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Sr Permit Specialist

Date:  Aug 3, 2022
Job ID:  3128

Seattle, WA, US, 98108

Remote and Hybrid Work Opportunities:  Hybrid (WA Based)

Puget Sound Energy is looking to grow our community with top talented individuals like you!  With our rapidly growing, award winning energy efficiency programs, our pathway to an exciting and innovative future is now.


PSE's Gas Operations team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Sr Permit Specialist position!
Specific details regarding the work arrangements for this position will be discussed in further detail during the interview process.

Job Description

The Senior Permit Specialist is responsible for the timely completion, status tracking, customer billing, invoice processing and payment, restoration tracking, completion and closeout of jurisdiction-specific right of way and street use permits. The Senior Permit Specialist creates and maintains associated tools, builds reports and performs research, and provides recommendations to improve process and procedures.  The Senior Permit Specialist works with PSE’s project management organization, PSE’s service providers and customers to collect necessary information and communicates permitting scheduling and project requirements.


Upholds the safety compliance standards inherent in PSE’s operating and/or field procedures related to work responsibilities. Promotes and supports a culture of total safety.

Demonstrates commitment to conduct business honestly, ethically and consistent with our core values and Code of Conduct.  Ensures duties are performed in accordance with all regulatory compliance obligations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Completes municipal permit requests on projects requiring a higher permitting complexity and provides permit technical expertise to the PMO organization
  • Reviews, validates, maintains and records information into databases, spreadsheets and tools for tracking permit requests, project status and invoicing
  • Creates custom reports on project status, invoicing information, permits, etc.
  • Acts as the municipal jurisdiction point of contact on permitting issues including any conflict resolution
  • Interfaces with the customer to obtain project specific information, and to relay permit approval timelines in order to manage the customer’s expectations.
  • Provides oversight, training and support to Permit Specialists
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school degree or equivalent
  • 5+ years of permitting or related construction experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proven capability in using and maintaining databases, spreadsheets and/or enterprise resource planning software
  • Ability to read and interpret blue prints, maps and one-line diagrams
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including ability to ability to handle complex conflicts in a professional and respectful manner
  • Ability to lead and coordinate departmental process improvement projects and recommend changes to procedures and methods
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise judgment in analyzing and identifying solutions to permitting issues of diverse scope
  • Knowledge of energy distribution systems
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel and Word

Desired Qualifications

  • Associates degree or relevant technical certification
  • Experience with SAP
  • Demonstrated contributions to successful process improvements

Additional Information

Families and businesses depend on PSE to provide the energy they need to pursue their dreams. Our steadfast commitment to serving Washington communities with safe, dependable and efficient energy started in 1873. Today we're building the Northwest's energy future through efforts like our award winning energy efficiency programs and our leadership in renewable energy.


At PSE we value and respect our employees and provide them opportunities to excel. We offer an expansive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive benefits, 401(K), a company paid retirement pension plan, and an employee assistance and wellness program.


Puget Sound Energy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status or presence of a disability that with or without reasonable accommodation does not prevent performance of the essential functions of the job, or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law.


Should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources Staffing department at or 425-462-3017.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle