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Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

This position will work within Budget & Planning (B&P) – Electric Engineering.

• Strategic Business Planning: Lead and coordinate long term strategic planning for B&P business units.

• Compliance: Provide data support for compliance auditing; Develop and implement compliance training program; Revise procedures to align with standard and format.

• Accounting: Support corporate month-end close process; Provide standardized reporting to improve data transparency and consistency.

• Documentation Management: Standardize and consolidate project & plant document handling process

• Economics: Perform economic analysis for projects

Job Description/Responsibilities

The primary responsibility is to monitor and maintain project budget and forecasts. Secondary duties may include support of Accounting Department requirements including backup for the O&M Accountant and general accounting analysis as required.

  • Monitor financial activities for assigned areas to ensure accurate financial distribution according to general and FERC accounting principles

  • Budgeting, forecasting, and monitoring actuals for assigned financial activities for projects according to policies and procedures issued by various regulatory bodies

  • Project accounting, interface with engineering and Enterprise Project Management (EPM) - Project Controls to determine and review project budget, forecasts, cash flow projections, variances, AFUDC, identity budget risks and gap analysis. Work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality “Internal Customer Service”

  • Analyze, interpret and verify financial documents and reports; make corrections and update as necessary

  • Month-end close process including accruals, journal entries and variance explanations

  • Support financial reporting, consolidated financial reporting, rate case, discovery and audit responses

  • Capital asset “In-Service” Authorizations

  • Service Entry Sheet approvals

  • Joint Owner accounting

  • Closing assets to property records

  • Interact with internal and external clients to identify, research and analyze situations

  • Strategic Financial Alignment

  • Support the Changelog process and activities.

  • Support LTFP and Flex Plan processes and activities

  • Support the development and implementation of standardization of financial work processes, continuous improvement by automating and leveraging technology, implement inventory optimization strategy and process protocol to support the Company’s strategic goals.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field

  • 3+ years of experience

The following skills and experience may set you apart:

  • 5 + years of experience in related field

  • Demonstrate strong data analytical skills including collecting, organizing data effectively to minimize work effort

  • Ability to effectively and professionally communicate with business customers, managers & directors, and members of the team

  • Ability to balance numerous tasks and shift focus

  • Willing to assist other team members and take on new projects

  • Knowledge of the month end close process, budgeting, and variance analysis

  • Knowledge of SAP, work orders, purchase requisitions, payment requests

  • Knowledge utility operations, BI Reporting & SharePoint

Essential Functions

Oversee the management of general ledger, production of periodic reports, year-end financial reporting, and coordination of the accounting and reporting close schedules with departments. Ensure effective communication to facilitate and ensure adherence to policies and procedures. Act as liaison to internal and external auditors and participate in auditing projects or provide information and access to accounting records. Responsible for the accuracy of financial records by conducting ongoing review of policies and procedures with state and federal regulations, code, ordinances, CAAP, GAGAS and BARS. Supervise and coordinate the activities of a designated unit; determine work procedures, prepare work schedules and determine methods for expediting work flow; assigns, reviews and approves the work of subordinate

staff. Review accounting pronouncements issued by various regulatory bodies, such as the GAAP Board, and recommend revision to policies and procedures. Assist Accounting Manager with planning and implementation of financial projects and programs. Maintain records of all fund activities; analyze and reconcile fund charges and recommend necessary adjustments. Analyze, interpret, and verify financial documents and reports; make corrections and update as necessary. Maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours as assigned worksite.

Hours and Travel

Some occasional travel required for off-site meetings, training or between company locations. Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.

Physical Demands

The 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee must lift and move up to twenty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential

functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.