Westar Energy Originator in United States

Title: Originator

Job Number: GEN001E




Power Marketing


Topeka General Office or remote location

Westar Energy’s Power Marketing group offers a high energy, team-oriented work environment with an attractive base salary and benefits package.

Total compensation includes an incentive opportunity with the potential for significantly increased earnings.

Work Hours:

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Overnight travel as required.

Summary of Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsible for generating structured transactions and Energy Management Agreements (EMA) with wholesale customers and other energy partners in the mid and long-term energy markets. Must be familiar with RTO/ISO developments and how they impact mid and long-term energy products. Helps manage the operation of the bulk power supply system by optimizing unloaded company-owned generation, power supply contracts and economy wholesale sales and purchases. Responsible for responding to request for proposals in the long-term energy markets. Candidate must have significant relationships and contacts across geographies, power markets and customer segments in the US. They will be required to develop, price, and market new energy products aimed at broadening our customer base. Develops and strengthens alliances in energy markets throughout the country. Must develop and maintain strong relationships with customers and suppliers.

Knowledge of how to move physical energy and an understanding of commodity trading is a must.

Must be a self-starter who can work with minimal supervision and must be capable of working in a high energy, high stress, and fast-paced environment. Must be results oriented, be able to maintain a positive attitude and thrive in a team environment. Superior quantitative skills are necessary.

  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with EMA customers, wholesale customers, and counterparts.
  • Generates new EMA business providing predictable and sustainable margins.

  • Focus on thermal and renewable development opportunities
  • Develops and presents effective presentations to existing and new customers
  • Develops and administers contracts for new and existing EMA and wholesale business.
  • Develops and strengthens alliances in energy markets throughout the country.
  • Coordinates with internal groups to ensure operations are in accordance with the EMA and wholesale contracts.
  • Represents Westar by attending industry events and conferences.
  • Coordinates and participates in meetings with EMA customers, wholesale customers, counterparts, and potential key accounts.
  • Structures long-term wholesale contracts for Westar assets, EMA customers, and trading.
  • Identify RFP opportunities and originate bilateral PPA targets outside formal RFP processes

Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires a Bachelors degree with a

preference in Business, Enginering or related field.

The select candidate must have at least five years of wholesale transactional experience in Origination. Must demonstrate an expert level of proficiency in customer relationship marketing.

Must demonstrate the ability to understand and adhere to all risk management policies and procedures.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Required:

  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills required to build and maintain working relationships both internally and externally
  • Self-motivated to achieve success in a rapidly evolving environment
  • Demonstrates knowledge of significant aspects of the wholesale power trading business especially in trading/origination transactions
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Knowledge of North American bulk electric grid infrastructure
  • Demonstrated capabilities in negotiating complex terms of structured wholesale transactions and acquisitions, financial analysis of structured wholesale transactions
  • Challenged within a results-oriented team environment
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite Products

Licenses, Certifications, Bonding and/or Testing Required:

Not applicable.

Working Conditions:

Normal office working conditions with overnight travel required.