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Gas Forecasting Analyst II or Senior

Location: Fayetteville, AR, United States
Job ID: 33535
Date Posted: Jul 15, 2021
Salary: $64100 to $96100 annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

Forecast load requirements, peak day analysis, and provide backup for commercial supply activity, including physical purchasing and executing financial transactions related to company hedging requirements.

SALARY RANGE:  (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

     Level II: $64,100 - $96,100

     Senior Level: $76,300 - $114,450

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Sr. Manager – Gas Supply

LOCATION: This position can be located in Fayetteville, Arkansas or Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

  • To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website. 
  • A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position! Our benefits include but are not limited to home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter's lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position. 


  • Updating all load projections (Annual, Monthly and possibly daily) for all Black Hills Gas LDC’s. 
  • Update formal plan filings as necessary.
  • Responsible for design day studies. 
  • Utilizes regression analysis and other analytical tools to determine appropriate levels of firm entitlement and gas supply requirements for each pipeline and operating regions. 
  • Conducts analysis on scheduled load to actual load.
  • Responsible for monthly (daily on occasion as instructed) and seasonal design day studies. This will specifically include utilizing regression analysis (and other analytical tools) to best determine the appropriate levels of firm entitlement and monthly, seasonal and daily gas supply requirements for each pipeline and operating region. 
  • Work with Regulatory Affairs staff in communication with state commissions regarding design days, firm entitlement levels and regression analysis. This will include responsibility to appropriately respond to data requests, presentation material, analytical support, etc.  
  • Responsible for all Gas Supply regions.  
  • Conduct post-mortem analysis on scheduled load to actual load.  Research any variations and suggest updates to pipeline service contracts.  
  • Develops and recommends continued refinement of system support related to forecasting and design day studies.  
  • Participate in and/or lead special projects in Gas Supply including review, and integration if necessary of load forecast for any acquisitions.
  • Serve as the lead contact for weather data. 
  • Produce various weather-related reports and their impact on system load.
  • Develop or support development of presentations for Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, PUC and customer meetings.

Senior level responsibility:

  • Provide backup support to execute financial transactions with futures broker, on ICE trading platform, and through introducing brokers while documenting trade notes, and market conditions.
  • In addition, have the ability to purchase physical supply through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.  This calls for the ability to analyze best pricing decisions while taking reliability into account and keeping appropriate records to support purchase decisions.


  • Regularly use spreadsheets, database and word processing software, and periodically learn new programs.
  • Develop or support development of presentations for Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, PUC and customer meetings.
  • Deals with a wide variety of people with tact, courtesy and professionalism.
  • Excellent communication skills, both personal and electronic; must maintain a high level of professionalism; must possess a very high level of verbal skills and be able to listen carefully.
  • Maintains a regular, dependable attendance and a consistently high level of performance.
  • May be required to work non-traditional hours as needed.
  • May be required to carry a company provided cell phone and be available to respond during working hours. May also be required to respond during non-working hours, especially related to company emergencies.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Level II

  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience with statistical and data analysis and modeling with an emphasis in linear regression required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Senior Level

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience with statistical and data analysis and modeling with an emphasis in linear regression required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.


  • Self-starter with demonstrated problem solving ability.
  • Gas Day modeling
  • State regulatory tariffs
  • Familiarity with Endur preferred.
  • Sound understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Planning, organization, problem solving and analytical skills are important.
  • Ability to write and communicate effectively.
  • Team Player
  • Positive attitude
  • Deals with a wide variety of people with tact, courtesy and professionalism.
  • Detail oriented


The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in an office job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental description: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously accesses, inputs, and retrieves electronic information and communicates regarding the information.  Employee frequently moves about the office space. Employee may occasionally: ascend/descend stairs, position self to access lower items, and move about the office. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if moving about is only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. Willing to travel occasionally (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package: annual incentive program (based on percentage of eligible earnings), 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 64100 to 96100
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Gas Forecasting Analyst II or Senior

Fayetteville, AR, United States