Electric Division Manager (Settlements)

  • City of Santa Clara, CA
  • Santa Clara, California
  • Jun 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Engineering
  • Salary: $186,684.00 - $241,608.00 Annually USD

Job Description


This posting is open until filled. A first review of applicants will be on F riday, May 21, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

To receive consideration for the screening process, candidates must submit a 1) Cover Letter and, 2) Resume. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The City of Santa Clara's Silicon Valley Power is currently recruiting for a Division Manager with a strong background related to California Independent System Operator (ISO) markets, settlements, and resource modeling. The incumbent will work in a team-oriented environment alongside other energy professionals and subject matter experts in the Electric Resources Division.

This position reports to the Senior Electric Utility Division Manager overseeing resources and wholesale transactions. The incumbent will need to be a hands-on professional who is detail oriented and can see the big picture. The incumbent needs to be comfortable working with various software applications and be flexible in daily work tasks as events dictate. Strong analytical skills and excellent communication skills are required.

As a member of the City's Unclassified Service, this is an "at-will" position and the incumbent serves at the discretion of the City Manager. An incumbent in this classification: demonstrates strong ethical, professional, and service-oriented leadership and interpersonal skills; sets a good example; and correctly applies the tenets of the City's Code of Ethics and values.

Typical Duties

Under general direction:
  • Plan, develop, coordinate, perform, and direct the activities of a Settlements Division of the Electric Department
  • Manage assigned personnel, provides technical instructions and assistance as necessary
  • Lead and manage operating staff responsible for settlements and accounting for wholesale power and energy procurement agreements including management of market prices, schedules, CAISO statements and related calculations
  • Review of all CAISO transaction billing and payments
  • Oversee a monthly close process, including any drilldown to underlying transactions
  • Manage utility audits and disputes; be the prime contact to the City's outside auditor
  • Reconciliation of control area charges and shadow settlements, including complex structured trades or options, and variable cost components
  • Manage charge code equations and update ISO Wheeling and GMC rates
  • Translate evolving CAISO charges into settlement formulae
  • Ensure accuracy of financial reporting related to settlement and trades, and power and sale agreements; ensure accurate historical records.
  • Support disputes and litigation as necessary
  • Review contracts and specialized confirms to ensure operational and financial readiness to support contract language.
  • Support software applications related to settlements and trading, and historic data retention.
    1. Manage vendor contracts
    2. Develop processors for data warehouse
    3. Assure data integrity
  • Interact with trade floor and risk control to resolve issues on outstanding positions and reporting
  • Develop and maintain internal control processes and procedures
  • Oversee the dispute/resolution processes with counterparties and CAISO, as needed
  • Assist in report development for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the other agencies
  • Provide recommendations on a broad spectrum of division related issues
  • Develop, performs and manages the implementation of utility plans based upon applicable State and Federal laws
  • May be responsible for directing the activities of consultants and contractors
  • May be required to represent the City to customers, other agencies, other utilities and members of the public
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in engineering, business or closely related field; AND
  • Four (4) years experience at a responsible level in engineering, administration, marketing, rate setting, resource planning, power contracts, power trading, risk management, communications, information technology, power operations, or maintenance in the electric utility industry or related field are required.
Possible Substitutions:
  • Eight (8) years of applicable electric utility experience may be substituted for the education requirement.
  • An advanced engineering or business degree may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the experience requirement.
Possession of an appropriate, valid California driver's license is required.

Other Requirements:
  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment.
  • Employees are required to pass initial and periodic comprehensive background checks, which may include fingerprinting, to meet Federal, State and/or industry security requirements.
Incumbents in this position are required to file a Conflict of Interest statement upon assuming office, annually and upon leaving office, in accordance with City Manager Directive 100.

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance into the examination process. Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited to test.

Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of Santa Clara will not sponsor, represent, or sign documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of electrical utility planning and engineering involved in the development, construction, production, operational methods in interconnected utility area; power trading; risk management; transmission, distribution, utilization, and conservation of electricity; principles of program evaluation, forecasting and planning, probability and energy analysis and formulation; product development and marketing; customer service; telecommunications; information technology
  • Principles of engineering economics; rate making and commodity market settlement concepts; laws applicable to rate setting policy; and the principles of management and personnel administration
Ability to:
  • Analyze complex data; resolve applicable problems; prepare technical reports
  • Effectively negotiate contracts; manage long term supplier and customer business relations
  • Manage contractor activities
  • Manage project development, and operations management
  • Work successfully in a team environment
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally
  • Work effectively and harmoniously with others in a team environment

Job Address

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