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NorthWestern Energy Electric Transmission Specialist (Location Negotiable in South Dakota service territory) in South Dakota

52700-132100 per year | 13-Feb-2024 to Until Filled (MST) | SD, USA | Salary | Transmission | Regular Full Time

Electric Transmission Specialist

Work Location : Location Negotiable within South Dakota Service Territory

Pay range : $52,700 to $132,100 per year

Employment Status: Regular Full-time

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About this position:

The Electric Transmission Specialist represents NorthWestern Energy in all aspects of transmission system planning, scheduling, periodic billing, reporting, settlement, contract administration activities and other transmission activities related to wholesale and retail South Dakota (SD) electric transmission transactions. The Transmission Specialist is the lead contact for interconnection requests in SD and responds to customer questions and inquires while observing all applicable FERC Standards of Conduct requirements. The Specialist will act as the primary transmission contact for NorthWestern Energy's activities related to its membership in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).The Transmission Specialist works with transmission planning to demonstrate and be able to review planning studies to determine the transmission limitations and transfer capabilities of the NorthWestern Energy SD transmission system and apply the known transfer limits and capabilities to day to day activities.

This position will work within a team environment and independently and requires a strong understanding of transmission, energy markets, and regulatory requirements for the company's South Dakota operations.

We offer great benefits:

NorthWestern Energy is a fully regulated electric and natural gas utility serving Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. We employ over 1,500 amazing people and serve 764,200 customers who are our neighbors in our communities. We are a top employer and offer competitive benefits, including:

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

  • Healthcare and wellbeing programs, including dental and vision for you, your spouse and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)

  • Employee Assistance Programs (Offering up to six free counseling sessions, per person, per issue, per year for employees, spouses and dependents to include financial heath)

  • Life Insurance (Company pays basic employee policy; spouse, dependent insurance also available)

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Competitive pay (Scheduled performance-based wage increases and annual incentive opportunities.)

  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities

  • Paid parental leave

  • Paid bereavement leave

  • Paid training opportunities

  • Paid time off starting on your first day, plus 11 paid holidays

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

    About this job:

  • SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff Administration

  • Coordination of transmission scheduling activities with Transmission Operators when needed

  • Support FERC filings of transmission contracts interconnection

  • Coordinate NorthWestern Energy's Transmission activities related to its membership in SPP

  • Develop understanding of SPP markets and identify issues that may affect NorthWestern Energy Transmission

  • Monitor and attend SPP committee activities and news for issues relevant to NorthWestern and coordinate engagement by appropriate NorthWestern personnel

  • Work with members of Marketing Operations, Transmission Planning, Engineering, Supply Planning, Regulatory Affairs, Legal, and Compliance groups to develop protocols to implement strategies for South Dakota

  • Understand and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements

  • Assist in the development and support of regulatory cases in all applicable jurisdictions involving NorthWestern Energy

  • Develop and perform analysis as needed for other aspects of Transmission management

  • Travel to off-site meetings, trainings, etc. including overnight travel up to 50% of the time

  • 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

    Am I right for this job? Here's the success profile:

  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record

  • Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, or comparable field

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

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office products

  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply complex operating agreements, standards, and procedures

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

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

    Requisition #4294

    Posting Dates: February 13, 2024 through Open Until Filled

    Department/Division: Transmission

    Employment Physical: Required

    Drug Test: Required

    Background Check: Required

    Relocation Benefit: Negotiable

    Telecommuting: Part-time Negotiable within NorthWestern Energy Service Territory

    We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and statutes. 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 at 1-800-245-6977 or at .