The Water Bureau is hiring a Senior Engineer to fill the position of the Water Bureau Asset Manager. The Asset Management group is responsible for identifying, recommending approaches to, and implementing the key business practices of asset management. This position is responsible for ensuring that the Water Bureau continues to advance in its use of asset management in the planning and execution of its operations through the adoption of asset management frameworks across the organization. Under general direction the Asset Manager, plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the Bureau's asset portfolio. Key duties of this position include: development of Asset Management Plans for water system asset groups, and implementation of strategies; creating decision making support for water system asset renewal and maintenance efforts; development and application of analytical tools for asset management, including risk ranking and business case development; continued development and application of system-wide risk evaluation and key service level list; development of processes and procedures to capture information for high level and complex decision-making in optimizing the lifespan of utility assets; collaborating and coordinating with colleagues throughout the city regarding utility asset management decisions and activities; representing the Bureau as Asset Manager for city activities and in outside research efforts; and supervision of the asset management group. The Water Bureau has been recognized as a national leader in the use of asset management in the water utility business, and the individual in this position is expected to help continue with those efforts.
Ability to communicate scientific and technical matters to non-technical individuals, including policy makers and the public.
Ability to interact effectively, engage in problem solving, represent the City and partner with citizens, community groups and contractors.
Ability to plan, assign, supervise and coordinate the work of field, professional and technical subordinates.
Ability to prepare, review, approve and interpret engineering and asset management reports.
Knowledge and experience applying asset management and engineering principles, practices and fundamentals that relate to water system assets.
Knowledge and experience applying the federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to drinking water systems.
Knowledge of budget, personnel, cost control and administrative practices and policies.
Ability to develop, monitor and report on budgets.
Applicants must also possess:
A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record at time of hire.
A certificate to practice as a registered Professional Engineer at time of appointment and obtain an Oregon Professional Engineer Certificate within six months after appointment.
The Water Bureau has delivered drinking water from the forest to customers’ faucets since 1895. The Portland water system serves drinking water to more than 966,600 Oregonians, almost one-quarter of the population of Oregon. Portland’s high quality water comes primarily from the Bull Run Watershed, an unfiltered surface water supply with rainfall that generates a highly reliable source for the re...gion with two reservoirs and a capacity of more than 200 million gallons per day. In addition, the bureau is fortunate to have a robust secondary source with the Columbia South Shore Well Field.
The bureau has over $8 billion in system assets, a proposed annual budget of $212 million and a projected five-year Capital Improvement Program budget of approximately $392 million. The utility is one of only a dozen or so utilities in the United States with a Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Investment Services, which is a reflection of the bureau’s responsible fiscal management that enables the bureau to benefit its ratepayers with low borrowing costs for its capital program.