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Accountant

Company: Aqua America
Location: Youngstown
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

At Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc., we know that water is a precious resource one that plays a critical role in sustaining life. Thats why we take seriously our mission: protecting and providing Earths most essential resource. At Aqua, we are guided by a set of principles that embody the character of our company and inspire our work together. They are embedded within our business practices and our behavior. We are proud to be united by integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence to be the best we can be for the customers and communities we serve.

Together, the women and men of Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc. serve 1 million customers across eight states. Aqua uses science, technology, capital investments, and amazing talent to provide communities with clean, safe drinking water and responsibly return wastewater to our rivers and streams. Join our team and make a difference!

JOB SUMMARY:

The Accountant III responsibilities include assisting in maintaining the Property Records, Annual Reporting to Regulatory Agencies and Personal Property and Real Estate taxes and financial reporting as needed. Reviews financials results with state management to ensure their understanding of the reported financial results. Assists in other accounting duties including, forecasting, planning and other specific analysis as required. Assists the Controller with financial reporting and assignments as needed. Accountable for selected areas of the company's internal and external financial reports and has specific areas of budget accountability.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Reviews and analyzes monthly results to ensure accuracy of financial statements.
  • Prepares and posts journal entries to record and/or make accruals and adjustments as needed.
  • Assists with preparing Annual Reports to Regulatory agencies including maintaining workpapers on a monthly basis to facilitate accurate financial data for reports for Aqua Ohio. Is liaison between the company and regulatory agency for any and all requests for additional information related to the regulatory reporting.
  • Assists in the monthly, quarterly and annual close of the financial books and records.
  • Adheres to closing schedules and participates in its development.
  • Assists in preparation of State of Ohio Property Tax returns to the appropriate county appraisers offices and maintaining monthly accruals for property taxes.
  • Works with state management on CPR (property records), reviews capital spending and projects completion status.
  • Clearly communicates all changes made to financial statements and works with accounting personnel to reduce or eliminate future errors.
  • Understands internal control systems and policies/procedures to ensure appropriate accounting and disclosure of financial transactions.
  • Manages one or more key internal controls in support of the Companys financial reporting process, the proper functionality of which play an important role in determining whether the Companys overall internal controls are functioning effectively.
  • Performs financial analysis of business as assigned by the Controller.
  • Assist in managing the CPR System (Power Plant). Responsible for verifying that all additions and retirements have been processed correctly to the General Ledger and in Power Plant in the proper period. This verification process includes reconciling the UPIS, Accumulated Depreciation, CIAC, Accumulated Amortization and Construction Work in Progress subsidiary ledgers and coordinating variance explanations between actual dollars and budget for these accounts.
  • Communicate status of open capital projects with field personnel including budget vs. spending to date.
  • Assist in maintaining capital project files with copies of all activity and control workpapers for each project that balances to the appropriate general ledger accounts.
  • Assist in unitizing and summarizing completed projects to be transferred to UPIS on a monthly basis.
  • Cross train with other Staff in month end closing, journal preparation, and reconciliations.
  • Responsible for Quarterly Certification of Depreciation Rates and preparation of Depreciation budget and analysis of CWIP Aging.
  • Responsible for preparation of ROE analysis from information tied to the asset base in the CPR System.
  • Assists in preparation of depreciation budget and presentation of Capital Budget. Assist as needed with the annual O&M budget preparation.
  • Performs other assignments as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA/BS Degree in Accounting or Finance required
  • 4-6 Years of related experience
  • CPA Preferred

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Advanced ability to use Microsoft Office suite: Word PowerPoint Excel and other technologies applicable to job.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; communicate effectively (clearly, concisely and professionally) with internal customers
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • A team player able to work effectively in a team fostered multi-tasking environment

WORKING CONDITI O NS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Perform sedentary work- exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.
  • Working conditions may include travel to work sites of Essential Utilities and/or other constituents
  • Travel Requirements up to 5%

Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Equal employment opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to the following legally protected characteristics: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions, including medical conditions related to lactation), physical or mental disability, covered-veteran status, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc. is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you have a condition that may prevent you from applying for a job online or need to request an accommodation during the interview process, please call (1-877-271-9012).

Keywords: Aqua America, Youngstown , Accountant, Other , Youngstown, Ohio

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