National Grid (https:\\careers.nationalgridus.com)
Full Time Employee
About the Position:
The Rate Case Specialist is responsible for managing the end to end rate case process for HR to ensure the successful recovery in rates of HR related cost elements including compensation, health and welfare benefits, retirement benefits, pension benefits and other HR costs. The incumbent will provide analytical expertise and support to the Director, Retirement Strategy by contributing to the development of HR Testimony and Exhibits required for the rate case filings in all of the regulatory jurisdictions in the U.S. which includes New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and FERC. This role will also be responsible for managing the interrogatory process for HR during the discovery phase and ensuring that all responses to the regulators are thorough and completed on time and in accordance with the regulatory procedural schedule.
Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
Have a keen understanding of the U.S. regulatory process at National Grid and recognize the consistent and varying approaches of the various regulatory jurisdictions for all of the operating entities
Ensure the HR testimony and exhibits are prepared in accordance with the various regulatory policies and are in compliance with the Cost of Service Exclusion Policy and other regulatory policies
Develop strong working relationships with the various regulatory teams as well as internal and external counsels to ensure the effectiveness of the working groups
Keep abreast of regulatory developments as they relate to HR cost elements within the jurisdictions which includes the analysis of regulatory precedents in rate orders, company testimony, intervener testimony, briefs, transcripts and ALJ decisions in both the National Grid rate case filings and other utility companies operating within New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and FERC
Gather total rewards information required for the completion of the competitive compensation and benefit assessments for management and union benchmark studies; liaise with the Benefit Consultants to define the scope of the benchmark studies, the requirements and the timelines for the various groups. Oversee the process and ensure the studies are delivered on time and within budget. Review the studies for appropriateness, accuracy, trends and telling the story
Prepare draft testimony and exhibits for the initial filing, supplemental filing and rebuttal filing and manage the edits with various stakeholders
Prepare pre-filing questions to be submitted either with the rate filing or once the rate filing is filed with the regulatory authority
Manage the interrogatory process during the discovery phase; this includes preparing response to the interrogatories received from the various interveners; liaising with the SDC and HRIS to gather required information and submitting them to the appropriate stakeholders for review; responsible for coordinating and tracking all responses in the DREAM system and having all submissions completed on time
Participate on daily PMO calls during the discovery phase and be the primary HR contact for al interrogatory requests; keep Director Retirement Strategy abreast of key developments mentioned on the calls
Complete and maintain a matrix of the key HR cost elements by operating entity (variable pay, healthcare expenses, pension and other post-employment benefits) and explain how the rate year level of expense is derived and what level is recoverable in rates
Prepare presentations required for Steering Committee meetings, HR leadership and any other key stakeholders (i.e. GRPC, USEC)
Support the HR witness in preparing for cross-examination during evidentiary hearings – this includes the preparation of all support materials, anticipated questions from the regulators and various other interveners, testimony, exhibits and interrogatory responses, steering committee presentations, etc.
Identify information requirements for all rate filings; develop standardized request for information for the SDC to ensure consistency and efficient monitoring of key trends (i.e. headcount stats, turnover rates, etc.) by company and implement reporting requirements.
Knowledge & Experience Requirements:
Knowledge of National Grid’s business operations, company policies and practices and familiarity with the regulatory process
Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Finance or Business Administration is required. Master’s degree is preferred. Professional certification is a plus
Minimum of 5 to 7 years of experience in the Total Rewards area (compensation, benefits and pension) with some regulatory experience (rate cases and regulatory processes)
Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks at any given time, while maintaining strong attention to detail, and meeting strict deadlines
Strong analytical skills; must have the ability to understand complex financial analyses and be adept at problem solving
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; must be able to present information in a clear and concise manner, maintain effective working relationships and interact with various levels within the organization
Comfortable working independently and collaboratively on a team
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint and Word) as well as HR database platform software (SAP)
National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.
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