Chief Public Utility Accountant

  • Chief Public Utility Accountant
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Class Number: 
0838
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$54,276.00 – $75,792.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$2,261.50 – $3,158.00
Pay Grade: 
A32

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Definition

This is senior-level supervisory and professional accounting and regulatory auditing work for the Missouri Office of the Public Counsel (OPC), in the analysis of public utility financial operations.

Job Duties

Serves as an expert on utility accounting and auditing work.

Gathers, organizes, analyzes and interprets financial data obtained from public utilities, the Public Service Commission (PSC), and other sources.

Represents the consumer interest (primarily residential) in cases before the PSC; testifies before the Commission as an expert accounting witness; prepares and presents testimony and exhibits as an expert accounting witness in hearings before the PSC; and 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 the company.

Provides technical accounting information and advice to the legal and economic staff of the office, to assist them in the preparation of cases.

Develops and coordinates financial or management audits of public utility companies.

Provides in-house training in accounting to staff and/or coordinates outside professional training.

Advises the Public Counsel on the propriety of changes in accounting procedures and techniques requested by public utility companies.

Provides direction to professional employees.

Exercises significant independence and initiative in the performance of responsibilities; receives general administrative direction from the Public Counsel.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
ACCOUNTING, AUDITING & FINANCE

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(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 III or as a Utility Regulatory Auditor III with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.

OR

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 earned credit hours in Accounting and,

Three or more years of professional experience in public or private accounting analysis or fiscal management experience of which at least one or more years must have included experience in the area of public utility regulation, fiscal management, public utility fiscal auditing or comparable work with a public utility regulatory agency.

(A Master’s degree in Accounting may substitute for one year of the required general experience.)

OR

Successful completion of all parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination; followed by three or more years of professional experience in public or private accounting analysis or fiscal management experience of which at least one or more years must have included experience in the area of public utility regulation, fiscal management, public utility fiscal auditing or comparable work with a public utility regulatory agency.

(A Master’s degree in Accounting may substitute for one year of the required experience.)

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.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of accounting principles and practices applicable to public utilities.

Comprehensive 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 Public Service Commission.

Skill in analyzing and interpreting accounting reports and data.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff members and with 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 necessary to conduct business.

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