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Senior Data Scientist (Flexible Location)

San Francisco, CA, US, 94105

Requisition ID # 30061 

Job Category : Accounting / Finance 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Job Location : San Francisco


Department Overview

The aim of the Risk Analytics team is to enhance the risk practices of PG&E’s Electric Operation business and thereby address changing external conditions such as climate change. To this end the Risk Analytics team creates and maintains tools to enable PG&E to close the gap between metrics and electric system performance. These tools provide a multi-layered view of risk across the electric system so that decision-making processes include and empower employees at all levels of the company to manage risk appropriately.

In creating these tools, the team employs a data supported, lean solution process to expand PG&E’s ability to assess and manage risk. The result are assessments and mitigations that are more dynamic, quantitative, and customer-focused, with a multi-layered approach for both short-term and long-term time horizons.

Sample activities include:

  • Interpretation and representation of meteorological data in models that combine a range data sources such as the electric system asset data, vegetation and meteorology
  • Development of computer vision models aimed at accelerating and automating asset inspections processes
  • Predicting electric distribution equipment failure before it occurs allowing for proactive maintenance
  • Supervised and unsupervised machine learning models using Python and Spark, executed on AWS


Position Summary

We are looking for a Senior Data Scientist to work on one or more of the areas mentioned above. The Risk Analytics team is looking to expand on its data science capabilities -- you will have a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of utility industry analytics. In this role you will work as part of cross functional teams, including other data scientists, technology experts, and subject matter experts to develop data driven solutions. It is the perfect role for someone who would like to continue to build upon their professional experience and gain a comprehensive view of the nation’s most advance smart grid.


Job Responsibilities

Analytics and Modeling

  • Gather, prepare, and analyze data from disparate sources to produce user-friendly models and actionable insights
  • Work closely with domain experts. Develop a working knowledge of rate structures and elements, load shapes, distributed energy resource technologies and policy options
  • Develop expertise with grid data, customer demographic information and other structured data sets
  • Understand and apply statistical and analytical modeling methods such as classification, regression, clustering, anomaly detection, neural networks, etc. to identify opportunities for operational improvements and develop strategic insights


Communication, Summary Presentation and Visualization

  • Appropriately document data sources, methodology, and model evaluation metrics
  • Develop and present summary presentations for senior management
  • Create streamlined visual tools for end-users 
  • Work with business partners to advance business processes, based on analytical findings
  • Work with team leadership to continually improve analytics at PG&E via demonstrations, mentoring, disseminating best practices, etc.




  • Degree in computer science, engineering, applied sciences, mathematics, statistics, econometrics or similar quantitatively focused subject areas or job-related experience
  • Job-related experience, 5 years, OR Masters Degree and job-related experience, 3 years, OR Doctorate Degree



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated collaboration or paired development work history
  • SQL proficiency and experience working with relational databases
  • Track record of writing clear and well documented code, preferably in Python
  • Strong understanding of statistics and experience developing supervised & unsupervised learning models
  • Demonstrated experience with data science best practices, such as version control via Git or similar
  • Demonstrated experience with data visualization tools such as Tableau, D3, Plotly, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience with model development for decision analysis, forecasting, or other complex quantitative modeling


Beneficial Qualifications:

  • Enjoy working on complex multi-stage projects with a diverse team
  • Involvement or strong interest in the energy/clean tech industry
  • Expressed interest in learning, experimentation, and incorporation of new techniques
  • Distributed and cloud-based computing experience
  • Experience working with large datasets and knowledgeable about parallelization
  • Familiarity with transmission and/or distribution power flow models
  • Past experience with advanced metering interval data
  • Experience in data engineering tools like Kafka
  • GIS experience

Our Mission

To safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers and communities every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.

Our Vision

With a sustainable energy future as our North Star, we will meet the challenge of climage change while providing affordable energy for all customers.

Our Culture

We put safety first.
We are accountable. We act with integrity, transparency and humility.
We are here to serve our customers.
We embrace change, innovation and continuous improvement.
We value diversity and inclusion. We speak up, listen up and follow up.
We succeed through collaboration and partnership. We are one team.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland