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Senior Valuation/Planning Analyst or Specialist- Portland, Oregon #43815

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Date: May 11, 2019

Location: Portland, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp

General Purpose

This position operates and maintains optimization models used for long-term resource planning, asset valuation, production cost analytics, and resource acquisition.


Responsibilities of the Sr Resource Valuation/Planning Analyst include the following:

  • Maintain and operate optimization  models used to develop the integrated resource plan (IRP), asset valuation studies, production cost analytics, and resource acquisition including the following activities:
  • Ensure model assumptions are current and accurate (examples include loads, unit characteristics, fuel costs, environmental policy, transmission, resource retirements, and resource additions)
  • Document inputs and outputs.
  • Troubleshoot model errors.
  • Review forecast/model results to ensure they are reasonable and consistent with input assumptions.
  • Update model data and model configuration when new versions of the software are released.
  • Compile and interpret large and complex data sets to formulate model inputs.
  • Complete ad-hoc analysis in support of resource investment, resource acquisition, and structured commercial transaction opportunities.
  • Complete writing assignments that describe model methods, assumptions, and results.
  • Perform assignments requiring analysis, integration and creativity for which the purpose, objectives, and methods may or may not be well defined.
  • Assist in the production of communication materials used to explain complex information to internal and external stakeholders (written memorandum, slide presentations).
  • Provide input and recommendations for improvements to model and database processes and practices.
  • Gathers data, completes analysis, and accurately populates data templates used for external reporting (i.e. fuel mix reports, load and resource reports, etc.) consistent with requirements established by regulators and other external parties.
  • Support discovery and regulatory requests related to modeling activities


In addition to the above, the responsibilities of the Resource Valuation/Planning Specialist include the following:

  • Identify and implement appropriate modeling methods and techniques consistent with project scope and intended deliverables.
  • Provide direction and advice to junior staff within the Valuation/Planning group. Set critical milestones, manage assigned project schedules, and lead production of project deliverables. 
  • Develop memorandums and presentations that clearly communicate model results, assumptions, and recommendations.


Requirements for the Sr Resource Valuation/Planning Analyst include the following:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Economics, Finance or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience performing analytical work.
  • Knowledge of economic and production cost modeling principles, concepts and techniques.
  • Knowledge of applicable Company policies and procedures; applicable federal, state, and local governmental laws and regulations.
  • Ability to analyze complex alternatives.
  • Strong planning and analytical skills.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Proficient with personal computers including spreadsheet, database, word processing, and presentation applications to gather, analyze, and model information.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to consult with internal and external customers regarding matters/issues which may be sensitive in nature.
  • Ability to work with all levels of an organization including people with different styles and backgrounds; ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to present alternatives and recommendations.


In addition to the above, requirements for the Resource Valuation/Planning Specialist include the following:

  • A minimum of seven years of related analytical experience. 
  • Research and analysis skills including the ability to obtain relevant data, evaluate complex situations, develop creative alternatives, provide recommendations, and negotiate and influence outcomes.
  • Project management and leadership skills including the ability to work as a team member to maintain project timelines, budgets, and deliver on commitments.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills involving the ability to establish trust, maintain confidence, and understand social behavior and interactions.
  • Ability to work under limited supervision in a fast paced work environment.
  • Proficient with the use of personal computers to gather, analyze, and summarize data.  Strong spreadsheet skills.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.


Preferences for the Sr Resource Valuation/Planning Analyst include the following:

  • Prior experience with production cost modeling, forecasting power prices, and/or forecasting natural gas prices within the Western U.S.
  • Familiarity with PacifiCorp’s transmission system and knowledge of the bulk electric transmission system in the Western U.S.
  • Knowledge of power system economics
  • Experience working in a regulated environment.


    In Addition, preferences for the Resource Valuation/Planning Specialist include the following:

  • Advanced degree

Additional Information

Primary Location: Portland

Department: 00001027 Pacific Power

Schedule: FULLTIME

Personnel Subarea: Exempt

Hiring Range: 76,500-107,300


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.

At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential.  

It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.

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