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Forecasting Planning Manager

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates · Construction/Facilities
Job Scope:
Responsible for managing the development of CLIENT’s Power/Energy Forecasts for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to establish the baseline against which CLIENT procures capacity and fuel to satisfy anticipated demand. This includes amending and challenging all forecasting outputs to ensure accuracy and completeness for incorporation into CLIENT’s integrated Masterplan and Statement of Future Capacity Requirements.
Job Responsibilities:
Demand Forecasting
  • Managing the delivery of robust annual Power/Energy Forecasts for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This includes:
  • Reviewing and improving CLIENT’s modelling and statistical analysis tools and techniques to improve the accuracy and robustness of demand forecasts
  • Ensuring external inputs including data provided by mega-projects and the Company, as well as per capita demands, are incorporated into CLIENT’s forecasts to accurately identify additional power generation/water desalination capacity requirements
  • Advising colleagues on the appropriate use and limitations of various forecasting data types and sources
  • Reviewing and challenging Power/Energy forecast model outputs, identifying and evaluating the root causes of any data inaccuracies
  • Supporting the presentation and communication of power/energy forecasts to external stakeholders including the Regulation & Supervision Bureau (RSB), Energy Authority, Central Government and other stakeholders (e.g. distribution businesses etc.)
  • Managing the provision of inputs as required to support the preparation of CLIENT’s Annual Statistical Report and other publications, as required
  • Overseeing the department’s knowledge management activities including archiving of public and private historical data, tools and outputs for future use and/or audit
  • Reviewing and endorsing the Statement of Future Capacity Requirements in coordination with the Integrated Planning Department Manager
Inter-Directorate Coordination
  • Coordinating with Tariffs and Settlements colleagues to provide input into CLIENT’s Bulk Supply Tariff (BST)
  • Coordinating with Contract Management colleagues to review any discrepancies between forecasted demand and CLIENT’s supply contracts
  • Coordinating with Fuel Administration colleagues to ensure robust, long-term fuel supply strategies
Business Planning and Performance
  • Contributing to the development and achievement Directorate key performance indicators (KPIs) and targets
  • Managing the implementation of Directorate performance improvement efforts, monitoring effectiveness and impact
  • Monitoring department staff performance, providing feedback and coaching where necessary to ensure continuous improvement
  • Contributing to manpower and succession planning activities in coordination with the Corporate Support Directorate when required. This includes identifying department colleagues training and development requirements for incorporation into CLIENT’s Annual Training Plan
Job Requirements:
  • Bachelors’ Degree in a relevant field such as Economics, Econometrics or Statistics
  • Masters’ Degree in a relevant field is preferable
  • Minimum of 10 years of varied experience in power or water demand forecasting or a related role
  • In-depth knowledge of demand forecasting techniques, including advanced modelling tools/ software
  • Experience of leading teams of seven or more employees
  • Good understanding of the Gulf region and its unique forecasting requirements and constraints
  • English language is mandatory, Arabic speaking is an advantage
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