Associate Contract Management Analyst, Short Term Contracts and Reporting (Oakland, CA) (137858)
Requisition ID # 137858
Job Category: Legal
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Business Unit: Energy Policy & Procurement
Job Location: Oakland, CA, US, 94612
PG&E’s Energy Policy and Procurement (EPP) organization procures a reliable energy supply to meet the electricity and gas demands of our customers 24 hours a day. We reduce customer costs and attain stable prices through contracting and financial hedging instruments and in doing so, maintain a focus on sustainability by supporting environmentally-preferred resources.
EPP's Contract Management (CM) team ensures that PG&E and the parties who sell energy and capacity to PG&E remain compliant with all terms of their energy contract, both for contracts that are actively delivering energy and for new facilities under construction. We manage hundreds of procurement contracts to purchase renewable energy, conventional energy, combined heat and power, energy storage, natural gas and biogas, resource adequacy capacity products, renewable energy credits, and greenhouse gas allowances, as well as associated transmission and financial hedging agreements.
This position is entry level. The ideal candidate for this position has an aptitude and desire for understanding the energy business, energy procurement, energy contracts, energy markets, conventional and renewable generation project development, the regulatory environment, and related information and processes. The ideal candidate will also have excellent written and oral communication skills, an aptitude for critical thinking, and strong detail-orientation.
The Associate Contract Management Analyst will be part of a team (Short-Term Contracts and Reporting) responsible for managing data request responses, assisting with regulatory reporting requirements, and managing PG&E’s contracts with third party generation facilities. The Associate Analyst will:
- Coordinate data request responses, including review and sign-off process.
- Maintain data quality and ensure timely document storage.
- Maintain and develop tools to support reporting obligations and management of contracts.
- Track and use contract information to support strategic decision making, and internal and external reporting.
- Support regulatory efforts at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
- Work with internal and external parties to maximize the value of assigned contracts in the PG&E portfolio.
- Ensure that all necessary steps are taken for the facilities to deliver energy and/or capacity to PG&E in a manner consistent with the obligations of the agreement, market rules, and internal processes.
- Track and document that PG&E and the seller are in compliance with contract terms.
- Interpret, analyze, communicate about and resolve issues that arise during contract administration.
- Develop and follow processes to ensure that contracts are managed efficiently, consistently, and in compliance with PG&E’s commitments under the contracts and its regulatory obligations.
The Associate Contract Management Analyst will be responsible for managing contract-related data requests and reporting and managing a portfolio of contracts for energy and capacity. Responsibilities will include:
- Providing specialized service related to the Contract Management database, maintaining the integrity of data with database and reporting activities, and Documentum (electronic document storage system). This position will support and eventually lead Contract Management’s document management processes and confidentiality review.
- Monitoring compliance with contract requirements, and reporting on contract information, development status, and performance to internal parties at PG&E, and regulatory agencies such as the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), California Energy Commission (CEC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
- Providing input to and/or monitoring regulatory proceedings at the FERC and the CPUC, as necessary, including the CPUC proceeding where PG&E’s power contracts’ contract administration is reviewed for compliance (the Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) Compliance Review) and other proceedings as they affect contract administration. In addition, ensuring that power contracts comply with regulatory and legal requirements.
- Assisting with the review and management of power contracts and related documents, identifying critical information or patterns. Examples of such work may include: reviewing and providing feedback on contracts or amendments prior to execution; producing detailed summaries of the terms of contracts; identifying and resolving potential contractual issues and solutions; investigating contracts questions/issues raised by clients; performing numerical analyses of power contracts, and using and updating contract information systems as contract information changes.
- Interacting with regulatory, law and business partners while responding to data requests and supporting clients, including personnel in other parts of PG&E who deal with power contracts, as well as contract counterparties. Examples of such work may include: responding to client inquiries regarding contract specifics; working with settlements, credit, scheduling and interconnection services as projects approach their online date; providing notification and information about changes in contracts and contract operations to affected stakeholders; and researching contract terms or industry laws, regulations, rules and practices as they relate to power contracts.
- Providing back-up support for other members of the Contract Management team to ensure smooth operation of team. Performing other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
- Continuously looking for ways to improve contract management processes, tools, systems, and reporting.
- Demonstrating critical thinking and accountability to ensure that necessary steps are taken to address and resolve issues.
- A Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Engineering, or comparable discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- An intermediate level proficiency with MS Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint), which may be tested during interview.
- Ability to understand and analyze data and complex documents, ability to formulate logical approaches and make effective recommendations to address complex issues, which may be tested during interview.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to clearly and concisely express information to a wide range of persons including non-technical associates, junior staff, peers and Executive Management (writing samples may be required).
- Ability to manage competing priorities and frequent interruptions while maintaining close attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness.
- Demonstrated experience using MS Access and SQL Server Management Studio
- Familiarity with various regulatory and reporting systems and agencies.
- Familiarity with gas or electric energy markets and regulatory environment.
- General knowledge of commercial and contract terms.
- Relevant experience working with energy contracts.
- Utility industry or regulatory experience.
- Familiarity with generation project development, including financing, permitting, transmission, interconnection.
- Ability to perform at a high level in a matrixed organization, working in inter-departmental teams to achieve objectives.