Temporary Full-time

Northern Ireland

Applications are invited for the above 11 month agency contract position in our Settlement Department within the Market Operations Function based in Belfast.  


The System Operator for Northern Ireland Limited (SONI) is the independent Transmission System Operator (TSO) in Northern Ireland and is responsible for the safe, secure, economic and reliable operation of the electricity transmission system. SONI is part of the EirGrid Group, and is also responsible for operating the Single Electricity Market in conjunction with EirGrid on the island of Ireland.

The Market Operations Directorate is responsible for operating the Single Electricity Market (SEM) and the introduction of the new European Integrated SEM across the island of Ireland (I-SEM).  The directorate will develop and execute the new market integration strategy aligned with priorities at a European level.  We undertake all market and generation related analysis and planning, and we act as a market financial settlement centre of excellence on behalf of EirGrid Group.

The Settlement team, within the Market Operations Directorate, manages all settlement activity, including credit management and clearing of the capacity and balancing markets.  We are also responsible for the query and dispute management processes in line with the relevant market codes.  The team manages the delivery of the Transmission System Operator settlement schemes (System Services, STAR and PSO) as well as Interconnector related settlement.

Reporting to:  Head of Settlement Department

Role Description:

The role of Senior Controller is to effectively develop and operate the business processes within their designated area, delegating work effectively to Controllers; including planning and co-ordinating work or projects with the Controllers. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Effectively operates the business processes in their designated area, ensuring all operational timelines and KPIs are met
  • Plans and coordinates tasks and projects, assigning work to Controllers
  • Monitors progression of activities to ensure they are completed in line with agreed procedures and relevant codes, acting as an escalation point for troubleshooting when necessary
  • Resolves queries and issues from internal or external customers, acting as a second line support
  • Recommends improvements to business processes in their relevant area
  • Supports the ongoing coaching, training and development of Controllers
  • Actively builds knowledge and experience of business processes within the broader Market Operations directorate
  • Supports ongoing process improvement and training activity

Critical knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Third level qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum of two years previous experience in a financial administrative role
  • Strong numerical and analytical ability
  • Strong attention to detail and quality orientation
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a business environment and a demonstrable track record of establishing and maintaining effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to plan and prioritise the work of others to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment with a flexible approach
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office and file management systems e.g. SharePoint

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Working knowledge of database languages and basic programming languages and/or IS Systems knowledge of processes
  • Knowledge of database languages and basic programming
  • Experience in operating electricity markets in Ireland 
Closing Date: 15th December 2017
SONI is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, race, religious or political beliefs.