Responsible for the operation and administration of the Meter Data Management System (MDMS), meter data analysis, and associated processes for acquiring, translating validating, analyzing, estimating and editing the data in order to provide timely, accurate, complete and audit-compliant delivery point information. Includes interchange, generation and settlement point bidirectional electric power demand and energy management data. Responsible for providing data acquisition and analysis in a reliable, timely and secure manner and ensure accuracy and availability of the data for use by multiple internal and external users.
NOTE: There is one position available and the position will be filled at either the Metering Data Assurance Analyst I (NB17), Metering Data Assurance Analyst II (NB20), Metering Data Assurance Analyst III (NB21) or Senior Metering Data Assurance Analyst (NB22). This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.
Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Life Insurance, Retirement Option, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.
Metering Data Assurance Analyst I
Hiring Salary Range:$55,000-$69,000
Metering Data Assurance Analyst II
Hiring Salary Range: $74,000-$92,000
Metering Data Assurance Analyst III
Hiring Salary Range: $81,000-$102,000
Senior Metering Data Assurance Analyst
Hiring Salary Range: $90,000-$112,000
Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring range based upon work experience, education, and/or skill level.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Perform operating system, database administration, programming, data import and export, testing, backups, documentation, maintenance, and security monitoring for the reliable, trusted, high availability operation of the primary and backup MDMS, to assure the accurate, complete, timely, and audit-compliant acquisition, translation, validation, analysis, estimation, storage and archiving, retrieval, and presentation availability of metering data as part of an end-to-end meter data management process comprising the host MDMS and remote metering devices located throughout Tri-State’s service territory (the “MDM Process”).
Interact with and assist Tri-State or other entity metering personnel including, but not limited to, engineers, specialists, analysts, and maintenance technicians, in order to commission, troubleshoot, test, and maintain the integrity of the MDM Process for all necessary meters.
Interact with and assist internal (including Tri-State Energy Management, System Planning, System Operations, Maintenance, and Engineering) and external (including Member Systems, other utilities, transmission operators, and power producers) users and providers of meter data to execute direct remote read collection or file transfer uploads, meter data import and export, and to resolve MDMS use or metering data questions, issues, or problems to support the billing, reconciliation, and settlements of power and energy accounts, and contractual requirements with Member Systems, other utilities, transmission operators, and other entities.
Provision and administer meter channel, service point, and user accounts in the MDMS.
Program functions and calculations performed by the MDMS; produce, or assist users in producing, aggregations, data transfer files, or reports as needed by meter data users.
Identify, and assist in the analysis and correction of, meter data anomalies to ensure meter data accuracy and quality.
Maintain tracking documentation of all changes to the MDMS database.
Interact with MDMS vendor and Tri-State IT and Telecommunications personnel to ensure proper, reliable, updated, and fully-utilized operation of the MDMS and associated software, servers, and network in the primary and backup production and test environments.
Act as technical lead and vendor liaison in the version upgrade, patching, hot fix, and performance maintenance and optimization of the MDMS; and develop, implement, and maintain change control and testing processes for modifications to the MDMS and its integration with other metering related information systems.
Assist with development and management of requirements, policies, procedures (including testing), documentation, tracking and reporting tools, methods and operating/workflow models for the operation, network support, compliance, and training for the MDMS.
Provide training to users of the MDMS client and web access applications and functions.
Participate as a member of multiple disciplinary work groups within or external to Tri-State regarding metering data, systems, inventory, recordkeeping, integration with other systems, and process matters, including, but not limited to, the Metering Issues Task Force (MITF), Transmission Maintenance Technical Support (TMTS), Geographic Information System (GIS), internal, and external metering data users.
Support transition and development of the MDM Process necessary for organized market participation.
Develop/coordinate reports related to metering data and MDMS operation.
Assure compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Cyber Security requirements to include development and on-going administration of policies and procedures and work closely with the Reliability Compliance Department to ensure regulatory compliance.
Perform security audits and compliance activities to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities, risks and breaches; report on control maturity, compliance status, and gap identification.
Develop/coordinate business process documentation and operating/workflow models, which include both documentation of existing processes, and modeling of future processes for improvements and efficiencies.
Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability and CIP Standards, Sarbanes-Oxley Financial Accountability Act, and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54 for Compliance.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State’s culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State’s culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Maintain current knowledge of trends and issues in the meter data management area to include new technology, equipment, configurations, processes, and vendor/system capabilities, including attending training and educational sessions on the MDMS, metering devices and circuits, and related systems, devices, and technologies.
May be required to work irregular hours and be “on-call” from time to time, as necessary to acquire and provide metering data, as and when needed by users in support of Tri-State’s business processes.
Travel occasionally as required (must possess a valid driver’s license), including attending system training and conferences, meetings with meter data providers and users, and travel between primary MDMS location at main headquarters/operations center and back up MDMS location.
Must be able to demonstrate performance of all of the essential functions of the position.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES
Planning: Ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
Time management: the ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and tactical function levels.
Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.
Technical skills in the application of principles and practices of computer information systems including basic computer hardware, software applications, and operating systems.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with a commitment to company values.
Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills.
Strong team player; accomplish tasks by working with others; recognizes how decisions made while in this job position may impact others; seeks input from others.
Computer proficiency in operating a personal computer, work station, and standard business office applications including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other related applications for spreadsheets, word processing, scheduling, and presentations.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Training
Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
Training and/or equivalent experience in the areas of electric utility meter data management systems.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
Ability to apply principles and practices of information technology and computer information systems, including hardware, operating systems, and software applications, software troubleshooting, quality assurance and security, relational databases including queries, tables, functions, and stored procedures.
Ability to effectively perceive, analyze, interpret, correct, and resolve computer system problems, meter data problems, with attention to detail, to identify gaps, anomalies, inaccuracies, and other problems; and prepare reports of results.
Working knowledge of demand and energy meters, recorders, and associated metering circuits, instrument transformers, and apparatus.
Effective organizational skills.
Ability to apply project management processes, tools and techniques.
Ability to make clear, consistent, and timely decisions.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, maintaining clear and open communications with various internal and external personnel at all levels.
Ability to work effectively, cooperatively, and collaboratively in a team of various internal and external functional groups, take direction from management, adhere to work schedules, and focus attention on details.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with various internal and external personnel at all levels.
Ability to deliver high quality and innovative customer service to internal and external meter data users.
Ability to communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical persons.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to maintain effective record-keeping of daily job activities.
Ability to learn new technology to maintain current relevancy.
Eight (8) years of progressive related experience in operation and administration of Meter Data Management Systems, electric power and energy metering data analysis and assurance.
Training and/or equivalent experience in the areas of electric utility meter data management and real time monitoring and control systems.
DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Previous experience with Itron Enterprise Edition (IEE) MDM and MV-90xi systems, and associated meter data file structures, importing and exporting
Experience leading information systems server and network implementations, modifications, operations, and maintenance
Additional higher level training and/or experience in programmable electronic demand and energy meters, instrument transformers, and associated metering circuits
Knowledge of DNP3, ICCP protocols, and electric utility real time monitoring and controls systems
Project management certification
Knowledge of NERC CIP cyber security requirements
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is primarily required to sit (perhaps for long periods of time), occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, and reach above and below shoulder level, type on a computer keyboard, view monitor screen(s), and use the telephone to converse with others frequently (and perhaps for long periods of time). Specific vision abilities include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Mental demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to read, write, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, direct and instruct others, present information to others and work under pressure.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to moderate level of noise in a typical office environment. Majority of duties are performed indoors primarily at a desk and computer work station.
Internal Number: IRC35284
About Tri-State G&T Assn., Inc.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.