Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Short term Bulk Power Trader

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Alliant Energy has a challenging opportunity for a Short Term Bulk Power Trader I to join our team at the corporate headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.

Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT) is a mid-cap electric and gas utility with an excellent reputation, a track record of success and a solid foundation for aggressive, intelligent short and long-term growth plans. We have announced plans to construct over 900 MW of additional electric generating capacity from both traditional and renewable sources in the upper Midwest as well as significant environmental improvements to existing facilities in the near future.

NOTE: This position may be filled at a higher level.

Position Summary

Learn to manage Alliant energy's near-term (one day to three years forward) energy and capacity portfolio composed of generating, native load, and physical and financial wholesale power market transactions. Trades bulk power in the wholesale power market.


Using established procedures and methodologies negotiate structured energy, capacity, and transmission contracts within prescribed limits needed to meet Alliant Energy's native load and other contractual requirements.

With direction, develop a detailed next-day supply/demand position combining current and anticipated weather conditions, native load requirements, generation commitment and availability, and bulk power purchase and sale transactions for us by real-time generation dispatch and trading personnel.

With direction, perform price discovery, monitors forward market pricing, and actively responds to changes in forward market pricing as part of on-going management of the energy and capacity portfolio.

Participate in maintaining relationships with counter parties in the bulk power market including other utilities, independent power producers, and power marketing companies

With direction, obtain, analyze and communicate bulk power market intelligence including variables that influence pricing, availability, and reliability of power sources.

Participate in the implementation and optimization generator maintenance scheduling.

Record relevant information for completed energy, capacity, and transmission transactions in established record-keeping systems.

Monitor new products, services and counter parties available in the bulk power market; utilizes new products, services and counter parties when beneficial for Alliant Energy to do so.

With direction, assist in executing load management programs such as interruptible customer load and direct load control as warranted by current system conditions.

Corporate Competencies (applicable to all Alliant Energy positions):

Accountability: The ability and willingness to actively accept responsibility for consequences of own actions, regardless of outside forces

Communication: The capacity and commitment to adapt communication style and method based on audience

Decision Making: The ability and willingness to use balanced judgment and efficiently evaluate all aspects of a situation to make shrewd decisions that support business objectives

Business Acumen: The capacity and commitment to understand how decisions impact the use of resources within an organization

Results Oriented: The capacity and commitment to stay focused on the key activities that consistently achieve goals and produce business results

Customer Focus: The capacity and commitment to anticipate internal and external customer needs that deliver results that exceed expectations

Leadership: The capacity and commitment to collaborate with individuals and teams in the process of evaluating and planning their development needs

Teamwork: The capacity and commitment to build effective working relationships, seek out diverse input, and partner with others in order to achieve business goals

Performance Skills:

Candidates must have demonstrated the following performance skills:

Attention to Detail – Able to be alert in a high-risk environment; follow detailed procedures and ensure accuracy in documentation and data; carefully monitor gauges, instruments, or processes; concentrate on routine work details, and organize and maintain a system of records.

Commitment to Task – Able to take responsibility for actions and outcomes and persist despite obstacles; be available around the clock in case of emergency; give long hours to the job; demonstrate dependability in difficult circumstances and show a sense of urgency about getting results.

Planning, Prioritizing and Goal Setting – Able to prepare for emerging customer needs; manage multiple projects; determine project urgency in a meaningful and practical way; use goals to guide actions and create detailed action plans; organize and schedule people and tasks.

Respecting Diversity – Able to adapt to behavior to others’ styles; interact with people who have different values, cultures, or backgrounds; be of service to difficult people; optimize the benefits of having a diverse workforce.

Non-compete agreement required?

Yes X No

Disclaimer - The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Alliant Energy is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment drug screen and background investigation.

A core corporate value of Alliant Energy is to be a responsible corporate citizen, caring for the environment and the communities where we do business and encouraging diversity in our employee and supplier ranks, we recognize, respect and appreciate the valuable and different perspectives that each of us bring to the work environment, our company and our customers.

To apply for this challenging opportunity, please complete the online application: www.alliantenergy.com/careers - reference #005286. Application deadline is January 25th, 2009.

Physical & Environmental Requirements:

Physical requirements include standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, finger dexterity, hearing and seeing. Environmental requirements include working indoors.

Technical/Job Skill Qualifications:

Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a degree in Business, Marketing, Engineering or a related field.

Minimum of 0-2 years professional experience

Ability to use computers and analytical methods to analyze operational problems.

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