Under general direction, this mid-management classification prepares, schedules and transacts for the purchase, sale and/or transfer of electrical energy, associated fuels, as well as carbon and renewable energy products used in the operation of the City of Glendale's electric utility.
Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
Oversees all aspects of power scheduling, marketing and trading, maintaining relations with wholesale customers, maximizing utilization of City-owned resources and minimizing cost to the City's rate payers.
Forecasts near term energy needs by inputting weather data and other variable energy consumption requirements into a computerized database, retrieving historical statistics, analyzing reports relating to fuel and equipment efficiencies and economy of operation, and mathematically calculating predicted demands.
Arranges for the purchase, sale and/or transfer of blocks of electrical energy and coordinates purchases or sales with the City's power plant, other utilities, and fuel supply/transportation entities, both local and out-of-state, on a daily, monthly or annual basis, and prepares and issues power schedules using a computerized system. Signs contracts on behalf of the City involving the purchase, sale and/or transfer of energy and natural gas.
Trades and hedges energy commodities, options, heat rates, carbon, and renewable energy products in various markets.
Directs real-time scheduling and marketing personnel on matters pertaining to power contracts, power schedules, transmission line curtailments, availability of energy resources and energy pricing both verbally and in writing.
See job bulletin for a complete list of duties.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Basic mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Basic statistics such as averages, percentages and ratios.
Complex financial instruments, including the securities and commodities markets.
Computers used in the rapid buying and selling of power.
Electrical engineering, power plant operations and electrical dispatching.
Federal, State and local laws, regulations, policies, and procedures pertaining to the electrical utility field.
Physical and financial markets, regulatory market design, and competitive marketplace profiles.
Trading and hedging strategies.
Knowledge of and skill in:
Exceptional customer service practices.
Effective verbal and written communication both on a one-on-one and on a group basis.
Making independent judgments and decisions based on standard policy or procedure.
Use of a computer and related software.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Develop and implement trading strategies, and policies and procedures. Develop necessary skills from on the job training and meet standards of performance for the classification by the end of the probationary period.
Effectively interact and negotiate with energy suppliers.
Establish and maintain smooth and effective working relationships and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
Maintain records, including transaction records and reserve compliance records.
Model and practice the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Prepare analytical and financial reports.
Provide clear work instruction. Provide exceptional customer service to those utilizing GWP Department services.
Read, write and comprehend directions in English.
Work under pressure and maintain a non-speculative position in the marketing and trading of energy.
Travel as necessary.
Work the necessary hours and times to accomplish goals, objectives and required tasks.
Assume responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment.
Six years increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering experience or power system operation dispatch experience in the electrical utility field. Experience trading in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) or other Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) markets is highly desirable.
Bachelors' Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Business Administration, Finance, Economics or a related field.
Valid California Class C driver's license.
An equivalent combination of experience, education and/or training may substitute for the listed minimum requirements.
Must be an individual of good moral character and must pass a comprehensive background check prior to appointment.
Please see the job posting for information about the selection process.
Additional Salary Information: The City of Glendale offers a comprehensive benefit package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance.