Consumers Energy Senior Accounting Research & Financial Reporting Analyst in Jackson, Michigan

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

Accounting Policy & External Financial Reporting is responsible for researching and writing position papers on complex technical accounting issues. This department also prepares quarterly and annual SEC filings as well as tracks and implements new and emerging accounting standards.

Job Description/Responsibilities

  • Apply advanced knowledge of technical accounting to complex accounting questions

  • Perform research and document conclusions in formal accounting position papers

  • Collaborate closely with accounting personnel in other departments to understand questions and explain our conclusions

  • Coordinate and write quarterly and annual SEC disclosures

  • Review support for disclosures and accounting assessments

  • Stay abreast of developments by accounting standard setters

  • Lead implementations of new accounting standards

  • Maintain and monitor compliance with SOX controls

  • Recommend opportunities to streamline and standardize existing processes

Requirements/Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field

  • 3+ years of experience

These skills may set you apart from the rest:

  • 3.5+ GPA preferred

  • CPA preferred

  • Three or more years of related work experience in the accounting field (experience in a Big 4 accounting firm preferred)

  • Solid knowledge of GAAP and ability to interpret appropriately

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

This job will be filled commensurate with the successful candidate’s education and experience.

Overview

The Accounting Analyst Job Family is utilized primarily in the Controller’s department, performing all of the accounting functions for the company including but not limited to: Financial Accounting – month-, quarter-, and year-end journal entries, reconciliations, financial statement preparation and analysis; Management Accounting – budgeting, forecasting, financial statement preparation and analysis; Compliance – internal controls, SOX, other compliance roles; Management Accounting – support business decision making with budgets, forecasts, cost analyses, performance reporting such as KPIs and Dashboards, project analysis, ROI, NPV, and IRR.

Nature of Work

The essence of the work that is performed by the Accounting Analyst Job Family is a wide variety of accounting functions involving following generally accepted accounting practices and using accepted accounting theory.

At the lowest level in this job family, the work performed may tend to be of a routine and less complex nature where the work responsibilities can be proficiently performed after a relatively short training period.

At the highest levels in this job family, the work performed will tend to be of a complex nature involving knowledge of various functional/specialized disciplines where the work responsibilities can only be proficiently performed after a relatively long training/experience-related time period and often requires an advanced degree. The work environment often includes dealing with risk and limiting exposure.

Leadership, management, facilitation, and interaction with senior management will be markedly increased at the mid – highest levels of this job family while the need for direction and supervision will be markedly decreased. While problem-solving and analysis will likely be required at all levels, recommendation and implementation becomes the norm at the highest levels and will often have a major bearing on the company’s business. In addition, skills become more finely honed at the higher levels in areas such as the ability to think on one’s feet, stay composed under pressure, and effectively communicate across all levels of the organization and with outside stakeholders.

Essential Functions

Members of the Accounting Analyst Job Family: Oversee management of the general ledger, production of periodic reports, year-end financial reporting, and coordination of the accounting and reporting close schedules; effectively communicate to facilitate and ensure adherence to policies and procedures; act as liaison to internal and external auditors, participate in auditing projects, and provide information and access to accounting records; are responsible for the accuracy of financial records and conduct ongoing reviews of policies and procedures to comply with state and federal regulations, codes, ordinances, and accounting standards; supervise and coordinate the activities of a designated unit (determine work procedures, prepare work schedules and determine methods for expediting work flow, and assign, review, and approve the work of subordinate staff); review accounting pronouncements issued by various regulatory bodies such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board and recommend revisions to policies and procedures; assist with the planning and implementation of financial projects and programs; maintain records of fund activities, analyze and reconcile fund charges, and recommend necessary adjustments; analyze, interpret, and verify financial documents and reports and make necessary corrections and updates; and maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours at assigned worksite.

Hours and Travel

Some occasional travel is required for off-site meetings or training. Flexible work schedule 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, stoop, kneel, crouch, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects. The employee is frequently 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.