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Little Rock, Arkansas
United States
NERC/CIP Compliance
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
5+ years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Lead CIP Technical Specialist


The Lead CIP Technical Specialist leads with the implementation and ongoing management of processes necessary for oversight of SPP’s corporate-wide programs to ensure adherence to national and regional reliability and commercial business practice standards relevant, primarily, to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP). The Lead CIP Technical Specialist also plays an important role in ongoing corporate effort to support NERC Standards development, and should have technical knowledge and experstise to support the application of the CIP Standards to SPP.

This position requires contact with SPP members, external audit teams and other industry representatives. Excellent working relationships with all parties must be maintained to ensure the accomplishment of meeting compliance requirements. The Lead CIP Technical Specialist provides both internal and external outreach to gather and validate processes and associated evidence to demonstrate ongoing corporate compliance.  In addition, this position requires strong writing skills.

Serve  as a compliance subject-matter expert (SME) for all relevant CIP compliance needs, with particular focus on IT Architectures, Virtualization, Storage and/or Network Technologies.

Job Desription

  • Working knowledge and understanding of various IT architecture and technologies, particularly server, network and storage.

  • Provide direction and leadership to Compliance department staff, especially in areas that involve CIP-related responsibilities

  • Provide guidance and mentor lower-level Compliance department staff on regulatory responsibilities and compliance-related processes and procedures

  • Assist the Manager and Director of the Compliance Department with the development and ongoing practice of relevant Internal Compliance Program initiatives

  • Act as a Compliance Department Liaison with the SPP departments responsible for CIP compliance, establishing a positive rapport with key staff.

  • Participate in the NERC Standards Development Process to provide influence and obtain knowledge of revisions  to NERC Standards.  This may be in the form of participation as an observer or member of NERC Standard Drafting Teams.

  • Provide consultation for the development and delivery of CIP compliance-related training for SPP Staff.

  • Participate in RCWG and SWG meetings and interact with other Staff Secretaries for other SPP Working Groups (MOPC, CIPWG, RCWG, ORWG, etc.) related to corporate CIP compliance.

  • Participate, in a consultative role, in the development and delivery of CIP compliance-related training for SPP Staff.

  • Lead internal compliance risk assessments and provide scheduled, ongoing review of internal CIP compliance readiness.

  • Conduct investigations of potential compliance risks/possible violations. 

  • Develop self-reports, mitigation plans, evidence citations, and responses to requests for information.

  • Represent compliance interests involving the NERC CIP Standards during regional conferences, regulatory meetings, compliance forums, and the like, including meetings such as the Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC), the North American Transmission Forum, and NAESB.

  • Work closely with Legal and Regulatory Departments by reviewing possible compliance related filings, and changes involving corporate compliance.

  • Gather, review and prepare audit-related materials in advance of formal external audits, focusing on CIP audits and miscellaneous visits.

  • Help to coordinate audits, to include scheduling, logistical support and ongoing facilitation

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of NERC CIP Standards and other reliability requirements

Job Requirements:

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university

    Experience Requirements:

  • Ten (10) years of relevant IT, industry, or Compliance related experience


  • Fluency in English and ability to communicate effectively with a variety of technical staff and management

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Flexibility and the ability to function with constantly changing and multiple priorities

  • General proficiency with computers, to include the Microsoft Office Suite

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • General understanding of industry compliance requirements

  • Understanding of and compliance with SPP Policies and Procedures


  • Advanced Degree

  • Industry Experience

  • Experience with network infrastructure, infrastructure support, IT architecture, or virtualization and storage infrastructures

  • Experience with Juniper Firewalls, VMWare VSphere, and/or Red Hat Linuix.

  • Technical and/or Security Certifications such as VMWare Ceritications, Juniper Certifications (JNCIE, JNCIP, JNCIS or JNCIA), Security +, CISSP, CISA.

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time, talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop. The employee may be required to lift and move up to 10 pounds.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of workweek are Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Working extended hours may be required.

Travel Requirement:

  • This position requires minimal travel (approximately 10%).

Should you elect to apply for this position SPP will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days, but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.

Southwest Power Pool is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “reasonable accommodation” as a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows a qualified individual with a disability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of a particular job, and does not cause an undue hardship for the employer.  SPP adheres to the ADA and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions.



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