Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Location: Westminster, Colorado
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: IRC38445
Under minimal direction, reconcile account balances, maintain the accounting general ledger and accounts receivable system (as necessary), generate and interpret accounting reports, navigate accounting systems, make accounting recommendations, ensure proper classification of costs and allocations, participate in audits and month-end close procedures, and effectively analyze financial reports and accounting data in both onsite and remote settings while meeting required deadlines. Responsible for contributing to complete, accurate, and timely accounting records and reports and formulating reports for various departmental customers.
Note: There is one position available, and the position will be filled at either the Accounting Analyst III (NB20) or Senior Accounting Analyst (NB21). This decision will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected, and Tri-State business needs at the time of hire.
Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides and excellent benefits program that includes: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Work Schedules, Life Insurance, Retirement Option, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.
Senior Accounting Analyst
Hiring Salary Range: $84,000-$105,000
Accounting Analyst III
Hiring Salary Range: $76,000-$96,000
Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring range based upon work experience, education, and/or skilled level.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Properly categorize and record financial information in conformity with United States (US) Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission (FERC) Uniform System of Accounts (USofA).
Apply the principles, concepts, and practice of GAAP and FERC accounting rules to ensure accounting transactions are recorded correctly and financial results are properly reflected in the financial statements.
Provide technical direction in design and function of systems and develop/maintain appropriate systems and procedures to record and interpret financial data in addition to processing and importing of transactions to accounting systems.
Serve as liaison between corporate accounting and other departments and stakeholders, providing procedural and technical guidance and training as necessary.
Prepare financial reports required by various regulatory authorities and assist with preparation of management reports, as required.
Perform analysis and prepare reports and related documents to support internal and external audit requests; work closely with external auditors and internal Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) Compliance, providing information as needed during the annual audit and quarterly reviews.
Develop and maintain back-up capabilities by engaging in knowledge sharing and training efforts with other accountants throughout the department, to include job sharing activities.
Prepare special reports, accounting analyses, calculations and allocations, as required, and recommend/implement improvements for efficiency.
Recognize when issues arise among various data systems; develop and propose solutions to issues.
Engage application services when system or reporting enhancements are needed.
Provide in-depth explanations for financial variances as needed.
Assist in maintenance of the FERC Uniform System of Accounts (USofA) account structure to facilitate internal and external reporting.
Complete timely reconciliations of general ledger accounts on a routine basis and upon special request, to ensure that balances are correct and that subsidiary records are in agreement with general ledger control accounts.
Propose, confer, and implement as appropriate, internal controls and maintenance procedures for accounting functions
Participate in the month-end close process, including ensuring all sub-ledger data in the general ledger is accurate at each month end, importing monthly activity from the various subsystems to the General Ledger, coordinating, gathering and documenting back-up support, and preparing various month-end batches and journals.
Document accounting procedures processes and internal controls, reviewing annually for effectiveness and recommend revisions as necessary.
Provide guidance, direction, and training to other accountants engaged in similar activities as well as other internal employees as needed.
Monitor Accounts Receivable (A/R) Aging and coordinate with other departments when appropriate; Perform A/R functions as needed.
As needed, perform accounting functions under cost accounting methodologies in connection with subsidiary entities, including assisting with the annual budget process.
As needed, perform accounting functions for joint project agreements ensuring conformity with various Participation Agreements, including reporting, billing, and reconciliation requirements; work closely with station personnel and other joint owners, providing information and responding to information requests, including audit requests.
Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Perform other related duties as assigned
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
Planning: Sets priorities to accomplish task or process completion; ability to think ahead and plan within timelines and resources; develop scopes, plan and schedule work; set priorities and goals; anticipate and adjust for problems; evaluate workloads; measure and evaluate performance against established goals.
Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, make connections, and draw conclusions.
Ability to establish and maintain constructive and positive working relationships Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels of the organization, up to and including executive management.
Ensure ongoing two-way timely and clear feedback to maintain healthy, proactive work relationships.
Ability to handle confidential information and material with the highest degree of professional responsibility and confidentiality.
Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and helping others. Recognizes how his/her decisions impact others; seeks input from others.
Computer proficiency; Uses Oracle Financials accounting and query tools, included but not limited to SAS, OBIEE, Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint to develop reports and supporting accounting schedules, as necessary, to aid in financial statement analysis and decision making. May utilize other software, as needed for a particular function.
Ability to work independently, with minimal direction as a highly motivated self-starter.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Training
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in Accounting or related field.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
Ability to perform detail work with high degree of accuracy.
Ability to develop and maintain collaborative, effective, and cohesive working relationships.
Ability to communicate effectively and timely, both verbally and in writing.
Extensive knowledge of accounting principles and practices, to include but not limited to: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
Familiarity with Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) requirements and relationships related to internal controls.
Strong experience with accounting allocation procedures, account validation rules and system interrelationships with General Ledger; must understand and be able to apply reconciliation procedures.
Strong understanding of the interrelationships between and among various data systems with the ability to recognize when issues arise.
Knowledge of subsidiary accounting and elimination accounting processes.
Extensive working knowledge of personal computers, computerized accounting systems, MS Office suite and familiarity with report writer applications such as SAS and OBIEE.
Eight (8) years of progressive accounting experience in general ledger (or equivalent combination of experience and education). Note: The above requirements describe the experience and education qualifications for the Senior Accounting Analyst. Those with less experience will be hired at the Accounting Analyst III job grade level.
Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.
Willingness to travel as required. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)
DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Experience in electric utility accounting.
Knowledge of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accounting and reporting requirements, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting requirements.
Familiarity with current issues related to local, state and federal regulations, as applicable to accounting, tax and current accounting issues.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level and push/pull objects of varying weights, and lift up to twenty-five pounds. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, or controls, talk and hear.
Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to a moderate level of noise. All of the duties are performed indoors and at a desk, operating office equipment.
About Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., about 1,500 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.
Tri-State's power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5000 miles of high voltage transmission lines.