Colorado Springs Utilities Lead Analyst in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Lead Analyst

Job Type: Business Operations

Pay Range $76,024 to $95,035

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 12/17/18

Lead Analyst

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking a Lead Analyst that will have responsibility for a multitude of detailed big data analysis projects. This position works directly for our Fuels and Purchase Power team. The Lead Analyst will be responsible for completing financial analysis for teams within the Energy Supply Department and will help manage the annual budget, conduct cash flow meetings with power plant personnel, and ensure prompt response to all data requests made to the Energy Supply Department.

In this role, you will be able to use your big data analytical skills to assist in production modeling, energy market, and financial analysis. Ultimately, the data analysis performed will lead to project or program results, continuation, funding, and strategic direction. Project management knowledge will be used to define objectives, develop plans, and measure the results of each of the implemented tasks. In addition, you will lead a team of analysts in providing excellent customer service and analytical support for the team.

Your job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Complete Financial Reports for Department including budget to actuals, Electric Cost Adjustment (ECA)/Gas Cost Adjustment (GCA) variance reports, economic indicators for power plants

  • Conducting project cash flow meetings with power plant personnel

  • Coordinating with Fixed Asset accounting group during decommissioning of power plant assets

  • Leading annual budget planning coordination with other Energy financial teams

  • Performing unit outage cost reporting using Production Modeling Tools

  • Leading team with receipt of internal and external data requests (Media, Customer requests, CSU, etc.) and ensure delegation and prompt response.

  • Calculating, maintaining and categorizing traders margin for accuracy after the fact using Production Model and trader notes (i.e. curtailments/performance issues/unit trips)

  • Contract monitoring of long term Electric contracts

  • Ad-hoc analysis needed from traders around strategies

  • Conducting complex cost-benefit, labor, economic, financial and systems analyses, identifies trends, evaluates data, formulates innovative plans, prepares and delivers reports and expertly presents information to key stakeholders internal and external of the organization.

  • Managing and leading multiple projects as assigned

  • Design and track performance tools

Why should you apply? If you thoroughly enjoy exploring and researching the latest data, industry trends and linking these with organizational objectives and strategies, then this is the opportunity for you! In this role, you will help drive significant organizational decisions and become a valued resource for our organization. Your analysis will drive decisions from infrastructure replacement initiatives to labor optimization models. Additionally, your contributions will drive budget decisions and future capital programs and projects.

What will it take to be successful? Future Fuels and Purchase Power strategies and measurements of success will be dependent on the results produced by the analysis this person performs. For this reason and due to the heavy emphasis on energy research and analysis, a bachelor’s degree with a focus in business, technology, engineering or related discipline is desired (a Master’s degree or higher is preferred). Additionally, experience performing research using data mining techniques is very helpful as you will be expected to query Colorado Springs Utilities’ systems and databases and pull data and information into a single, comprehensive report. Knowledge of programming in Microsoft Power BI,R, SQL, and VBA are highly desired. Knowledge and experience in the energy field is preferred. The person in this position will be expected to be innovative, independent, self-motivated, goal oriented, and think outside the box when determining the best approach to accomplish requests for data analysis. Project and/or team leadership experience is desired.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you...

  • As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity for our community.

  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies.

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility.

Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is the perfect blend of mountain and city living. Colorado Springs boasts breath-taking scenery, abundant recreation activities, and diverse populations. With the recent spotlight on energy in our country, energy careers are on the fast track. At Colorado Springs Utilities, we continue to innovate by using state-of-the-art technology. Our employees enjoy the satisfaction of fulfilling work that impacts our citizen owners and community daily.

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled . Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas. All eligible applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Job Type: Business Operations