DTE Energy Fuel Resources Specialist (Gas Buyer) in Detroit, Michigan

Job Summary: This Fuel Resources Specialist position is responsible for procuring natural gas for DTE Electric’s power plants. DTE Electric owns and operates more than 2 GW of natural gas-fired generation and has announced plans to construct additional gas-fired generation in the near future. Develops procurement plans for natural gas and related transportation; negotiates and administers natural gas procurement and transportation agreements. Applies knowledge of natural gas markets, procurement sources and transportation practices in support of existing business requirements, new business development, and the Corporation’s risk management process. Acts as the customer service interface between the Corporate Fuel Supply business unit (BU) and the Company’s power plants, as well as external business units responsible for planning and constructing new natural gas-fired electric generation. Develops and presents recommendations to BU and plant management regarding opportunities to lower fuel expense. May mentor, provide guidance and direction, or act in a subject matter expert capacity for less experienced staff; may provide input in performance evaluations, but does not supervise.

Key Accountabilities: 1. Negotiates and administers natural gas supply and transportation contracts that secure favorable terms with regard to the procurement and transportation of natural gas. 2. Purchases natural gas in order to supply DTE Electric’s natural gas-fired power plants at the lowest fuel expense
3. Supports external business units responsible for planning and constructing new natural-gas fired electric generation 4. Maintains high level of compliance to quality and delivery requirements for fossil fuels, encouraging improvements in existing products or providing recommendations for new products. 5. Establishes and maintains contact with suppliers to ensure contract compliance. 6. Prepares management presentations, promoting project plans or providing other information. 7. Administers the fuel resources workflow, properly invoicing suppliers and associated vendors, and ensuring that accounting records are accurate. 8. Provides transportation expertise in developing strategies for new business development 9. Performs economic analysis in evaluating new business opportunities and supporting contract negotiations. 10. Works with suppliers, logistics specialists, and customers in resolving problems with transportation service and billing. 11. Performs economic analysis of various natural gas supply and transportation options and scenarios; presents recommendations to BU and plant management 12. Recommends and facilitates test burns of new coal sources with the power plants 13. Supports the development of fossil fuel forecasts, budgets and current outlooks used for various BU and Corporate purposes 14. Utilizes a thorough understanding of fossil plant operation and the natural gas supply impacts on plant operation in developing recommendations to power plant management regarding fuel supply concerns and issues. Addresses plant-related concerns and issues. 15. May lead projects (including assigning work, reviewing progress and evaluating results), mentor, provide guidance and technical direction to less experienced engineering and technical staff, including the provision of input in performance evaluations, but is not responsible for supervising anyone. 16. Provides subject matter expertise in regulatory proceedings to support the recovery of DTE Electric’s natural gas expenses. MINIMUM: Bachelor’s degree in business administration (including accounting, finance, or supply chain/logistics), economics, engineering or a job-relevant discipline, AND 8-plus years of related experience, including economic analysis, contract negotiation/administration, and/or natural gas market and infrastructure expertise. PREFERRED: Master’s degree in business, economics, engineering, or a related discipline; AND 10-plus years of job-related experience -Proficiency in Microsoft Office (or equivalent) word processing, spreadsheet & presentation applications sufficient to apply them with minimal instruction or guidance. -Ability to travel & report for work at different locations (typically within the Corporation’s service area); incumbents are responsible for their own transportation. - Advanced knowledge of contract development and negotiation - Working knowledge of power plant functions, budgeting, forecasting & economic analysis, risk management & utility regulatory accounting, and legal & commercial contract terminology. - Knowledge of fossil fuel properties, including the possibilities & limitations of each. - Problem-solving skills to resolve invoice discrepancies, power plant issues and other fossil fuel related matters as they occur - Consulting and influencing skills consistent with the ability to build relationships and influence parties; may include getting parties to embrace changing expectations and initiatives. - Proficient verbal, written and presentation skills; communicates clearly, with credibility and confidence. Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize varying combinations of the competencies cited in this description, depending on the organization & role to which they’re assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature & level of work being performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the right of any supervisory or management representative to assign, direct & control the work of employees under his supervision.


Job: Gas Transmission, Storage %26 Resources

Title: Fuel Resources Specialist (Gas Buyer)

Primary Location: Michigan-Detroit

Requisition ID: 09411