The company

Elia is the operator of the Belgian high-voltage transmission grid (380 kV to 30 kV) and is responsible for developing and maintaining the grid, providing users with access to it and controlling energy flows. The Elia group is a team of 2,000 professionals who have the task of ensuring the continuity of electricity supplies in Belgium.

As owner and operator of electricity transmission networks in Belgium and Germany Elia has an important role and mission in supporting and implementing Europe's energy and climate policy.

Balancing Market Manager

Expertise:  Corporate
Reference ID:  5169

Function

 

Within the Markets department, the Ancillary Services team is responsible for assessing changes in the market for balance and voltage stability services in order to respond, in particular, to the growing importance of renewable energies and the integration of the European energy market. The Ancillary Services team is also in charge of the dimensioning of balancing reserves and the development of restoration services to re-energise the grid after a blackout.
As the Balancing Market Manager you participate to developing the balancing services. Your role consists of designing the market mechanisms associated with these services – identifying the development needs, translating them into practical solutions (market and product design), and describing the functioning rules for the services – taking into account the legislative, operational, budgetary and tariff framework. You represent national interests in various international cooperations and in ENTSO-E working groups. Finally, you contribute to the implementation of cross-border mechanisms as a reference person between local teams and international cooperation.
To this end,

  • Together with the Product Owner, you identify, analyze and propose changes in balancing mechanisms in the context of European market integration and/or changes specific to the needs of the Belgian market by ensuring close collaboration within Elia with the various departments concerned (National Control Centre, Customers, Legal, Regulatory Affairs, TDI, etc.). 
  • With the support of the teams concerned, you ensure monitoring of the implementation of these changes at contractual and operational levels.
  • You monitor and anticipate changes in the costs associated with the services concerned and, where possible, formulate proposals to reduce them (or limit their increase). 
  • You maintain a bird's eye view and advise your line management on the technical or strategic directions to be taken.
  • You maintain regular contact with Elia's customers/suppliers (in consultation with their Key Account Manager) and with the competent regulator(s) to fully understand their needs and maximize the value of the services offered to them.
  • You conduct the processes for public consultation and approval of contracts by the competent regulator(s).

Your Profile

 

  • You have a university degree (Masters or PhD), preferably in a technical discipline.
  • You have at least 2 years of experience in the energy sector. Your “system” understanding of the operation of the electrical grid helps you to quickly locate and understand varied problems. Knowledge of how electricity markets operate is a plus.
  • You are thorough and able to conduct in-depth analyses (technical and/or economic).
  • You have excellent communication skills, both spoken and written. These enable you to clearly explain the proposals of Elia and third parties. You are able to negotiate and be persuasive when championing Elia's proposals, and are mindful of reaching a consensus between the different stakeholders. 
  • You are fluent in English (written and spoken), as well as Dutch or French. 
  • You are organized, responsible and able to work independently.
  • You are willing to travel frequently in Europe for short periods.

Location

 

Boulevard de l'Empereur 20 - 1000 Bruxelles
Keizerslaan 20 - 1000 Brussel

What's in it for you?

More than offering you a mere job, we give you an exciting, ultra-professional environment, unique training and every opportunity to develop your career potential to the full, plus an attractive salary and fringe benefits. So choosing Elia means opting for a future full of promise!