Manager, System Innovation & Development

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Date: Sep 13, 2021

Location: Phoenix, AZ, US

Company: SRP

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

Develops the coordination of system-wide planning functions (Forecasting, Resource Planning, Transmission Planning, Distribution Planning, and Customer Programs) to build integrated studies, analysis, tools, and annual planning to support SRP’s strategic directions, Corporate Objectives, and Sustainability goals.  Champions the implementation, sustainment, and evolution of the integrated planning process to position SRP to develop forward looking, integrated solutions to future industry changes. Develops new analysis to assess key criteria and capture feedback from system operating functions to review mid to long term system plans. Leads solar hosting, flexibility, renewable integration, and reliability analysis studies coordinated by the PLT and PCC.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the analytical execution of a strategic Integrated System Plan (ISP).
  • Monitors, tracks, benchmarks, tests and consults on various industry models and tools in development which synthesize system planning functions and fill strategic planning gaps.
  • Collaborates with operational groups to validate operability of annual plans.
  • Develop criteria to define project methodology and governance standards for executing projects. 
  • Creates a campaign of awareness with internal stakeholders including Land, Water, Regulatory, Legal, IT, Operations, Pricing, Strategic Planning R&D, Marketing and Finance organizations.
  • Evolves integrated planning process through lessons learned activities, industry benchmarks, and continuous process improvement.
  • Reviews and ensures that the appropriate financial, reliability, and sustainability metrics are monitored by project.
  • Tracks industry evolution of integrated system planning by participating in utility working groups, EPRI research, and maintaining strategic relationships with utilities advancing coordinated planning. 
  • Develops data warehouse to increase efficiency of information transfer among collaborative departments.
  • Develops stochastic or probabilistic modeling methodology to efficiently process risk simulations on system plans or system planning components.
  • Participates in collaborative regional partnerships for resource adequacy, Westconnect, WECC scenario modeling and cost allocation analysis.
  • Launches SRP nodal system modeling to quantify value or risk in strategic long-lead time regional or market initiatives. 
  • Lead efforts aimed at evaluating software and application development packages as requested by departments and submitted by vendors.
  • Monitor team performance to ensure that projects are implemented, supported, and closed accurately and in accordance with key milestones.
  • Ensure established project standards are upheld and clearly defined throughout the entire process.
  • Provide consulting services in relations to Project Management, Process Management, Process Mapping, Business requirement gathering and overall project support to Integrated Planning including Executive Management. 


Completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution that prepares the employee for the assignment.



Minimum of 8 years of cumulative and progressive post-degree experience required.


Desired or preferred disciplines: Applied math, data science, economics, engineering or IT

Additional Information

  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Candidates must possess the ability to work effectively under pressure with multiple priorities and deadlines.  
  • Applicants must have demonstrated ability to synthesize clear and compelling stories and define go-forward recommendations and actions based on data, learning and results.
  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal relationship building, and marketing skills are also desired.  
  • Candidates should have strong management and leadership skills; be an articulate spokesperson with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Applicants must have the ability to effectively work with employees, in a diverse workforce, providing motivation and clear direction.  
  • High standards of personal and professional ethics and integrity are required.  
  • The person selected for this position should exemplify SRP’s philosophy of outstanding customer service, accountability, and delegated decision making, strong employee involvement and empowerment, and the celebration of diversity.


Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 13359



Equal Opportunity Employer Statement


Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement


In order to promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.



Why Work at SRP


SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:


• 401(k) plan with employer matching
• Retirement pension
• Paid vacation
• Parental leave
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave
• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
• Wellness programs
• Pre-tax benefits
• Short and long-term disability plans
• Tuition assistance


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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