Senior Research Analyst, NA Power

  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Full-time
  • Verisk Business: Wood Mackenzie

Job Description

We are looking for a Senior Research Analyst to join our Power & Renewables team.

This role can be based in Houston, Boston, Chicago or NYC.

Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables provides integrated subscription, research and advisory services that help our clients with commercial and strategic decisions that arise from the rapid transformation of the electric power industry.

Combining our deep knowledge of solar, wind, storage, and grid technologies, with our global power market modelling and analysis capabilities, Wood Mackenzie can provide guidance and insight spanning supply chain, technology, costs, market issues, fundamentals outlooks, price forecasting, asset valuation, and commodity market impact issues

About you and how you can excel in this role

You have an analytical, commercial mind-set and have developed the ability through your degree and work experience to distil the most complex information into sound conclusions.

You also understand the big picture, which enables you to analyse and form clear, coherent conclusions from a variety of data and information. You find it easy communicating complex or technical information and delivering messages that are easily understood.  You thrive in a collaborative, commercial and client-centric environment. 

You are thoughtful, intellectually curious, creative and comfortable presenting to public audiences and interacting with small groups of executives.

You have a proven track record of fostering strong working relationships, developing networks and influencing others. The way in which you work is productive and driven, striving to be best in class. You often share ideas, find better ways of working and make things happen.


About the role

This role will serve as part of the Americas power and renewables team, with a focus on power market fundamental analysis.  We help clients forecast supply, demand, and power prices utilizing market simulation tools and models.  And guide them on strategic issues confronting the entire energy industry including strategic planning, asset valuation, operations forecasts, and impact on energy commodity demand.

As a Senior Analyst you will be responsible for running advanced power market simulation models to forecast electricity prices and asset values.  You therefore require the ability to customize the models to meet clients needs, and to interpret the results into meaningful insight.  You must also have a strong knowledge of power market design, structure and current issues for one or several of the United States power markets.


Main Responsibilities

Power Market and Modeling expertise

»       Regional Power market expertise

  • Knowledge of US/Canada regional markets: expertise in Midwest or Southeast preferred
  • Ability to independently lead power market modelling studies
  • Detailed understanding of data inputs, and ability to interpret outputs

»       Demonstrated expertise in at least 1 or 2 emerging industry trends or policy

  • Solar and wind technologies storage / batteries, transports (EVs/DG), distributed generation, retail and wholesale market pricing, rate structures, market design, capacity markets, grid edge or smart grid technologies

»       Experience doing power plant valuations (gas plants, wind, solar, solar + storage)

  • Calculate and/or forecast EBITDA, NPV, ROE for different technology types

»       Utility knowledge

  • Rate base design
  • Operations/ Plant design

»       Lead other internal modelling tasks / efforts / initiatives

  • Including Statistical and financial models

»       Ability to work and contribute across various business functions

  • Work directly with the consulting team on customized projects for clients
  • Work closely with other commodity teams (natural gas, coal, oils, macroeconomics)


Knowledge & Experience

The successful candidate will extensive experience in a utility or consulting company analysing power market trends and fundamentals.

  • At least 5 years US/Canada power market analysis
  • Proficient using Excel/Access, Word/PPT
  • Experience writing and presenting analytical forecasts to senior stakeholders and clients
  • Working knowledge of one or more languages like SQL, VBA, R/STATA or similar   
  • Work well under tight deadlines
  • Dynamic and ability to multi-task
  • Quantitative degree in Math, Engineering, Finance, or economics preferred
  • models and presentations.


What you’ll love about Wood Mackenzie

For the past 45 years, we have established  our reputation as a trusted source of  knowledge and forward- looking insight for the world’s most innovative  organisations. 

Our teams are located around the world, and deliver research and consulting projects based on our assessment and valuation of thousands of individual assets, companies  and economic indicators such as market supply, demand  and price trends. As a result, we can count the world’s key energy institutions and governments among our most loyal clients.

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 value everyone’s contribution and support them to reach their full potential while sustaining an organisational culture of health and well-being. There are opportunities 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:

We are part of a company that has been named as a Best Employer by Forbes Magazine and on the Forbes Most Innovative Companies list three years running. Verisk is one of only 15 out of 500 companies to appear on both lists. We are proud to be a part of the Verisk family of companies!


What you’ll love about Verisk 

Verisk Analytics has an amazing story to tell. In 2017, Forbes magazine named Verisk to its World’s Most Innovative Companies list for the third consecutive year and to its America’s Best Mid-Size Employers list. We also earned the Great Place to Work® Certification for the second consecutive year in recognition of our outstanding workplace culture.

Verisk is a leading data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources, and financial services. We’ve been delivering data, analytics, and decision support services to our customers for more than 45 years, helping them protect people, property, and financial assets. At Verisk, you’ll be part of an organization that’s committed to serving the long-term interests of our stakeholders, including the communities where we operate.

At Verisk, you can build an exciting career with meaningful work; create a positive and lasting impact on the business; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. Our culture of innovation means your ideas on how to improve our business will be heard. As key contributors to our success, our team members enjoy working in a business-casual, collaborative environment that offers state-of-the-art resources, advanced technologies, and an excellent benefits package.

Verisk Analytics is an equal opportunity employer.

All members of the Verisk Analytics family of companies are equal opportunity employers. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran's status, age or disability.



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