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Sr Accounting Analyst

Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Jackson, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

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.


This position applies knowledge and understanding of FERC guidelines/regulations and GAAP to properly account for capital construction costs.  This position will interact with internal and external clients to analyze situations in multiple areas including but not limited to work order setup, Capital vs O&M charging, accounting structure, equipment replacements, and location property reporting. Employee must have a critical eye for identifying problems or issues.


  • Analyze and audit work order charges to determine appropriate accounting treatment
  • Work with Field to create standard processes for work order life cycle and apply CE Way/Lean concepts
  • Capital accounting research/analytics
  • Ensure compliance with SOX, internal, and external policies and procedures
  • Work with internal and external auditors


  • A Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field and typically a recent college graduate with no relevant professional working experience. 

  • 2+ years of experience


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, Year-end journal entries, reconciliations, financial statement preparation and analysis; Management Accounting – budgeting, forecasting, financial statement preparation and analysis; Compliance – internal controls, SOX, and other compliance roles; Management Accounting – support business decision making with budgets, forecasts, cost analysis, 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 such as the ability to think on your feet, composure under fire and effective communication across all levels of the organization and with outside stakeholders become more finely honed at the higher levels. 


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.  Regular, predictable and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours at assigned worksite is expected. 



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.

Nearest Major Market: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor

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