Title:  Senior Resource Planning Analyst

Department:  Revenue Strategy

Sacramento, CA, US, 95817-1899

Category:  Miscellaneous

Minimum Pay Rate: $116,148.00 

Maximum Pay Rate: $153,816.00 

Apply by Date: 10/04/2023 

Posting Type: Open 


We are posting this opportunity for a Senior Resource Planning Analyst. This position is critical within our department to help SMUD reach it's 2030 Zero Carbon Plan goal. Resource Planning is a fast paced team with great many opportunities for collaboration and diverse learning opportunities. This team works closely with a number of business units across SMUD on regular basis including Customer Programs, Research and Development on new technologies, Power Generation, Grid Operations and Planning, Risk Management, Treasurey, etc. NOTE: This position belongs to our Resource Planning department within our Resource Strategy division.


To plan and perform technical, integrated studies that address operational, risk, financial and rate considerations of SMUD resource options and decisions to support development of optimum long-range generation expansion plans and identify specific projects satisfying future generation requirements to ensure SMUD an adequate, reliable and cost effective electric system.

Nature and Scope

This is the senior/subject matter expert level within the series. Incumbents work independently on projects of moderate complexity; exercise independent judgment and discretion; may serve in a Lead role and assist in planning, coordinating, prioritizing, monitoring and evaluating the work results in assigned area and in selecting, training, motivating, evaluating and developing lower-level personnel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads the support or operates production cost models for SMUD and the WECC region.
  • Develops and maintains electricity demand and supply databases for SMUD's system model and neighboring market hubs.
  • Optimizes the long-term energy resources to meet expected electric system load.
  • Supports development of long-term wholesale power, ancillary services, transmission service prices and availability forecasts.
  • Directs technical support in electric utility energy, financial forecasting and analysis to other departments for their use in operations planning and power scheduling, contract negotiations, supply- and demand-side resource assessment, rate design, and financial planning.
  • Performs economic and financial feasibility analysis to determine benefit/cost of resource alternatives including generation projects, wholesale electric market purchases/sales, or demand side programs; provides recommendations based on analysis.
  • Guides in development of SMUD marginal energy, transmission, distribution and customer costs.
  • Oversees the preparation of SMUD's strategic integrated resource planning report as well as other regulatory related reports and filings.
  • Reviews and oversees contract work performed by consultants on certain special projects.
  • Prepares and delivers technical and verbal reports to staff, peers, management, and the general public.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Required Education

BS/BA degree from an accredited college or university majoring in engineering, economics or related field or equivalent experience.  If no related degree, nine (9+) or more years of experience are required.

Required Experience Qualifications

Five (5+) or more years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in electricity related fields such as production costs modeling, market price forecasting, and utility related financial and economic analysis.

Knowledge Of

SMUD business strategies, planning and decision making processes; SMUD organization, accounting and finance practices; SMUD generation, power contracts, transmission, and distribution resources; current utility structure including lSO/PX procedures and applicable federal, state and local regulation; electricity power production, transmission and distribution operations; physical and contractual characteristics of WSCC regional transmission and generating systems; WSCC supply, operating and transmission planning criteria; economic, financial and business analytical techniques; SEC, CEC, WSCC and FERC reporting for purposes of acquiring utility financial and operating data for competitive analysis purposes; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.

Skills To

Conceptualize and develop an organized analytic approach to provide the information necessary to support corporate policy and business strategies; estimate marginal costs for SMUD's power, transmission, distribution and customer service components; perform production cost and financial forecasts with the aid of sophisticated computer programs; perform resource and financial evaluations; organize, write, edit and present analyses and information in both written and oral form; effectively manage complex projects and contracted consultant and assigned task force personnel; 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.

Desirable Qualifications

MA/MS Degree desired

Physical Requirements

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

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 celebrates diversity, and inspires an inclusive culture based on trust and respect to create belonging and connection among our employees, customers, and communities. By working together, we are powering positive, equitable opportunities for all. We aspire to be a workplace where you can be yourself, achieve your best, and thrive together. 

An example of our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging is when SMUD signed the California Equal Pay Pledge in 2020. This requires equal pay for employees who perform “substantially similar work,” when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility at the time those employees started within that classification.  As such, initial hiring salary range is not subject to negotiation and salaries will vary over time based on performance.

SMUD is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, veteran status, or any other applicable legally protected characteristic. All employment decisions are made on the basis of individual qualifications, merit, and business needs and interests.


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.


Hybrid Work

This position may be eligible for SMUD's hybrid (office/home) 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 hybrid 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:  756