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Regulatory & Finance Manager

Location: Lawrence, KS, United States
Job ID: 33719
Date Posted: Sep 12, 2022
Salary: $93000 to $153450 annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

Lead all aspects of the regulatory and financial process for assigned jurisdictions. Handle the development of regulatory policies and initiatives supporting business strategies, including the development and filing of rate case applications. Lead the preparation, presentation, and reporting of information for internal decision-making and filings with the appropriate Commissions. Serve as a key financial and regulatory business partner to state leadership and functional areas across Black Hills Energy. Lead the development, analysis, and interpretation of financial forecasts, including budgets and strategic plans. Direct variance analyses against budget and prior years.

SALARY RANGE:   $95,350 - $157,300 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:     Director, Regulatory & Finance

LOCATION:   This position may be located in Lawrence, Kansas or Fayetteville, Arkansas.

  • To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website.
  • A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position! Our benefits include but are not limited to: home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, paid time off to move, transition and spousal career support, home finder and purchase assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter’s lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Manage, create and implement regulatory filings for assigned jurisdiction(s), including rate case applications; Lead development and regulatory policies and initiatives that support the Company. 
  • Maintain full understanding of regulatory outcomes and requirements; Monitor, review and analyze federal and state regulatory requirements and industry issues for gas operations and keep department leadership and operations apprised of findings.
  • Testify before regulatory commissions as an expert in support of filings; partner with operations to strategize, prepare, and analyze strategic plan, budget, forecasts, and reports.
  • Research and communicate interpretation of legislation, rates, rules, and terms and conditions of service; analyze impacts of proposed legislation and regulations that impact the Company.
  • Develop and maintain financial plan which can be used as a basis for variance analysis against actuals.
  • Evaluate accuracy of forecast vs. actual results and refine process to point that it serves as an instrument of financial control in the close process and guides support business decisions.
  • Drive continuous improvement of financial analysis, reporting, forecasting, budgeting, and planning; Supervise regulatory filings to ensure accurate and timely completion.
  • Lead and develop ability to analyze data and interpret underlying business drivers of monthly operating results.
  • Perform due diligence procedures primarily related to accounting and financial reporting systems; provide information and support SEC and Regulatory filings.
  • Establish and maintain effective internal controls; Support efforts to respond to customer service issues to the commissions.
  • Exercise management authority concerning staffing, development, performance appraisals, promotions, salary recommendations and terminations in accordance with the company policies and laws.


  • Minimum of five (5) or more years of finance, accounting, regulatory or a related field required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as Engineering, Business, Accounting, Finance or Economics or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.


  • Understanding of utility operations and regulatory/ratemaking processes and their accuracy within forecasts; Knowledge of accounting and financial concepts including internal controls.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills, with in-depth knowledge of financial statements and how they drive business.
  • Understanding of utility regulatory process and rate analysis for gas and electric utility service as well as the impact of regulatory outcomes to business success including the rate making model.
  • Ability to develop and maintain project schedules. In-depth knowledge of return on investment calculations and cost of capital calculations.
  • Knowledge of basic negotiations, advocacy and conflict management; Strong quantitative and analytical skills, and the ability to perform detailed analysis.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, written, and presentation skills; Ability to work in a team environment, with minimal direction.
  • Strong enterprise leadership skills, as this position requires the individual to delegate, supervise, and review assignments, as well as mentor staff to higher levels of performance.
  • Ability to build consensus and effectively engage with and influence internal and external decision-makers.
  • Ability to understand and exercise excellent judgment in complex interrelated business issues.

The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in an office job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental description: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions. Make decisions which have significant impact on the immediate department.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously accesses, inputs, and retrieves electronic information and communicates regarding the information.  Employee frequently moves about the office space. Employee may occasionally 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 moving about is only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. Willing to travel up to 25% (e.g. 1 week or 5 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job and the employee must have proper licensing to operate a motor vehicle.

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 (based on percentage of eligible earnings), 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 Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 93000 to 153450
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