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Commercial Analyst National Networks Local Connections Programme

Vacancy Number:  22955
Job Type:  Full-time

ESB is a purpose led company striving to create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy.  Today, we operate one of the most progressive electricity systems in the world, with activities spanning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and an international energy consulting business.

With almost 8,000 employees we invested €1bn in infrastructure last year, contributed over €2bn to the economies we operate in and distributed over €2m across a range of community initiatives. This requires us to bring the best of our capabilities together to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions that enable our customers to live low-carbon lives. ESB strives to foster an effective and inclusive culture where people engage, challenge and feel connected to our purpose, colleagues, customers and community.



Position Description


The National Network, Local Connections Programme has been established to deliver the capabilities needed in ESB Networks (people, processes and systems) to change how the electricity distribution system is developed and managed.   


The Clean Energy Package sets out that “All consumers should be able to benefit from directly participating in the market,” A core objective of the NNLC programme is to establish the technical capabilities within ESBN, and the appropriate market design and operational coordination with the TSO, to enable this.  This is an exciting and transformative project, and we are seeking applications from individuals who are interested in playing an active role in establishing these new capabilities in our organisation and our industry. 


The Market Design and TSO Coordination team in the National Network, Local Connections Programme is responsible for developing the appropriate market-based solutions to enable customers to contribute directly and benefit from the transformation in the distribution network. Through flexible services customers will be able to offer their capabilities in demand side response, generation or storage to ESB Networks as DSO to efficiently and securely manage the distribution network. The team is responsible for:


  • Leading the development of new products and services in which customers can participate through a phased process of piloting and consultation in coordination with participants, other system and market operators. 
  • Developing appropriate commercial models to value those services and design appropriate incentives for customers. 
  • The establishment of appropriate contractual model through which ESB Networks procures and settles these services. 
  • Develop new models through which ESB Networks can act as a neutral market facilitator between customers, such as peer to peer exchange models. 
  • Develop the appropriate processes through which customers can participate in transmission services and wholesale markets. 
  • Manage existing and future contract schedules such as, but not limited to, validation and settlement.  



Key Responsibilities


The Commercial Analyst will be responsible for: 


  • Engaging in the settlement and validation process for the flexible service providers in the various pilots. 
  • Working with Market Operations Lead in management of the distribution flexible service contracts during commercial operation
  • Analyse the necessary operational and financial information to prepare performance statements for customers operating within flexibility service contracts   
  • Working closely with the Account Holder for each flexible service provider
  • Involved in developing improvements to the settlement tool and testing of same
  • Feeding into market process mapping sessions and development of same 
  • Support the development of enduring operational tools such as market management systems for procuring and settling services by contributing to requirements gathering and end user testing  
  • Support the development of the market design and processes (including registration, qualification, competition frameworks and validation and settlement) for participating in distribution flexible services pilots, in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.  
  • Work closely with other teams including Finance and Operations to monitor expenditure and support financial projection of flexible scheme costs



Knowledge, Skills and Experience




  • Strong analytical skills 
  • Strong commercial awareness 
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with cross functional teams
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills 




  • Understanding of commercial/contractual risk management
  • Knowledge of existing Irish or European wholesale or retail market arrangements. 
  • Experience with electricity market management systems
  • Knowledge of Procurement rules 







A 3rd Level qualification in Business or equivalent work experience.  





Three Gateway, Eastwall, Dublin 3 


ESB is committed to offering flexibility in ways of working and we call that Smart Working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible and remote ways of working. 
The successful candidate may combine remote / smart working within the jurisdiction, with attendance at base for in-person collaboration, the frequency of which is agreed with the manager and subject to ongoing review. 


ESB is one of the founding members of The Remote Alliance – a new initiative established by the social enterprise Grow Remote. Working with other like-minded members, we’ve committed to developing solutions that will ensure remote and hybrid working can become a sustainable part of our business. 
The Remote Alliance - Grow Remote



Reporting to 


Market Design and TSO Coordination Manager, National Network, Local Connections Programme 



Why ESB?


  • Opportunity to lead and operate on frontline of Ireland’s transition to net zero future 
  • Embracing & facilitating a Smart Working Future / Hybrid Working 
  • Career development through mentoring, and training 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunities 
  • Active Social & Sports Clubs 
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Credit Union 
  • Generous Pension Contributions 
  • Access to Staff Well Being programmes 
  • Generous parents leave entitlements 
  • Great team environment working to our Core Values – Courageous, Caring, Driven and Trusted 



Closing date 


29th May 2023 



Salary Range 


Starting at €45,000+ per annum 


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