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Black Hills Energy Senior Corporate Accountant in Rapid City, South Dakota

Senior Corporate Accountant

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States

Job ID: 33327

Date Posted: Feb 17, 2021

Salary: $64100to $96100annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

This position will be located at our Corporate Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota. Please see additional location and relocation assistance details below.

This important role is responsible for the timely and accurate recording, analysis, and reporting of financial information in the corporate accounting / general ledger area. Review and/or prepare accounting records including journal entries, account reconciliations, accounting memos, financial statement variance analysis, and other accounting analysis as needed. Responsible for identifying, implementing, and documenting procedures and strategies to facilitate overall efficiencies.

SALARY RANGE: $62,850-$94,200 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Corporate Accounting Manager

LOCATION:Our Corporate Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota

  • You’ll find this is the ideal community to live, work and do business in. With hiking trails, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park in your backyard, there are endless opportunities to enjoy nature. To learn more about our locations, please visit thelocations page ( on our career website.

  • Relocation assistance is available for this position! Package is based on distance/complexity of the move, and individual circumstances. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Must have excellent communication and organizational skills, as this position requires the individual to manage multiple priorities.

  • Perform assigned duties in a professional manner to facilitate the objectives and goals of the company and to enhance the image and credibility of the accounting department.

  • Develop and maintain accounting policies and procedures for the corporate accounting team, ensuring compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley while driving overall efficiencies.

  • Prepare and/or review reconciliations of general ledger accounts. Follow up on discrepancies and implement procedures to ensure adequate resolution.

  • Prepare and distribute accounting reports and ensure that information is accurate and presented in a useful and understandable format.

  • Respond to accounting information requests in a timely manner.

  • Review and/or prepare financial statement analysis, interpret the results, document and communicate as necessary.

  • Identify areas for increasing efficiency and effectiveness; implement and document those changes while maintaining effective internal controls and accurate financial information.

  • Obtain and maintain a strong understanding of the general ledger accounting system as well as the financial reporting tools, and systems that interface with the general ledger.

  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of accounting rules and regulations including GAAP, FERC, State Regulations, and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Five (5) plus years of accounting/financial experience required.

  • Utility accounting or public accounting experience preferred.

  • BS in Accounting/Finance related discipline required.

  • CPA, MBA or CMA strongly preferred.


  • A thorough knowledge of GAAP, including business and accounting methods and procedures, is required.

  • Strong understanding of financial statements is required.

  • A solid understanding of internal controls over financial reporting is required.

  • A working understanding of FERC accounting, utility operations and a basic understanding of regulatory/ratemaking processes and methods is preferred.

  • Advanced proficiency in Excel to create and support complex spreadsheets and financial models is required.

  • Proficiency in automated accounting systems is preferred.

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize, delegate and complete multiple projects in a timely manner.

  • Self-starter with the ability to work autonomously.

  • Ability to apply strong attention to detail while understanding and considering the big picture.

  • Ability to manage self effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.

  • Ability to make judgmental decisions with minimal supervision.

  • Strong oral and written skills, ability to communicate difficult accounting topics to various levels.

  • Ability to communicate accounting transactions to financial and non-financial personnel.

  • Ability to drive effective decisions through use of GAAP, FERC and other accounting research.

  • Ability to perform accounting duties of an above average difficulty.

  • Strong computer and analytical skills.

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of business information.

  • Goal oriented to meet established deadlines including monthly, quarterly, and annual closing schedules.


The mental and 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.

Mental Requirements: Ability to understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Ability to apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously (67% or more) required to: use fingers and hands, communicate, and have close visual acuity. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: ascend/descend stairs, position self to access lower items, and move about the office. The employee may occasionally (less than 33%) be required to: push, pull and reach. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. Must be capable of occasional travel (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company:We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package:annual incentive program (based on percentage of eligible earnings), 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Black Hills Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 64100 to 96100