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Business Analyst

The Common Grid Model (CGM) Programme

Grid operators use mathematical simulation models of their network to simulate the grid behavior under various, including extreme, circumstances. Results of these simulations are notably used to decide on the list of actions transmission system operators (TSOs) need to take to maintain the reliability of the grid at the least cost and impact possible for customers and stakeholders (distribution grids, generators, traders, etc.).

Up to now, each TSO has been using its own grid model. As electrical networks become more interconnected and as European electricity markets are getting more and more integrated, there is a need to develop a common grid model of pan-European dimension. It will ease the cooperation between TSOs and will result in an even more secure and cost-efficient pan-European grid. The EU has recognized the benefits that this common grid model will bring and has thus made it a legal requirement in various Network Codes (CACM, FCA and SO GL) that methodologies for the common grid model and generation and data provision are developed by all TSOs and submitted for approval to all regulatory authorities. The Common Grid Model Business process requires a significant data exchange amongst all ENTSO-E members. The IT data exchange system which is under construction is called the Operational Planning Data Environment [OPDE] and is fully in scope of the Common Grid Model Programme.

The Operational Planning Data Environment is built up out of 3 interacting IT layers:

  • PCN: the underlying IT Physical Communication Network (PCN)
  • Connectivity Platform: a distributed software platform that allows secure and traceable data-exchange
  • Business Applications: multiple central IT business applications, which are plugged into the Connectivity Platform and process the data according to the agreed common grid model processes

Within the CGM Programme, several business working groups reporting to the Business Lead Manager have been established to draft the high-level business requirements and processes for a CGM Build Process.


General position description

The Business Analyst, reporting to the Solution Delivery Manager, will work at Brussels offices collaboratively as part of the Business Solution Team to design, document, develop and preserve the integrity of the overall business solution. The Business Analyst has a critical role in providing the link between business needs and system/process implementation.

International travel within Europe may be required.

Responsibilities and tasks

In particular, the Business Analyst provides:

  • Knowledge of the systems and process which together support business operations (and those other organisations utilising the business services);
  • Knowledge of the linkages between components of the overall solution;
  • Input to the Solution Architect with respect to how proposed new business needs can be formulated to promote and maintain the integrity of the entire solution;
  • Drafting and review of business requirements, working with business SMEs to understand the required new or amended functionality to be delivered in new or existing systems;
  • Drafting and review of interface requirements, governing data exchanges between systems;
  • Translation of business requirements into detailed functional and non-functional requirements, defining new or amended systems to be delivered by system vendors;
  • Drafting and review of design documentation associated with the solution, including blueprints, interface designs, functional descriptions;
  • Provide input and advice to testing team with respect to testing scenarios and regression tests required for defect fixes and new functionality;
  • Maintenance of design traceability documentation, mapping business requirements through the delivery cycle to completed testing;
  • Advising business SMEs with respect to prioritisation of changes/fixes in a manner that promotes system stability and compliance; and
  • Advising ENTSO-E business areas with respect to prioritisation of new business requirements in manner that promotes business efficiency, stability and alignment with business strategy.



  • University degree in Engineering, Information Technology or a business-related university with a strong IT affinity
  • Excellent knowledge and past experience in business requirements understanding and writing
  • Knowledge of business process modelling (e.g. Business Process Model and Notation – BPMN) and experience in delivery of business and functional requirements for software development is considered beneficial
  • Strong knowledge of the energy sector, especially the energy markets
  • Business fluent in English mandatory (oral and written)
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills
  • Skilled in organization and time management
  • Ability to work with all levels of client and internal resources
  • Ability to impact operations and effect change without being confrontational
  • Detail-oriented, analytical and inquisitive
  • The ability to work within a multinational and multicultural professional environment


Please submit your complete application consisting of a motivational letter and curriculum vitae before 24 August 2020.