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Winner of Student Paper Competition 2021:

Title:   The Adoption of Blockchain-Based Decentralized Exchanges      Author: Ruizhe Jia  

Honorable Mention: 

Title:  While Stability Lasts: A Stochastic Model of Stablecoins                Author:  Ariah Klages-Mundt
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Thanks to the Judges Panel: 

John Birge     john.birge@chicagobooth.edu, Hobart W. Williams Distinguished Service Professor or Operations Management, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Chanaka  Edirisinghe  edirin@rpi.edu, Acting Dean, Kay and Jackson Tai '72 Chaired Professor in Quantitative Finance, Lally School of Management,  Rensselaer

Mark S Squillante     mss@us.ibm.com,   Distinguished Research Staff Member and the Manager of Foundations of Probability, Dynamics and Control within Mathematical Sciences, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Bruno Biais     biaisb@hec.fr     Professor  HEC Paris

 

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  • Roseville, California,   DEFINITION Under limited direction performs a variety of duties associated with the NCPA Contract Administration, Interconnection Services and External Affairs Department in support of our NCPA affiliated members’ various city utility departments and other service-based clients. This position will develop and maintain Agency contracts and agreements, and coordinate development of reporting tools and reports needed to support members and fee for service clients on the Office 365 platform, including the use of Microsoft Power BI to display dynamic data within the intra and extranet systems. Performs analyses related to power pooling, load forecasting, power purchase and sale strategies, contract negotiations, litigation, risk management, policy development, regulatory reporting and interactions between NCPA members and customers, Utility Distribution Companies, Western Area Power Administration and the California Independent System Operator. The level of supervision will be dependent upon the incumbent’s classification level (I-III).   ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES This position requires that the incumbent reports for work on time and maintains satisfactory attendance in accordance with Agency policy; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives to meetings and appointments on time; Performs special assignments as assigned.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Responsibilities: Develop and maintain Agency contracts and agreements to ensure such contracts are consistent with current business practices.  Work with other subject matter specialists, including outside counsel as needed. Coordinate development of reporting tools and reports needed to support members and other service clients on the Office 365 platform, including the use of Microsoft Power BI to display dynamic data within the intra and extranet systems. Manage the Power Management division’s document migration to the SharePoint environment, including coordinating and updating library and list structures as needed to support divisional needs. Performs analyses related to power pooling, load forecasting, power purchase and sale strategies, contract negotiations, litigation, risk management, policy development, regulatory reporting and interactions between NCPA members and customers, Utility Distribution Companies, and the California Independent System Operator. Compile and submit regulatory and compliance filings to applicable authorities on behalf of NCPA and the NCPA members. Assesses impacts of proposed changes to the CAISO tariff, Business Practice Manuals and Operating Procedures on NCPA/member operations, and regularly briefs staff and members on issues of importance; Develops recommendations to address identified impacts and secures approval for recommendations internally and externally; Influences CAISO process outcomes through active, knowledgeable and informed participation in assigned stakeholder processes; Demonstrates a thorough understanding of NCPA scheduling, dispatching and settlement processes, as well as how those processes are or could be affected by proposed changes to CAISO market and operational rules; Presents technical issues before NCPA management, membership, and before regulatory agencies. Develops and presents reports to pool members on actions taken or needing to be taken under the Western Assignment and Administration Agreement; Maintains and updates Western base resource, CVPIA and O&M budget and forecasting model; Works with Western customers, Western and Bureau of Reclamation staff to consistently improve CVP forecasting and to enhance the value of the CVP project to members. Develops and maintains an index and description of agreements and contract obligations, and identify applicable compliance and filing requirements to ensure the agency remains compliant with contract obligations and deadlines. Works collaboratively with key staff representing any NCPA business unit to develop, and finalize contracts through negotiations, competitive bid processes and award, with a focus on renewable energy projects and power sales agreements. Ensures contract development, review and approval are done in accordance with agency procedures and processes. Serve as an Agency subject matter expert, and support the responsible lead and primary point of contact for the following Agency agreements: NCPA Pooling Agreement NCPA Metered Subsystem Aggregator Agreement Schedule Coordination Program Agreement PG&E Interconnection Agreement Western Agreements NCPA Amended and Restated Agreement Regarding the Use and Non-Disclosure of Confidential Information and License to Use Intellectual Property Customer service agreements Power Purchase Agreements Others agreements as assigned Serve as an Agency subject matter expert and support the responsible lead and primary point of contact for issues associated with the following Agency agreements: Facilities Agreement Project third phase agreements Member related agreements (Single-member service agreements, operating agreements and professional service agreements) Energy Procurement Agreements (WSPP, EEI, NAESB) Western Agreements TANC Agreements LEC Purchase Sale Agreement and Project Maintenance and Operations Agreement Investigate and analyze issues that arise in contract and billing disputes with various entities.  Prepare and provide analysis or recommendations as required. Develop, coordinate and present reports and recommendations to management staff, the NCPA commission and established committees of the commission. Coordinate with other business units and member staff to manage and maintain Agency generating unit data, intertie scheduling data, participant data and other data that is utilized within the Agency scheduling and settlement systems. Such data is generally reflected and/or stored in the CAISO Master File and/or the NCPA Member and Resources System (MARS) database. Serves as the primary point of contact for CAISO new resource integration processes, procedures and issues. Provides front office support to Information Services Business Analyst/Project Manager for integration of new resources into NCPA. Serves as CAISO User Authorization and Access Administrator to manage CAISO application access and NCPA Data Portal Administrator to manage NCPA application access including the NCPA Data Portal and NCPA Connect.  Provide other business units with feedback to better coordinate efforts of interdepartmental tasks (i.e. central database development, etc.). Compile and submit regulatory and compliance filings to the applicable regulatory authorities to ensure Agency compliance with contract, tariff and other reporting obligations (e.g. Resource Adequacy and Renewable Portfolio Standards compliance). Coordinate and manage Pooling activities, including monthly Pool meetings, through the development of meeting agendas, presentations, meeting notes and other activities to support communication and collaboration between NCPA staff and member staff. Coordinate and manage certain service client activities, including periodic meetings, through the development of meeting agendas, presentations, meeting notes and other activities to support communication and collaboration between NCPA staff and fee for service client staff. Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis related to power pooling, load forecasting, power purchase and sale strategies, contract negotiations, litigation, risk management, policy development, and interactions between NCPA members, fee for service clients, Utility Distribution Companies and the California Independent System Operator. Satisfy various data requests for NCPA staff, management, fee for services clients, and members in a timely manner. Coordinate efforts and collaborate with staff to meet requirements set forth under existing and new agreements with the California Independent System Operator.   MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Level I: Education and/or Experience Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Economics, Business Administration or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university; and a minimum of six (6) months of related experience (energy field preferred). Level II: Education and/or Experience Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Economics, Business Administration or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university; and a minimum of two (2) years of related experience in identifying and analyzing energy products and ancillary services, energy pricing assessments, cost allocation models and practices, data analysis and conducting utility business within an increasingly restructured environment. Level III: Education and/or Experience Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Economics, Business Administration, or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university; and a minimum of four (4) years of related experience. Prior experience must be with electric utility industry regulatory filings, contracts, and regulatory agencies such as CAISO.   KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES Knowledge: Knowledge of Database software; Design software; Development software; Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software; Knowledge of SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) to query Oracle databases and to present the results of those queries in informational reports; Microsoft Power Business Intelligence (Power BI) to query oracle databases and to present the results of those queries in informational reports; MS Office products for spreadsheets (Excel), word processing (Word), Email (outlook), drawing (Visio) and Presentations (PowerPoint); Knowledge of CAISO standards, energy procurement agreements; Knowledge of power purchase agreement structures, energy trading and trade capture systems, regulatory requirements and opportunities; Knowledge of general data manipulation and statistic principles. Abilities: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public; Ability to interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral or diagram form; Ability to develop queries and reports; Ability to use deductive reasoning and analytical judgement to develop solutions and conclusions.   SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Valid California Driver's License and insurance. Periodic travel may be required. This job has no supervisory responsibilities.   WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. All employees are responsible for contributing to an inclusive, safe, and secure work environment that values diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences, and is free from discrimination.
  • Tomah, Wisconsin, What you'll do... Partnership & Collaboration: Possess knowledge of: Stakeholder identification and mapping; stakeholder analysis; stakeholder communication; stakeholder engagement techniques; stakeholder management effectiveness tools and methods; fluency in many specialized business vernaculars. To be able to: Builds, maintains and enhances effective internal and external partnerships through demonstrated integrity. Influences outcomes and assists in communicating shared goals with diverse groups and parties. Identifies and addresses additional partner needs and educates them on value creation. Communicates with other individuals or cross-functional teams to solve shared problems cooperatively. Identifies how changes in business strategy impact talent and recruiting strategy. Consults regularly with leaders of business unit(s), serve to advise on strategic decisions. Brings ideas and solutions proactively to the business and team members. Drives a culture that strives for diversity of thought and inclusion. Quality Control: Possess knowledge of: auditing and reporting requirements; maintaining inventory quality including food for storing and processing To be able to: Participates in audits of product deliveries and stored products. Understands and utilizes all tools used for maintaining audit information, sharing best practices with leaders and peers. Employs basic quality control techniques in food testing and other practices. Identifies potential cold-chain deviations and opportunities. Handles actual or potential quality problems, such as problems with raw materials. Performs quality control activities according to organizational standards/requirements. Demonstrates understanding of the effects of time and temperature on product quality. Coaches personnel on how to use tools and equipment for quality inspection. Food Safety: Possess knowledge of: Cold Chain Policies; Sanitary and Safe Food Handling Practices; personal protective equipment policies. To be able to: Monitors and controls potential food handling hazards such as cold chain management and cross contamination. Ensures that team members are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment in accordance with workplace standards. Ensures proper food handling practices. Informs others about factors that may have an impact on safe food handling processes. Assures that all equipment and work areas are sanitary. Follows the ServSafe standards, food handling policies, and applicable laws and regulations. Business Process Improvement Possess knowledge of: Process improvement techniques and methodologies; change management principles; process analysis processes. To be able to: Participates in defining organizational strategic goals and purposes; defines how to gather and keep customers. Analyzes business processes, identifies alternative solutions to outdated processes and assesses their feasibility. Establishes requirements for substantial changes in the overall mission, roles, responsibilities, and processes necessary to make business improvements. Evaluates financial, cultural, technological, and other factors that need to be addressed. Recommends innovative approaches that seek the use of advanced technology. Works to overcome Business Process Improvement resistance from managers, the labor force, and other groups. Influential Communication: Possess knowledge of: Verbal/Nonverbal behaviors; application and allocation of Business Communication styles/techniques in ambiguous and challenging situations; emotional Intelligence; situational awareness; communication channels/mediums; interpersonal skills and universal relationship building with ability to connect unconnected parties; influencing styles. To be able to: Leads discussions with varying viewpoints confidently. Presents to and influences diverse audiences across divisions using appropriate frameworks/tools. Leverages fact-based data and analytics insights from multiple finance and business domains to build a cohesive narrative, forms an argument, organizes thoughts, and presents in a clear, concise & meaningful way. Demonstrates superior decision and coordination skills when faced with conflicting or ambiguous inputs. Acts as a trusted advisor to diverse business partners, influencing them to act as needed to move the business forward. Provides respectful, effective, timely feedback to others. Seeks, internalizes, and utilizes feedback to make changes. Data & Digital Literacy: Possess Knowledge of: Data collection modes, techniques, and tools; data analytics & visualization tools and techniques; existing and upcoming digital applications; technology innovation trends & industry benchmarks; data quality governance. To be able to: Delineate the problem, leveraging data to determine the root cause and apply the information to find a solution. Ensure data quality and organization & processes information for analysis. Able to define benchmarks and quality rules for key data assets. Participate in the feedback loop between dataintake and insights and continually work on improving the data-collection process. Identify and propose ways to automate and/or improve existing processes in the respective area of work with the help of technology. Demonstrate a working knowledge of Data Science techniques and their applications to their role. Consumes existing data/reports and uses them to make business decisions. Warehouse Management: Possess knowledge of: regulatory and reporting requirements; Warehouse Key Performance Indicators; warehouse equipment maintenance procedures; basic warehouse activities. To be able to: Performs basic warehousing activities such as receiving, putting away, picking, packing, and shipping merchandise. Collects and translates the business requirements for specifications of warehouse management systems. Assists in implementing mechanization approaches and techniques in a distribution center. Analyzes and documents key performance indicators of warehouse management in own area. Maintains warehouse equipment and facilities. Documentation and Data Collection: Possess knowledge of: regulatory and reporting requirements; data auditing processes; data retention policies. To be able to: Evaluates best practices of data gathering, record maintenance and documentation within the industry. Advises on advanced data gathering and record maintenance. Evaluates the pros and cons of various audit data analysis methods for the organization. Teaches others how to review and interpret the report and logged data Implements procedures and policies for record maintenance Oversees data gathering and documentation within the area of work. Ripening: Possess knowledge of: Fruit ripening processes; color variation guidelines various produce product quality; ordering and scheduling procedures; proper produce handling procedures. To be able to: Manages the conditioning and ripening of bananas, avocados, pears, and other produce that need ripening. Forecasts demand for fruit to ensure that it arrives at the desired color and maturity. Orders and schedules inbound and outbound delivery of bananas, avocados, pears, and other ripening produce. Educates distribution center and store associates on proper handling procedures. Recognize the climatic and geographical effects of fruits and vegetables, and the related ripening criteria. Operational Excellence: Possess knowledge of: regulatory and reporting requirements; Standard Operating Procedure documentation; key functional roles within department. To be able to: Evaluates relevant industry practices from an operations perspective and works accordingly. Works to resolve obstacles to goals of several organizational functions. Advises others to carry out responsibilities based on understanding of key organizational functions. Designs awareness programs for multi and cross functional issues of the regulatory environment. Facilitates interrelationships between major functions and subfunctions. Recommends efficiencies in operational functions and One Best Way documentation wherever possible. Monitors organizational adherence to policies and procedures. Facilitates communications across departments to ensure a smooth workflow in the facility and related partner functions. Applies regulatory programs as needed to comply with major products, processes, or business areas. Provides recommendations and solutions to existing and potential legal or regulatory problems. Minimum Qualifications... Outlined below are the required minimum qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no minimum qualifications. Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Food Science, or related field OR 2 years’ experience in food manufacturing or production quality control/assurance, food safety or related field. Preferred Qualifications... Outlined below are the optional preferred qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no preferred qualifications. Data Analysis, Fruit ripening experience
  • China, Tenure-track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Recruitment Institute of Supply Chain & Analytics (ISCA), Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dalian, China   Job Description Institute of Supply Chain Analytics (ISCA) is one of the two university-level leading research institutes of Dongbei University of Finance & Economics (DUFE), which is one of the leading universities in China in the areas of finance, economics, management, and business analysis. In Years of 2019 and 2020, DUFE is ranked #7 among all mainland China universities in terms of top-tier (UTD24) journal paper publications in the field of supply chain management and operations management. ISCA is dedicated to conducting top-tier research on Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Finance, Operations Management, Operations Research, Business Analytics, Big Data Analysis, Optimization, Information Systems, and related interdisciplinary fields. It boasts an excellent tenure-track faculty including Senior Editor of top-tier international journals and oversea-educated talents. ISCA currently has two master programs and one doctoral program and offers post-doctoral positions. It is the hosting organization of the Institute of Supply Chain and Operations Management (ISCOM). ISCA offers an individual spacious office and friendly working environment to each faculty member and provides one of the best administration services in the world. Recruitment information ISCA invites applications for full-time tenure-track faculty positions of all levels (Assistant / Associate / Full Professor) with interests in Business Analytics, Data Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Information Systems, Supply Chain Finance, Operations Management, and Supply Chain Management. Both theoretical and empirical studies are very welcome.     Academic Qualification: Earned a Ph.D. degree from a major research university before appointment. Applicants for assistant professor positions should have strong research capability of publishing in top-tier journals. Applicants for higher ranks should have well-qualified record of research and teaching effectiveness. Application Details If you are interested in the post, please send your Cover letter, CV, three representative research papers, contact information of three references, evidence of teaching performance (if available) to ISCAjobs@163.com & isca-hr@dufe.edu.cn (Please send your application to both mailboxes, ensuring that we don't miss anything).     Benefits for a successful applicant ISCA will provide very competitive salary, relocation fund, accommodation allowance, start-up research fund, fringe benefits, and a very competitive incentive policy. A publication in top-tier journals will significantly boost annual salary. The Remuneration Package will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.     Contact Person Ms. Liu      Email: ISCAjobs@163.com & isca-hr@dufe.edu.cn (Please send your application to both mailboxes, ensuring that we don't miss anything)   Links to the video on TENCENT about us: https://v.qq.com/x/page/l3164ry3dr4.html
  • Denver, Colorado, Position Summary As part of the Financial Reporting team, this role is directly responsible for the accurate and timely preparation of SEC filings, including the 10-Qs and 10-Ks, and coordination with our Legal team with respect to the capital market transactions and other miscellaneous filings. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Prepare the Quarterly and Annual Reports on Form 10-Q/K, including supporting schedules, and assist with the internal and external review for these documents. Interface with all Accounting personnel and other departments in order to timely facilitate the completion of job responsibilities, including but not limited to, gathering, analyzing, and validating information and transactions. Assist in the review of quarterly earnings releases. Participate in the XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) reporting process utilizing outside software vendors and/or consulting expertise. Monitor and ensure timely identification and compliance with evolving Accounting guidance. Provide US GAAP interpretation and prepare technical memorandums that document issues in a clear, logical, and comprehensive manner. Research and prepare disclosure related to GAAP and SEC requirements. Complete GAAP disclosure checklists to ensure all required disclosures are included in filings. Assist in the communications with external auditors on external financial statements and accounting issues to ensure auditor agreement with Company decisions on accounting disclosures and issues. Assist in the coordination of annual audit and quarterly review requests of external auditors. Prepare and maintain spreadsheets for earnings per share calculations, stock compensation expense, and other non-routine Accounting entries or analysis. Assess the quarterly reporting process to reduce the timing to prepare quarterly SEC filings Other Duties and Responsibilities Required to work extended hours during quarter and year end reporting processes. Assist with technical accounting and research for significant transactions. Participate in other projects and ad hoc research. Perform other duties as assigned. Supervisory Responsibilities Functions as an individual contributor with no supervisory responsibilities. Qualifications    Required Education, Experience, Licensure Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. At least two (2) years of experience at a Big 4 or large regional Accounting firm, with exposure to SEC reporting and technical accounting research. Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure Masters of Science in Accounting or other advanced degree. Experience in upstream and midstream Oil & Gas Industry. Active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or actively working toward obtaining CPA license. Required Core Competencies – Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Thorough knowledge of US GAAP and SEC rules and regulations, combined with the ability to research and propose company positions on accounting and reporting issues. Able to apply Accounting knowledge, technical Accounting and analytical skills to interpret financial data and reports. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite with proficiency in Excel including PivotTables, V-Lookups. Ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, and manage well through ambiguity and complexity. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to effectively communicate at all levels and disciplines of the organization. Adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior when carrying out job responsibilities and interacting with others. Good multi-tasking and organizational skills with significant attention to detail and accuracy. Basic use/operation of standard office equipment. Effective time management skills to meet set deadlines, prioritize, and evaluate multiple projects. Highly motivated team player with good interpersonal skills to build professional relationship and work closely with employees at all levels in all disciplines.
  • Chicago, Illinois, Manager, Workday Consulting (Multiple Positions), PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC, Chicago, IL. Help clients leverage Workday technology as a tool to enhance and unify Human Resources, talent management, and finance. Help shape their business and developing industry tailored solutions that support our clients through the entire lifecycle of the Workday implementation. Helps clients reinvent their financial management capabilities and drive change across their businesses. Solve complex business issues from strategy to execution. Establish and maintain client relationships and professional networks. Identify new service opportunities. Coach staff and provide feedback in a timely manner.   40 hrs/week, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.      MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS :   Must have a Bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, or a related field, plus 5 years of post-bachelor's, progressive related work experience. In the alternative, employer will accept a Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, or a related field, plus 3 years of related work experience.   Must have at least one year of experience with each of the following:   - ERP/EPM systems, including SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, JDE, Workday, NetSuite; - Implementing Workday financials integrations, including designing, building, and testing; and, - Utilization of PC applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project) and cloud-based financial system implementations (i.e. Workdays, NetSuite, Fusion, Intacct).   80% telecommuting permitted. Must be able to commute to the designated local office.   Travel up to 80% is required.   Please apply by mail, referencing Job Code IL3285, Attn: HR SSC/Talent Management, 4040 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607.

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