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Originator or Senior Originator Job

Date: Jan 14, 2019

Location: CO - Denver, US, 80202

Company: Xcel Energy

Location(s): CO - Denver


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talents and education to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow?  A professional position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.



Xcel Energy Trading and Origination is looking for a specialized business development professional with experience in the Northeastern wholesale energy markets to help grow and move our business forward. This position will deepen our in-house Origination bench and grow our customer business – identifying, modeling, pricing and developing hedge strategies around bespoke power and gas deals. This athlete will work with the Senior Origination team and with the East trade desk to develop our regionally-focused business plan that offers attractive risk management solutions for customers and to price and structure power and gas derivative solutions in the wholesale US power and gas markets. In addition to quantitative finance and Excel/VBA expertise (SAS/Python experience is a plus), this individual will perform pricing and fundamental research to originate structured power transactions in the Eastern regional energy markets. A PJM customer rolodex is a must, and preferences will be shown for candidates who also possess MISO and/or NY/NE experience. Preference will be given to candidates with 10 or more years of energy industry experience on a wholesale trading floor. This position is based at our 1800 Larimer St. office in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Please note: This position requires the availability to travel up to 50% of the time, depending on the needs of the business. This position can be filled at either the Originator or Senior Originator level; please see below for minimum requirements for each level.


Generates profitable wholesale sales, renewable sales, and services opportunities for Xcel Energy. Develops extensive professional electric industry contacts, bringing market intelligence back to the trading and marketing function. Maintains positive customer relationships with both purchasers and suppliers.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Generates profitable wholesale electric sales, renewables, and emission credit sales. Identifies customer needs and develops different structures of electric services agreements. Uses electric industry experience in evaluating industry trends, company data, and the business environment to identify prospective mid-market and longer term power origination opportunities. Develops positive long-term relationships with key counterparties. Prepares and presents power purchase/supply proposals to customers. Makes oral and written sales presentations to senior management of  potential customers, as well as Xcel Energy's senior management.
  • Assists Wholesale Account management to fill any short-term needs to meet resource adequacy requirements for Xcel Energy Operating Companies. Develops, often in conjunction with Senior Originators, wholesale sales strategies for Xcel Energy Operating Companies.
  • Promotes sales of power and renewables to other utilities by building and maintaining positive customer relationships with existing customers. Develops and then uses network of industry contacts and relationships to bring back needed market intelligence. Understands various transmission tariffs, and is able to acquire firm and non-firm transmission paths needed to support transactions. May be assigned to various renewable and/or emission credit markets.
  • Utilizes industry knowledge, including relationships with key counterparties to support the Market Operations team promoting Xcel Energy objectives in various industry forums. Provides technical market knowledge support to Purchased Power during the negotiation of long term purchased power agreements. Seeks out opportunities to further develop marketing skills and knowledge.

Originator Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in engineering, business, economics, marketing, or related field (6 to 8 years of equivalent work experience in trading and marketing or technical sales may be substituted for a degree) 
  • 2 years experience in the energy industry

Originator Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree (preferably MBA) is preferred


Senior Originator Minimum Requirements

  • Masters degree (preferably MBA) in engineering, business, economics or related field. 8+ years of equivalent experiences in trading and marketing or technical sales may be substituted for a degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in the energy industry
  • At least 3 years experience in power marketing, trading, or origination role





As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  CO - Denver || CO - Denver || United States (US) || Operations || 25230:Man Dir Energy Trading || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

Requisition Number: 15070

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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