Junior Analyst
Endgame Economics

Surry Hills, Sydney

Closing date: 30th June 2017

Position title: Junior software engineer
Nature of position: Full time, permanent following 6-month probationary period
Location: Surry Hills, Sydney.
Required experience: Graduate up to 2 years' experience
Required qualification: Honours level statistics, mathematics or other highly quantitative degree (eg, electrical engineering, computer science, combined science and economics).
Salary: $65 k to $90 k including super (exact level will depend on skills and experience)

Established in February 2016, Endgame Economics is a technology-led consultancy that provides mathematical and economic advice. Much of our work is to advise organisations that operate in, or oversee, the National Electricity Market ('NEM').

We provide quantitative and mathematical advice, and so we are constantly working with data and constructing models to help our clients understand and solve problems. Our clients include:

  • Market bodies - regulators, the national rule maker, the market operator.
  • Private businesses - generators, renewable developers, network operators.
  • Other clients - law firms that handle matters in the electricity sector, and investors in energy assets.

Our firm comprises an advisory team and a technical team. This role is in the advisory team.

About our advisory team

The advisory team works directly with our clients, to understand and solve their problems. Some examples of the types of questions we might be asked to answer include the following:

  • Is there a correlation between wind output in South Australia and in Tasmania?
  • How much energy has been produced by hydro-electric power stations in the last week, or the last year, or the last decade?
  • Why did prices spike yesterday?

We are looking to recruit a junior analyst to join the advisory team. This is an entry-level position. We are a small three-person team based in Sydney, and you will be the second full-time staff member in our advisory team. You will also collaborate with our technical team who develop our software tools.

What we offer

The work that you do will directly influence the development of the electricity sector. The tools that you design will shape the future of the electricity grid. The software you develop will influence:

  • investment in renewable generators, such as wind and solar farms;
  • how new technologies such as batteries and demand response are used within the grid; and
  • how the power system and its markets are operated.

You can provide the analysis and advice that will decide the future of the power system in Australia.

We are a small, dynamic firm and so our staff are our greatest asset. Because you will be joining our team early, there will be opportunities to expand your role as the business grows. You will be involved in important projects from day one, and will rapidly gain unique, highly prized experience within the energy industry.

We will provide you with exceptional training, both in terms of developing skills (ie, using software, writing, presenting) and building your knowledge of the energy industry. There will be opportunities to attend conferences, and to be mentored by our senior staff (Oliver and Tom). Most importantly, you will build expertise through working closely with clients and senior staff on projects.

We offer great working conditions. We are well located near Central Station and close to countless delicious lunch options and good coffee. Our office includes end-of-trip facilities including bicycle parking and showers with towel service.

Finally, we offer competitive remuneration that will be reviewed regularly and increased in line with your performance and skills.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate must harbour a deep-seated eagerness to learn and to apply their quantitative training to solve problems in industry.

In addition, it would be preferable to have some assemblage of the following skills, experience and traits:

  • Statistical training and expertise is highly valued (we don't have a statistician so we'd like to get one)
  • Analytical skills and knowledge of mathematical models (optimisation, stochastic processes)
  • Data visualisation (we use Tableau and R's ggplot package, and are fans of Wilkinson's The Grammar of Graphics)
  • Familiarity with databases (we use PostgreSQL)
  • Knowledge of or training in microeconomics is highly regarded though not essential
  • Experience in, or simply enthusiasm for, the energy sector
  • Willingness to interact with clients (eg, presenting at workshops, corresponding with clients via email) though not necessarily any experience having done so

How to apply

To apply, please send your application to careers@endgame-economics.com with the subject line 'Junior Analyst Application'. Your application should include the following:

  • A covering letter describing why you are interested in the job (no more than 1 page).
  • A resume setting out your skills, any experience you may have, and extra-curricular activities (no more than 2 pages).
  • A list of the subjects you have taken, and the grades that you have received, ideally in the form of an official academic transcript.
  • Contact details of two referees, at least one of which should be a professional/academic referee - we will not contact your referees without your express prior permission.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 30 June 2017. We will review all applications and respond to candidates to arrange interviews by Friday, 7 July 2017.

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