- Rate & Tariff Examiner II
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is advanced professional work in the examination of moderately complex rates and tariffs proposed by utilities regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).
An employee in this class analyzes and evaluates proposed rates and tariffs, and maintains individual tariff books for utilities. Work involves participating in the development of staff positions, including recommending changes affecting the rate structure, and preparation of material which may be used as testimony in PSC hearings involving topics such as services, production, construction, research and development, business activities, costs and/or competitive issues. Work may also involve participating in the training of lower-level Rate & Tariff Examiners. General supervision is received from a Rate & Tariff Examination Supervisor or designated administrative superior; however, the employee exercises independent judgment, and work is reviewed for technical accuracy and conformance to established rules and policies.
Receives case assignments for moderately complex individual tariffs or purchased gas adjustment applications; notifies staff of circumstances or apparent consequences.
Participates in the training of lower-level examiners in the principles of rate and tariff examination.
Records and schedules rate and tariff cases to ensure a timely response; determines whether tariff application status should be normal or expedited, and evaluates need for processing delays or suspensions.
Initiates a general discovery of case information; gathers and categorizes utility policies and historical records for review and analysis.
Reviews purchased gas adjustments and tariff sheets for language and meaning; determines requirements and staff position to avoid interpretative differences.
Evaluates incentives to customers, promotional practices and demand side management.
Determines cooperative working arrangements required and coordinates efforts with other PSC sections or units.
Projects and evaluates multiple rate and tariff scenarios; analyzes impact of proposed rate adjustments in terms of efficiency or economy of operation using the principles of prudency and risk management.
Negotiates rate adjustments during pre-hearing settlement meetings; consults with PSC attorneys in preparation for formal hearings.
Prepares and presents exhibits and testimony and responds to cross-examination as an expert witness in PSC hearings on regulatory or rate adjustments; analyzes testimony and exhibits presented by utility company officials or their consultants.
Develops proposed rules and standards governing computation of rates and tariffs by regulated utilities; presents proposals for Commission approval.
Investigates and resolves consumer complaints relating to tariffs.
Attends training seminars and meetings.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
(The following entrance requirements are used to admit or reject applicants for merit system examinations, or may be used to evaluate applicants for employment in positions not requiring selection from merit system registers. When applicable, equivalent substitution will be allowed for deficiencies in experience or education.)
One year of experience as a Rate and Tariff Examiner I with the Missouri Public Service Commission.
Two years of professional experience in a regulatory or utility environment in rate review or design; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in engineering, finance, accounting, economics, business or public administration or a related field. (Technical experience in a utility or regulatory environment involving the determination of rates and tariffs may be substituted on a year-for-basis for deficiencies in the required education.)
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Considerable knowledge of regulated utility tariffs, purchased gas adjustments or rate system design methods and procedures.
Considerable knowledge of available sources and types of information and methods of analysis used in regulated utility industries.
Considerable knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and database software packages associated with personal computers.
Ability to train others in rate and tariff examination techniques and procedures.
Ability to research and analyze complex problems and make judgment decisions.
Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare clear and concise reports.
Ability to testify as an expert witness under cross-examination.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, utility representatives, consumers and the general public.
Ability to travel as necessary to conduct business.
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