Want to achieve your goals and continuously improve performance, integrate your processes and make it last? Develop a Management System! 



A Management System is how an organization collectively manages the different parts of its business in order to align, organize and enable the company to meet its objectives and continuously improve. It is the core system which keeps a business' operations organized. 


A Management System is your organization’s specific method for conducting its business, including all the interrelated parts: your requirements to meet, performance expectations, and your processes that deliver both. Writing it down and consistently communicating your system to the organization significantly increases your likelihood for success! With SPAN’s approach, you’ll also have simple Management System processes that ensure it lasts, and that you continuously improve.

Your Management System addresses many complexities of your organization, but together, we can ensure your Management System is not complicated.

At its core, a Management System defines specific requirements that must be followed, with clear responsibilities assigned for each requirement, backed up with improvement in business processes that support ongoing continuous improvement; this combination ultimately achieves performance improvement, regardless of the objectives.  



The size of operations, fluctuating risk levels, changing circumstances , and the ever-increasing complexity from regulators, customers and internal processes is causing a complete rethink on how business affairs are managed. The approach to managing "cause and effect", by identifying one problem and solving it with one solution is not sustainable in modern business.

When designed and implemented correctly, a management system is the modern solution to constructively manage your affairs and achieve your operational goals. A Management System uses a rigorous approach to assess risk and identify all knowns and unknowns in an organization. By identifying and understanding all risks, organizations can:

  • Use resources more efficiently and improve financial performance
  • Address risks proactively and effectively to boost safety performance and fulfill environmental commitments
  • Increase quality, satisfy compliance requirements ands strengthen stakeholder relations

SPAN has empowered organizations successfully design a custom management system to do everything well, all the time.



SPAN Management System Implementation Process

Once the goals for a Management System have been defined, a design and implementation plan is developed. Although the planning process may seem straightforward, there are many complexities in successfully implementing, and sustaining a Management System that must be executed correctly and in the right order, to extract the maximum value.

SPAN has developed a 4-Stage Management System implementation model providing simplicity and predictability throughout implementation. Though Management Systems are difficult to implement, SPAN’s proven approach will significantly increase the likelihood of success. SPAN’s 4-Stage Management System implementation model is tested and proven to:

  • Increase buy-in from Leaders and employees,
  • Reduce implementation timelines and
  • Provide quicker results.

The 4-Stage Implementation Process can be applied at any stage to ensure your Management System is complete and effective. SPAN can assist when: 

  • You're just starting out and conducting a Gap Assessment
  • You want to ensure you've got everything planned for and covered during implementation
  • You've completed implementation and now need to drive continuous improvement

SPAN can help implement custom management systems based on company needs and applicable regulations to be met. Two of the most common management systems include an Operations Management System (OMS) or a Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS), depending on your company and industry needs. 

Click on the relevant button below to learn more about how to implement either of these systems, depending on your organizations needs:  HOW TO IMPLEMENT  AN OPERATIONS  MANAGEMENT SYSTEMHOW TO IMPLEMENT  A PIPELINE SAFETY  MANAGEMENT SYSTEM


Interested in tools to help you easily implement your management system? Check out our Octane Implementation Tools


The value of Management Systems are immeasurable. We are in the business of prevention and we are blind to the next catastrophe. We need Management Systems to guide us through safely.

Alex Eddington, Principal, SPAN Consulting

What our clients say

"Our clients are often shy to speak publicly, but I can say that they commonly rave about our people and how easy we are to work with. As an owner I am proud to claim that we have a 100% client satisfaction rate and I encourage you to ask for references to hear those stories for yourself."


Principal and Owner, SPAN Consulting

"Our member companies were concerned that their information could be unsecure, and we were concerned we couldn't scale up our systems as our programs grow; we are solving both by implementing Octane."


VP Performance, CEPA - Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Case studies and resources

A Business Case for Successful Management System Implementation

To implement a Management System, you need to learn what’s required to be successful, and how to avoid common failures. 

Read the Business Case

Implementing a Pipeline Safety Management System in field operations

In 2015 Plains Midstream Canada implemented their Management System across all field operations. 

Download Case Study

A sample of our specialists

Alex Eddington


Alex Eddington


Alex Eddington - Principal


Alex has spent his career of over twenty years designing, implementing and auditing management systems in pipelines, midstream and upstream oil and gas, along with utilities and municipal operations.


Alex has led the design and implementation of multiple Pipeline Safety Management System and Operations Management System implementations and supporting processes such as risk management, regulatory management, Health & Safety, Asset Integrity, Process Safety and Safety Culture to name a few. Alex is also a certified management system auditor and typically supports most SPAN projects as a technical expert and advisor.  

MacKenzie Meens

Operations Manager | Consultant

MacKenzie Meens

Operations Manager | Consultant

MacKenzie Meens - Consultant

With an infused background which combines business and sustainability, MacKenzie develops strategies to drive success and long-term value for clients.


MacKenzie is a management system specialist with successful program implementation encompassing corporate and field-based stakeholder groups and is an accomplished professional with a track record of delivering results, meeting deadlines and achieving corporate goals in dynamic, competitive, environments through sustained self-motivation and leadership.

James Ullyott

Managing Director | Senior Consultant

James Ullyott

Managing Director | Senior Consultant

James Ullyott - Managing Director, Senior Consultant


Ten years experience in consulting, focused on process development and management system design and implementation for large organizations in the pipeline, midstream and upstream oil and gas industries.


James approaches business problems from a technical perspective, and has a passion for ensuring the solution is practical, fits the business environment, and produces defined business value.


He has worked on large OMS, program and process implementations, including providing technical input to design and managing the needs of multiple stakeholders. In changing business environments, he has adapted to ensure objectives are met.

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