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Real-Time Trader/Dispatcher

Date Posted: Jan 5, 2019

Location: Princeton, NJ, US

Company: NRG

Job Description

NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

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Job Summary: 

  • Candidates will be hired at one of the positions (I, II, III.) based upon their experience, knowledge, skill, and ability to add value to the company.
    • This job description reflects an assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  Other duties and tasks may be assigned to this job at the Company's discretion.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Manage the real-time operations of NRG’s asset portfolio, including dispatching generation based upon economic conditions and operational constraints, developing load forecasts, tracking real time load, as applicable, performing retail load portfolio optimization, and purchasing or selling energy and capacity as needed.
  • Take or direct timely and appropriate real-time actions in accordance with ISO procedures.
  • Coordinate unit availability, outage schedules, unit startup and shutdown times, and communicate all necessary information to plant personnel, ISOs, and day-ahead traders
  • As System Operator, have the responsibility and authority to implement real-time actions to ensure the stable and reliable operation of the Bulk Electric System.  
  • Communicate with Balancing Authorities, Reliability Coordinators, Transmission Operators and ISO on continual basis, taking necessary actions and providing ancillary services to ensure system reliability.
  • System Operator must comply with applicable NERC Reliability Standards and regional ISO rules and tariffs.
  • Monitor and analyze available market information to identify dispatching and trading opportunities
  • Manage dispatching and trading decisions with a continuous focus on balancing risk versus return to produce maximum profitability.
  • Analyze and evaluate energy transactions to ensure that all relevant aspects including energy price, transmission, counter party, and contractual terms are compliant with NRG’s Risk Management Policy.
  • System Operator must complete necessary NERC certification and continuing education requirements as applicable


Working Conditions:

  • Open office environment.
  • Work inside a NERC-qualified trade floor


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, business, finance, or other relevant degree from an accredited college or university or relevant experience or equivalent military experience.
  • Applicable experience with any of the following markets: CAISO, ERCOT, MISO, PJM, NYISO, and/or ISONE markets and/or operations
  • Candidates must be able to work a 12-hour shift schedule as part of a 24 hour, 7 days a week operation.
  • Candidates must be able to fulfill storm/event duty requirements.
  • This job requires working during hurricane, winter storms and other possible catastrophic event conditions.  Persons in this role may be required to report to the storm/event duty location(s) and perform the job functions as required.  This may include extended shifts as necessary until storm or event conditions reside.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • NERC and PJM certification are a plus.
  • If not NERC or PJM certified, candidate must complete certification within 18 months of hire.
  • Candidate must complete desk qualification within 12 months of hire.


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Competence with mathematics and technical concepts.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Proven ability to take appropriate action within time constraints.
  • Capable/proficient with Microsoft Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter with ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, forward moving environment.


Physical Requirements:

  • None

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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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