Power System Analyst – Entry

Company Name: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Phone Number: (916) 732-7206
City: Sacramento
State/Provence: California
Zip: 95817
Job Title: Power System Analyst – Entry
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Operations
Posting Start Date: August 3, 2018
Salary: $73,107 - $93,959
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time Type: Hours

Purpose :

Participates in the performance of technical and analytical functions in the areas of energy transaction billing, contract administration and record management to preserve SMUD’s ability to buy, sell, exchange and transport power within SMUD’s risk parameters.


This posting is for Entry level Power Systems Analyst.  If you would like to be considered for the Journey level Power Systems Analyst (2699BR), you must apply to both job postings separately.

Please see Additional Posting Info for Candidates below for information on the exam for this process.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Supports the department’s overall directive by participating in 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, NERC, FERC and the CAISO,
  • Assists in evaluating power plant generation and station usage, real and reactive power flows, transaction losses, 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; translates, verifies and analyzes monthly meter data; researches and resolves discrepancies; maintains historical records of energy transactions, billings and generation/inter-tie meter data; maintains associated applications.
  • Supports the purchase, sale and exchange of power by assisting in the performance of 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 implementing 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.
  • 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, FERC, NERC, DOE, CAISO, CFTC, CEC, and CARB; 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.
  • 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:A computer based performance examination will be required for qualification. The exam is tentatively scheduled for August 25, 2018.  Exams will be scheduled in the order qualified candidates are received, so we encourage you to apply early.

Experience Required:

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.

One or more years of increasingly responsible relevant work experience relating to energy settlements, wholesale power markets, contract administration, for a large public utility.  If you of not have a degree, five years of experience is required.

Knowledge of:
Basic electrical theory and terminology; principles, terminology and transaction practices for Data Acquisition Systems; electrical metering methods; generally accepted accounting principals; complex computer systems and resources, electronic records, database administration; 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 accounting activities; negotiate and resolve contractual problems and billing disputes; evaluate energy exchange transactions and negotiate settlements of interchange agreements; learn and apply energy transaction accounting principals; learn to 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.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:A computer based performance examination will be required for qualification. The exam is tentatively scheduled for August 25, 2018. Exams will be scheduled in the order qualified candidates are received, so we encourage you to apply early.

Posting End Date: August 15, 2018