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Manager Accounting Research & SOX in Columbus, OH at NiSource

Date Posted: 9/12/2018

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Job Description


Technical Accounting Responsibilities (80%):

  • Oversee the research for complex business transactions and provide the appropriate accounting guidance to the business.
  • Review and evaluate the impact of new or revised rules of the FASB, AICPA, SEC and other agencies.
  • Coordinate and monitor the integration of newly promulgated accounting standards into accounting policies and processes.
  • Draft response letters to FASB and SEC exposure drafts that impact NiSource or the public utility industry.
  • Manage the development and maintenance of corporate accounting policies and procedures.
  • Review technical accounting memos that address complex accounting issues, non-recurring transactions, new accounting guidance, etc.
  • Design workflows to assist in the compliance with GAAP and SEC disclosure requirements.
  • Keep current with emerging accounting and reporting guidance and trends including FASB standards and interpretations, and SEC releases and speeches. Prepare summaries that include the potential impacts to the Company.Present findings to affected business partners.
  • Direct the review of financial reports of other utilities and SEC registrants and recommend and implement enhancements to NiSource's SEC reports and disclosures.
  • Identify and understand emerging business issues affecting the company and energy industry and provide accounting recommendations to address the issues.
  • Consult in the economic analysis of business opportunities and proposals.
  • Oversee the preparation of certain disclosures and analysis (footnotes, MD&A, etc.) for the SEC filings.
  • Supervise and develop staff members.
  • Manage the development of quarterly accounting issues summary and lead presentation to accounting leadership.
  • Interface with external auditors to ensure timely completion of financial statement audits and reviews.
  • Technical accounting areas of focus: stock-based compensation, goodwill impairment analysis, leases, revenue recognition, regulated operations, capitalization vs. expense, pension and other postretirement benefits, materiality, debt and equity financings, hedging and derivatives, diluted EPS, financial statement presentation.

SOX Compliance Responsibilities (20%):

  • Supervise the development of the annual SOX risk assessment.
  • Manage the SOX compliance process to assess operating effectiveness of current controls.
  • Consult with business through the remediation effort of identified control deficiencies; document conclusions through written memoranda.
  • Lead the assessment of SOX controls to ensure current design will mitigate associated risks.
  • Partner with business through implementation of strategic initiatives to identify and assess new business risks, including assessing the need for new or modified SOX controls.
  • Develop materials for regular presentations to NiSource finance leadership, NiSource executive management and Audit Committee.
  • Evidence the adequacy of NiSource control structure for management¿s quarterly and annual SEC certifications.
  • Interface with external auditors to communicate findings and ensure alignment on conclusions.
  • Oversee the annual fraud risk assessment and entity level control process through interviews with NiSource management.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • 4 year undergraduate degree in accounting and/or finance.
  • At least five years of recent and relevant work experience (e.g. accounting, finance, auditing, compliance), including experience at a publicly traded company.
  • Previous work experience in public accounting, Big 4 strongly preferred.
  • Previous leadership experience.
  • Active CPA designation.

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Experiences:

  • High ethical and moral character.
  • Strong technical accounting skills and current understanding of GAAP, SEC reporting and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.
  • Effective communication of key messages to all audiences, regardless of medium.
  • Ability to respectfully support conclusions in the face of disagreement or challenge.
  • Experience researching technical accounting issues, building consensus with key stakeholders and documenting / communicating conclusions.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage business partner relationships through use of informal authority.
  • Innate curiosity and desire for continuous learning.
  • History of challenging the status-quo and execution of process improvements.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently coordinate projects and manage multiple priorities.
  • Proven background of developing teammates and effectively delegating work.  
  • Understanding of the regulated utility industry.
  • Experience with the following software applications: Oracle financial (PeopleSoft, Hyperion), Powerplant, GTreasury, Concur, Ariba, MS Office, Workiva
Inclusion & Diversity

Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others' perspectives/convictions, engaging others' opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.

Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Treat others with respect and consideration.  Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

How To Apply

For immediate consideration, please apply on-line at before October 9th!

Equal Employment Opportunity

NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.

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