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Black Hills Energy Accounting Manager - Fixed Assets (Relocation Offered) in Rapid City, South Dakota

Accounting Manager - Fixed Assets (Relocation Offered)

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States

Job ID: 33085

Date Posted: Oct 1, 2020

Salary: $74800to $112200annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

This position will be located at our Corporate Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota. See our relocation plan details below.

Our Accounting Manager will provide oversight and direction to the fixed asset accounting personnel to ensure all aspects of fixed assets are recorded accurately and timely as required by GAAP and FERC standards. They will serve as the functional owner of the fixed asset accounting software PowerPlant. Develop cross-functional relationships with operations, tax, corporate accounting, accounting research and regulatory and financial management to provide required support, analysis, and timely communication of fixed asset accounting matters. They will also perform research on accounting issues and educate personnel to support appropriate accounting of fixed asset activities.

SALARY RANGE: $74,800 - $112,200 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Senior Manager, Accounting

LOCATION: Our Corporate Headerquarters Rapid City, South Dakota: You’ll find that it is the ideal community to live, work and do business in. With hiking trails, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park in your backyard, there are endless opportunities to enjoy nature.

  • To learn more about our location and office, please visit ourCorporate Headquarters pageon our career website.

  • A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position!Our benefits include but are not limited to: home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, paid time off to move, transition and spousal career support, home finder and purchase assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter’s lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Ensure timely and accurate accounting for all fixed assets, including capitalization, depreciation, cost of removal, salvage value, asset retirement obligations, sub-ledger and general ledger journal entries, regulatory asset/liability, and AFUDC including associated analyses.

  • Collaborate with business and support function stakeholders to implement improvements to overall process and procedures around the recording and tracking of capital assets.

  • Interface with operations to ensure projects and work orders are set up and closed timely and coded to the proper general ledger accounts.

  • Coordinate and provide monthly capital expenditure reports to Financial Managers.

  • Provide support to operations to ensure they have the necessary timely information to run their business units effectively. Perform “financial training” to operations management on various financial systems and tools to assist users in understanding the various business practices applicable and tools available.

  • Research and document fixed asset accounting policies, analyses and research that supports GAAP, FERC Regulatory requirements, and sound business practices.

  • Support state regulatory processes by providing financial data and information. Respond to regulatory financial data requests. Participate in meetings with regulatory staffs and commissions to explain financial systems and accounting methods. Provide financial testimony in rate case proceedings, as required.

  • Manage SOX control documentation for the Fixed Asset Accounting Department, ensuring design and operating effectiveness of controls to appropriately mitigate material risks.

  • Play an integral part of the Company’s financial planning process.

  • Lead external depreciation studies in conjunction with regulatory.

  • Serve as the functional owner and subject matter expert of the property accounting and work order software, PowerPlant. Responsible for gaining a solid understanding of PowerPlant, including the interfaces with the operations work management software systems.

  • Work with treasury to ensure proper debt and equity rates are utilized for regulated and non-regulated business segments where applicable.

  • Provide timely information to applicable departments to ensure all business needs concerning fixed assets are adequately met.

  • Manage the fixed asset team and ensure all tasks are completed timely and accurately.

  • Manage relationship with and provide support and information for external and internal audit activities and financial reporting. Review and prepare audit and internal reporting schedules as required.


  • Translate financial data into operating impacts and actions.

  • Remain current on internal and external standards and working knowledge of state, federal and accounting regulations that may impact the property accounting area.

  • Assist with special projects as needed and perform other duties as assigned.


  • 5+ years of experience in a progressively responsible accounting or finance position is required.

  • Leadership experience required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance/Business Administration or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

  • Equivalent experience demonstrating extensive knowledge in GAAP, FERC and regulated fixed asset accounting may be considered in lieu of degree.

  • Electric and/or natural gas utility fixed asset accounting preferred.

  • Experience with PowerPlan preferred.


  • An in-depth knowledge of FERC and GAAP accounting.

  • An in-depth knowledge of regulated property accounting and accounting software systems.

  • Ability to work with various accounting and operational software systems.

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and complete multiple projects in a timely manner.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

  • Ability to exercise appropriate judgment in carrying out duties.

  • Must be flexible and adaptable.

  • Must be ambitious, enthusiastic and a self-starter. Demonstrate enthusiasm on the job and a willingness to accept job responsibilities and new assignments.

  • Ability to maintain confidential information.

  • Proficiency in computer applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and various specialized software.


The mental and 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.

Mental Requirements: Ability to understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Ability to apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously (67% or more) required to: use fingers and hands, communicate, and have close visual acuity. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: ascend/descend stairs, position self to access lower items, and move about the office. The employee may occasionally (less than 33%) be required to: stoop, crouch and reach. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. Must be capable of up to 10% travel (e.g. 2 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job, and the employee must have the ability to drive and have proper licensing.

About our Company:We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2800 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package:annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically.

Black Hills Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability,age,or status as a protected veteran.

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Wage: 74800 to 112200