- Public Utility Accountant II
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is mid-level professional accounting and auditing work in the analysis of public utility financial operations for the Missouri Office of the Public Counsel (OPC).
Prepares and presents testimony and exhibits as an expert accounting witness in hearings before the Public Service Commission (PSC); represents the consumer interest (primarily residential) in cases before the PSC, and testifies as an expert accounting witness; is subject to cross-examination regarding such testimony and exhibits; analyzes and critiques testimony and exhibits presented by utility company officials or by consultants retained by utility companies.
Advises the Public Counsel or the Chief Public Utility Accountant on the propriety of changes in accounting procedures and techniques requested by public utility companies.
Provides technical accounting information and advice to the legal, engineering, and economic staff of the Office of the Public Counsel, which can be utilized in preparing cases to be presented before the PSC.
Gathers, organizes, analyzes, and interprets financial data obtained from public utilities, the PSC, and other sources.
Participates in financial or management audits of public utility companies.
Assists in the training and supervision of Public Utility Accountant I’s.
Receives supervision from the Chief Public Utility Accountant and general administrative review from the Public Counsel.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
One or more years of experience as a Public Utility Accountant I or as a Utility Regulatory Auditor I with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 earned credit hours in Accounting; and,
Two or more years of professional experience in public or private accounting analysis in the area of public utility regulation (e.g., with a public utility, or as a regulatory consultant).
(A Master's degree in Accounting may substitute for one year of the required experience.)
Successful completion of all parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination; followed by one or more years of experience in public accounting performing audit functions.
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Intermediate knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and practices applicable to public utilities.
Intermediate knowledge of financial auditing procedures and techniques applicable to public utilities.
Intermediate knowledge of the financial data required, and the format and manner of presentation at public utility rate case proceedings.
Intermediate knowledge of the functions, policies and procedures of the PSC.
Intermediate skill in analyzing and interpreting accounting reports and data.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff members and employees and officials in both public and private sectors.
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
Ability to plan and organize work.
Ability to travel, as needed, to review documents on-site at utility company offices or for training and conferences.
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