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Utility Analyst - Accountant

Date Posted:  May 9, 2022
Requisition ID:  353013
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

 

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day. 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

 

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

 

About the Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC):
 

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is the state agency representing ratepayer interests in cases before state and federal utility regulatory commissions.

 

Salary Information:

 

The salary range for this position is $52,100 - $88,825 per year, commensurate with education and experience.

About the Job:

 

Come join a passionate team with a commitment to consumer advocacy.  The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), a state agency, seeks a Utility Analyst - Accountant for its Water/Wastewater Division. The OUCC’s mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education and creative problem solving.  For more information about the OUCC, visit the website at www.in.gov/oucc, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/IndianaOUCC, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IndianaOUCC.

 

The selected candidate will conduct a variety of accounting reviews, which may be broad or narrow in scope and of varying complexity and difficulty.  The candidate will plan and conduct the accounting reviews within the time constraints of the agency.  The candidate will use creativity and resourcefulness to uncover and document irregularities or non-compliance.  This position must maintain confidentiality throughout the entire review process. The candidate must be able to manage multiple cases, prioritize workload and meet deadlines.

 

This position will receive general work assignments from a supervisor. The selected candidate will be expected to make decisions and exercise significant judgment in the application of agency policy and standards.  This position works with multi-disciplinary teams that includes attorneys, financial analysts, accountants, engineers, and other specialists.  This position is responsible for preparing written reports, related workpapers, accounting schedules and testimony which supports judgments and conclusions for financial condition and compliance. The candidate must be able to meet deadlines, while handling multiple tasks.  The work product completed by this position is reviewed by a supervisor for compliance with agency policy and standards.  Some travel will be necessary.  

A Day In the Life:

 

The essential functions of this position are:

  • Review financial statements and other financial information of regulated water and wastewater utilities and evaluate and interpret the reasonableness of the utility’s proposals.
  • Participate as a case team member on complex regulatory cases and be a significant contributor responsible for addressing accounting and regulatory issues.
  • Review pre-filed written testimony and gather additional information through written requests, onsite reviews, and other research methods.
  • Develop technical opinions based on the review of utility financial statements and all other relevant utility applications, petitions, testimony, schedules, and exhibits.
  • Draw conclusions from information gathered during reviews to build case foundations that contribute to the overall case development.
  • Prepare persuasive written reports, testimony, exhibits, and accounting schedules to support OUCC positions and make recommendations.  
  • Provide oral testimony from time to time before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). 

 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. 
  • An advanced degree in accounting or professional certification is a plus. 
  • Extensive computer experience with MS Office (Word and Excel) is necessary.  
  • Possess: strong written and verbal skills; the ability to work independently and in teams to meet deadlines; and the ability to produce work product in a well-organized manner.
  • Intellectual curiosity and the ability to think critically and originally and extend principles, theories, concepts and methods as unique circumstances or new developments may require.
  • Ability to constructively identify and solve problems.
  • Ability to work on and/or manage multiple cases simultaneously.
  • Ability to summarize and communicate complex technical issues.    
  • Ability to make and support objective and well-reasoned recommendations.
  • Ability to work under stressful and occasionally adversarial conditions, such as under cross-examination and short timelines.
  • Knowledge of water/wastewater utility industry or IURC regulatory practices is a plus.  

 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans;
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;

     

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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