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S228 - Sr. Finance Professional

Company Name:
Black Hills Corporation
_PAY RANGE:_ $54,700 - $82,000 (DOQ)
_LOCATION:_ Rapid City, SD
PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Directly support the Accounting Manager. Perform routine and special projects for the operation, management and support of applicable companies including the classification and recording of accounting transactions in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and FERC (Federal Energy Regulated Commission), accounting analysis, preparation of reports, and assisting with budget and rate case preparation. Supervise and/or prepare balance sheet reconciliations including overhead calculations. Assist in the preparation of accounting analysis for variance reporting for the financial managers. Assist in the coordination of journal entries as needed. Perform duties that may include supervising, scheduling and coordination of department staff and resources. Present ideas and implementation strategies for improving efficiency of duties to the Accounting Manager.
_REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:__ _ Manager - Utility G/L Accounting (Accounting Manager)
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
May supervise, schedule and coordinate department staff and resources.
May prepare performance appraisals for the accounting staff.
Perform assigned duties in a professional manner to facilitate the objectives and goals of the company and to enhance the image of the Accounting Department.
Assist the Accounting Manager in the development and maintenance of accounting policies and procedures for the general ledger team. Ensure that systems and procedures are in compliance with company policies, acceptable accounting practices, and applicable regulations.
Present ideas for improving efficiency of duties to the Accounting Manager.
Review reconciliations of general ledger accounts as assigned. Follow up on discrepancies and implement procedures to ensure adequate resolution.
Prepare and distribute reports for other areas of the Accounting Department or other departments. Ensure that information is accurate and presented in a useful and understandable format. Respond to requests in a timely manner.
Assist in completing and reviewing Balance Sheet and Income Statement analysis. Interpret the results and communicate to Accounting Manager and others as necessary.
As needed, provide support to the accounts payable and payroll functions of the companies.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Accounting Manager.
Comply with and ensure accounting policies and practices support GAAP and FERC, and sound business practices.
Assist internal and external auditors with engagements.
Prepare and/or supervise maintenance of all overhead calculations including labor, inventory and vehicles.
Obtain a strong understanding of the automated accounting systems including general ledger, billing systems, and any additional systems that directly feed into the general ledger.
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist the Accounting Manager in interpreting the information produced in order to meet deadlines and goals.
Maintain a current working knowledge of accounting rules and regulations and how those may impact the financial statements.
Review the work of the accounting staff for accuracy and timeliness.
Work with the Accounting Manager in the development and training of other accounting department employees.
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:
Must be able to clearly and concisely communicate with operations and other departments both verbally and in writing.
Must maintain good working relationships with co-workers, employees, manager, financial managers, upper management, internal audit and external audit.
EXPERIENCE:
4 plus years of financial and business experience preferred
Public accounting experience preferred
Prior experience in utility or energy related industry a plus
EDUCATION:
Bachelor's degree in Accounting/Finance preferred with a CPA, MBA or CMA a plus.
KNOWLEDGE:
A thorough knowledge of GAAP and FERC, including business and accounting methods and procedures
Advanced proficiency in Excel to create and support complex spreadsheets that would normally be expected from someone performing this function for over three years
Proficiency in automated accounting systems and understanding how the accounting system interacts within the different modules
A working understanding of utility operations and a basic understanding of regulatory/ratemaking processes and methods
SKILLS/ABILITY/OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:
Ability to perform accounting duties of an above average difficulty
Must have strong interpersonal skills
Project management experience desired
Ability to supervise and lead others
Must have strong computer and analytical skills
Ability to supervise multiple accounting functions
Must have strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and complete multiple projects in a timely manner
Ability to work effectively in a team environment
Must have strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to communicate accounting transactions to financial and non-financial personnel
Ability to maintain organized books and records
Ability to meet demanding monthly deadlines
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of business information
The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job. This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

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