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Commerical Valuation Specialist (Associate or Career Level)- Portland, Oregon - 4169
PACIFICORP | Portland, Oregon
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Job Description

General Purpose

Perform routine asset valuations and analysis of commercial business opportunities, including term/structured commodity transactions and market optimization.  Conduct special studies and analyses, evaluate risk, develop alternatives, present recommendations to management and influence management decisions. Maintain and develop valuation models.


Responsibilities of the Associate Level Commercial Valuation Specialist include the following:

  • Perform standard asset valuations (i.e., generating assets, transmission assets, and utility assets,) and economic analysis of term/structured commodity transaction opportunities (i.e., electricity, natural gas, diesel fuel, and ancillary services).
  • Use, implement, and maintain decision making tools, including spreadsheet-based valuation tools and production cost simulation models, including Energy Imbalance Market optimization.
  • Compile, analyze, interpret, and summarize resource operational data, load data, transmission data, commodity price and fuel cost data needed to produce and defend analytical studies.  
  • Identify, analyze and disaggregate analyses into appropriate cost and benefit streams.
  • Provide support for analyzing and tracking budget net power costs versus actual net power costs
  • Provide support for regulatory filings and proceedings involving investment decisions, market power activities and trading activities
  • Prepare clear and concise deliverables that document results, risks, methods, and key assumptions.
  • Present recommendations supported by study results and risk analysis.
  • Work with a broad range of subject matter experts to ensure analytical assumptions, methods, and results are understood and reasonable.


In addition to the above, the responsibilities of the Career Level Commercial Valuation Specialist including the following:

  • Create, implement, and maintain decision making tools, including spreadsheet-based valuation tools and production cost simulation models, including Energy Imbalance Market optimization.
  • Manage cross-functional teams of analysts to ensure appropriate incorporation of costs and benefits.   


Requirements for the Associate Level Commercial Valuation Specialist include the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Mathematics, Finance, Engineering, Statistics or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • A minimum of one to two years of related experience in commodity markets and/or financial analysis.
  • Familiarity with valuation techniques and analytical methods specific to the electric utility industry.
  • Strong spreadsheet skills.
  • Oral and written communication skills that can be leveraged to describe analytical methods senior team members and the department lead.
  • Proficient with the use of personal computers to gather, analyze, and summarize data.  
  • Ability to work in a high volume and tight deadline arena.
  • Ability to work in a team environment with a strong ability to think independently and facilitate cooperation.  


In addition to the above, the requirements of the Career Level Commercial Valuation Specialist include the following:


  • A minimum of three years of related experience in commodity markets and/or financial analysis.


  • Familiarity with utility economics, including revenue requirement and net power costs.
  • Familiarity with the company’s system, including resources, transmission system, primary fuel, reserves, and system dispatch drivers.
  • Familiarity with utility operations and market settlements.
  • Familiarity with company policies, procedures, and practices.

Additional Information

Primary Location: Portland

Department: 00001027 Pacific Power

Schedule: FULLTIME

Personnel Subarea: [[personnelSubarea]]

Hiring Range: 60,900- 78,000 or 79,000-103,100


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.

At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential.  

It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.


PacifiCorp is a regulated electric company serving 1.7 million retail customers, including residential, commercial, industrial and other customers in portions of the states of Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, Washington, Idaho and California. During the year ended December 31, 2008, PacifiCorp owned, or had interests in, 74 thermal, hydroelectric, wind-powered and geothermal generating facilities, with a net owned capacity of 10,188 megawatts (MW). PacifiCorp also owns, or has interests in, electric transmission and distribution assets, and transmits electricity through approximately 15,800 miles of transmission lines. PacifiCorp also buys and sells electricity on the wholesale market with public and private utilities, energy marketing companies and incorporated municipalities in connection with excess electricity generation or other system balancing activities. (Source: 10-K)

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