Accounting Manager


NaturEner USA and NaturEner Canada develop and operate utility-scale renewable energy projects in North America. Using advanced renewable integration solutions and leveraging ownership of strategic transmission positions, we unlock and optimize renewable generation. NaturEner owns and operates three wind farms in Montana (Rim Rock, Glacier Wind 1 and Glacier Wind 2), two NERC-certified Balancing Authorities (Wind Watch and Power Watch), and the Canadian based Wild Rose 1 and Wild Rose 2 projects. NaturEner is currently seeking an Accounting Manager to work in the San Francisco headquarters.

Job Purpose/Position Summary

The Accounting Manager will be responsible for managing the accounting team in making sure that the accounting records for each entity are accurate and complete. Perform monthly close process on a timely basis. Report to/ liaise with the Controller in delivering various monthly financial, compliance and regulatory reporting deliverables to various stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead month-end close process in a timely manner and ensure accounting records are complete and accurate

  • Manage/review various consolidation processes

  • Manage intercompany billings and intercompany reconciliation processes

  • Manage/review the fixed asset module (i.e., additions, write offs, disposals, monthly depreciation, and balance sheet reconciliations) for each entity

  • Review and approve journal entries and account reconciliations to ascertain appropriate accounting

  • Review and approve monthly report reconciliations such as (but not limited to) bank reconciliations, accounts payable and accruals reconciliations, credit cards, and accounts receivable reconciliations

  • Manage monthly closing tasks list

  • Manage direct report staff (2-3 staff) to ensure accurate, complete and timely accounting records

  • Review invoices, expense reports and credit card charges, including GL coding and proper approvals, to ensure accurate bookkeeping of transactions

  • Oversee payment processes by reviewing all ACH, wires, checks and credit card charges being processed by the senior treasury accountant

  • Review accounts receivable invoices prior to issuance to customers. Manage billing communications with customers

  • Review purchase orders and ensure proper approval before placing orders for goods or services

  • Assume additional duties, when necessary, to provide seamless accounting functions (e.g., accounting staff is on leave)

  • Provide motivation, guidance and leadership to the direct report staff. Conduct periodic and timely performance reviews of direct report staff

  • Manage regular and ad hoc reporting requirements, such as (but not limited to): consolidated financial statements (monthly, quarterly and annually), monthly financial reporting package, prepare/analyze monthly and year-to-date budget vs actual reports, prepare/review schedules and reports requested by external auditors, tax advisors and other interested parties

  • Manage accounting processes and internal controls and be on the lookout for continuous improvements/enhancements.

  • Liaise with Controller to manage expectations from various stakeholders, such as (but not limited to) internal management, equity members, external auditors, tax/regulatory agencies, etc.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting

  • Excellent accounting knowledge of US GAAP, such as (but not limited to) consolidation, foreign currency reporting, partnership accounting. Also, knowledge of IFRS

  • 5+ years of experience managing the accounting close process and accounting teams. Thorough understanding of accounts payable, accounts receivable and cash/treasury processes and controls

Must Have:

  • Strong attention to details

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel

  • Experience working for a company with multiple entity levels and extensive consolidations

  • Experience with computerized accounting systems (NetSuite knowledge a plus)

  • Experience preparing financial statements, budget vs. actual and other reports

  • Experience implementing accounting policies and procedures

Preferred:

  • Active CPA license

  • Experience in a utility or green energy company

  • Experience working with external auditors

  • Eagerness to take on additional responsibilities and expand current skill set

Skills/Abilities

  • Strong communication skills (ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing)

  • Strong interpersonal skills (ability to develop and maintain good relationships with others)

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Ability to see the ‘big picture’ and manage resources to meet goals

Ability To:

  • Effectively lead a team and offer guidance to direct report staff

  • Solve problems and implement solutions by directing staff

  • Identify areas of process improvement and implement changes with minimal guidance

  • Exercise absolute discretion and maintain confidentiality

  • Effectively coordinate/manage multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Effectively prioritize workflow and stay on top of constantly changing priorities and projects

  • Handle multiple assignments on a timely basis with a high degree of accuracy

  • Consistently meet strict deadlines

Location/Working Conditions

  • Flexibility in office location (the position is currently based in downtown San Francisco but maybe relocated outside of the City in the near future)

  • Works in a typical office environment

Direct Reports

  • AP Accountant

  • Senior Treasury Accountant

  • Senior Reporting Accountant