Position Profile


Job Title:  Senior Analyst

Work Unit:  Resource Development Policy, Professional Services/Engineering

Ministry:   Alberta Energy

Competition Number:  1040470

Date:  February 2017
 

Background Information

 

The Professional Services (PS) branch provides scientific and technical services to Alberta Energy to facilitate the development of policy and delivery of programs in a strategic and integrated manner across the Government of Alberta (GOA). It sets and manages the strategic research plan for the Ministry at large related to energy resource development. It is the Department of Energy’s nucleus of professional engineers and geologists, which are grouped into three evaluation areas: (i) Geoscience, (ii) Engineering, and (iii) Mapping, Data, and Analysis. The task of responding to and delivering upon the Branch’s client needs is managed by an active and comprehensive management structure with the objective of providing technical integrity and expertise, in accordance within relevant professional guidelines.

The Engineering unit provides leadership and coordination in areas of i) Facilities and Infrastructure, ii) Resource Development Assessments, and iii) Energy Metrics. It is responsible for coordinating external requests for technical reviews and assessments, analysis in the area of resource quality, and also provides analysis related to energy & environment systems (e.g., greenhouse gas performance standards) services. In its resource development assessment role, the Engineering unit is responsible for gathering, coordinating and evaluating information from the other areas of the Branch as well as the GOA at large, overall resource assessments, in support of various policy initiatives (e.g., Land-Use Framework).

The Engineering unit works closely with the GOA, industry, academia and non-government organizations (NGOs) as representatives of the Department. This unit’s work within the area of resource quality and systems provides significant insight for GOA priorities in the areas of collection of royalties, market access and diversification, and the broad GOA Climate Leadership Plan, which rely on select technical analyses provided by Energy Metrics (i.e., subjects related to crude density, crude volumetric, crude oil flammability, crude corrosivity, fuel/alternative fuel lifecycle assessments, and greenhouse gas accounting and inventories).

Position Summary

 

The Senior Analyst will provide scientific and technical support for policy and program development across the Department and broad GOA, particularly areas of performance standards development for Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan.

Energy and Environment Systems Analysis

The Senior Analyst will provide analysis in areas of resource quality, resource volumetrics, and research into energy and environment systems for the purposes of policy development and implementation. Examples of activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Technical and/or economic (techno-economic) analysis of domestic carbon fuel standards such as the Alberta Renewable Fuel Standard, including direct input into performance standards development for the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan.
  • Techno-economic analysis of carbon fuel standards such as the European Union Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).
  • Techno-economic analysis of lifecycle assessment (LCA) tools such as the Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation Model (GREET).
  • Ongoing technical analysis and use of crude quality data.
  • Ongoing project management support and administration of LCA research projects, including the development of an inventory of fuel/alternative fuel LCAs (e.g., biofuels).
  • Ongoing project management for the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) program, including direct input into performance standards (methane).

Emerging Technologies Analysis

The Senior Analyst will assess new and emerging technologies to determine future potential and impact on existing energy production and processing systems. Examples of activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assess and monitor technical development and commercial deployment of new and emerging technologies including economic, social, environmental and market impact.  
  • Conduct background research in order to determine the current status and future potential of emerging technologies in the energy sector.
  • Conduct and document analysis on emerging technologies to understand and inform the Department of benefits and adverse impacts or unintended consequences of new and emerging technologies.
  • Analysis into the impacts of technology development on the GHG intensity of fuels/alternative fuels.
  • Ongoing analysis into the impacts of innovations and technology on performance standard development and the Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan.

Communication and Engagement Support

The Senior Analyst will provide internal/external communications and engagement support for the broad PS branch. Examples of current activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating and/or facilitating technical information across the PS branch for Department briefings, reports and policy and/or policy advice, in consultation with the three evaluation areas of PS.
  • Coordinating and/or facilitating technical information across the Department and/or GOA to ensure strategic and broad knowledge sharing for key initiatives and priorities.
  • Build and maintain relationships with subject matter experts within GOA agencies, academic institutions, research organizations, industry associations and energy industry.
  • Participating in multi-stakeholder teams, consortiums and networks to guide and influence the direction of energy research and technology development initiatives.
  • Supporting the day-to-day work of the branch. This work can include: technical

Responsibilities and Activities

 

Support Government of Alberta and/or Department policy development and decision making in areas of science and resource evaluations, grounded in strong technical information.

  • Provide technical support to policy development for the ongoing Climate Leadership Plan, in particular, performance standards development for fuels/alternative fuels.
  • Provide technical support to policy discussions and political issues, such as the Alberta Renewable Fuels Standard, BC Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation, US LCFS, and EU FQD. Support includes tracking and monitoring of issues and review of related regulatory and technical documentation, as well as analysis and recommendations of existing and developing policy.
  • Provide a support/lead role in policy aspects related to fuel/alternative fuel lifecycle assessment (LCA) and greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis within the Department and GOA.
  • Provide technical support to discussion related to crude quality and volumetrics policy development.
  • Communications through research reports briefings, presentations, etc. This includes written reports and presentations to internal and external entities (e.g., industry, policy-makers, and academia).
  • Participate in cross-government (GOA/GOC) performance standards discussions and continue to monitor key trends.

Develop, implement and evaluate policy and performance standards which promote innovation and competitiveness in both a provincial and global context.

  • Analysis and assessment of domestic and foreign LCA policies related to the work of the Department and Alberta Climate Change Office, including identifying gaps and issues, researching policy options, assessing business implications, and recommending policy options and solutions.
  • Independent research around energy systems, innovation and technology development in the energy sector that shows critical thinking and knowledge in defining issues and outlining implications to the Department and GOA.
  • Develop and implement policies supporting technology development throughout the innovation cycle, including economic and market assessments.

Support collaboration and engagement in the energy industry.

  • Liaise with key stakeholders in the sector through industry collaborations, workshops and conferences and maintaining relationships with key players in research and technology within the GOA, academia and industry.
  • Represent Department interests and objectives through participation in various research partnerships (internal and external committees) and the communication of Department policy and direction (e.g., Phase V of the World Bank: Global Gas Flaring Reduction Program).

Provide administrative support, including contract coordination and project management, for key programs/projects for the Professional Services Branch.

  • Support/manage stakeholder engagement for key Department/Branch commissioned research studies, including regular communication and liaison with stakeholders, planning of all stakeholder related meetings and events (technical committee meetings, stakeholder meetings), and preparation of stakeholder materials (eg. presentation slides).
  • Communication of project progress and key findings through briefings, presentations, etc. (assist in the preparation and delivery of various communication elements). This includes written reports (eg. technical white papers) and presentations to internal (GOA) and external (eg. GOC, NGOs, industry, policy-makers, academia, etc.).
  • Support/lead the development, implementation and maintenance of information management and policies related to technical and economic records associated with research projects (eg. management of SharePoint sites, meeting records, external document management, etc.).
  • Regular communication and coordination with external project managers and technical leads for ongoing research projects (eg. weekly communication with various consultants or contracted parties).
  • Support in the management of various contacts and grants initiated and maintained by the Professional Services Branch.

Scope

 

The position requires the ability to prioritize work to meet changing priorities and the ability to facilitate and collaborate among various groups. The position will work closely with a diverse team of people (i.e., analysts, engineers and geologists), across the Department and ACCO. Research projects that the Senior Analyst contributes to directly impact oil and gas sector performance standards. The work impacts stakeholders including other departments, environmental/community groups and the general public. The Senior Analyst coordinates input/resources from a wide range of technical and professional resources to address Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan. Work involves considerable interaction within the team and with external stakeholders to clarify requirements and provide advice to improve technology development; the position also has frequent interaction with Departmental/ACCO specialists and management to seek specialized input or to provide a technical perspective and with other departments/agencies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

 

The Senior Analyst must be highly analytical with strong communication skills. We are looking for a proactive, team player who is well organized, energetic and demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills. Technical knowledge related to oil and gas production, renewable and alternative fuels and global energy markets and economics is considered a strong asset, as is knowledge of measurement and performance indicators.

Specific skills include:

  • GOA business plans goals and strategic policy directions as they relate to Energy, Environment (e.g., Climate Leadership Plan) and Economic Development sectors.
  • Ministry legislation, regulation and policies (e.g., MMA, FOIP, IETP, EOR)
  • Alberta Energy business plan goals, strategic priorities, issues, programs, frameworks and initiatives.
  • Regulatory agencies legislative mandates and regulatory mechanisms (e.g., OGCA, OSCA, BAP, PA)
  • Technical and analytical experience in the energy industry.
  • Project management and planning techniques and principles, including procurement and contract management experience is an asset.
  • Stakeholder consultation, engagement and facilitation skills. 
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, techniques and procedures.
  • Engineering principles, practices and standards.
  • Undergraduate degree in engineering or science required.
  • GHG inventory accounting and reporting training is an asset.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (especially in translating technical material for non-technical communications).

Contacts

 

The main contacts for this position include:

Internal

  • Team Lead Engineer, Energy Metrics
  • Director, Engineering
  • Executive Director, Professional Services
  • Director, Mapping, Data, and Analysis
  • Director, Geoscience
  • Strategic Policy Division, Directors, Managers and Staff
  • PS Engineers, Geologists, Consultants and Staff
  • Legal/Financial Services

External:

  • ACCO
  • Environment and Parks (EP)
  • Economic Development and Trade (EDT), including the Alberta Innovates
  • Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
  • Energy Producers, Service and Supply Sector, Industry Associations, Academic and Research Institutions NGOs

Supervision Exercised

  N/A

 

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