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Director, Accounting
Title:Director, Accounting
Subsidiary:Liberty Utilities
Department:Accounting & Finance & Audit
Location:Londonderry, NH
Country:United States
Zip/Postal Code:03053

Liberty Utilities, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp, is a $10+ billion North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility. The distribution business group provides rate regulated water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 750,000+ customers in the United States. The transmission business group invests in rate regulated electric transmission and natural gas pipeline systems in the United States and Canada.

Our vision is to be the utility company most admired by customers, communities and investors for our people, passion and performance.

Mandate: This management position provides the senior financial leadership within the East Region's Finance Team This position directs the establishment of accounting principles, practices and procedures. Planning, organizing and establishing accounting department objectives. Possess overall responsibility for the accounting and reporting of financial. This position also is responsible for Accounts Payable and Cash Accounting.

Job Functions:

  • Overall responsibility of organization/entity accounting activities to ensure the timely and accurate production of financial statements through control, management and monitoring..

  • Provide oversight and possible direct review/approval of high risk /complex/confidential transactions for completeness and accuracy consistent with technical and required control standards.

  • Responsible for management, review and approval of journal entries, account reconciliations, supporting schedules, process documentation and control considerations. Primary co-ordination point for other key stakeholders

  • Responsible for the evaluation and implementation of new accounting pronouncements within the East Region (example is the new Leasing standard).

  • Overall responsibility for the communication and representation of all business results. Collaboration with key Operational and /or Finance stakeholders inclusive of monthly, quarterly, annual and/or ad hoc requirements.

  • Overall responsibility to monitor for the timely review and approval of analysis/reports/schedules including but not limited to monthly financial statements, balance sheet and P&L actual vs. actual analytics, and reports filed with regulators (for example FERC Form 1).

  • Responsible for leading, supporting and/or actively participating in the development of business opportunities and/or mitigation of business risk. Provide sound and insightful financial and business guidance for key senior operational stakeholders.
  • Overall responsibility for external and internal audits for efficiency and effectiveness. Senior contact with audit managers to identify, clarify and resolve issues/requirements inclusive but not limited to audit debriefs and round tables. Direct responsibility for timely and efficient development of remediation action plans.

  • Direct responsibility for the quarterly certification of the accuracy of the financial results and the effectiveness of existing internal controls including but not limited to the identification of risk, impairment and control findings.

  • Establish and monitor a strong control environment including but not limited to adherence to internal SOX standards, GAAP, and aligned with Company Policies and procedures. Manage remediation of any self-assessed control deficiencies.

  • A key contributor to the preparation of all budgeting, forecasting and long tem modelling requirements including but not limited to ensuring actual results utilized are accurate and appropriate and that regulatory accounting considerations are appropriately incorporated.

  • Ensure active participation and support for Regulatory filings possibly including but not limited to providing and reviewing input and draft responses for filings appropriate for gov't agency requests.

  • Coach and Develop direct reports with regular performance reviews related to SMART goal setting and achievement. Monitor that indirect reports receive coaching, development and regular performance reviews related to SMART goal setting and achievement.

  • Establish an environment of excellence and teamwork where employees are disciplined in processes and work collaborate towards the achievement of personal, departmental and business goals and initiatives.

  • Actively promote and facilitate the identification and execution of process improvement/best practice initiatives throughout the organization/entity.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent

  • 10-15 years of experience

  • Professional Accounting designation ( CPA) Preferred

  • Strong knowledge of accounting theory, generally accepted accounting principles and the Code of Federal Regulations

  • Utility accounting experience preferred

  • Ability to analyze, interpret and report financial information

  • Strong problem solving skills

  • Strong computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets and database applications

  • Experience with Great Plains system would be an asset

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We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to building a diverse workforce as it values the knowledge, diversity and performance of our employees to make us a great company.​ Our Company strives to provide equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the HR Representative.

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