NRTC is Member Driven and Technology Focused – providing solutions that help our 1,500 electric and telephone members bring all the advantages of today’s evolving technology to rural America. NRTC’s solutions are developed specifically to meet the needs of rural utilities and their customers, and include integrated smart grid solutions, advanced metering networks, next-generation energy, grid intelligence, broadband, managed services, mobile and video. We are a dynamic, growing cooperative with more than 750 employees operating out of six office locations. We are looking to add experienced staff to our Smart Grid team to help our utility cooperative members develop smart grid technology roadmaps. Our approach is to educate and support our members as we work with them through a consultative process.
As a Manager, Smart Grid Technology Planning, you will leverage your experience working with electric cooperatives to help them develop ten-year smart grid technology roadmaps. As an individual contributor, you will be responsible for working with subject matter experts to help cooperatives understand the benefits available through analysis of the data collected from smart grid devices across their utility operations including reliability, beneficial electrification, demand reduction, rate structures, etc. You will continually learn as you collaborate with the NRTC subject matter experts and our members to develop technology roadmaps that help our members answer the: what, why, when, how, and how much; about smart grid initiatives you recommend they implement.
You will bring a general understanding of electric distribution utility operations, a knowledge of the data utilities need to get the most out of business and operational software platforms, an awareness of how key data moves between these systems, as well as a keen ability to develop frameworks to answer complex questions. Your “been there, done that” experience will enable you to tie the relationships of smart grid systems to business operations to define the electric cooperative of the future and provide anecdotal case studies to help our members see the path to the future. You will be able to translate this knowledge through financial analysis and the development of business cases to help members understand the value of the smart grid roadmap initiatives and see how to get from their current state to their future state.
You will be able to demonstrate proven ability to successfully work across organizational boundaries for project execution.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist the Director of Smart Grid Technology Planning in management and delivery of smart grid technology roadmap projects by interviewing and procuring data from member co-ops, organizing, and facilitating workshops on smart grid topics, development of business cases and preparation of presentation materials
Be a thought leader in communicating the future of smart grid technologies and analytics
Create and/or modify business plans and financial models
Create and present compelling stories that demonstrate insight in presentation format
Stay current on smart grid technologies and roadmaps and to provide thoughtful insights based on member challenges and capabilities
Establish thought leadership and content around smart grid technology planning and grow into a recognized leader in the cooperative utility space around the future of data analytics and smart grid solutions
Assist team members in the prospecting and deployment of Smart Grid solutions for AMI, resiliency, grid intelligence, distributed energy resources and strategic road map development
Other duties as assigned
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or equivalent experience working with electric cooperatives. Master’s degree a plus including MSEE or MBA
3+ years working at an electric cooperative. Knowledge of meter data management and metering solutions a strong plus
5+ years of experience in smart grid technology and/or consulting
Exceptional leadership skills, work ethic, and professionalism
Ability to create high-level electric utility financial models designed to represent the performance of a financial asset, project, or other investment
Candidates should be self-driven, able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, and comfortable interfacing with internal and external stakeholders
Strong written, analytical, presentation, and problem-solving skills
Experience working on teams in electric utilities working with areas such as metering, reliability and outage management, load management, power quality, and/or solar/storage a plus
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Effective time/project management, relationship-building, and negotiation skill. Excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills
Ability to resolve conflicts and maintain positive relationships with internal and external clients
NRTC is Member Driven and Technology Focused – providing solutions that help our 1,500 electric and telephone members bring all the advantages of today’s evolving technology to rural America. NRTC’s solutions are developed specifically to meet the needs of rural utilities and their customers, and include integrated smart grid solutions, metering networks, next-generation energy, demand management, broadband, managed services, mobile and video. We are a dynamic, growing cooperative with more than 650 employees operating out of seven office locations. We are looking to add experienced staff to our Smart Grid Solutions (SGS) team to enhance and accelerate the development of those solutions for the benefit of our members.