About Charles River Associates

For over 50 years, Charles River Associates has been a premier consulting firm that offers employees a place to learn from a diverse group of consultants, industry experts, and academics. At CRA you will be exposed to leading minds who use economic, financial, and business analysis to solve complex world problems for an impressive roster of clients, including major law firms, Fortune 100 companies, and government agencies.  Through a collegial environment, formal and informal training opportunities, and a broad array of professional development resources, your experience at CRA will open doors for you as you accelerate your career.

CRA’s Energy Practice is expanding rapidly, creating opportunities for talented and ambitious individuals to grow their careers in management consulting in the dynamic energy industry.  We are seeking a distribution planning and strategy and grid modernization consultant that can join a team that is helping electric and gas utility clients develop strategies and plans for transitioning their networks and building new business models for the future. The ideal candidates will have more than 5 years of experience working with or for utilities on grid modernization and distribution planning topics that may include developing technology roadmaps, integrated system plans, cost-benefit analyses, electrification strategies, etc.  Technologies of primary interest include AMI, ADMS/DERMS, customer systems, and familiarity with the tools and analyses used to perform distribution planning assessments (e.g. SINERGEE, CYME, SINCAL etc.)  Also, qualified candidates should have familiarity with renewable and non-renewable electricity generation, energy storage, transmission, energy markets and broader utility operations and regulatory processes.

What you will do

Joining CRA’s Energy practice, you will work with a set of smart, ambitious, and like-minded individuals who have a passion for energy. You’ll be positioned to grow your career rapidly as you support a high growth and dynamic part of our practice. You will be part of a team that assists leading energy-related organizations (primary utilities) to develop system modernization strategies and integrated system plans that ensure the electric and gas networks remain robust, flexible, reliable, secure, and enabling of the prosumer. Your work will support utility strategy development, investment plans, and regulatory filings for cost recovery. You will also help utilities to develop business transformation strategies that consider expanded roles in managing customer relationships and engaging with grid edge technologies (e.g., EVs, distributed generation and storage, home energy systems).

In your role you will be expected to contribute significantly to project execution, in some cases as an independent contributor and in other cases leading significant portions of the project. Your experience and capabilities in grid modernization and distribution planning will be valuable to understanding the client need, developing alternative solutions, and delivering a successful work product. 

Qualifications

You will have at least 5 years of professional experience related to grid modernization and distribution planning.  You will have a strong interest in, and broad knowledge of, electricity distribution, non-wires alternatives, and emerging grid technologies.  You will have knowledge of system planning models and their use (generation, transmission, and primarily distribution). You will have highly developed organization and management skills, outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills. Finally, you will have demonstrated an ability to manage multiple time-sensitive priorities without diminished effectiveness.

MBA, or other advanced degree in finance, economics, or engineering preferred

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Work Location, Flexibility, and COVID Safety

At CRA, we believe in creating a work environment that enables our colleagues to benefit from being together in the office to best deliver on our promise of career growth and mentorship, while also taking advantage of the flexibility and inclusivity that working from home provides. We continue to monitor local government and regulatory guidance and adapt our safety guidelines accordingly. For those who begin the interview process with CRA, your recruiting point of contact will be available to answer any questions about work location and COVID safety.

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Charles River Associates is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our focus on equity and inclusion, we work to ensure a fair and consistent hiring process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

CRA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AAE): Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled.

 

The statements included in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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