Lead Data Scientist, Gas Load Forecasting, Load Forecasting & Analytics


Waltham, MA, US, 02451 Syracuse, NY, US, 13202 Albany, NY, US, 12204 Hicksville, NY, US, 11801 Brooklyn, NY, US, 11217

Division:  TO Economics and Load Forecasting
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Requisition Number:  39208
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Job Function:  Data Analysis and Analytics

About us

National Grid is seeking a Lead Data Scientist position in Gas Load Forecasting. This position can be located in Waltham, MA, Brooklyn, NY, Hicksville, NY, Albany, NY or Syracuse,NY.


Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.


To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose


The Load Forecasting & Analytics team produces electric and gas forecasts for National Grid. As a Lead Data Scientist of Gas Load Forecasting, you will develop long-term natural gas demand forecasts for our US service territory. You will support internal stakeholders including Supply, Engineering, Regulatory, Strategy, Finance and others.  You will ensure the forecasts incorporate new distributed energy resource (including energy efficiency, demand response) forecasts, and policies as we aim toward our Clean Energy Vision. 

Key Accountabilities


•    Develop long-term Gas Load Forecasts using econometric regression. Perform additional analysis relating to the forecast as necessary. 
•    Ensure the forecasts properly account for distributed energy resources and new technologies and policies (e.g., energy efficiency, demand response, electrification of heat, etc.). 
•    The position of Lead requires the ability to work independently with minimal guidance and communicate to both internal and external stakeholders to present and defend results.  The ability to speak to both technical and non-technical persons to present projects is essential. 
•    Update forecast processes and documentation to ensure they are efficient, reviewable, and reliable. 
•    Provide expert testimony before regulators and defend the forecasts. Respond to data request from regulatory bodies for rate cases and other proceedings.  
•    Collaborate with internal stakeholders (including our supply procurement, distribution system engineering, pricing, finance, regulatory, strategy teams) regarding forecast methodology and analysis and ensure our deliverables meet their needs.  
•    Stay current in all policies, regulatory requirements, market trends, and industry standards regarding customer energy usage and technologies and programs impacting that usage, such as energy efficiency and demand response. 




•    A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s or PhD preferred) in forecasting, economics, statistics, applied analytics, engineering, or related quantitatively rigorous field.
•    5 or more years of relevant energy industry experience in a regulated setting with direct interaction with regulators preferred.
•    Demonstrated experience with econometric or statistical forecasting or modelling required. Experience in energy load forecasting preferred. 
•    Good understanding of National Grid’s operations and the regulatory environment preferred.
•    Experience with policy or forecasting distributed resources (e.g., energy efficiency, demand response, electrification of heat, etc.) preferred.
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to testify before regulators and respond to regulatory data requests.  Ability to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders. 
•    Expertise in statistical programming software such as R, Python required. Advanced SQL skills preferred. 
•    Advanced Excel skills required. 


More Information


Annual Salary


UNY:  $118,000-$139,000

DNY:  $141,000-$166,000

MA:   $132,000-$155,000


Salary commensurate with location and experience.



This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.


National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.  We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve.  National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.  

Nearest Major Market: Waltham
Nearest Secondary Market: Boston