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Energy Trader

Date:  Nov 25, 2021
Job ID:  2122

Bellevue, WA, US, 98004

Puget Sound Energy is looking to grow our community with top talented individuals like you!  With our rapidly growing, award winning energy efficiency programs, our pathway to an exciting and innovative future is now.

As a federal contractor, PSE is requiring that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – and provide proof. As a condition of employment, you will need to provide proof of vaccination. However, accommodations will be considered for those unable to be vaccinated due to a disability/medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance.

PSE's Energy Supply Merchant team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Energy Trader position!

Job Description

Manages short-term power and gas generation portfolios for PSE including real-time bilateral and regional energy market positions. Makes independent economic decisions, executes wholesale commodity natural gas and power purchases and sales transactions, and acquires or releases transmission and/or gas transportation to balance PSE’s energy portfolios. Optimizes a diverse set of customer assets which include: commercial agreements, natural gas storage, natural gas transport, electric transmission contracts and an electric generation fleet consisting of hydro, coal, wind, and natural gas fired generation. Assists in the development and execution of power portfolio hedging strategies, and manages wholesale commodity portfolios within the context of market fundamentals, supply dynamics, regional events, and changing retail loads. Real-Time Traders operate on a rotating schedule which includes some overnight and weekend shifts.

Upholds the safety compliance standards inherent in PSE’s operating and/or field procedures related to work responsibilities. Promotes and supports a culture of total safety.

Job Responsibilities

  • Acquires sufficient and cost-effective supplies of wholesale energy commodities to reliably serve load and contractual commitments meeting all compliance and reliability requirements inherent to a FERC jurisdictional gas and electric utility.
  • Negotiates and executes approved transactions necessary to efficiently optimize PSE’s short term deterministic power and gas portfolios.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable FERC orders, NERC, WECC, and other applicable reliability standards, and transmission tariffs and business practices.
  • Analyzes and assesses regional power, and regional & national natural gas markets in order to actively contribute to weekly position meetings.
  • Coordinates energy delivery and supply efforts with Energy Supply, Risk Management, Load Office, and Gas Control.
  • Reviews and prices structured proposals offered by counter-parties.
  • Analyzes PSE’s commodity positions and makes recommendations on optimizing the value of PSE’s assets.
  • Collaborates with long-term resource and planning groups inside PSE to review asset acquisitions.
  • Works with credit and contracts departments to establish new trading partnerships and opportunities.
  • Keeps abreast of current industry market trends and developments and updates management of any relevant changes.
  • Represents PSE in regional and national organizations and forums.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a technical or commercial focus from an accredited 4-year college or university, or equivalent experience.
  • Two years (2) experience in energy trading, derivatives, marketing or bulk power and gas system management.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in power and/or natural gas trading including experience with natural gas storage optimization, physical/financial gas trading fundamentals, physical/financial power trading dynamics including power generation characteristics of hydro, coal, wind and gas fired generation.
  • Knowledge of financial and accounting principles
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Specific experience in west-coast energy markets.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work effectively in a fast paced, multi-tasking, team environment.
  • Advanced spreadsheet and database computer skills.
  • Strong problem solving, analytical and conflict resolution skills.

Additional Information

Families and businesses depend on PSE to provide the energy they need to pursue their dreams. Our steadfast commitment to serving Washington communities with safe, dependable and efficient energy started in 1873. Today we're building the Northwest's energy future through efforts like our award winning energy efficiency programs and our leadership in renewable energy.


At PSE we value and respect our employees and provide them opportunities to excel. We offer an expansive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive benefits, 401(K), a company paid retirement pension plan, and an employee assistance and wellness program.


Puget Sound Energy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status or presence of a disability that with or without reasonable accommodation does not prevent performance of the essential functions of the job, or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law.


Should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources Staffing department at jobs@pse.com or 425-462-3017.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue