- Rate & Tariff Examiner III
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is responsible professional work in the examination of 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 is responsible for the maintenance of tariff books for a group of utilities. Work involves preparing tariffs for approval by the PSC, recommending changes affecting the rate structure, and preparation of material to 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 also involves serving as a lead worker and providing training to lower-level Rate & Tariff Examiners. General supervision is received from a Rate & Tariff Examination Supervisor or designated administrative superior; however, the employee exercises considerable independent judgment, and work is reviewed for technical accuracy and conformance to established rules and policies.
Serves as a lead worker on complex rate and tariff cases; trains lower-level examiners in the principles of rate and tariff examination.
Ensures the maintenance of rate and tariff documentation for a group of utilities.
Receives case assignments for complex individual tariffs or purchased gas adjustment applications; notifies staff of circumstances or apparent consequences.
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 minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
One year of experience as a Rate and Tariff Examiner II with the Missouri Public Service Commission.
Three 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-year 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?
Thorough knowledge of regulated utility tariffs, purchased gas adjustments or rate system design methods and procedures.
Thorough knowledge of available sources and types of information and methods of analysis used in regulated utility industries.
Thorough knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and database software packages associated with personal computers.
Some knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective supervision and training.
Ability to coordinate the work of examiners conducting rate studies.
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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