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Gainesville Regional Utilities Cost Accountant ( Accountant Sr.) in Gainesville, Florida

Cost Accountant ( Accountant Sr.)

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Cost Accountant ( Accountant Sr.)


$60,408.16 - $87,591.84 Annually


Gainesville, FL

Job Type

Full-Time Regular



Job Number



6/27/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

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Job Ad

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) currently has an opening for a qualified Senior Cost Accountant to join our Budget, Finance, and Accounting team. We are looking for a highly responsible accounting professional to perform complex accounting work which includes preparation of financial statements and reports, reviewing and maintaining systems, and recommending modifications and improvements to the Cost Accounting Division (new) in the Budget, Finance, and Accounting Department for the Utility.

As GRU is building a foundation to be a 21st century utility, we have made organizational improvements to proactively manage a changing environment. After successful implementation of SAP HANA's Financial Management Information System (FMIS) module in 2017, and looking ahead at future implementation plans that focus on customer and enterprise asset modules, the Budget, Finance, and Accounting Department has developed roles to both support the implementations and streamline business processes within the Utility. We are currently recruiting for new and existing positions and are excited to invite additional staff to join our team.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, business, economics or other related discipline; and four (4) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Certified Public Accountant desired.

* We may under fill as an Accountant ll ($44,897.00 - $65,102.00 annually) with the following required experience/education* Bachelor's degree in accounting, business, economics or other related discipline; and two (2) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to work effectively and efficiently with a variety of internal and external customers, works well independently and within a team environment, ability to take on new tasks with high level of difficulty, excellent problem solving and analytical skills, performs duties as assigned, and knowledge of GASB accounting.

  • The individual will be expected to work with minimal up-front guidance and take ownership of his / her work product.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Advising department heads and managers on accounting policies; interpreting and applying policies to various Utility functions

  • Facilitating the assessment of Overheads and allocations of Shared Services costs. Communicating adjustments as necessary to cost allocations.

  • Reviewing budget to actual for costing and project systems activities.

  • Documenting policies, procedures and workflow for assigned areas of responsibility with a focus on internal controls

  • Researching complex transactions

  • Preparing journal entries and complex calculations

  • Maintenance of data in our enterprise accounting system, including monitoring and updating available capital funding

  • Performing monthly, quarterly and year end closing, including accrual entries and financial statement preparation

  • Financial statement analysis

  • Assisting with the external audit process

  • Ensuring financial records are maintained in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), established policies and procedures

  • Meeting all financial reporting deadlines

  • Preparing financial reports and recommendations for management and operational areas

  • Resolving accounting discrepancies and irregularities


  • Preference will be given to candidates with a CMA Certification

  • May be required to attend meetings outside of business hours.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to sit for prolonged periods of time.

  • May fill multiple positions

  • May establish an eligibility list

  • May be required to complete an assessment(s)

To learn more about benefits available to eligible City of Gainesville / Gainesville Regional Utilities employees, please CLICK HERE ( Benefit Booklet.pdf) .


Do you have Certified Management Accounting certification?

  • Yes

  • No


    From the options below please select all that apply to your previous experience as it relates to accounting.

  • Monitor and administer compliance

  • Prepare financial statement – income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements

  • Cost management

  • Internal controls

  • Planning and budgeting


    Please select from the option below where you initially learned about this employment opportunity:

  • City of Gainesville Website


  • Career Source

  • Word of Mouth

  • College Job Posting

  • Other

  • Prefer not to disclose

  • Guardian

  • Recruiter

  • Professional Diversity Network PDN


    If you selected "Other" from the above option, please identify the event, activity or source where you initially learned about this employment opportunity. Please type N/A if this question does not apply to you.*


    While the City considers related education and experience of each candidate for this position, the hiring manager anticipates an offer NOT to exceed the midpoint. By selecting "yes", you are indicating that you have read and understand that a job offer will typically not exceed the midpoint.

  • Yes

  • No


    Please select the option below that best describes your highest level of education. Proof of the required education for this position will be requested at the time of appointment. You may attach the documentation as part of your application for review and consideration should you be selected to move forward in the hiring process.

  • High School Diploma

  • Associates Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree

    Required Question


City of Gainesville


222 E. University Ave PO BOX 490 Gainesville, Florida, 32627



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