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Post Date: Sep 20, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Industry Type: Electricity
Company Type: Retail Supplier
Start Date: - n/a -
Salary: - n/a -
Location: US - Texas - Houston - Sugar Land
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Description
Reporting and analysis
Serve as the primary quantitative financial analyst for the company defining the company’s financial situation by completing quantitative analyses.
Analyze and explain variances between actual and forecasted results.
Perform ad-hoc reporting and analysis, as requested by senior management.
Implement and maintain business intelligence tools and dashboard reports.
Develop and maintain financial models and analyses to support new commercial strategies and changes to existing commercial strategies.
Evaluate new forecasting approaches and new model development
Support senior leadership and operations with in-depth analysis for gross margins by line of business and utility.
Maintain and improve existing forecasting processes
Manage the continuous financial forecasting process, including periodic updates to the existing Excel based model for new sales, new products, changes to markets, market conditions, and new market entry.
Evaluate optional plans by identifying potential outcomes and returns.
Analyze and explain forecast sensitivities around key assumptions.
Analyze and explain variances between forecast versions.
Perform analytics on incremental forecasts based on updated inputs and assumptions. This may include re-writing parts of the Excel model from time to time.
Validate model inputs against actual tariffs, rates, and settlements.
Manage the analytical process to determine historical trends and averages, and update to forecasting model assumptions accordingly.
Communicate analysis findings to risk, accounting, sales, IT, and other relevant departments to update any assumptions used for monthly accruals, pricing models, or commercial strategies.
Migrate the forecasting process into a relational database tool
Assist with the design of a database replacement for the Excel based forecasting model. The likely system will be built in Microsoft SQL server.
Participate with IT in implementing and testing the new database forecasting model.
Continually monitor key performance indicators.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Abilities, Skills, and Knowledge:
A tenacious problem solver
A collaborative, team first attitude
Energized by serving others. Skilled in providing accurate and timely financial analysis services to a diverse customer base with a consistent, professional approach
An unwavering commitment to meeting deadlines and communicating progress toward those deadlines
Well organized and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, particularly related to communicating financial information in an appropriate manner to the intended audience, including senior executive management
Committed to maintaining and continually improving process controls
Spreadsheet controls
Model and file versioning and related controls
Data entry procedures and controls
Advanced proficiency with software applications associated this position.
Microsoft Office suite, including Excel including VBA Macros, PowerPoint, Access, and Word
Microsoft SQL Server including database design
SQL stored procedures
SQL Server Management Studio SSMS)
Analytical skills to evaluate data, processes, models, and trends, specifically statistical analysis (standard deviations, slope, R squared, etc.)
A passion for identifying and communicating a financial story from a large volume of data
Focused on accurate and efficient data entry
Curiosity about the retail electricity business and understanding sources of existing profitability and potential new profit sources
Self-disciplined and capable of working with minimal supervision in a fast-paced office environment
Respect for others evidenced by a commitment to communicating effectively, and courteously
Committed to continual learning and advances existing technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and reviewing publications.
Professional office practices and procedures

Skills
Formal Education:
The preferred candidate will have a Bachelor degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Statistics, Math, or a related field. A Master degree is preferred.
Training (License and/or Certification):        
CPA, Master of Science in a financial field, MBA, and/or CFA preferred
Ideal candidate will have 3 to 5 years in retail or wholesale energy industry financial analysis or accounting.


Notes
Strong quantitative skills with the ability to analyze and interpret data.Individual must be highly motivated and able to solve problems
Ability to work independently in a manner aligned with team goals. Hands on experience applying MS Excel and SQL database tools to solve industry challenges. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Experience with an electricity and/or natural gas retailers is highly desirable







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