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Consumers Energy Senior Accounting Research & Financial Reporting Analyst in Lansing|Grand Rapids|Saginaw|Flint|Kalamazoo|Alma|Royal Oak|Battle Creek|Midland|Bay City|Cadillac|Traverse City|Hamilton|Sparta|Livonia|Owosso|Hastings|Norton Shores|Kentwood|West Branch|Big Rapids|Clare|Clinton Township|Fremont|Benzonia|Greenville|Ludin, 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 Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

Accounting Policy & External Financial Reporting is part of the Controller’s organization and responsible for:

  • Researching and writing position papers on complex technical accounting issues

  • Assisting business partners with and providing an understanding of accounting ramifications related to developing transactions and businesses

  • Preparing quarterly and annual SEC filings

  • Tracking and implementing 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

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Five or more years of related work experience in the accounting field

  • Solid knowledge of GAAP and ability to interpret appropriately

The following skills/experiences will set you apart from others:

  • CPA

  • Seven or more years of related work experience in the accounting field

  • Experience at a Big 4 accounting firm

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

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

Organization Overview

The Controller’s organization performs all the accounting functions for the company, including but not limited to:

  • Financial Accounting – month-, quarter-, and year-end journal entries, reconciliations, and financial statement preparation and analysis

  • Management Accounting – budgeting, forecasting, and analysis to support business decision making

  • Financial Reporting – preparing quarterly and annual SEC, FERC, and MPSC filings

  • Compliance – developing and maintaining internal controls and overseeing S-Ox and other compliance

Essential Functions of 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

  • Have responsibility 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

  • Analyze, interpret, and verify financial documents and reports and make necessary corrections and updates

Initially this position is likely to be fully remote, consistent with the company’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the effects and spread of COVID-19. Even after normal work conditions resume when COVID-19 is acceptably mitigated, the Accounting Policy & External Financial Reporting department intends to continue encouraging acceptable remote-work arrangements on an ongoing basis, consistent with the company’s evolving policies for the performance of office work in an empowered and agile environment based on individual circumstances. Eventually, the individual will be expected to work in Jackson (One Energy Plaza) periodically. Additionally, occasional travel may be required for off-site meetings or training. Flexible work schedule may include evenings, weekends, holidays, and overtime.

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.

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