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Website New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc.

General Accountant

 

The Organization
NHEC is the largest member-owned electric cooperative in New England, providing electric utility service to consumers and businesses in 115 communities throughout New Hampshire. Serving our members is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make, and our mission is to provide our members access to affordable, reliable electric service options that support and simplify their lives. The electric utility industry is currently undergoing enormous change as consumers look for new ways to manage energy costs through renewable energy, distributed energy resources such as solar arrays and battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles.

In June 2017, we completed a five-year strategic plan, identifying four areas of strategic focus with actionable goals within those areas completed by the end of 2022.

  • Business Model. NHEC provides superior service to its members, with systems that are sufficiently flexible to capitalize on ongoing changes in technology and programs that enable members to better manage their energy usage and costs and take advantage of other opportunities as they become available in the marketplace
  • Voice of the Member. NHEC is a member-driven organization where every employee consistently strives to better understand and meet our members’ expectations and has access to the information necessary to do so. We are committed to an ongoing dialogue with our members, and we focus intently on making it easy and convenient for our members to interact with us. As a result, every interaction with NHEC is a delight.
  • Organizational Effectiveness. NHEC is described by its employees and members as nimble, collaborative, responsive to changes in the industry, constantly learning and having employees who share the drive to achieve the organization’s vision.
  • Financial Stability. NHEC remains financially strong and has the resources necessary to provide excellent service to our members as the energy industry and related services are transformed.

Headquartered in Plymouth, New Hampshire, NHEC currently has 200+ employees. There is much to be proud of in our existing organization, and a genuine enthusiasm for what the future holds. It is an environment in which individual leadership and initiative are highly valued and encouraged, and success is viewed as a shared accomplishment to be celebrated by all. Ensuring our members have the energy they need, the information they want, and a partner they can trust is what makes us different.

The Position
Reporting to the Financial Services Supervisor, this position will assist in planning, directing, reviewing all accounting functions to provide timely and accurate financial reports in accordance with established accounting policies and procedures and FERC chart of accounts that will result in the efficient management of NHEC. In addition, assist in accounting for work orders to assure accurate and current property records within established policies and requirements of FERC.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Supports the strategic goals of NHEC by assisting in the process of developing, reporting on, and achieving Balanced Scorecard objectives.
  • Supports the cultural goals of NHEC by exhibiting self-leadership, developing and maintaining effective working relationships, being results oriented and innovative, and seeks feedback.
  • Increases professional and technical knowledge by attending educational classes, reading professional magazines, and participating in professional societies.
  • Affirms that the General Ledger balances are accurate by reviewing the activity posted to the financial records of NHEC and reconciling balances to subsidiary ledgers.
  • Provides historical financial information to management by compiling data and generating reports as assigned.
  • Assists in the monthly closing of NHEC’s financial records by preparing journal entries as needed.
  • Assists in the monthly closing of NHEC’s financial records by inputting journal entries to the General Ledger and monitors the stage of completion for the closing process.
  • Provides backup to the Accounts Payable Specialist by periodically preparing the weekly check run process in their absence.
  • Provides backup to the Accountant by monitoring cash transactions and wire transfers.
  • Ensures the timely and accurate payment of property taxes to towns in which NHEC has liability by processing invoices through the approval, and payment cycle.
  • Assists in the external auditing process by developing and providing various schedules required by the outside audit firm. This includes follow-up questions or analysis work that may arise.
  • Assists the Work Order Cost Accountant with the monthly closing process for work orders to ensure work orders are accurate by verifying the accuracy of transactions posted to the work orders and ensure work orders are posted to the continuing property records in a timely manner.
  • Ensures an efficient and effective accounting function is maintained by providing back-up support as requested.
  • Improves corporate safety performance by maintaining a safe and clean working environment, participating in department safety meeting, adhering to Employee Safety Rules and Procedures, recognizing at risk behaviors and conditions and taking corrective actions or providing feedback.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The Person

  • First and foremost, someone who will be energized and excited about NHEC’s mission and will thrive with the opportunity to enhance an already great organization.
  • An inquisitive, open mind – someone who is interested in finding creative solutions and new ways to support the organization.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field desired as well as five years of experience in accounting preferred.
  • Requires an ability to handle a variety of diverse tasks and organize work to meet deadlines. Should be skilled in the use of office equipment including personal computers. Must be able to effectively communicate information on financial accounting both verbally and in writing.
  • Must have a solid understanding of Accounting Theory and the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Exposure to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission uniform system of accounts desirable. Should have general knowledge of cost accounting. Should have the ability to utilize spreadsheets on personal computers using Excel, or similar software packages, and the ability to develop business applications within the area of accounting responsibilities.
  • Assistance with power restoration efforts is required of all employees. It may be required during regular business hours that employees will be assigned functions to support power restoration and for some employees that may be different from their normal duties. In addition, such assistance may require working nights, weekends and holidays which may involve considerable extra hours. In order to meet this working condition, all employees are required to provide a personal phone number where they may be reached after hours. This number will only be used for internal purposes.

NHEC offers an excellent compensation and benefits package. Please apply at www.nhec.com.

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To apply for this job please visit www.nhec.com.