The System Operator ensures that Great Britain’s gas and electricity is transported safely and efficiently from where it is produced to where it is consumed, balancing supply and demand in real time. As a separate company within the National Grid Group, the Electricity System Operator is neutral within industry and able to facilitate market based solutions that deliver value for consumers. We work with our customers and stakeholders to shape the future of the energy market, providing analysis and insight into the changing nature of energy.
In the UK, we don’t generate or sell energy – we join the dots to get energy from A to B. From making a cup of tea in the morning, to keeping the lights on in hospitals, our electricity network puts power in the hands of people. Without it, the world as we know it would grind to a halt.
The world of energy is changing beyond recognition. Working at National Grid ESO, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in the UK – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.
Our values and principles
At National Grid ESO, through listening to what our customers need, every day we do the right thing and find a better way.
As a National Grid ESO employee, you’ll treat our customers as a priority, taking time to listen and work with them to help give them the best experience we possibly can. You’ll need to be proactive and flexible in your approach and continually look for ways to exceed their expectations – sometimes in unexpected and helpful ways. You’ll provide accessible information when our customers need it and make things simple by using your expertise to guide them. Above all, you’ll follow through on your promises to deliver value, drive efficiency and give them a great customer experience.
We offer inclusion and diversity training for everyone here at National Grid ESO, with a view to building an inclusive working environment and developing all our employees. Training opportunities range from unconscious bias and reverse mentoring to targeted training initiatives which are tailored to support our diverse and innovative work force.
About the role
As Data Scientist, you will undertake analysis for the Future Energy Scenarios (FES), and provide input to key Electricity System Operator (ESO) processes that rely on this information. You will ensure all future market development propositions are robustly underpinned by strong analysis, bringing in new and innovative techniques as appropriate.
As part of your analysis you will utilise a pan-European market model to assess future electricity supply scenarios for GB and Europe, electricity generator economics and the provision of flexibility (e.g. interconnectors, storage and demand-side response). You will document your processes so that they are repeatable and transparent, and you will seek opportunities to speed up analysis (e.g. by writing SQL or Python scripts to automate processes) thereby allowing us to spend time undertaking new ad hoc analysis.
Acting as a key interface with internal and external stakeholders, you will represent the ESO on relevant industry panels such as Electricity Network Association (ENA) and European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) working groups or code change management groups.
Proactively monitoring the evolving discussion around net zero decarbonisation you will ensure that a wide range of stakeholder views are considered and guarantee breadth and depth of the scenarios you develop. By liaising with key stakeholders (e.g. Ofgem, BEIS, CCC, network owners and generators) you will help to identify areas of commonality, the range of modelling methods used and identifying areas for future improvement.
In addition, you will communicate internally/externally to share the results of your analysis and to promote the Future Energy Scenarios such that we stay at the cutting edge of analysis and the forefront of the energy debate. You will also provide oversight, challenge and advice to other team members and support them in delivering their accountabilities.
This role is offered on a 9-month fixed term contract or secondment.
With experience in data science, economic modelling, statistical analysis, simulation, forecasting or scenario creation, you will ideally have a degree in engineering, economics, computer or data science, or other relevant experience in a numerate discipline.
You will have the ability to communicate in a compelling way on highly complex modelling concepts and outputs at a senior stakeholder level, to both energy modelling experts (e.g. modelling professionals and academics); and non-specialists (e.g. executives and politicians).
With a high level of computer literacy particularly excellent Excel skills but also use of data science packages (e.g. SQL, Visual Basic, Python or other object orientated programming languages), you will have experience in building tools / models that process and analyse data from a variety of sources in order to deliver meaningful insights.
A logical, creative and practical approach to problem solving and ability to structure complex problems is key as is strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate key messages to internal and external stakeholders.
You may have experience across energy markets, with an understanding of the supply, transportation and use of energy together with awareness of the current and future global economic, market and political issues facing the industry.
What You'll Get
A competitive salary between £38,300 and £48,000— dependent on capability (pro rata for duration of contract)
As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus based on personal and company performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few.
The closing date for this vacancy is 9th August 2020 however we encourage candidate to submit their applications as early as possible and not wait until the published closing date as this can vary. National Grid reserves the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.
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