Market Monitor I

in Pulaski - Little Rock County, AR

Job Description


The Market Monitor I is responsible for performing analysis of the energy and transmission services markets in support of monitoring for and prevention of market power abuse and market manipulation.  The Monitor is also responsible for evaluating market rules and market performance to ensure markets are efficient and effective. Interaction with real-time operations requires rotating on-call responsibilities with other Monitors within the department.  The multi-disciplinary structure of the group requires effective teamwork to achieve desired results. The position also interacts with SPP internal departments,  regulatory staff and market participants while maintaining independence.

Market Monitors are expected to manage individual work effort and support team efforts in the development of metrics, analysis, reports and responses to inquiries with varying levels of supervision, and initiate new and unique analysis and reports depending on the experience of the monitor.

Essential Functions

  • Analyze and review market data for indications of market power abuse and market manipulation through the development of ad hoc analysis and routine reports
  • Analyze and review market data and operational decisions for indications of market design concerns
  • Analyze and review market data and operational decisions for compliance with market rules
  • Document investigations and studies in written reports
  • Coordinate and communicate with SPP market participants, member companies, and the FERC about market issues while maintaining independence
  • Constructively engage SPP RTO staff in development of reports and procedures to identify and prevent problems and concerns while maintaining independence
  • Design, develop, and implement new metrics and reports
  • Monitor data and reports as part of the Market Monitoring on-call rotation
  • Provide technical support to a supervisor in the constructive engagement with SPP committees and working groups while maintaining independence
  • Adhere to and enforce all SPP policies and procedures
  • Maintain flexibility and ability to function with constantly changing and multiple priorities
  • Practice good organizational skills


Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, math, computer science, engineering or other related field

Experience Requirements:

  • No experience required


  • Capable of organizing and conducting technical and analytical studies
  • Capacity to learn electric market concepts and ability to apply understanding in unique analysis
  • Basic understanding of microeconomics, including the theory of competitive markets
  • Strong interpersonal, team-building, and organizational skills
  • Ability to support diverse team members and manage parts of complex analysis projects
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of and compliance with SPP Policies and Procedures
  • Flexibility and aptitude to function with constantly changing conditions and priorities
  • Experience performing analysis using SAS, SQL queries, or another database analytical tool or experience programming in any comparable data-oriented environment


  • Advanced degree in economics, math, or other related field
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: econometrics, statistical analysis, industrial organization, utility operations, RTO operations, or energy trading
  • Experience with data manipulation and analysis of large data sets

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands:

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to make decisions, interpret data, and problem solve.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand or sit for extended periods; use hands to operate a computer keyboard and standard office equipment.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 10 pounds.
  • Requires the ability to work and collaborate with managers and employees at all levels to exchange ideas, information, and opinions to facilitate the task.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of workweek are Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Working extended hours may be required.

Travel Requirement:

This position requires minimal travel (0-10%).

Should you elect to apply for this position SPP will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days, but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email. 

  Southwest Power Pool is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “reasonable accommodation” as a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows a qualified individual with a disability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of a particular job, and does not cause an undue hardship for the employer.  SPP adheres to the ADA and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions.


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Job Posting: 3052239

Posted On: Sep 13, 2021

Updated On: Oct 15, 2021