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Utility Analyst II - Accountant

Date Posted:  Nov 19, 2021
Requisition ID:  252282
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. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

 

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

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.    

 

Salary: 

The starting salary for this position typically starts at $52,100, but is commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

This position will assist as an OUCC advocate for utility customers in matters before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (“IURC”) by applying accounting principles and practices, and performing reviews of financial records and utility operations.


OUCC staff accountants are required for conducting financial analyses and auditing to evaluate the financial condition and performance of regulated utilities and to render expert judgment on utility request for rate changes before the IURC. The selected candidate will plan and perform review of utility books and records, financial statements, and other information such as utility FERC Form 1 filings filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


This position works as a professional analyst for the Division and Agency. Duties are performed with limited to moderate supervision, and require self-motivation, discipline, and initiative. The individual is expected to serve primarily as a skilled technical witness in utility ratemaking, and matters of public policy.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

 

  • Develop skilled, technical opinions through analyses of all relevant utility applications, petitions, testimony, schedules, and exhibits.
  • Gather information through data requests, onsite audits and other research methods as necessary.
  • Summarize large amounts of data and testimony.
  • Draw conclusions from research to build case foundations and contribute to case development.
  • Prepare high-quality, persuasive testimony and exhibits to support OUCC case positions and make recommendations.
  • Serve as case team leader, and a significant contributor responsible for addressing multiple issues.
  • Consistently provide strong, credible, articulate oral testimony under cross-examination at public hearings.
  • Assist other OUCC staff with projects while maintaining regular personal workload.
  • Anticipate problems and develop alternatives in advance.
  • Take appropriate decisive action to achieve agency and division goals and objectives.
  • Work with multi-disciplinary project teams that include attorneys, economists, accountants, engineers, and other specialists.
  • Proactively maintain required level of professional knowledge through timely review of modifications to
  • principles, standards, federal and state laws, and legal decisions.
  • Ability to perform duties in a confidential and professional manner.
  • Contribute to achievement of overall agency and division goals.
  •  Review current utility regulatory practices and theories.
  • Engage in continuous personal and professional development.
  • All other duties as assigned

 

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minimum of two years agency or industry experience.
  • Masters Degree in Accounting or CPA certification is preferred.
  • Ability to make objective and well-reasoned recommendations.
  • 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.
  • Extensive computer skills in Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to work on and/or manage multiple cases simultaneously.
  • Able to understand detailed cost of service and rate design studies.
  • Ability to summarize and communicate complex technical issues.
  • Able to work under stressful and occasionally adversarial conditions, such as under cross-examination andshort timelines

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

 

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) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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