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Principal Markets Analyst in Houston, TX at Verisk Analytics

Date Posted: 5/19/2018

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    Houston, TX
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    At least 3 year(s)
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Job Description


Job Title: Principal Consulting

Reports to: Vice President Strategic Projects

Location: Houston, New York or Boston




For the past 40 years, Wood Mackenzie has established its reputation as a trusted source of intelligence, enriching lives by empowering clients with unique insight on the world’s natural resources.


Now, as part of the Verisk Analytics family, that legacy is even stronger.  Aligning with the world’s leading data analytics company extends our ability to help clients overcome the toughest challenges with our unrivalled analysis and advice.


We will continue to build on the power of our existing approach to assess and value individual assets and companies, allowing our clients to pursue the most promising opportunities.


Together, we inspire and innovate the markets we serve –  providing invaluable intelligence that informs the strategic decisions that will ultimately shape the future direction of our global natural resources.




Power and Renewables


Wood Mackenzie's Power and Renewables (P&R) consulting practice provides advisory services that help our clients with commercial and strategic decisions that arise from the rapid transformation of the electric power industry.


Combining our deep knowledge of solar, wind, storage, and grid technologies, with our global power market modelling and analysis capabilities, Wood Mackenzie can provide guidance and insight spanning supply chain, technology, costs, market issues, fundamentals outlooks, price forecasting, asset valuation, and commodity market impact issues.



Team Profile


This role will serve as part of the Americas P&R consulting team, with a focus on power market fundamental analysis.  We help clients forecast supply, demand, and power prices utilizing market simulation tools and models.  And guide them on strategic issues confronting the entire energy industry including strategic planning, asset valuation, operations forecasts, and impact on energy commodity demand.





Role Purpose 


The Principal Analyst will be responsible for running advanced power market simulation models to forecast electricity prices and asset values.  The ability to customize the models to meet clients needs, and interpret the results into meaningful insight are crucial.  The principal analyst must also have a strong knowledge of power market design, structure and current issues for one or several of the United States power markets.


Main Responsibilities

Content and Modeling expertise


»      Experience working with Power Dispatch Models

»      Working knowledge of running dispatch models like Aurora, PROMOD etc.

»      Ability to independently lead power market modelling studies

»      Detailed understanding data inputs, and ability to interpret outputs

»      Regional Power market expertise

»      Demonstrate ability to understand fundamentals and regulatory aspects of 1 or more regional North American markets

»      Demonstrated expertise in at least 1 or 2 emerging industry trends or policy

»      Solar and wind technologies storage / batteries, transports (EVs/DG),  distributed generation, retail and wholesale market pricing, rate structures, market design, grid edge or smart grid technologies

»      Experience doing power plant valuations (gas plants, wind, solar, solar + storage)

»      Calculate and/or forecast EBITDA, NPV, ROE for different technology types

Knowledge & Experience


The successful candidate will extensive experience in an electric utility or consulting company running power dispatch models and analysing power markets.


•        At least 3 years running detailed power dispatch models (Aurora preferred, PROMOD, etc.)

•        At least 5 years US power market analysis

•        Proficient using Excel/Access, Word/PPT

•        Working knowledge of one or more languages like SQL, VBA, R/STATA or similar

•        Dynamic and ability to multi-task

•        Quantitative degree in Engineering, Finance, or economics preferred



Key Competencies


  • Issue identification, problem solving and analysis
  • Determined and resilient
  • Building and maintaining relationships
  • Communication
  • Collaboration



Wood Mackenzie Core Values


Wood Mackenzie is  a place where we are committed to supporting our people to grow and thrive.  We value different perspectives and aspire to create an inclusive environment which encourages diversity and fosters a sense of belonging.


Wood Mackenzie values each individual's contribution and helps them reach their full potential while sustaining an organisational culture of health and well-being.


Our core values are:

  • Respect for the Individual
  • Integrity
  • Passion
  • Persistence
  • Confidence with humility
  • Excellence
  • Teamwork


We understand the importance of achieving balance between work, family and other life commitments.  We are open to considering flexible working arrangements to  enable the greatest spectrum of talent to contribute to Wood Mackenzie’s success.


US Vacancies Only


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