Northern Ireland

Applications are invited for the following permanent role based in the Market Operations Function 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 manages all settlement activity, including credit management and clearing of the wholesale electricity markets.  The team is also responsible for the formal query and dispute management processes in line with the relevant market codes.  The team manages the delivery of the Transmission System Operator settlement schemes as well as Interconnector related settlement.   

Reports to:        Settlement Manager

Role Description 
The successful candidate will provide analysis support and subject matter expertise to all operational teams in the Market Operations directorate. The role holder is also responsible for investigating and resolving general and formal queries from market participants in line with agreed timelines. 

Key Responsibilities
•    Provide subject matter expertise and analysis expertise to operational teams to support the resolution of escalated issues
•    Investigate formal and general queries from market participants 
•    Design and develop tools to extract the necessary data to investigate queries
•    Calculate the level of materiality of each query and identify solutions
•    Revert to market participants and close out queries in line with agreed timelines
•    In cases where the materiality is of a significant scale make recommendations to management, and implement agreed course of action
•    Identify common errors, educate staff, update business processes, work instructions and training document where appropriate
•    Develop business processes to support day to day settlement
•    Coordinate change requests to settlement systems and test system fixes

Critical knowledge, skills and experience
    Third level qualification in a relevant discipline
    At least 3 years relevant technical experience 
    Effective communicator and excellent report writing capability
    Experience of establishing and maintaining effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
    Ability to work effectively within a team environment with a flexible approach
    Experience of SQL, VB and database structures
    Strong attention to detail and quality orientation
    Strong numerical, analytical and problem solving capability
    Experience working within a regulated business is desirable
    Knowledge of Settlement aspects of the relevant codes/rule books, processes, procedures and systems is desirable. 


Closing date is 11th 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.