NA IT NERC Security Lead

Country/Region:  US
City:  Houston, TX
Company:  EDP Renewables North America LLC

EDP Renewables is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and currently operates in more than 25 markets. With eight offices and several sites, at EDP Renewables North America, we are experienced developers and operators of renewable energy. Our portfolio includes wind farms, solar parks, energy storage projects, and green hydrogen solutions throughout the continent. We are ranked among the top 5 in the U.S. in operational renewable energy capacity.

Our company is part of EDP, a global energy group present in around 30 markets with a particular emphasis on renewable energies. With more than 45 years of experience, we have been consolidating a relevant presence on the world energy scene based on the commitment to be all-green by 2030, leading the energy transition. With more than 13,000 employees around the world, we are committed to using our energy and heart to drive a better tomorrow.


What you will do

Role Overview:

The NERC System Lead will be responsible for managing, analyzing, installing, configuring, upgrading, test, documenting, monitoring and maintaining software and hardware in support of NERC technical and business processing requirements. Supported applications and systems may include operating systems, technical applications, server hardware, security tools, monitoring tools, Web servers, Application servers, Integration servers, and other NERC applications or systems. The NERC System Lead must participate in the development and execution of NERC technology strategies to support EDPR’s activities and direction. Provides advanced level support for applications and systems; including troubleshooting, performance, monitoring, cost-benefit, security, and licensing analysis.

Employment type

Employment type: Full-Time 

Main responsibilities:

•    Experience with and understanding NERC Standards including NERC CIP.
•    Evaluate network and systems changes/expansions for NERC security compliance.
•    Participate in security audits and conducts other functions independently or jointly with other departments
•    Prepares and/or assists with the development of company standards such as security procedures and computing equipment specifications
•    Daily reviews security auditing tools and logs for unusual activity and responds appropriately.
•    Manage company NERC server infrastructure (Windows and Linux) ; apply patches and perform upgrades as needed
•    Responsible for the managing, updating and implementation of NERC policies and procedures with a focus on physical and logical security & compliance (CIP)
•    Respond to user issues and requests, record solutions in IT Ticketing system
•    Contribute to internal control actions through risk assessments and lessons learned
•    Evaluate, prepare, and maintain materials for audits, self-certifications, spot-checks, internal compliance assessments, self-reports, mitigation plans, Reliability Standard Audit
     Worksheets (RSAWs), and evidence documentation
•    Identifies process improvement opportunities based on internal compliance assessments, root cause analysis, and industry best practice
•    Collaborate with different business units to perform gap analysis on new Standards and establish processes to ensure NERC compliance and reliability of the grid
•    Evaluate, prepare, and maintain materials for audits, self-certifications, spot-checks, internal compliance assessments, self-reports, mitigation plans,
     Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets (RSAWs), and evidence documentation
•    Identifies process improvement opportunities based on internal compliance assessments, root cause analysis, and industry best practice
•    Complete annual review of processes, procedures and integrate current CIP procedures
•    Perform additional duties as assigned

Direct reports:  None 

Travel:  Less than 25%

Work site

Work site: Hybrid Model 

What are we looking for

Minimum Requirements:

•    Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field;
•    5 or more years of professional System Administrator experience including 3 years of experience in power grid systems;
•    Direct experience or exposure to the following operating systems: Windows, Linux Red Hat;
•    Patching and baselining of systems to meet NERC CIP requirements;
•    Active Directory (AD) maintenance, configuration and support, consist of changing/creating Group Policy, Users, Groups, Service accounts;
•    Direct experience or exposure to Red Hat identity Management, Red Hat Satellite, Splunk, ISE/TACACS, WSUS, VMWare, VEEAM, McAfee, sFTP, MFA solutions;
•    Server HW hardening, Storage management and blades;
•    Experience supporting VMware, creating Templates, Servers, etc.;
•    Understanding of ancillary network services such as RADIUS, TACACS, ISE, NTP, LDAP and DNS;
•    Ability to document complex system design activities and configure systems to be consistent with institutional policies/procedures; communicate technical/complex information both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperation, understanding, trust and credibility; perform multiple tasks concurrently and respond to emergency situations effectively.


Less than 25%

Behavioral Requirements:

  • •    Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
    •    Ability and willingness to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as needed
    •    Ability to bring project to successful completion within appropriate timeline
    •    Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to interact effectively will all levels within the organization
    •    Strong organizational and time management skills and ability to perform work under pressure
    •    High attention to detail

Physical demands & working conditions:

  • Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment 
  • Speech/Reading: Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form 
  • Lifting: Ability to lift items weighing up to 10 pounds 
  • Vision/Hearing: Ability to understand a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form 
  • Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary 

Equal opportunities for all
Our vision is that each person combines their unique characteristics and experiences to fulfill our mission of creating new energy for the planet. We are an inclusive employer, ensuring all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process. We welcome and value all people, and we are committed to fostering a sense of belonging for each person who is part of the EDP group.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. EDP makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time. For further information, please review this notice from the Department of Labor: EEO is the Law poster ( You may have additional rights pursuant to recent amendments to federal labor laws. Please review these protections from the EEO is the Law Supplement (

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As a top employer we:

  • Empower our employees through a positive and innovative work environment that promotes collaboration and agile decision-making;
  • Respect and value each person, providing a flexible, healthy, and inclusive workplace with a range of attractive benefits;
  • Provide a meaningful work experience and prepare our people for future challenges through different opportunities for development and internal mobility;

Our efforts have resulted in several distinctions over time, highlighting the EDP group's strong positioning and its dedication and commitment to attracting and retaining the best talent:

  • Top employer certification by Top Employers Institute
  • Part of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
  • Global certification as a family-responsible company by Fundación Másfamília
  • Top 100 Workplaces by Houston Chronicle

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