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Valuation/Planning Specialist - Portland, OR - # 41765

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Date: Nov 20, 2018

Location: Portland, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp

General Purpose

This position operates and maintains production cost models used for long-term planning, asset valuation, and forward price curve development activities. This position performs research activities in support of market fundamentals analysis.


  • Maintain and operate production cost simulation models used to develop the Company’s integrated resource plan (IRP), asset valuation studies, official forward price curve, and price curve scenarios.
    • Ensure model assumptions are kept current and accurate (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 fundamentals market 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 are 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 model and database maintenance process and practices.
  • Gather, analyze, and interpret internal data and third party forecasts and market trends to inform modeling activities.
  • 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.
  • Identifies and implements appropriate modeling methods and techniques consistent with project scope and intended deliverables.
  • Performs project lead duties by providing direction and advice to junior staff within the Valuation/Planning group. Sets critical milestones, manages assigned project schedules, and leads production of project deliverables. 
  • Develop memorandums and presentations that clearly communicate model results, assumptions, and recommendations.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • 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.


  • Advanced degree.
  • 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.


Additional Information

Req Id :41765 

Primary Location: Portland

Department: 00001027 Pacific Power

Schedule: FULLTIME

Personnel Subarea: Exempt

Hiring Range: 81,500.00 - 105,200.00


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.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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