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Principal Data Analyst Job

Location(s): CO - Denver


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents 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 position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.



Position Summary
Responsible as team lead for defining, implementing and supporting advanced analytics solutions and capabilities. Determines work load and priority for the team. Provides expertise in the integration, analysis and wrangling of data in support of solving business problems. Manipulates/ analyzes complex datasets with a variety of tools; communicates results clearly and concisely to provide insight to multiple audiences.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Data Wrangling/Exploration: Follow consistent practices to ensure data integrity and deal with imperfections in data. Effectively process structured data; proficiently integrate data sets from various sources; draw conclusions from data. Collaborate with business stakeholders as needed to ensure solid data understanding and proper data transformation; work cross-functionally with development and engineering teams. Analyze large amounts of information to discover trends and patterns; confidently draw conclusions from data and gain actionable insights from data.
  • Work Management – Manages multiple tasks, with the ability to deal with ambiguity and shifting priorities. Communicates status and estimates clearly and timely to management and team members. Prioritize work for the team.
  • Communication: Effectively communicate technical information to numerous audiences; effectively develop relationships with individuals inside and outside of IT. Address challenges to analytic processes and influence others to change their approach and work collectively to implement new tools/techniques. Gain support from related stakeholders for analytic solutions.
  • Programming: Develop efficient and high quality code; follow solid validation process to ensure consistency and minimize errors; adhere to version control standards. Maintain skills through continuing education; seamlessly transition between languages to apply the right approach to the right problem.
  • Continuing Education – takes a proactive approach to understanding industry and organization-specific business issues. Participates in structured and self-study training courses. Continually improves technical skills and learns new data sources.
  • Data Visualization: Create meaningful data visualizations to communicate results and highlight business impact. Utilize various visualization techniques and delivery methods of visualization that are audience appropriate.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in MIS, CIS, Statistics, Analytics or related IT degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in an analytics environment.
  • Expertise in SQL.
  • Comfortable working with large, complex data sets – drawing conclusions and proposing recommendations.
  • Proven ability to effectively partner, collaborate, and communicate with technical and non-technical colleagues in various business functions at all levels.
  • Hands-on experience constructing visual analytics with SAP products and or Microsoft Power BI.
  • Working knowledge of an analytics data warehouse.
  • Working knowledge of a big data platform.
  • Familiarity with fundamentals of statistics and probability.
  • Familiarity with fundamentals of data pipelines.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to wrangle data.
  • Comfortable working with structured and unstructured data.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to lead a team.



  • Background in utilities.




COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, Xcel Energy requires all persons be fully vaccinated or receive a formal medical or religious accommodation prior to their start date, unless prohibited by state or local law.


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 and Generation || 41419:XES Engineering Operations || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $87,000 to $123,666 per year

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Requisition Number: 37643

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