Manager Energy Supply Planning - Butte, MT

  • Northwestern Energy
  • Jan 03, 2022
Full time Maintenance Management

Job Description



POSTING DATES: November 23, 2021 through Open Until Filled


Manager, Energy Supply Planning


Energy Supply/Long Term Planning

Work Location

Negotiable within Montana & South Dakota Service Territory - Butte, MT Preferred


11-12 ($98,600 to $160,400)

Employment Status

Regular Full-Time

Employment Physical

Not Required

Drug Test


Background Check


Relocation Benefit





The Manager of Energy Supply Planning provides direction and leadership to the energy supply planning team. The manager is responsible for oversight and direction of all energy supply planning studies for NorthWestern Energy' service territories in Montana and South Dakota.

The manager leads a team of analysts who perform multiple functions associated with the electricity and natural gas retail load serving obligations of NorthWestern Energy. Regular duties of the team include economic and technical analysis, technical writing, and recurring tasks in association with long-term supply planning, regulatory filings and proceedings, resource selection and acquisition, electricity resource portfolio management, and electricity supply contracts. Analysis of current and future electricity supply resources, retail load, and the electric and gas resource portfolios will be central to the analyst position. Prepare and file written testimony, and appear as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings.

This position oversees, supports, and ensures proper application of relevant state statutes and rules, and other planning related regulatory requirements to NorthWestern Energy's energy supply planning process. Develops and leads innovative planning approaches and solutions to solve complex issues of today and into the future. Position will manage and supervise a staff of energy supply planning analysts.


  • 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
  • Lead the development and execution of energy supply planning activities to comply with regulatory planning requirements and other company strategic initiatives
  • Represent NorthWestern in public policy venues relating to the electric resource portfolio, including but not limited to resource procurement plans, general rate revues, and qualifying facility rate proceedings
  • Incorporate operational, legal, regulatory, and environmental factors in completion of assignments
  • Collaborate in a cross-functional team environment to drive initiatives
  • Frame and break down complex problems into key components, design program frameworks and analyses to produce insight and answers to critical questions, and recommend practical solutions to achieve results
  • Manage and support multiple projects from start to finish, managing tasks, communications, and project stakeholders
  • Conduct market research to inform and validate inputs, assumptions and scenarios in order to identify critical uncertainties, and inform the key inputs and assumptions to be included in modeling and analysis
  • Produce economic and technical analysis that guides resource planning, infrastructure planning, strategic planning and/or public policy position development
  • Create technical writing work products in support of regulatory filings, file written testimony, and appear as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings
  • Able to lead and supervise a diverse team and act as a change agent with skills and experience for innovation and implementation of new programs and processes
  • Provide policy and technical direction on energy supply planning activities and processes, including engagement with stakeholders and regulators
  • Lead NorthWestern Energy's engagements with its supply planning stakeholders
  • Company travel up to 25% and extended hours may be required
  • Most time spent in an office environment


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics or Physics, Engineering or related field of study required; a Master's Degree is a plus
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant energy work experience at electric or natural gas utilities, independent power producers, wholesale energy market participants, regulatory agencies, consulting firms or similar organizations
  • Strong understanding of NorthWestern Energy's business model and supply operations preferred
  • Strong leadership, presentation, and written and spoken communication skills preferred.
  • Maintain a high degree of confidentiality and exercise sound business judgment
  • Must be able to demonstrate advanced proficiency in the use of Microsoft® products including Excel and Word, experience with statistical programming (such as R, Stata, or similar) preferred
  • Ability to supervise and direct the activities of several direct reports and coordinate diverse activities and delegate responsibilities effectively


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 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

NorthWestern Energy

Human Resources Department Job #3492

3010 West 69th Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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.