Responsible for financial / accounting oversight of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) rules and regulations as it pertains to the development and implementation of OATT Customer settlements. Participate in the regulatory process for the development of North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Standards as they pertain to implementation of the OATT. Track and ensure proper development and implementation of all transmission service contracts. Responsible for interfacing with the OATT Administrators in the OATT monthly billing process and provide expert financial accounting assistance to ensure accurate production of OATT customer invoices. Serves as technical primary point of contact between Tri-State Transmission and Tri-State Corporate Accounting for OATT accounting. Participate and guide the FERC OATT regulatory process by tracking and reporting on FERC Notice of Proposed Rule (NOPR) making processes. Responsible for the collection and verification of data used to develop multiple transmission revenue requirements for Tri-State as well as other transmission providers when necessary. Provide guidance and analysis on transmission policy to Senior Staff including internal policy development and external policy positions.
Note: There is one position available and the position will be filled at one of three job grade levels: Strategic Transmission Analyst I, job grade NB18; Strategic Transmission Analyst II, job grade NB20; or Senior Strategic Transmission Analyst, job grade NB22. This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected, and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.
Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Life Insurance, Flexible Work Schedules, Retirement Security Pension Plan, 401K, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.
Senior Strategic Transmission Analyst
Hiring Salary Range:$90,000-$112,000
Strategic Transmission Analyst II
Hiring Salary Range: $74,000-$92,000
Strategic Transmission Analyst I
Hiring Salary Range: $61,000-$76,000
Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring salary range based upon work experience, education, and/or skill level.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Review and provide accounting oversight for the accurate and timely production of the monthly transmission bills for short-term firm and non-firm transmission bills and long-term firm, network, and grandfathered transmission contracts.
Review and provide expert advice on the implementation of billing process and procedures and ensure accurate and complete documentation of OASIS billing procedures to ensure compliance with FERC Orders, and NERC & NAESB Standards.
Serve as a point of contact in addressing current transmission customers questions regarding transmission use bills.
Develop and keep current billing documentation specifications and procedures to ensure accurate timely OATT billing.
Maintain a working high level knowledge of OATT implementation and OASIS processes and procedures by participating in Transmission Operations Transmission Service Operations periodic meetings.
Provide all necessary corporate accounting requirements and documentation in the production and implementation of OATT customer invoices. Ensure all OATT billing processes are fully compliant with FERC accounting rules and regulations.
Interface and coordinate, communicate, and work with other departments within Tri-State, which include, but are not limited to, Bulk System Planning, Transmission Business Strategy, , GIS, Energy Portfolio, Energy Settlements, Energy Resources, Energy Markets, Energy Application Services, System Metering, Telecommunications, and Corporate Finance to review, understand and administer all transmission use contracts.
Understand and use the OATI WebAccounting process and procedures to support the OATT requirements.
Assist and provide expert advice for the development, review, and verification of current and future Transmission Service Agreements with Tri-State transmission customers under the OATT including investigating credit worthiness and other criteria as needed in the evaluation and approval of of transmission service.
Gather, analyze, and input a data required to assist in preparing a comprehensive transmission rate design template.
Assist in the development of various analyses and financial models relative to rates and rate design for both transmission and Tri-State Member rate(s).
Participate in state and regulatory proceedings primarily providing analytical support.
Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
OTHER DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS
Perform other related duties as assigned.
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES
Planning Skills: Ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
Time management Skills: Ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
Business risks: ability to weigh business risks and recommend appropriate risk mitigation strategies and alternatives.
Communication Skills: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong team player: Accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
Computer proficiency: Ability to operating a personal computer and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications.
Self-Motivated: Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Training
Bachelors of Science Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, or other related discipline or equivalent combination of experience and/or education.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
Knowledge of regulatory requirements that impact Tri-State's Transmission Operations
Knowledge of state and federal regulations applicable to the accounting function
Knowledge of Tri-State's OATT, transmission OASIS business practices, and technical knowledge of OATI WebAccouting.
Knowledge of other transmission policy issues as they pertain to state and federal regulatory environments
Knowledge of transmission rate structural design including the FERC's OATT
Ability to apply generally acceptable accounting processes and procedures in the production and accounting of OATT customer invoices.
Basic knowledge and understanding of transmission OATT contracts. This includes, but is not limited to, Network Integrated Transmission Service Agreements (NITSA), Transmission Service Agreements (TSA), Grandfathered contracts, and West Connect Regional Transmission Agreements
Ability to present rules and policies to OATT customers in concise and understandable terms.
Ability to use a personal computer and standard office computer programs (word processing, spreadsheet, database, email) and related computer hardware.
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
Eight (8) years of progressive experience in application of sound generally accepted accounting practices. Those with less experience will be hired at the Strategic Transmission Analyst I or II job grade level, as appropriate.
Willing to travel as required. Must possess a valid driver's license.
Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Experience in implementation of OATT
Experience in transmission policy and FERC OATT rates
Experience in FERC accounting rules and processes.
General knowledge in the areas of electric power transmission transfer capability, interconnected system operations, transmission service contracts, system modeling, and NERC Standards.
Experience and technical knowledge of the software and tools used to produce accurate and timely OATT customer invoices.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level and push/pull objects of varying weights, and lift up to twenty-five pounds. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear.
Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to a moderate level of noise. All of the duties are performed indoors and at a desk, operating office equipment.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.