Platte River Power Authority is a public power provider that has emerged as a leader in Colorado’s utility sector. Our staff works collaboratively and efficiently to safely deliver reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to our owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.
We share a sense of purpose and great pride in what we do and the value we provide to our communities, our region and the energy industry. If you’re searching for a collaborative working environment within a mid-sized organization that values innovative ideas, diverse perspectives and provides opportunities to make a difference, consider joining the Platte River team.
Operations Technology Business Analyst
The Operations Technology Business Analyst (OTBA) is responsible for analyzing transmission and marketing activities data and developing, implementing and maintaining operations technology (OT) to support and enhance Platte River’s transmission and marketing functions.
The OTBA works closely with transmission and marketing management, transmission and generation power system operators (PSO) and other stakeholders to develop new OT solutions or enhancements to existing OT processes to improve the quality of services being delivered. The OTBA is responsible for providing the tools, infrastructure and information used to monitor and perform transmission and marketing activities and improve decision-making processes for transmission and marketing management and the PSO.
The OTBA assists with other OT activities including compliance with NERC CIP reliability standards, data exchange with the balancing authority, market and neighboring utilities, administration of OT cyber assets and provides dedicated OT technical support to transmission and marketing personnel. This position promotes and supports a safe work environment.
Essential duties and responsibilities
Individuals must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, the essential functions of the job.
Understand what the transmission and marketing functions do, including the processes and technology through which they accomplish their work.
Evaluate transmission and marketing processes and technology for efficiency, cost and results.
Recommend process adjustments, new technologies, or other areas for improvement.
Research, design and implement technology or processes improvements.
Manage projects, develop project plans, monitor performance and ensure timely turnover of deliverables.
Coordinate with different departmental teams to produce merchant business outcomes.
Test transmission and marketing processes and infrastructure and recommend improvements.
Communicate changes, recommendations, and procedures to staff.
Maintain the data exchange infrastructure
Develop data exchange custom applications as required
Administer the EIDE process and infrastructure
Perform CIP compliance tasks for power supply SCADA cyber assets
Maintain the Craig Yampa Allocator infrastructure
Support the intermittent resources curtailment infrastructure
Provide end user support to power supply staff
Promotes and supports good customer service including communication and coordination; responds to customer requests in a timely manner
Promotes and supports an effective team and a positive team environment
Ensures work complies with all applicable regulatory requirements
Coordinates, communicates and provides status updates to managers, coworkers, external departments and customers for work activities
Works with the Manager of OT & CIP to review the infrastructure’s performance and determine strategic direction
Promotes and supports a safe work environment
Maintains regular and reliable attendance
Performs other duties as assigned
This position has no supervisory or lead role responsibilities.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
The following are required:
Strong computer and application skills
Ability to integrate products and software into a system(s) that supports customer requirements
Ability to configure servers and workstations
Ability to develop custom applications
Ability to troubleshoot complex systems and applications
Knowledge of Microsoft Windows products and operating systems
Knowledge of code development life cycle and practices
Understanding of networking concepts and protocols
Skill in problem solving and finding solutions to complex technical problems
Ability to engage in collaborative and cross-functional problem-solving
Knowledge of merchant function concepts, processes and procedures or the ability to gain knowledge of the Platte River's merchant function within 12 months of employment
Thorough understanding of NERC CIP standards or ability to gain knowledge within 12 months of employment
Effective written and verbal communication and evidence documentation skills
Ability to work with individuals with varying technical skill levels
Skill in project management and leading teams to meet customer requirements
Skill in building relationships and in collaborating effectively with diverse customers, team members, management and others
Ability to work without direct supervision and manage time effectively to accomplish objectives, goals and to meet deadlines
Skill in working with frequent interruptions and emerging priorities, balancing competing priorities, meeting simultaneous work demands and ensuring objectives are met
Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, engineering or equivalent combination of education and related work experience
Three years of business analyst or equivalent work experience
Current valid driver’s license and ability to remain insurable under Platte River’s vehicle liability
Three years of work experience developing custom code
Three years experience working with operations technology or supporting an electric utility merchant function
Prior experience implementing NERC CIP standards and participating in audits as an SME
Bi-weekly salary range for this position (placement DOQ): $3,360 - $4,620
(range if annualized: $87,360 - $120,108)
This position will remain posted until filled.
Platte River Power Authority offers employees an outstanding benefits package. Benefits offered for this position may include the following:
Health insurance options including a PPO and high deductible health savings account with prescription drug coverage
Flexible spending plan
Basic life insurance
Basic accidental death and disability
Dependent life and supplemental life insurance options (voluntary)
Accidental death and disability insurance (voluntary)
Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit utility that generates and delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. Platte River's generation portfolio includes thermal, hydro, wind and solar resources.