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Duke Energy Integrated Planning Coordinator (Lead or Principal Level) in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Note: This position may be filled at the lead or principal level dependent upon a candidate's experience and skills.

Charlotte is the strongly preferred location for this position but the Manager will consider other regional headquarter locations within the Duke Energy territory - Raleigh - NC, St. Petersburg - FL, Cincinnati - OH, Plainfield - IN.


This Lead/Principal Integrated Planning Coordinator position in Integrated Systems & Operations Planning (ISOP) will have a generation and bulk system emphasis and focus on coordination between ISOP, Integrated Resource Planning (IRP), Generation and Transmission Strategy, Regulated Renewables Technology and many other related functions in the Company. The Planning Coordinator within ISOP Integrated Optimization serves as a catalyst to lead the continued evolution of system planning and to develop and lead collaborative processes with the planning disciplines to integrate planning results end to end and to help establish an endorsed ISOP planning framework.

Lead/Principal Integrated Planning Coordinators at this level are planning experts in one (or more) of the Generation, Transmission or Distribution (G/T/D) discipline planning areas who work closely with their respective planning teams, integrated system planning development teams, and stakeholders to solve the most complex problems, manage work and provide oversight with wide latitude for unreviewed work. Incumbents are expected to have advanced skills, work independently and are to be considered industry experts in their discipline or in a particular field. They provide direction to other Planning Coordinators and Analysts as well as the respective G/T/D planning teams on strategic and highly complex planning. Responsibilities include developing and delivering, as appropriate commensurate with experience, direct and rebuttal testimony in regulatory proceedings. The Overall scope of this role will impact integrated utility planning, strategic analytics and financial portfolio optimization.


ISOP Development

  • Develop and lead tabletop demonstration studies to design, test and refine integrated planning methods for ISOP.

  • Develop proof of concept methodology and lead testing and deployment efforts for new planning processes.

  • Establish specifications for new planning tools and act as product owner where appropriate for new tools and processes being developed. Support testing, validation and refinement as development progresses.

  • Provide expert guidance to align development of ISOP processes with challenges faced by the planning teams.

Integrated Planning Collaborative Leadership

  • Coordinate integration and planning objectives with the discipline planners at beginning of each planning cycle.

  • Ensure that ISOP integration proxy values are updated and shared at the beginning of the planning cycle.

  • Review interim planning deliverables, schedule progress reviews and provide appropriate feedback and guidance to the planning teams to help streamline the process and reduce iterations and cycle time.

  • Review refined planning results, lead and support optimization analysis with ISOP and stakeholders.

  • Work with strategic, regulatory, technical and financial stakeholders (at both the regional and enterprise levels) to help synthesize final planning results in support of the optimal portfolio investment and regulatory plans.

  • Lead cross functional and multi-regional planning teams to build teamwork and facilitate knowledge transfer.

  • Develop and lead change management efforts supporting successful transitions to new planning processes.

  • Act as data champion for the discipline planning teams to ensure that data quality and access are meeting their needs and the needs of the broader ISOP community.

SME Engagement

  • Act as an advocate and a planning discipline expert to support planning integration and optimization.

  • Interface with consultants and direct their work with modeling teams in the discipline area.

  • Identify and undertake complex scenario analysis and modeling assignments to support the broader effort.

  • Engage with discipline planners to monitor successes and challenges with new planning tools and processes.

  • Work closely with planning leaders to create training and development opportunities for the planners.

  • Support selected key initiatives (studies, filings, testimony) where unique skills or expertise is needed.

  • Represent the Company with external parties as needs dictate, including with discipline planners and staff at utilities and other energy business organizations and agencies.

This collaborative leadership position will report to the Integrated Optimization Leader. This position will not have any direct reports, but this position will be expected to influence and lead its peers to long term, sustainable planning solutions, resulting in a significant number of indirect reports.

Key skills, abilities and experience

  • Technical and organizational skills and clearly demonstrated work experience commensurate with this level of performance.

  • Very strong inter-personal and communications skills

  • Experience with decision analysis, management and governance processes.

  • Expertise with utility G/T/D modeling/planning and system optimization analysis

  • Strong understanding of utility regulation, finance and economics.

  • Experience creating briefing materials using business tools to make complex information digestible by leaders.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and initiatives.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead collaborative teams and multidisciplinary initiatives

  • Demonstrated ability to present to senior management on complex business issues

  • Strong focus on customer service (internal) from an analytics perspective – self-directed and proactive approach to providing business solutions by anticipating stakeholder needs and seeking feedback.

Basic / Required Qualifications - Lead Level

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, accounting, finance, economics or a related field of study and 7 plus years of work related experience.

Basic / Required Qualifications - Principal Level

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, accounting, finance, economics or a related field of study and 10 plus years of work related experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • MBA or Masters Degree in Engineering, Economics or Finance.

  • Extensive knowledge of regulatory framework in terms of environmental legislation, recovery mechanisms, renewables standards, regulatory accounting, and similar considerations

  • Expertise with utility planning and development of direct and rebuttal testimony and working with expert witnesses.

  • Professional Engineering license, or other certification relevant to field of study.

  • Project Management experience for large asset investment projects.


Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable) No

Represented/Union Position No

Visa Sponsored Position No

Posting Expiration Date

Saturday, October 2, 2021

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

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