Senior Writer (LNG) - Platts

May 16, 2013
Jun 15, 2013
Marie Smith
Full Time
The position reports on the trading activity in LNG markets. This senior position has in-depth knowledge of the price information and market intelligence gathering activities; and how the price formation process. The position has advanced experience publishing market commentaries, news and in-depth analysis stories. The position is also involved in methodology development, and serves externally as a LNG expert.


Advanced understanding price formation process in more than one commodity market
Able to provide analytical insight into price trends
Contributes extensively to methodology develop and manages complex pricing methodology issues
Mentors other editors on price assessment issues
Identifies new markets where commodity price benchmarks are needed
Writes proposals and aggregate industry feedback on potential methodology changes
Researches market trading terms and practices
Able to provide price methodology training both internally and externally
Reviews assessments and formulas used for producing price assessments to validate
Ensures copy and commentary is accurate, and aligns with pricing trends; establishing best practices and systems to improve quality
Achieves annual Data Quality Initiative targets
Maintains internal documentation including: market beat how-to’s; source lists and reporting notes
Adheres to relevant editorial standards and COE that govern market reporting practices
Provides support to other staff: reviewing and editing commentaries, stories and price tables; and training on assessment processes
Advanced research skills
Reports on a wide variety of issues that impact commodity markets including, price trends, infrastructure issues; supply-demand trends and issues; regulatory issues
Produces regular news stories that are well-written, clean copy that conforms to AP and Platts house style
Adept at understanding and developing news/information relevant to readership
Produces daily commentaries that pair with price assessments
Regularly produces in-depth analytical/enterprise articles
Develops and maintains productive relationships with a broad base of key industry sources
Maintains frequent contact with sources via phone; IM and in-person visits.
Adept at leveraging sources for stories, price information and methodology development



BA degree in journalism or business
6 years of reporting/writing/analytical experience
Well-rounded communication skills with the ability to communicate across a wide range of groups and personalities internally and externally.
Clear, concise writing style; strong copy editing skills
Displays a leadership presence that utilizes influence, and promotes team collaboration and development, as well as personal accountability.
Displays strong numeracy including ability to conceptualize proportional relationships; understands the basic principles of algebra and statistics; as well as a strong ability to apply basic math functions in Excel. Has a solid understanding of economics principles and of risk management principles.
Adept at overseeing the work of a team and identifying improvements and efficiencies that can benefit the broader group.
Fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese, both verbal and written
Strong critical thinking skills and expert at problem/conflict resolution
Displays strong knowledge and utilization of Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook…); and good keyboarding skills (both speed and accuracy), and is able to adopt new technologies and champion those changes internally.


Regular full-time employees of McGraw Hill Financial routinely receive the following benefits:

Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, Flexible spending accounts with company contribution
401K with company matching, long-term and annual incentives, stock purchase program
Many work/life benefits such as low-cost emergency child- and elder-care, parental leave for birth or adoption, flexible work arrangements, volunteer opportunities, employee assistance programs, tuition reimbursement, employee discounts, and much more

About the Company

At Platts, the world’s leading energy information provider, traders, risk managers, analysts, and industry leaders will depend on you to help them make better trading and investment decisions in the all-important energy markets. Our real-time news, pricing, analytical services and conferences help markets operate with transparency and efficiency. With more than 600 employees in 17 offices spanning five continents, you get the best of a small company and a Fortune 500 corporation at Platts. We have a highly diverse workforce, a global perspective, and a “business casual” culture. Platts is a division of McGraw Hill Financial.

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