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Fixed Asset Accountant (Property Accountant)

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States
Job ID: 32886-1A
Date Posted: Jun 25, 2020
Salary: $44500 to $66800 anually

Job Description

Job Specifications

This position will require relocation to our Corporate Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota. See relocation details below.

We have several openings to join our team as a Fixed Asset/Property Accountant. As a Property Accountant, you will analyze, classify and record property accounting transactions including but not limited to unitization, asset transfers and reserve adjustments.  You will continually develop new and improved processes within the department for reporting and will participate as a partner in assigned projects.

SALARY RANGE:   $44,500 - $66,800 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:    Director of Finance

LOCATION:  Rapid City, South Dakota

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  • Create property closures, retirements, and transfers.  Validate accuracy compared to the FERC guidelines.  Instruct operations, if needed, on how to correct inconsistencies.
  • Provide assistance and or recommendations as needed on any enhancements or upgrades to the PowerPlan system.
  • Instruct the property department customers, operations and other accounting departments, with the FERC accounting rules and regulations.    
  • Maintain and analyze all Continuing Property Records (CPR) in an orderly and accurate manner.  Instruct operations, if needed, on how to correct inconsistencies. 
  • Maintain all CPR in compliance with GAAP and FERC regulations.  
  • Prepare journal entries as needed.  
  • Perform assigned duties in a professional manner to facilitate the objectives and goals of the company and to enhance the image of the Property Accounting Department.
  • Lead various projects as assigned. Take ownership of individual and team projects and ensure timely, accurate and complete accounting and analysis for all work assigned. 
  • Respond to requests in a timely manner.  Requests may come from external audit and other departments such as financial managers, project managers, regulatory/rate cases and internal audit.
  • Ensure information provided is accurate and presented in a useful and understandable format.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Support and assist the Property Accounting Manager, and other Property Accounting staff in order to meet deadlines and goals.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with other employees at all levels of the company, including but not limited to Tax, Internal Audit, Regulatory, Corporate Accounting, Financial Managers and Operations.
  • Work with the Fixed Asset Accounting Manager in the development and training of the Property Technicians.


  • 1-3 years of experience in an accounting related field.
  • Bachelor's degree in Business/Accounting or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Regulated Accounting experience preferred.


  • Broad understanding of accounting principles, theories and practices of business units.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience with PowerPlan software preferred.
  • Knowledge of FERC accounting preferred.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft accounting software preferred.  
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and complete multiple projects in a timely manner while working in a dynamic environment and adapting to changing priorities. 
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, problem-solving and computer skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Ability to lead a team.  
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of business information. 

The mental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental Requirements: Ability to understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Ability to apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously (67% or more) required to: use fingers and hands, communicate, and have close visual acuity. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: ascend/descend stairs, position self to access lower items, and move about the office. The employee may occasionally (less than 33%) be required to: push, pull and reach. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include:  Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment:  Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level.  Must be capable of occasional travel (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package: annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

EOE disability/veteran.

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Wage: 44500 to 66800
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