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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Senior Market Analyst in Sacramento, California


Posting/Working Title:

Senior Market Analyst


Resource Strategy & Research

No. of Openings:



Provide analysis and technical support for producing the customer, load and demand forecasts, load research and related analysis, and program evaluations.

Nature and Scope

This classification is comprised of four levels: Level "E" is the entry level where incumbents acquire knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the tasks associated within the series. The incumbent is promoted/progressed to level "J" upon demonstrating the required skills and knowledge to independently perform the full scope of the job. The Senior "Sr" level is comprised of the advanced journey level resource who is responsible for the advanced assignments. The Principal level is comprised of the subject matter expert/lead level and is responsible for the leading of the most advance work. Promotion to the Senior or Principal level is not through a progression and will happen through SMUD's standard civil service hiring process.

Senior and Principal level staff may lead and oversee the work of lower level staff.

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Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience developing models for long-term load forecasting.

  • MS/MA degree from accredited college or university majoring in Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, or related field.

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Selection Process:

Initial Review, Qualifications Interview, Follow-Up Interview, Reference Check, Background Check

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Minimum Qualifications:

Education: BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university majoring in Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, or related field or equivalent experience. If no degree then nine (9) years of experience is required.

Experience: Five (5+) or more years of progressively responsible relevant work experience conducting load research, load modeling, forecasting and/or economic analysis for a major utility.

Knowledge Of: SMUD policies, procedures, applicable MOUs and other special agreements; methods and techniques for planning, organizing, directing and controlling work activities; methods and techniques for training staff; policies and procedures for evaluating and recording performance results; policies and procedures for recruiting, screening and hiring; policies and procedures related to practices and employee rights; policies and standards for interacting with local, state and national authorities and agencies; principles and practices for budget administration; principles and practices for business strategic planning and development; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing; techniques and strategies for public speaking; concepts for cost control and project scheduling; performance management techniques related to Project Management; procedures and practices for project budget management; principles and practices of economic analyses of projects and programs; principles and practices of various analytical approaches; techniques and practices for cost benefit analyses; principles of complex mathematics, algebra, and geometry; principles of statistics; principles of trigonometry and calculus; federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations the power markets; SMUD operations related to generating, transmission and distribution resources; principles and practices of finance and accounting; concepts of utility financial planning and forecasting; techniques for developing forecasting models.

Skill To: Direct on-the-job training activities; establish, manage, monitor and update budget; interpret and apply SMUD policies procedures, applicable MOU and/or other special agreements; participate with upper management to establish corporate strategic plans and objectives; plan, organize, direct, control, and review the work of others; compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical reports and presentations; develop and conduct oral presentations to internal/external audiences; explain complex and/or controversial policies, regulations, procedures and/or activities internally/externally; express ideas/facts clearly and concisely to individual or groups, taking into account the audience and nature of information; monitor and manage projects; plan, organize, prioritize and schedule projects; analyze complex issues and develop/implement resolution alternatives; determine the potential long-term outcomes of a change in operations; develop an estimation of how a system should work under ideal conditions; gather data from appropriate sources and identify relevant factors; generate a number of viable alternatives to problems; interpret, analyze and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations and requirements; interpret, clarify, understand and analyze verbal/written information and ideas; organize highly complex and conflicting data in a readily understandable manner for various audiences; prepare a business case to weigh the relative costs and benefits of a potential action.

For a full list of the minimum qualification please refer to the complete job description HERE .



Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Physical Requirements:

Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

The health and wellbeing of our employees and our community is our top priority. SMUD follows CDC guidance and adheres to all local, county and state orders. To this end, if you are scheduled to come on a SMUD campus, you will need to monitor your health (ensuring your temperature is below 100.4° and you’re free of COVID-19 symptoms), wear a face covering, and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Leads and develops long-term customer, load and demand forecasts, program evaluations, and load analysis.

  • Oversees design and development of databases to support load research and analysis.

  • Evaluates, procures and coordinates various analytical modeling tools to facilitate modeling and evaluation activities.

  • Provides direction and training to subordinates for completion of assigned tasks by administering SMUD policies; planning, coordinating, prioritizing, evaluating and adjusting work functions, practices, and schedules; monitoring daily operations to ensure overall work quality, quantity and efficiency following established procedures and standards; ensuring staff safety and implementation of safety policies and practices in the work unit and environment; assisting subordinates as required; coaching, giving performance feedback, and identifying and resolving staff deficiencies; providing recommendations to management on staffing, discipline and termination actions, and staff training and development; and performing ongoing, assigned operational tasks.

  • Assists in the developing and administering the unit budget by monitoring budget expenditures in area of responsibility against plan; participating in identifying and reconciling budget anomalies; monitoring and revising schedules, expenditures and assignments as warranted; reviewing end-of-year budget results; developing area-of-responsibility budget recommendations for the next fiscal year; and participating in the review of preliminary unit budget recommendations.

  • Guides the administration of internal/external projects by assisting in identifying project objectives; identifying internal/external project team within area of responsibility; assisting in the development of Request for Proposals where applicable; participating in developing project plans including schedule, cost, key work products, and milestones; monitoring project progress and completion in area of responsibility against plan/contract; monitoring and revising schedules, scope, expenditures and assignments as warranted; reviewing work products; assisting in resolving conflicts and discrepancies; maintaining project records and files; and participating in the overall review of the completed project results and making recommendations for next steps.

  • Leads technical analysis for other departments for their use in operations planning and power scheduling, contract negotiations, supply- and demand-side resource assessment, rate design, and financial planning.

  • Oversees the analysis in the financial and market assessment of new products and services.

  • Independently analyzes and provide recommendations on projects requiring significant capital commitments.

  • Reviews and oversees contract work performed by consultants on certain special projects.

  • Develops and delivers technical and verbal reports to staff, peers, management, and the general public.

  • Performs related duties as required.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

SMUD is committed to ensuring we're a workplace where diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), are part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.