Senior Accountant (Payroll)

Date: May 14, 2019

Location: Everett, WA, US

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Job ID  10084  Department  Gen Acct & Financial Systms (10000025) 
Union Classification  Non Union  Type  Full Time - Salaried  
# of Openings  Job Location  Electric Building - 3rd Floor (E3)  
Closing Date  05/28/2019  Salary/Wage  $65,500.00 - $90,000.00 annually 


Job Definition

Plans, coordinates, implements and controls various financial accounting functions. Designs and supports effective processes for accurate, timely financial and managerial reporting. Provides financial analysis and reporting for both external and internal customers.  Ensures the timely and accurate maintenance of records and accounts in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) regulations.  Supports the District’s strategic priorities, in particular responsible cost and fiscal management.

Distinguishing Characteristics


Essential Job Functions

Reviews and prepares complex, detailed schedules, work papers, journal entries, and reconciliations of general ledger accounts and sub-ledgers including cash and investments, receivables, payables, fixed assets, payroll, debt and inventory.


Analyzes, evaluates and interprets contracts, agreements and other supporting documentation to determine the proper accounting treatment of complex transactions utilizing GAAP, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements and the FERC and NARUC Uniform Systems of Accounts.


Ensures compliance with reporting obligations and provides reliable data to facilitate decision-making.


Identifies and quantifies opportunities and risk mitigation for process improvements.


Works closely with independent, federal, state and local auditors providing detailed documentation and narratives, audit schedules and analysis of general ledger account variances.


Assists District employees in maintaining accurate records and documentation for grant funded projects in compliance with grant reporting requirements.


Performs monthly, quarterly and annual financial statement analysis using a variety of analytics and reporting tools.


Analyzes and evaluates statistical reporting for power and water purchases and sales.


Maintains and develops a knowledge of financial system technologies, utility industries, accounting practices and principles.


Analyzes and evaluates capital work to confirm that asset installations and retirements are accurately identified and processed; researches and resolves any discrepancies.


Performs activities required to ensure accurate, timely month-end and year-end plant closing processes including work in progress analysis, depreciation processing, and work order closing.


Analyzes and interprets new and existing tax law to determine the impact on District operations.


Ensures compliance with local, state and federal tax regulations.


Monitors and reviews procedures, processes and controls and recommends modifications. Coordinates related system changes with the Manager, Finance Systems Support.


Serves as project lead on special projects, providing leadership and facilitating team efforts.


Provides a broad range of in depth services in support of responsible cost and fiscal management.


Coordinates with the Enterprise Data Steward to ensure financial master data integrity and compliance with District Information Governance policies.


Reviews, tests and validates system configuration, updates and changes.


Researches and analyzes accounting rules and regulations to determine applicability to the District including GASB statements and pronouncements, and FERC and NARUC Uniform Systems of Accounts.


Maintains Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system master data for financial systems including, but not limited to financial statement structure, intercompany eliminations, cost centers, profit centers, activity types and internal orders.


Creates monthly and annual financial statements including Combined Statements of Net Position; Combined Statements of Revenues, Expenses, and Changes in Net Position; and Combined Statements of Cash Flows and financial statements for each system.


Acts as lead in coordinating month end closing process.


Leads creation of Annual Report, Quarterly Report and other projects.

Specialized Job Functions

Payroll Reporting and Compliance

Analyzes, evaluates, interprets, and processes payroll, labor and benefit data.


Interprets and analyzes contractual labor agreements and legislative mandates to ensure correct accounting and payroll treatment.


Applies knowledge of payroll accounting, District policies and regulations, Collective Bargaining Agreements, deferred compensation and retirement plans, as well as other payroll disciplines to payroll processes.


Plans and executes accurate and timely payroll processing in coordination with internal and external business partners.


Performs duties of the Payroll System Administrator and Payroll Accountant when needed.  


Other Job Functions

  • Participates in development and implementation of department goals, objectives and budget.
  • Serves on ad hoc committees.
  • Works with District Data Steward for consistent application of District master data.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

• Advanced accounting theories, practices and principles

• Financial and Accounting systems, computer applications including large scale Enterprise Resource Planning systems and Microsoft Office Suite.

• Advanced business concepts/theories/practices.

• Construction Work in Progress through Fixed Asset Lifecycle Accounting

• Presentation and communications skills.

• Report writing techniques and practices.

• Project management techniques and practices.

• Research and analysis techniques.

• Coaching, mentoring and consulting techniques

• Leadership and team developmental techniques and practices.

• Change management practices.

Ability to:

• Utilizes knowledge of best practices and experience to complete and continuously improve financial functions.

• Works independently with minimal direction.

• Provides training, support and guidance to District staff

• Communicate and work effectively with all levels in the organization, outside agencies and the public.

• Develop, maintain and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization.

• Analyze and evaluate accounts and records for accuracy

• Prepare financial statements; analyze, evaluate and interpret financial data

• Manage and interpret complex information

• Prepare professional documents using advanced business technical writing skills

• Research, analyze and apply both current and emerging accounting standards and guidance

• Use personal computer and associated programs to research, manage, analyze and evaluate large volumes of data

• Simultaneously coordinate, execute and prioritize a variety of complex tasks and assignments

• Adapt to constantly changing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment

• Use independent and discretionary judgement.

• Write formal reports and presentations.

• Learn, interpret and apply policies and procedures.

• Perform statistical computations.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business or related field, AND
  • Five (5) years progressive accounting experience.  For Payroll Reporting and Compliance the candidate must have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience performing payroll functions.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or other professional accounting certification
  • Financial or accounting experience in an electric utility
  • Knowledge of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accounting regulations
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners regulations
  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning system
  • Knowledge of or experience with SAP
  • Experience with an outside payroll service provider (Payroll only)

Working Conditions

• Duties are performed in an office environment.

• Requires the repetitive use of a computer keyboard and mouse.

• Travel to business meetings and District offices is required.

• Incumbent may be required to work outside normal business hours as necessary for critical issue resolution and/or to achieve project milestones.



Snohomish County P.U.D. #1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Disabled and Veterans.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett

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