Under the general direction of the Controller, the Staff Accountant is responsible for daily and monthly operational accounting needs, supporting the Financial Services area as required, and analyzing/preparing data sets and reports.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Assigned with or without reasonable accommodation.
Provide analytical and operational support to the Financial Services area.
Prepare and/or assist in completing monthly journal entries.
Support monthly reconciliation of balance sheet accounts as well as researching and resolving discrepancies.
Prepare and submit operational and governmental reports as assigned.
Coordinate and assist with the annual budget process including analyzing and reporting cost variances.
Prepare special reports, accounting analyses, calculations and allocations, as required; recommend/implement improvements for efficiency.
Aggregate, analyze and convert data sources internal/external reporting, and accounting journal entries.
Create reports, graphs, and dashboards using various software tools to communicate accounting data and KPIs.
Support the department portion of the work order closing process.
Support the fixed asset accounting including work order and special equipment capitalization, depreciation calculation, additions/retirements, tagging, reconciliation, and periodic physical inventory of general plant.
Perform preparation, review, and submittal of sales/use tax and franchise fee forms/payments.
Identify opportunities for improving business processes through information systems and/or non-system driver changes; assist in the preparation of proposals to develop new systems and/or operational changes.
Back-up or lead other accounting functions and accounting staff as directed. Participate in cross training with senior accounting staff as well as accounts payable and purchasing duties.
Researching accounting issues for compliance with respective taxing and reporting entities with extensive knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations, as applicable to accounting, and tax and current accounting issues.
Maintain records in an organized manner and in accordance with established record retention polices and guidelines.
Continue education through membership in related organizations and attending meetings, classes, and seminars in related areas.
STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE
These duties reflect the cooperative’s mission and purpose, and they are required of all employees:
Work according to the safety rules and company policies, as adopted by PVREA and is responsible for own safety and reports all accidents in accordance with Association policies.
Support the strategic goals of the organization in accordance with the Associations’ Strategic Plan.
Interact with all departments of the Association as well as with members, the general public, other utility personnel, governmental agencies and equipment vendors in a kind and courteous manner.
Collaborate effectively and successfully with fellow employees to achieve department and company-wide goals and build a team-focused environment.
Regular and predictable attendance are essential functions of the position.
Assist in the emergency restoration of facilities during storm or general outages.
Perform other duties within capabilities as directed by his or her supervisors.
Exhibits integrity and demonstrates ethical behavior in everyday business conduct.
Education and/or formal training needed: Four-year degree in Accounting or Finance is required. CPA or CPA candidate is preferred.
Required - A minimum of three years’ experience in accounting or finance is required; preferably with experience in electric utility industry.
Preferred - Experience with NiSC iVUE enterprise software as well as NiSC accounting database. Experience with other accounting database systems will be considered.
Knowledge, skill and abilities needed:
General knowledge of electric utility industry is highly desired.
Ability to initiate and complete projects without supervision is required.
Computer skills in accounting functions are needed, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; advanced formula and pivot table proficiency within Excel is required.
Strong analytical, technology, communication, and organizational skills with excellent attention to detail are required.
Clear written and verbal communication, including the ability to organize and write procedures in a logical and methodical manner.
Good time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and assignments are necessary.
Ability to maintain confidential information is required.
Willingness to participate in ongoing training to improve and expand skillset as necessary.
General knowledge of Power Query, Power BI, and SQL is a plus.
Familiarity with FERC accounting preferred.
Drug/Alcohol: A drug/alcohol test is administered to all job offer recipients, as well as a background check.
Driving: Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s License and operate a company non-DOT vehicle.
Mental Demands: This employee must be able to work well with the public, Association members, and other Association employees. He/she needs to be able to remember what was done and schedule and prioritize future work, stay alert even when the work is repetitious, and work well with detail. Mental abilities necessary to competently perform this job include problem solving, alertness, precision with figures, analytic ability, speaking ability, memory, concentration, judgment, writing ability and reasoning. Initiative and patience are also useful.
Physical Demands: He/she must be capable of performing the Essential Job Functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation:
Fifteen percent of the time each day is spent walking, 5% standing, and 80% sitting.
Lifting or carrying approximately 20 pounds is done frequently when handling documents.
On occasion it is necessary to push and pull approximately 10 pounds when opening and closing file drawers.
Reaching is done frequently when filing, answering phones, and getting papers, books or printouts from overhead shelves or drawers.
Arm, hand and finger dexterity is needed to operate keyboards and write.
Talking and hearing normal conversation is done constantly when communicating on the phone or in person.
Visual dexterity is necessary when looking from print to screen.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT USED
General office equipment, including but not limited to calculator, personal computer, telephone, copy machine and all general office equipment.
This job is performed inside an office building at normal temperature ranges. The estimated noise level is 50-90 decibels.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
About Poudre Valley REA, Inc.
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and our area has an outstanding public school system. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the Fort Collins area experiences 300 days of sunshine per year and offers exciting recreational opportunities such as hiking, camping, cycling, golfing plus some unique cultural offerings, and is a regional center for employment and shopping. The Fort Collins area offers the convenience of a small town atmosphere with all the amenities of a larger city. If you are seeking a great lifestyle and a community in which you can reinvigorate yourself then the Fort Collins area is it. We are an EEO employer.