Operations Analyst

Edinburgh


About Flexitricity

Flexitricity is a demand response business which provides fast access to response and reserve energy that is delivered with a lower cost and lower emissions than conventional power stations.

Flexitricity pioneered aggregated demand-side reserve services (DSR) for electricity system balancing, and continues to lead this sector in volume, technical capability and innovation. Flexitricity creates this reserve by aggregating small generators and flexible electrical loads into capacity groups that are made available to National Grid or one of the UK’s Distribution Network Operators for short periods when the national or local electricity system is under stress. These generation assets and electrical loads are owned by third party industrial and commercial businesses that partner with Flexitricity for market access and service provision.

To complement the core DSR business Flexitricity has developed a new energy supply offering (Flexitricity+) that is aimed at a subset of industrial and commercial customers.  Launched in October 2018, Flexitricity+ provides a transparent market access for CHP operators, battery developers, small merchant generators and energy-intensive industrial sites.  Using our 24-hour control room and live smart grid platform, we monetise the flexibility of our customers in on-the-day markets such as the Balancing Mechanism.


About the role

The Operations Analyst strives to maximise the revenue from contracted assets (for example, generators).  Revenue is earned by the assets through participation in various ancillary services, markets and the Electricity Balancing Mechanism. Optimising revenues must be done with appreciation of limits of the assets’ design and limits set by their owners.

Key tasks will be conducting various analyses of the performance of assets with respect to internal targets and with respect to competitor activity.  In doing this, the Operations Analyst will explore market opportunities and contribute to our strategies.  This will include creating prototypes and requirements documentation for new analysis tools and business logic to automate our strategies.  Experience in data analysis and modelling will be required, using full programming languages or using specialised data analysis software and languages.

The Operations Analyst will work closely with the Operations team, appreciating the tasks of the Shift Operator.  Additional duties are to check the results of high value manual and ad-hoc tasks performed by the Shift Operator, providing sense checks and guidance based on the knowledge of assets and of the market that the Analyst will gain.

The role requires regular and punctual attendance which may be outside normal 09:00 to 17:00 hours and will change according to the season and according to strategies and procedures being employed by the team.  Weekly hours worked will be the same as a normal full-time role.  As the team grows, it is the aim for Operations Analysts to cover 06:00 to 20:00 weekdays and core hours at weekends according to a rota.

    About you

    To be a successful candidate you must have a passion for data analysis with the following experience:

    • A degree in a technical subject such as maths, computing, engineering, or equivalent work experience.
    • Data analysis, modelling and visualisation (e.g., using Excel, Matlab or R).
    • Employment that has utilised your analytical skills.
    • Excellent communication, presentation and documentation skills.
    • Enthusiasm and self-motivation.

    Desirable experience

    • Familiarity with energy or other markets through study or employment.
    • SQL (we use Postgres, MS-SQL).
    • Data analysis in Python (we use Pandas for time-series).

    Benefits

    We are committed to rewarding initiative and excellence and we offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. You can expect challenge, learning and autonomy in creating value in our dynamic business.


    Application

    To apply, please email your CV with a covering letter highlighting your salary expectations to jobs@flexitricity.com.