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NorthWestern Energy Markets & Optimization Analyst in MT, United States

Markets & Optimization Analyst

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  • 23-Nov-2021 to 25-Jan-2022 (MST)

  • Energy Supply

  • MT, USA

  • Regular Full Time

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POSTING DATES: January 11, 2022 through January 25, 2022


Markets & Optimization Analyst


Energy Supply

Work Location

Butte, Montana preferred (Other major office locations in MT may be considered)


5-8 ($49,000 - $92,300)

Employment Status

Regular Full-time

Employment Physical

Not Required

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Part-time within NorthWestern Energy service territory negotiable


The Market Analyst is responsible for creating value for ratepayers and shareholders through analysis and evaluation of NorthWestern Energy's participation in organized electricity markets and other regional initiatives. The successful candidate will also represent NorthWestern on various working groups, committees, and regional organizations.

This position will work within a team environment and require a strong understanding of energy markets, regulatory requirements, and supply asset operations for the company's Montana and South Dakota operations.


  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics

  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives

  • Develop understanding of NorthWestern Energy's interests in the Western Resource Adequacy Program ("WRAP"), Western Energy Imbalance Market ("EIM"), Extended Day-ahead Market ("EDAM"), and other market initiatives

  • Represent NorthWestern on working groups and committees related to markets and regional initiatives

  • Develop expertise on design issues related to markets and other regional initiatives

  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis related to regional market initiatives

  • Develop and maintain working relationships with staff at peer organizations, markets, and regional programs

  • Develop and maintain internal reporting related to NorthWestern Energy's market activity as needed

  • Develop analysis as needed for other aspects of Energy Supply activity

  • Understand and support compliance with regulatory requirements related to regional markets and initiatives

  • Assist in the development of asset optimization strategies for Montana and South Dakota resources to efficiently meet customer needs

  • Travel up to 10% as required


  • Must be able to demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

  • Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Bachelor's degree in business, engineering, or comparable field preferred or equivalent years of related experience

  • Minimum of two years' experience in electricity markets, utility operations, or related field; experience in, EIM, CAISO, or SPP a plus

  • Ability to show initiative and work independently without close supervision

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office products

  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply complex market tariffs, standards, and procedures

  • Ability to work effectively with groups and teams to accomplish organizational goals

  • Demonstrated ability to represent NorthWestern Energy appropriately in public meetings and processes


  • 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%

  • Heath Care and Wellbeing programs

  • including dental and vision for you and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Life insurance

  • Company paid basic life

  • Additional employee, spouse and child coverage available

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Competitive pay with a dependable company

  • Scheduled performance based wage increases

  • Annual incentive opportunities

  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities

  • Paid training

  • Paid time off starting day one

  • Paid holidays

*Benefits may vary by position or as negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.


When considering applicants for this position, the selection process will take into consideration the needs of NorthWestern, including such factors as reorganization requirements, diversity opportunities, relocation requirements, employee development and job succession. If any of the preceding language conflicts with the applicable bargaining unit agreements, the bargaining unit agreement will prevail.


External applicants should apply online at Internal applicants should apply online at iConnect. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department via phone at 1-800-245-6977, or via email at

NorthWestern Energy

Human Resources Department Job #3490

3010 West 69th Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.