Sunday, May 23, 2010

Market Analyst

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Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Reporting Relationship: Directly reports to the Sr. Coal and Emissions Trader

SUMMARY: This is a senior level trading position supporting the Company’s business objectives by analyzing and managing databases and models and conduction research projects requiring independent judgment and initiative.


# Researches/analyzes fundamentals of coal supply and demand and identifies trade opportunities
# Helps develop long-term business strategy through analysis of changing competitive regulatory, and market environments
# Builds analytical system and knowledge base for use in fundamental analysis of coal and emissions markets; actively seeks new trading strategies in emerging emissions markets
# Communicates results of analysis to traders and senior management; works as a team with traders to develop market strategies
# Performs monthly updates to pricing spreadsheets
# Updates production matrices (NAPP, PRB, CAPP), other data sources (EEI generation, EIA production, imports/exports, rail performance, nuke output), and SO2 model, including data files on emissions, allocations, and trades
# Downloads and processes quarterly MSHA data
# Maintains consumption model; updating model each month and investigating the addition of additional regressors
# Assists in the development and design of specific market analysis tools that will move existing coal market analysis to the next level of specificity
# Assists in preparing presentations for internal use (charts, graphs, diagrams)
# Utilizes analytical tools (Energy Velocity) to perform data-sorts for market characterization, as well as analysis of potential market/trade opportunities as requested
# Assists in the evaluation of individual deals and trade opportunities through identification of inconsistencies or correlation on market data and historical trends
# Other related duties as assigned


Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in quantitative discipline (economics, finance, business, or engineering preferred), with a minimum of two years experience preferrably in energy related field with a significant quantitative background to provide the following:

# Performs varied assignments requiring a thorough working and theoretical knowledge of the discipline

# Understands and interprets relevant standards through trading statistics

# Performs most tasks and requires minimal supervision

# Uses knowledge to influence and direct project outcome

# Challenges status quo in new ways to solve discipline specific problems

# Ability to understand and analyze industry dynamics

# Demonstrates proficiency and utilizes negotiation skills

# Demonstrates ambition and competitive instinct

# Strong MS Office abilities (Excel and Access)

# Function within a matrix organization in which functional and business leaders have equal authority within the organization and employees report to both a functional leader and a business leader

# Develop and maintain productive relationships with both a functional and business leader, who collaborates on employee issues and decisions (including performance management, compensation and development)


The physical demands characterized in the attached essential and marginal job functions epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Please see the attached essential and marginal job functions (general office) for this position.


The employee performs job duties in a climate controlled office environment, with a moderate noise level and occasionally travel to other non-climate controlled locations.

Requirements Please see job description.

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