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Regulator Contract Advisor & Transmission Interconnect Advisor

Arizona Public Service (APS)


Location:
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Date:
03/09/2017
Job Code:
20170013 & 20170146
Job Type:
Employee
Job Status:
Full Time
Shift:
1st Shift
Categories:
  • Electrical Engineer
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Job Details

You have high expectations for yourself and your career.

So does APS.

Imagine what we will achieve together.

You could have a powerful future with APS!

 

Arizona Public Service (APS) is leading the way toward an energy future that is cleaner, more reliable and sustainable. With $3.3 billion in annual revenue and nearly 7,000 employees, APS is the largest electric utility in Arizona, serving 1.1 million customers. We are the principal subsidiary of publicly traded Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW). Our generation fleet includes natural gas, nuclear, coal and growing renewable technologies.

 

APS Has Opportunities For Two Advisor Positions!

 

Regulator Contract Advisor

Job # 20170013 • Phoenix, AZ

 

Transmission Interconnect Advisor

Job # 20170146 • Phoenix, AZ

 

The Regulatory Contract Advisor will lead negotiations and manage complex transmission contracts to ensure provisions are administered, compliance with all regulatory requirements, and APS interests are maintained. Support Transmission Engineering & Operating committees with contract related issues, contract amendments, and negotiations. Review transmission contracts and identify non-conforming provisions of such contracts. Manage contract database and ensure all rate schedules, tariffs or service agreements are filed in accordance with regulatory requirements. Work closely with Legal, Federal and State Regulation and Regulatory Compliance departments to develop business practices and procedures in accordance with regulatory requirements, and interface with groups as required for contract negotiations or disputes. Direct and/or perform analyses for the administration of rates, adjustments in clauses to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements, and analysis of regulatory and industry restructuring issues, legislative initiatives and related policy recommendations. Act in a lead capacity in performing required studies, analyses and/or other projects and assignments as required.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Mathematics, or Engineering or comparable experience in Analytical Methods, plus approximately 8 years of directly related utility experience.
  • An advanced degree in the above disciplines may substitute for 2 years’ experience.
  • Advanced analytical capabilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of utility operations, and regulatory principles and practices.
  • In-depth knowledge of APS policies, practices and tariffs, and state and federal regulations rules and practices.
  • Familiarity with FERC Electronic Quarterly Report filing requirements.
  • Working knowledge of FERC requirements regarding the filing of rate schedules, tariffs or service agreements.
  • Advanced proficiency on current personal computer spreadsheet, word processing, graphics and operating systems.

 

Major Accountabilities:

  • Initiate, plan, negotiate, and ensure execution of complex interconnection studies, cost studies, tariffs, agreements, and other analyses to meet regulatory requirements and other Company objectives.
  • Develop strategies to address tariff and regulatory issues and implement those plans. Direct, prepare and critique testimony, exhibits and discovery response.
  • Interpret tariff policies, procedures and regulatory commission orders and proposed legislation and initiate the preparation and review of analyses and reports required to administer rates/tariffs and contracts, and studies and reports required by regulatory decisions, rules and procedures.
  • Initiate, perform on-going assessments of analytical and regulatory practices to identify areas for increased efficiency and quality improvements
  • Demonstrate a high individual level of analytical and technical capabilities and expertise on current tariff issues.
  • Support transmission Engineering & Operating committees with contract related issues, contract amendments, and negotiations.
  • Establish and ensure completion of project schedules and goals for intra- and interdepartmental teams.
  • Effectively interface and resolve project issues with departmental staff, other departments, executive management, ACC, FERC and customers to meet project requirements.
  • Testify as an expert witness on, tariff and regulatory matters as required.
  • Train and direct other analysts and effectively deliver formal presentations on various regulatory issues to a wide range of audiences.
  • Participate, as company representative in various forums, committees and working groups dealing with rate, tariff, pricing and regulatory issues.
  • Review interconnection, operating and transmission service contracts prior to final execution, identify non-conforming provisions, determine regulatory filing requirements and prepare contract summaries for executive review and FERC filings.
  • Lead negotiations with non-jurisdictional parties and customers to ensure terms are within the best interest of APS and comply with all regulatory requirements.
  • May maintain instructor qualifications and technical proficiency in the assigned discipline.

 

The Transmission Interconnect Advisor will interface with customers requesting interconnection to the APS grid, and will lead efforts with internal stakeholders to complete interconnection studies and move interconnection requests through the process. The Advisor will act in a lead capacity to draft, negotiate, and provide ongoing management for contracts related to transmission and interconnection, facility-use lease/agreements, and operating requirements for connected facilities. The Advisor may also perform research and analysis to provide technical evaluation of rates, regulatory and industry issues and related policy recommendations.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • General knowledge of the APS transmission and distribution system, knowledge of other utility's transmission systems, rates and tariff provisions.
  • Broad familiarity of FERC regulatory requirements and APS jurisdictional agreements.
  • Experience in negotiating and developing transmission, interconnection and operating facility contracts.
  • Organization, project management, communication and negotiation skills are essential.
  • Analytical abilities to perform rate studies, regulatory analysis, and contract development.
  • Experience in electrical engineering desirable for this position. 

 

Major Accountabilities:

  • Initiate, plan, negotiate, and ensure execution of studies and contracts to meet requirements of transmission service, facility use/lease and interconnections and APS OATT.
  • Initiate and direct studies/analysis to meet regulatory and company objectives and OATT requirements.
  • Interpret/develop policies, procedures, prepare analyses required to administer rates, contracts and tariffs.
  • Ensure that all FERC and NERC rules are kept current and employed correctly in contracts.
  • Effectively interface and resolve project issues within APS, executive management and customers to meet project requirements.
  • Represent Company in industry working groups for rates, tariffs, pricing, contracts, regulatory and operating issues.
  • Establish and ensure completion of project schedules and goals for intra- and interdepartmental teams.

 

To Apply To These Dynamic Positions:

Candidates interested in this opportunity, please go to: http://ww.aps.jobs

 

Alternate Application Options:

These options are reserved for use by individuals with disabilities. Information received via these options will be routed to specialists who will provide appropriate assistance to these individuals to ensure that their data is entered into the APS online application. These specialists will not have access to existing profiles in the APS online application process and will not be able to provide any application status updates.

 

If you have a condition that hinders your ability to apply online, please choose one of the alternate options to submit your expression of interest in a position with APS: Call us at 602-250-2101

 

Mail Your Resume and Letter of Interest to:

APS

Attn: Talent Acquisition

400 North 5th Street

M.S. 8412

Phoenix, AZ 85004

 

AA/EO Employer by Choice:

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Pinnacle West”) provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

           

Visit our website today for more information!

www.aps.com

 

Export Compliance/EEO

           

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, "U.S. Export Control Laws"). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

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