Assistant General Manager-Power Supply

Company Name: Burbank Water and Power
Phone Number: (818) 238-3556
City: Burbank
State/Provence: California
Zip: 91502-1720
Job Title: Assistant General Manager-Power Supply
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Management
Posting Start Date: January 12, 2017
Salary: Competitive
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40+
Work Time Type: Hours

Burbank Water and Power is seeking applicants for immediate hire for the position of Assistant General Manager-Power Supply (AGM-PS). AGM-PS is the business unit leader for electric generation and transmission. The AGM-PS is responsible for integrated resource planning; developing and administering long-term transmission and generation contracts as well as short term arrangements, and managing the utility-owned on-site and off-site generation. The AGM-PS serves as the Assistant Project Director for a JPA-owned on-site combined cycle unit that serves five other municipally-owned utility partners as well as, a JPA-owned off-site Hydro-Power Project that serves one other municipally-owned utility partner. The AGM-PS oversees the Energy Control Center, which is responsible for maintaining the BWP electrical system reliability and integrity.

The AGM-PS reports to BWP’s General Manager. BWP’s General Manager has seven other direct reports, including Assistant General Managers over customer service/marketing, finance, water, electrical services, operational technology, administrative areas, and an executive assistant.

The Power Supply Business Unit’s activities support approximately $184 million in retail sales and $36 million in wholesale revenues. The Power Supply Business Unit manages approximately $116 million in operational and maintenance expenses, $34 million in wholesale expenses, and $54 million in capital projects.

The AGM-PS has 84 employees under five direct management reports: a Manager of the Energy Control Center responsible for power dispatching, scheduling and system operations; a Power Production Manager responsible for managing on-site and off-site generation as well as being responsible for BWP’s facilities maintenance; a Power Resource Manager responsible for power supply contracts, integrated resource planning, pre-scheduling and wholesale trading activities; a Principal Electrical Engineer responsible for Power Production engineering; and a Senior Secretary for administrative and payroll support.

BWP is challenged with new state mandates for 50% renewable by 2030 and 80% GHG reduction by 2050.  Such targets will bring about a substantial amount of renewable energy which creates challenges in transporting, storing (short and long term) and delivering energy while balancing reliability and affordability.  BWP will also be terminating its coal power purchase effective 2025 which introduces challenges and opportunities to meet the new renewable energy requirements and future GHG reduction targets.

Experience Required:

General Requirements:

  • Make strategic business assessments of existing and emerging technology to help business units to position themselves to meet the strategic challenges identified.
  • Make informative and persuasive presentations to the other City Departments and utilities, regulators, the BWP Board, and City Council.
  • Conduct zero-based budgeting and staffing, and manage the budget in light of performance indicators and benchmarks.
  • Conduct cost/benefit evaluations that take into account lifecycle and opportunity costs.
  • Be comfortable interacting with management peers and the General Manager as part of a team that uses vigorous participatory management.
  • Be committed to a “continuous improvement” outlook in governance, operations, project management, as well as organizational positioning and building.
  • Be committed to employee development and successor planning.
  • Be able to work effectively with employees having diverse views, interests and backgrounds.

Above all, the AGM-PS must be a leader willing to take prudent risks to advance utility goals in a changing business environment.

Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Strategic thinker that can also operationalize utility programs.
  • Strong electrical engineering background and analytical ability.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity for envisioning useful business initiatives from emerging technologies.
  • Familiarity with utility accounting and financing.
  • Familiarity with project management skills.
  • Familiarity with systems associated with power generation, and energy control centers.
  • Politically astute, but apolitical in performance of job duties.
  • Can effectively manage professionals and skilled employees.
  • Can be assertive and decisive within context of City policy, and also willing to identify desirable changes in City policy and lead efforts to implement them.
  • Can communicate engineering and other technical utility issues in a manner that conveys useful information to policymakers and the public.

Ideally, candidates would offer a breadth of experience within the four primary components of the position’s responsibilities: system operations, power production, resource planning, and energy marketing. He or she should at least offer a familiarity with the operation of large combined cycle and/or single-cycle power plants. An executive level business manager is highly desired with experience in budgeting, policy and strategy development, and managing staff within a 24 hour operations.

The AGM-PS will hold primary responsibility to update the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The IRP is an ongoing open-door, public process that will necessitate the AGM-PS to lead community meetings and planning engagements with city leadership. Ideal candidates will offer experience in such a setting as well as providing presentations to community groups and leading strategic planning exercises. Strong communications skills, both written and oral, are essential.

How to Apply:


David Little


Steve Dowdy
Dowdy Recruiting, LLC


Posting End Date: February 11, 2017