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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Power System Analyst, Journey in Sacramento, California


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Power System Analyst, Journey


Commodity & Operations Settlements

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Performs technical and analytical functions in the areas of energy settlements, CAISO settlements, control area functions, contract administration and record management to preserve SMUD’s ability to buy, sell, exchange and transport power within SMUD’s risk parameters.

Nature & Scope:

This classification is comprised of two levels: Level "E" is the entry-level where incumbents are provided formal training and/or certification for progression to the journey-level of the classification. The incumbent is promoted/progressed to the journey level "J" upon successful completion of all training and/or certification requirements for the classification. Incumbents hired at the entry-level are required to successfully progress to the journey-level within 18 to 60 months, depending on the length of the training and/or certification program. If an employee is unsuccessful with progressing to the journey-level they will return to last class held or separate from SMUD.

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Selection Process:

Initial Review, Written Exam, Qualifications Interview, Follow-Up Interview, Reference Check, Background Check

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Minimum Qualifications:

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, economics, accounting, statistics or a related field or equivalent experience. If no degree, seven (7) years of experience is required.

Experience: Three (3+) or more years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in energy settlements, wholesale power markets, and/or contract administration, for a large public utility.

Knowledge Of: Electrical theory and terminology; power generation and transmission theory and principles; inter-utility settlement practices; electrical metering methods, terminology and translation practices; energy settlement principles; energy transaction accounting principles; complex computer software applications; network systems such as an energy management system, meter data acquisition system and local area network; familiarity with ISO tariffs, rules, regulations and protocol; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing; techniques and practices for negotiating; concepts for cost control and project scheduling; principles and practices for contract management; characteristics and operational needs of various organizational units; safety policies, practices and procedures; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.

Skill To: Perform energy settlement activities; negotiate and resolve contractual problems and billing disputes; evaluate energy exchange transactions and negotiate settlements of interchange agreements; interpret SMUD policies, procedures, and/or other special agreements; schedule and prioritize own work assignments to meet expected timeframes; utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally.

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Physical Requirements:

Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

The health and wellbeing of our employees and our community is our top priority. SMUD follows CDC guidance and adheres to all local, county and state orders. To this end, if you are scheduled to come on a SMUD campus, you will need to monitor your health (ensuring your temperature is below 100.4° and you’re free of COVID-19 symptoms), wear a face covering, and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Supports the department’s overall directive by evaluating energy transactions and billing activities; calculates, analyzes and verifies proper compliance of complex contract provisions of power purchase invoices including calculating, verifying and analyzing the transactions for mathematical accuracy and auditing the data for operational compliance with contract provisions, operational malfunctions, theoretical oversights and rules and protocols of WECC, CAISO and NERC.

  • Evaluates power plant generation and station usage, real and reactive power flows, transaction losses, and deviation and power exchange accounts; initiates, develops and processes accurate and timely bills in accordance with contract provisions; conducts after the fact analysis of energy, transmission, capacity and ancillary services; maintains historical records of energy transactions, billings and generations/inter-tie meter data; maintains associated applications.

  • Supports the purchase, sale and exchange of power by performing contract administration; implements new and existing contracts including coordinating with internal and external departments and utilities; verifies contract compliance by calculating and analyzing energy transactions; coordinates and resolves billing and energy transaction discrepancies with other utilities and SMUD departments by negotiating and implementation mutually acceptable resolutions; utilizes energy trading applications; administers contracts including the verification and approval of power bills and revenue; assists SMUD in interpreting and negotiating contract amendments including preparing analyses, proposals and other documents; evaluates the economic and financial impacts of alternative contract proposals, counter-proposals, amendments and dispute resolutions; provides operational guidelines for contract administration; designs, develops and establishes complex computer programs and spreadsheets for contract tracking.

  • Supports the operation of the COTP line by ensuring that all COTP participants are scheduling within contractual limitations; ensures curtailments are handled correctly; performs meter validation, research and correction; reconciles meter data with COTP schedules; performs RMS reporting and sanction allocation.

  • Maximizes SMUD’s financial opportunities by offering system and reporting administration for management, other departments, utilities and government agencies including but not limited to WECC, DOE, CAISO,NERC, FERC, CARB, CFTC and CEC; analyzes history of past power scheduling operations; evaluates trades against established benchmarks; evaluates cost of transactions; designs, develops, implements and maintains procedures, reports and computer programs for obtaining, verifying, analyzing and editing monthly meter data; outlines requirements for new or enhanced energy accounting hardware or software.

  • Ensures the integrity of the revenue meter data and associated production reports by effectively translating, verifying and analyzing the monthly meter data; researches and resolves meter data discrepancies; maintains associated database and spreadsheet applications.

  • Assists in planning, reviewing and conducting work activities and researching required project information associated with department internal/external projects in accordance with established task objectives and schedules as outlined in the project plan/contract.

  • Performs related duties as required.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

California Equal Pay Act

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation, and will be based upon the candidate's qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

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The intent of this job posting is to establish an eligibility list which may be used to fill current and future, permanent and limited-term, vacancies for up to two (2) years. You must clearly demonstrate, on your resume, that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required in the minimum qualifications listed in this posting. The most qualified candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to the computerized examination.

Exam Details:

  • Passing the computerized examination will be required to be considered for this position.

  • Exam is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 18th 2022.

  • Qualified applicants will receive an email invitation with exam location, date and other pertinent details.

  • Exams are strictly PASS/FAIL, results will be sent to each applicant approximately two weeks after completion of exam.

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