Our client covers a wide range of fields to better the lives of Texans, including energy, transmission, water, and community service. They pride themselves on building a work culture of collaboration, as they encourage their employees to help employees in other departments as well as their own. Our client is looking for a Lead Accountant to join their financial reporting department. You will thrive in this role if you are a critical thinker who is quick on your feet, proficient in Microsoft Excel, and experienced in full-cycle accounting.

Primary Responsibilities of the Lead Accountant

  • Providing financial and managerial accounting assistance to business units (BU’s) to support activities, benchmarking criteria, and performance measurement/reporting
  • Analyzing financial statements and translating them into comprehensible reports
  • Developing accounting policies and procedures related to technology process changes, as well as reviewing, analyzing, and advising BU’s on chartfield codes and mapping issues
  • Designing, producing, and leading reviews on financial, managerial, and regulatory reports
  • Researching industry and accounting literature in order to stay up-to-date on emerging issues, such as changing PUC rules, state and federal legislative bills, new accounting standards, and APPA position statements
  • Serving as department liaison with internal and external auditors

Main Requirements for the Lead Accountant

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, or a finance-related field (CPA preferred)
  • 5+ years of experience as an accountant
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel (SQL is a huge plus)
  • Thorough knowledge of cash flow statements, both direct and indirect
  • Knowledge of accepted accounting principles (GAAP), FERC, and Cost Accounting principles
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft or similar accounting software
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Unique Benefits of This Role!

  • Strong health, dental, and vision plans
  • Student loan forgiveness programs
  • 401(k) with 8% employer match
  • Opportunities for cross-training and promotion

This Accountant lead is a hybrid position based in Austin, TX.