Research Analyst - Building Electrification

  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time
  • Verisk Business: Wood Mackenzie

Company Description

Wood Mackenzie is the global leader in data, analysis and consulting across the energy, chemicals, metals, mining, power and renewables sectors.

Founded in 1973, our success has always been underpinned by the simple principle of providing trusted research and advice that makes a difference to our customers. Today we have over 2,000 customers ranging from the largest global energy companies and financial institutions to governments as well as smaller market specialists.

Our teams are located around the world. This enables us to stay closely connected with customers and the markets and sectors we cover. Collectively this allows us to offer a compelling combination of global commodity analysis with detailed local market knowledge.

We are committed to supporting our people to grow and thrive. We value different perspectives and aspire to create an inclusive environment that encourages diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. We are committed to creating a workplace that works for you and encourage everyone to get involved in our Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Community Engagement initiatives. We actively support flexible working and are happy to consider alternative work patterns, taking into account your needs and the needs of the team or division that you are looking to join. 

Hear what our team has to say about working with us:

https://www.woodmac.com/careers/our-people/

We are proud to be a part of the Verisk family of companies! 

At the heart of what we do is help clients manage risk. Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) provides data and insights to our customers in insurance, energy and the financial services markets so they can make faster and more informed decisions.   

Our global team uses AI, machine learning, automation, and other emerging technologies to collect and analyze billions of records. We provide advanced decision-support to prevent credit, lending, and cyber risks. In addition, we monitor and advise companies on complex global matters such as climate change, catastrophes, and geopolitical issues.  

But why we do our work is what sets us apart. It stems from a commitment to making the world better, safer and stronger.  

It’s the reason Verisk is part of the UN Global Compact sustainability initiative. It’s why we made a commitment to balancing 100 percent of our carbon emissions. It’s the aim of our “returnship” program for experienced professionals rejoining the workforce after time away. And, it’s what drives our annual Innovation Day, where we identify our next first-to-market innovations to solve our customers’ problems.   

At its core, Verisk uses data to minimize risk and maximize value. But far bigger, is why we do what we do. 

At Verisk you can build an exciting career with meaningful work; create positive and lasting impact on business; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. We have received the Great Place to Work® Certification for the fifth consecutive year. We’ve been recognized by Forbes as a World’s Best Employer and a Best Employer for Women, testaments to our culture of engagement and the value we place on an inclusive and diverse workforce.  Verisk’s Statement on Racial Equity and Diversity supports our commitment to these values and affecting positive and lasting change in the communities where we live and work.  

Job Description

We are looking for a Research Analyst to join the Grid Edge research team within Wood Mackenzie’s Energy Transition Practice. The Grid Edge team consists of leading analysts covering some of the most cutting-edge topics in the energy transition, including transportation and building electrification, microgrids, distributed energy resource participation in wholesale and retail markets, demand flexibility, and grid modernization and decentralization. Our research and thought leadership inform the strategies of key players throughout the energy industry, driving innovative business models while hastening the energy transition.

The Analyst is expected to conduct original grid edge research and deliver analysis through written reports, public speaking, client engagement, and consulting projects. As a subject matter expert, the Analyst will be a public face of Wood Mackenzie and the Grid Edge team, providing thought leadership through editorials, conference presentations, and media engagement.

The Analyst will take ownership of building electrification research. Buildings are responsible for 13% of U.S. carbon emissions, making this topic of critical importance to the energy transition. Research subtopics include 1) the electrification of space and water heating, 2) building energy management and interoperability, 3) distributed energy resource (DER) integration with buildings, and 4) the grid-interactivity of buildings and their market participation.

The Analyst will establish and maintain relationships with property developers, BEMS and other technology providers, building energy management service providers, financiers, trade associations, and others, developing data-driven, actionable insights that advance the business models of each of these actors as well as investors in the space.

Responsibilities

Own and be the subject matter expert in building electrification, including:

  • Electrification of space and water heating in residential and commercial buildings
  • Building energy management, including BEMS and the interoperability of buildings
  • Building integration of DERs such as solar, storage, EV chargers, and generators, and their role in energy management

4.       Grid-interactivity of buildings, integrations with demand response aggregators, and business models for participation in retail and wholesale electricity markets

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Produce research reports and other thought leadership that provides actionable insights for property owners and developers, building technology providers, and building energy management service providers
  • Track and report on the commercial landscape of building electrification, including investment, M&A activity, business models, and competitive advantage
  • Publish timely insights and editorials on technology, market, policy, and regulatory developments
  • Contribute to recurring teamwide reports, including our U.S. DER Outlook and Grid Edge Quarterly Executive Briefing
  • Provide direct feedback and guidance to Grid Edge clients upon request
  • Support the Energy Transition Practice’s consulting team on grid edge-related engagements
  • Present at Wood Mackenzie and external conferences, moderate panels, and host webinars
  • Collaborate with other members of the Grid Edge team, as well as other Wood Mackenzie technology and power teams, on joint research projects, reports, and long-term outlooks
  • Assist with customer acquisition, retention, and relationship management
  • Assist with internal data and model infrastructure development and management
  • Travel infrequently, but as necessary, to clients and conferences

Location

We welcome applicants who could work out of our Chicago, Boston, Houston, or New York offices, but will consider remote applicants based anywhere in the continental United States.

Qualifications

 Experience Required

  • 2+ years of experience working in the electricity or building technology space
  • A bachelors degree, and preferably a masters degree, in a social, physical, or environmental science, or policy
  • A self-learner, capable of getting up to speed on technical subjects ranging from building network communication protocols to the energy management of commercial HVAC systems
  • Good working knowledge of Excel and the ability to produce clear, documented models
  • Understanding of the regulatory side of electricity, including the role of utilities, public utility commissions, ISO/RTOs, and regulatory proceedings
  • Strong research abilities, with the ability to exhaustively mine public datasets, regulatory filings, financial disclosures, secondary research reports, and media reports
  • A problem-solving instinct and a readiness to connect dots, form hypotheses, and confirm them with data
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to distill complex relationships at the intersection of buildings, energy, and finance into clear, actionable research
  • Excellent organizational skills, able to balance long-term research projects with near-term publications, client questions, and team development initiatives
  • Ability and willingness to work with a distributed team 

Nice to haves

  • Experience with building energy management systems and distributed energy resources
  • Experience with commercial building facilities, technology, and energy management
  • Understanding of retail and wholesale power markets, including demand response (DR) and DR aggregation
  • Experience with macroeconomic forecasting, incorporating multiple datasets, and market, policy, and regulatory outlooks
  • Software and cloud experience, including python coding, source control, and SQL

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