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Data Scientist Strategic Advisor 2-Utilities BU

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City of Seattle,

Seattle, WA

Date Last Verified
Mar 14,2018

Posted on
Mar 13,2018

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Position Description

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Seattle City Light's Resource Planning, Forecasting & Analysis Unit is looking for a Data Scientist 2 (Strategic Advisor 2). This role will act as a subject matter expert in analyzing and evaluating City Light's hydro generation assets for obtaining the maximum value from market operations including the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) being operated by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). This position will work with staff in Resource Planning to plan for our customer's near-term and long-term electric resource needs to meet reliability, environmental, and risk management goals. This position leads and performs complex modeling and analysis including the development of simulation, economic and statistical models for developing resource plans and modeling hydro and electric generation operations.

This position will report to the Resource Planning, Forecasting & Analysis Manager.

Job Responsibilities

This position will be responsible for energy resource planning and market analyses to support participation in bilateral, energy imbalance and related wholesale electricity markets, integrated resource planning, power supply, and operations. The successful candidate will demonstrate creative problem solving and effective leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills. If you enjoy using advanced modeling techniques to identify cost-effective and environmentally responsible electric utility resource choices and operating strategies, we want to hear from you.

Duties of this data scientist position include:

Apply scientific and mathematical methods to study and evaluate the value of electric power supply; analyze hydro system operations and storage, and assess economic opportunities of participation in existing and emerging regional electric markets.

Provide technical leadership in defining, developing, testing, deploying, maintaining, and updating the portfolio tools used for planning and to bid and schedule City Light's hydro resources and load in the EIM and related energy markets.

Conduct deterministic and probabilistic studies using statistical and simulation models for operations planning, power system reliability, integrated resource planning, and utility analytics.

Mine and perform analysis of data from many external agencies and private company sources to model dispatch order and cycling patterns of existing power plants, energy demand patterns, electric transmission capacity and transfer capabilities.

Employ the appropriate algorithm and methodologies to discover patterns and build tools that lead to findings.

Coordinate with teams across the utility including power marketing, risk management, financial planning, customer energy solutions, engineering, and operations staff.

Develop summaries and reports to help explain technical analysis to decision makers.

Create documentation and procedures for business continuity.

Present and depict the rationale of findings in easy to understand terms for senior management and external stakeholders.

Lead, design, and supervise studies for assigned projects and coordinate job tasks as needed.

Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.



Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, or a related quantitative field (combinations of education, training, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).


Five years of progressively responsible experience related to short-term and long-term electric resource planning and/or quantitative analysis. Proficiency in using:

programming languages such as C, C , Java, or others

statistical software packages such as R, S-Plus, MATLAB, SAS, STATA, GAUSS, MINITAB, Eviews, or others

Microsoft Excel, VBA, Word, and PowerPoint or similar software

relational database packages such as MS SQL

Completion of a Graduate Degree in Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, or a related quantitative field may be considered as equivalent experience.

Desired Qualifications:

Knowledge of energy markets, electric generation technology, demand, transmission, and power plant operations in the Pacific Northwest and/or WECC

Knowledge of cascading hydro operations and modeling

Knowledge of AuroraXMP or similar electric market forecasting models

Experience in mathematical modeling and/ or machine learning to forecast the implications of various choices and zero in on the best alternatives

Strong programming skills (such as C, C , Java, or Python) and statistical modeling experience (using R, Matlab, or similar packages)

Solid knowledge of programming in relational databases and developing advanced queries

Proficiency in conducting design of experiments, statistical and predictive modeling techniques, and simulation modeling

Creative problem-solving skills

Excellent teamwork and communication skills

Comfortable working with policy-makers and stakeholders from varied backgrounds

Ability to communicate complex planning issues to both technical audiences and the public

Ability to manage shifting priorities well and to think strategically about the problems faced by City Light

Additional Information

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.

Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: (please use the apply button below) .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: (please use the apply button below)

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The Civil Division represents the City in lawsuits and advises City officials as they develop programs, projects, policies, and legislation. The sections within the Civil Division include torts (claims), land use, environment, labor and employment, contracts, and utilities.

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