Rate Design & Cost of Service Analyst - Butte or Helena, MT

  • Northwestern Energy
  • Dec 20, 2021
Full time Accounting Finance

Job Description



POSTING DATES: November 16, 2021 through Open Until Filled


Rate Design & Cost of Service Analyst



Work Location

Butte or Helena, MT preferred; other major MT service territory locations may be considered


5-8 ($49,000 to $110,800)

Employment Status

Regular Full-time

Employment Physical

Not Required

Drug Test


Background Check


Relocation Benefit



Part-time within NorthWestern Energy service territory negotiable


The Analyst ,Cost of Service and Pricing/Rate Design is responsible for researching, developing, managing, and defending in regulatory processes NorthWestern Energy's electric and natural gas cost of service and pricing/rate design studies and filings before the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This position will report to the Director of Regulatory Affairs.


  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics
  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives
  • Plan, prepare/develop and/or coordinate preparation/development of Cost of Service and Pricing/Rate Design studies and analyses, as well as the development of testimony and workpapers for regulatory filings, memos and presentations for executive briefings and external communications. Work will include the development of new and innovative service offerings and tariffs designed to be revenue neutral and meet NorthWestern Energy's strategic needs and the development of cost shift analysis consistent with the cost of service study results.
  • Coordinate internal and external resources to ensure accurate and timely regulatory filings and testimony
  • Develop and sponsor testimony to support regulatory filings, respond to discovery, and testify at contested regulatory hearings
  • Work across multiple functional areas to develop and implement cost allocation and pricing/rate design strategies and studies and work in close coordination with finance to ensure rate design is revenue neutral
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of management pertaining to rate and regulatory matters
  • Advocate and partner with internal and external resources, including customers, to ensure that NorthWestern Energy's pricing/rate design appropriately reflects stakeholder objectives
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge of relevant tariffs, statutes, and regulations, including proposed and final rules
  • Foster a constructive relationship with Montana Public Service Commission and Montana Consumer Counsel staff and other key stakeholders
  • Travel up to 10% is required


  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, engineering, economics or comparable, relevant professional degree
    • Master's degree desirable.
  • Minimum 5 years preferred of progressively increasing experience performing cost of service studies and pricing/rate design at an electric utility up to and including the supervision of the preparation of such studies and analysis. Similar experience with natural gas services is also preferred
  • Experience preparing, presenting, and defending cost of service and pricing/rate design work products particularly in contested regulatory proceedings preferred
  • Experience testifying as a witness in regulatory proceedings preferred
  • Demonstrated high level of initiative and ability to work under significant time pressures
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team
  • Exhibit the ability to learn and understand NorthWestern Energy's corporate strategy and business model
  • Demonstrated business acumen including the ability to interpret company financial statements and familiarity with accounting concepts and practices, public utility revenue requirement, and utility tariffs
  • Maintain a high degree of confidentiality and exercise sound business judgement
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities


When considering applicants for this position, the selection process will take into consideration the needs of NorthWestern, including such factors as reorganization requirements, diversity opportunities, relocation requirements, employee development and job succession. If any of the preceding language conflicts with the applicable bargaining unit agreements, the bargaining unit agreement will prevail.


External applicants should apply online at http://www.northwesternenergy.com. Internal applicants should apply online at iConnect. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department via phone at 1-800-245-6977, or via email at job.inquiries@northwestern.com.

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We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and statutes.