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Corporate Accountant II

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States
Job ID: 32905-1A
Date Posted: Jun 25, 2020
Salary: $53050 to $79650 anually

Job Description

Job Specifications

This important role is responsible for the timely and accurate recording, analysis, and reporting of financial information.  Develop and implement process improvements to increase overall efficiency of corporate accounting and reporting.  Establish and maintain effective internal controls.  Perform regular and special projects for the operation, management and support of applicable companies including the classification and recording of accounting transactions in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and FERC (Federal Energy Regulated Commission).  Review and/or prepare balance sheet reconciliations and in-depth accounting analysis. Prepare and present information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Manage competing priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

SALARY RANGE:   $53,050 - $79,650 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Senior Manager, Finance

LOCATION:   Rapid City, South Dakota

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  • Relocation assistance is available for this position! Package is based on distance/complexity of the move, and individual circumstances. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Take ownership of individual and team projects and ensure timely, accurate and complete accounting and analysis for all work assigned. 
  • Identify and implement process improvements to increase efficiency and effectiveness. 
  • Assist in the development, maintenance and enforcement of accounting policies and procedures for the corporate accounting team.  Ensure systems and procedures are in compliance with company policies, acceptable accounting practices, and applicable regulations.
  • Ensure controls are in place, documented and operating effectively to support strong internal controls over financial reporting in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.
  • Prepare and analyze reports for a variety of departments and external requests. Ensure information is accurate and presented in a useful and understandable format before timely distribution.
  • Review and/or prepare reconciliations of general ledger accounts. Follow up on discrepancies and implement procedures to ensure adequate resolution.
  • Review and/or prepare financial statement analysis.  Interpret and present results to internal and external stakeholders as needed.  
  • Obtain a strong understanding of overhead calculations including, but not limited to, responsibility to prepare, review, document and analyze all overhead calculations.
  • Assist internal and external auditors as needed.
  • Obtain a strong understanding of the general ledger accounting system, systems that interface with the general ledger as well as the financial reporting tools.
  • Obtain a strong understanding of regulatory accounting.
  • Perform assigned duties in a professional manner to facilitate the objectives and goals of the company and to enhance the image of the Accounting Department. 


  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, all finance and accounting departments, financial managers, regulatory team, and internal and external auditors.


  • Three (3) plus years of accounting/financial experience required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance related discipline required.
  • Public accounting experience preferred.
  • CPA, MBA, CMA or CIA strongly preferred.
  • Audit experience preferred.  


  • Working knowledge of GAAP and strong understanding of, and experience in accounting.
  • Solid understanding of internal controls. 
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel to create and support complex spreadsheets.  
  • Proficiency in automated accounting systems.
  • Working understanding of utility operations and a basic understanding of regulatory/ratemaking processes and methods preferred.
  • Ability to become proficient in PeopleSoft, Essbase, and other accounting systems.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage competing deadlines and priorities effectively within a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong sense of professional accountability.
  • Ability to apply strong attention to detail while understanding and considering the overall vision.
  • Strong documentation skills to support journal entries, reconciliations, etc.
  • Ability to make decisions with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate difficult accounting topics to various levels of financial and non-financial personnel.
  • Ability to drive effective decisions through use of GAAP, FERC and other accounting research.
  • Ability to perform accounting duties of an above average difficulty. 
  • Strong computer and analytical skills.  
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • 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.

Wage: 53050 to 79650
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Corporate Accountant II

Rapid City, SD, United States