Real Time Dispatcher/Operator

Date:  Nov 6, 2023

Princeton, NJ, US, 08540

Company:  NRG

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Job Summary: 

The Real-Time Trader/Dispatcher role will work inside the NRG NERC-qualified trade floor and is responsible for the monitoring of grid conditions, dispatching & monitoring of generation resources and providing event forecasting and analytics reporting. 


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 Real-Time Operations Dispatcher, 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Must complete necessary NERC or ISO certification and continuing education requirements as applicable 

**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.** 


Working Conditions: 

  • The role will require working outside of normal business hours 
  • Must be able to work a rotating shift on a 24-hour operational schedule (However, during the initial training phase, which may last up to 2 months, will work normal business hours, Monday through Friday.) 
  • Must be available to fulfill storm/event duty requirements, which may include reporting to work during winter storms or other possible catastrophic events and working extended shifts as necessary until storm or event conditions reside 


Example shift schedule: 


Example Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Week 1

Week 2 D D X X X N N
Week 3 N N N N N X X
Week 4 X X D D D X X
Week 5 X TR TR TR TR X X
X = Off Day D = 12 hr. N=12 hr. TR = 8hr.


Minimum Requirements: 

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent or relevant experience or equivalent military experience 
  • Intermediate proficiency of Microsoft Excel and the Microsoft Office Suite 


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • Previous Energy industry experience  
  • NERC or PJM certification (candidate must complete certification within 12 months of hire) 
  • Prior experience working in one or more of the following markets: 
  • CAISO 
  • ERCOT 
  • MISO 
  • PJM 
  • NYISO 
  • IESO 
  • ISONE 


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Proven ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing 
  • Ability to work well under pressure, remaining focused and calm in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to work without supervision while carrying out duties 
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks or assignments at the same time 
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a team environment 
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem resolution skill 
  • Organized, task-oriented, and strong attention to detail 
  • Competence in mathematics and technical concepts 

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace.  To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability  Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.  

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