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Data Scientist

Department: Monterey Bay Community Power
Job Status: Full-Time
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
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Job Description


The Data Scientist will develop, implement and manage Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) data analytics management platforms to support queries, analytics and reports.
The Data Scientist reports to the Manager of Strategic Analysis & Rates, and is expected to work closely with the staff responsible for rates design, data management, IT, power procurement services, customer account services, customer programs, and regulatory affairs. The ideal candidate must possess solid data science experience and expertise and will bring a mix of technical data science acumen, the ability to work independently, a passion for building solutions and streamlining processes, a commitment to data-driven decision-making, and a deep interest in MBCP’s mission.

Job Description

The Data Scientist will be responsible for development, implementation and management of MBCP data analytics management platforms aimed at improving business processes including, without limitation, the following:

Customer segmentation and characterization;
Program design and targeting (electrification, demand response, etc.);
Program operations (enrollment, reporting, evaluation);
Customer billing and customer service;
Energy contracting lifecycle management;
Customer rate structures and design;
Interactions with third-party energy technology providers;
Dashboarding, KPI analytics, and enterprise-level reporting.

The incumbent will work closely with key internal and external stakeholders including developers, technology providers, site hosts, investor-owned utilities (IOUs), and MBCP data management service provider.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Illustrative Only)

The Data Scientist will oversee MBCP’s use of data science and technology in a manner that maximizes the value of data to both internal and external customers.

Execute the overall data analytic strategy of the organization.
Develop, implement, and manage the day-to-day operations of the MBCP data analytics management platforms, including extract, transform and load (ETL), scheduled queries, ad-hoc queries, file operations, and internal dashboards.
Develop models and algorithms to generate analytic insights from MBCP data, disseminate those insights across the organization, and extract the most value out of MBCP’s data.
Develop, perform, and maintain queries and reports on metered usage, billing, and other data.
Manage the analytic workload by coordinating data inquiries from internal customers, defining analytic strategy, and validating outputs and results.
Oversee and direct the expansion of the platform by implementing new features and data sets and expanding analytic capabilities as they are being developed.
Supervise the development of models that support core business activities and ensure that they are well integrated with the overall analytic strategy of the organization.
Engage with the Power Services, Communications & External Affairs, and Legal teams to understand their data and analytic needs, provide data-driven insights and direction, recommend analytic solutions, and implement changes to the platforms as necessary.
Engage with contracted data management service provider and the IOUs (Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison) to ensure that the needs of MBCP are being met, provide feedback or quality assurance assistance as needed, and manage change related to those providers.
Evaluate new and emerging technologies that may be of value to MBCP.
Perform other related duties as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities

No direct supervisory role anticipated at this time, but this could change as MBCP grows over time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Minimum Qualifications -

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed 
below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Experience/Education/Technical Skills

BA/BS or MS in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, or another STEM field, or equivalent experience
Minimum 3 years of professional work experience in the field of data science or analytics
Experience working in the electric utility industry strongly encouraged
Experience producing customer-facing deliverables and coordinating efforts across multiple stakeholders
Experience managing a complex data analytics system, including file management, ETL, scheduled queries, stored procedures, etc.; experience with cloud infrastructure a plus
Significant prior experience framing and conducting analyses in a relational database environment (e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, Oracle) and through spreadsheet-based tools
Prior experience with programming languages (e.g. Python, PHP, Ruby, etc.) and statistical programming languages (e.g. R, SAS, SPS, etc.)
Has the ability to collect and integrate large amounts of unruly data (structured and unstructured) and transform it into a usable format
Be able to develop new algorithms for specific problems
Be able to identify trends and make predictions based on data trends
Strong math and statistical skills
A passion for and curiosity about new big data analytics technologies and methods

Willingness to:

Work occasional afterhours or on weekends

Knowledge of:
Knowledge of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), electric power systems, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), and the Department of Energy (DOE)
Modern technology, systems, and software designed to assist in the computerized management of information, including SharePoint, Adobe, advanced Outlook, Cisco WebEx and Microsoft Office Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) purpose and functions

Ability to:

Have a strong work ethic befitting a start-up environment
Communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in written form, sufficiently to convey complex information in a simple and understandable manner
Identify and solve problems effectively and expeditiously
Organize, plan, and prioritize own workload, meet critical deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment
Achieve goals while providing accurate, timely, and meaningful progress updates
Work well under pressure
Have high attention to detail with strong organizational skills
Have strong project management skills
Demonstrate integrity, patience, tact, and courtesy always
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered during performance of duties
Take responsibility and work independently, as well as coordinate collaborative efforts with MBCP staff


Requirement: Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license, automobile insurance, and a safe driving record.  A DMV report may be required.  

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those required for the position.  Position requires sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting in the performance of daily activities.  The position requires hand manipulation and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard.  The position requires near and far vision in reading reports and use of a computer.  Acute hearing is required in supporting meetings and providing phone and in-person customer service.  The position occasionally requires lifting and/or moving objects up to 20 pounds.  MBCP will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability upon request.

Additional Information

Location and Compensation:

MBCP is located in Monterey, California.  Employees are expected to work from the Corporate office. Compensation for this position is industry competitive and commensurate with experience, with a cap of $136,240. A full benefits package is also offered as part of salaried employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

MBCP is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


Application Special Instructions

Application Process:

The position is open until filled. To be considered for this position, please submit an application, detailed resume and cover letter.

Resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in the job description.  Candidates deemed to have relevant qualifications will be contacted.