Title:  Power System Analyst, Entry (Open until filled)

Department:  Commodity & Operations Settlements 

Sacramento, CA, US, 95817-1899

Category:  Miscellaneous

Open until filled - This posting may close at any time without notice after October 27, 2023 so you are encouraged to apply early.


Minimum Pay Rate: $80,274.00 

Maximum Pay Rate: $106,267.00 

Posting Type: Open 


​The intent of this job posting is to establish an eligibility list which may be used to fill current and future, permanent and limited-term, vacancies for up to two (2) years.  You must clearly demonstrate, on your resume, that you possess the knowledge, skills and experience required in the minimum qualifications listed in this posting.  The most qualified candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to the computerized examination.  
Written Exam Details: 

  • Passing the computerized examination will be required to be considered for this position.
  • Exam will be scheduled once enough qualified applicants have been identified, tentative exam dates are scheduled for end of October.
  • Qualified applicants will receive an email invitation with exam location, date and other pertinent details.
  • Exams are strictly PASS/FAIL, results will be sent to each applicant approximately two weeks after completion of exam. 


Please Note: All communications regarding this hiring process will be via email. SMUD is not responsible for mail that is directed to your junk mail inbox so please be sure to add SMUD to your safe senders list.  


SMUD offers testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). An individual with a disability under applicable laws is defined as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that limits a major life activity, such as working, or who suffers from certain medical illnesses. To substantiate eligibility, a candidate may be required to provide medical certification of having a disability. If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation that will allow you to complete the examination and/or interview process, please reach out directly to SMUDrecruiter@smud.org at your earliest convenience. All requests must be received at least three (3) business days prior to the examination date. 


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.

Nature and Scope

This classification is comprised of two levels: Level "E" is the entry-level where incumbents are provided formal training and/or certification for progression to the journey-level of the classification. The incumbent is promoted/progressed to the journey level "J" upon successful completion of all training and/or certification requirements for the classification. Incumbents hired at the entry-level are required to successfully progress to the journey-level within 18 to 60 months, depending on the length of the training and/or certification program.  If an employee is unsuccessful with progressing to the journey-level they will return to last class held or separate from SMUD.

Duties and 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 generations/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.

Required 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. If no degree, five (5) years of experience is required.

Required Experience Qualifications

  • One (1+) or more year of progressively responsible relevant work experience in energy settlements, wholesale power markets, and/or contract administration, for a large public utility.

Knowledge Of

Basic electrical theory and terminology; principles, terminology and transaction practices for Data Acquisition Systems; electrical metering methods; generally accepted accounting principles; 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.

Skills 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.

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.


California Equal Pay Act

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a 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 or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation, and will be based upon the candidate's qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.   


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.


Remote Work

This position may be eligible for SMUD's remote work employee benefit, the schedule of which will be determined by the successful candidate and the Hiring Manager. SMUD takes pride in powering the Sacramento region community where we live and work. We value the strong working relationships we develop with our colleagues. Our approach to remote work will continue to evolve. Please be aware that should SMUD’s business needs change, emergencies occur, or various other reasons arise, you may be required to report onsite on a part-time or full-time basis 

SMUD provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. SMUD complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

SMUD expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of SMUD employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Req ID:  763