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Colorado Springs Utilities Senior Gas Trader in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Senior Gas Trader

Job Type: Business Operations

Pay Range $123,000 to $137,000

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 5/10/23

Senior Gas Trader

This job is eligible for relocation assistance to aid with the costs of relocating to the Colorado Springs area.

Colorado Springs Utilities' Fuels and Purchase Power group is seeking a Senior Gas Trader to schedule, release idle transportation capacity, research, plan, and evaluate resource supply systems and economic factors to optimize resources and reliability. The successful candidate will possess advanced knowledge of gas and coal commodities markets and resources, and a drive to maintain the safety, reliability, and low-cost mission of our Utility.

A day in the life of a Senior Gas Trader may include:

  • Negotiating short-term purchases and sales and delivery contracts to ensure demand is met

  • Performing analyses to predict and plan for load, supply resources, and/or reserve obligations

  • Trading around the supply portfolio using scheduling/constraint intelligence by using excess storage capabilities to firm up arbitrage moves

  • Scheduling, routing, and confirming gas using transportation, storage, and peaking contracts on various transporting pipelines through a nomination and confirmation process

  • Ensuring daily nominations are submitted to the pipelines before FERC deadlines expire

  • Reviewing pipeline EBBs to keep the team informed of constraints or other transportation issues

  • Reconciling pipeline volume balances and reports on reasons for delivery failures

  • Developing short and mid-term gas trading strategies around our Risk Management Policy

  • Releasing excess capacity to third parties to reduce the LDC's transportation charges

  • Arranging for transportation, storage, and other services associated with sales and purchases

  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with pipelines, suppliers, and markets to facilitate the uninterrupted flow of gas and resolve discrepancies

  • Avoiding pipeline penalties and managing imbalance differences between pipelines, storage providers, suppliers, and buyers

  • Maintaining the load forecast database daily by entering the forecast and actuals

  • Analyzing forecasted demand relative to the existing supply portfolio

  • Monitoring and collecting market intelligence impacting transportation and storage, and discussing relevant market and/or operational information with the team

Please note that this position will require participating in after-hours/weekend on-call rotation by checking for timely cycle cuts and moving gas if applicable, nominating any last cycle adjustments and communicating with Real-Time Traders, Interstate pipelines, and gas control and counterparties.

Who You Are (the following knowledge, skills, and expertise will lend to success in this role)

  • Relevant and progressively responsible experience in a power, natural gas, or related trading capacity

  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Math, Accounting, Physics, Engineering, or a related field is valued

  • Experience with Energy Trading and Risk Management (ETRM) systems and related analytical software products

  • Experience with nominations or interstate pipelines

  • Knowledge of natural gas/coal/propane and diesel marketing principles

  • Knowledge of applicable regulations, including FERC, NAESB, and internal policies

  • Knowledge of commodity management

  • Knowledge of analytical and evaluation techniques of complex technical data

Who We Are

  • One of the largest four-service public utilities in the nation (over 500,000 customers)

  • A national leader in reliability (power on an average of 99.991% of the time)

  • Diamond Designation recipient from the American Public Power Association – a utility leader in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvements

  • Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the most desired city to live in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)

Our Commitment to our Employees

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.

  • Time Off – Because everybody needs time off to recharge

  • Vacation – New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year

  • Personal Leave –3 days per year of personal leave

  • Paid Holidays –10 paid holidays per year

  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $10.00 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network PPO preventive care covered at 100% and access to orthodontia coverage

  • Vision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth IRA and 457 plans

  • Disability Coverage – Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Long-Term Care Insurance (LTC) – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones

  • Life Insurance – Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage are available

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  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined within the posted pay range based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate; if there is a single pay rate posted, the job starts at that rate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

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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Job Type: Business Operations