal and external customers in a timely fashion. Educating customers about business related policies, procedures, rule and regulations. Creating awareness of the rules and laws of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). Executing sound strategies to ensure performance management, quality, costs and material controls. Driving customer satisfaction, serving as an organizational change agent and implementation of process and continuous improvement initiatives. Incumbent works in accordance with detailed policies and procedures or specific instructions and ensures that subordinates (if applicable) comply with same. Span of control: 8 jobs; 15 - 20 FTEs

Key Accountabilities

• Provides work instruction and assists employees with difficult and/or unusual assignments. Monitor resources and assigns work on hand workload and design efficiencies to ensure quality standards.
• Educates DTE customers and electricians on metering guidelines as well as on policies, procedures and MPSE tariff rates.
• Enforces and monitors customers for electrical code compliance.
• Resolves customer disputes.
• Interprets and implements as a core SME for business process, technical overhead and underground and design policy and standards.
• Oversees and drives compliance with various laws and legislation in which include: Sarbanes-Oxley Act standards, Property and Real Estate laws. Application of National Electrical Codes, National Safety Codes, Right-of-Way Easement, MPSC and Rate Book
• Researches and monitors laws, codes, ordinances, and policies; reviews land use application to determine departmental impact.
• Executes legal contracts and agreements (e.g., line extension contracts, account receivable agreements, relocation agreements and interpretation of legal descriptions/easement encroachments). May be called upon to serve as a SME for court cases and rate cases or to handle disputes with customers and laws suits.
• Serves as Department representative on local/ regional committees and teams for planning related activities and projects; prepares and presents oral and written planning reports, actions and recommendations to the public, staff, Director, and applicable organizations.
• Interprets and makes design recommendations of the Service Installation Manual to the internal and external customers, engineers, architects and city inspectors.
• Reviews/analyzes blue prints for construction drawing and site plans
• Responsible for calculating and approving customer transformer sizing.
• Performs or ensures the accomplishment of the following core supervisory/management functions for a given group(s) within a business unit: planning, organizing, directing the performance of on-going activities and/or special / ad hoc assignments, staffing (employee selection, training/coaching and performance management, time entry), coordinating, reporting and budgeting.
• Leads the continuous improvement commitment and efforts for team, including designing processes, establishing quality and quantity standards and metrics, collecting, refining, adapting, and communicating best practices, sharing knowledge, and developing staff in a systematic fashion; uses process design outcomes to solve problems

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

This is a multi-track base requirement job; education and experience requirements can be satisfied through one of the following options:

  • High School or GED, and 10 years of design experience; or
  • Associate’s degree in business or a related discipline and 7 years of design experience; or
  • Bachelor's degree in business or a related discipline and 5 years of  design experience
Other Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree
Other Requirements
• Must travel to different regions and may be asked to serve on after hour business functions and community involvement.
• Proficient verbal, written and presentation skills; communicates clearly, with credibility and confidence.
• Communicates effectively (verbally and in writing) with individuals at all levels, inside and outside the Corporation.
• Consulting and influencing skills consistent with the ability to build relationships and influence parties; may include getting parties to embrace changing expectations and initiatives.
• Written and verbal communication and advocacy skills consistent with the ability to present results of projects and research and engage in persuasive written and verbal interaction with all levels of the business unit.
• Business and management acumen extending beyond the incumbent's specific job, enabling him to proffer valuable insights, recommendations or challenges to policies, procedures and practices extending beyond the immediate scope of his job Thorough knowledge of regulatory commission orders, authority/responsibility and practices
• Competent in multitasking (i.e the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, issues or projects that may include high visibility initiatives and require innovation, teamwork and planning)
• Proficiency in the following software applications sufficient to apply/support them with minimal instruction or guidance; this level of proficiency is typically attainable through 5+ year(s) of substantive experience with the applications: Maximo, Field View,  CRM, SAP, EBS platform.
• Provides leadership through example in a unionized environment, consistent with prevailing collective bargaining agreements (typically based on experience in a unionized environment).
• Motivates through 'leading by example,' coaching/mentoring and providing ongoing constructive feedback to subordinate staff; competent in systematically eliciting the best efforts and results from subordinate staff.
• Deals effectively with resistance; takes positive steps to avoid the recurrence of errors through constructive critique.
• Ability to work in a 'team' and/or 'matrixed' structure, supporting multiple clients.
• Ability to conduct effective/efficient meetings and manage the meeting process with optimal results.
• Flexibility and the ability to work with shifting priorities; embrace new/evolving responsibilities.
• Balances multiple demands from superiors, and/or subordinates and peers in a positive and even-handed fashion; displays a calm demeanor under pressure.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit