LCRA is seeking a strategic leader for its Accounting function who will also serve as a key member of the finance leadership team. The Controller reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all accounting functions including general ledger, fuel and asset accounting, accounts payable, billing and payroll, financial data systems, preparation of all required financial statements, and internal and external financial reporting. This position will provide strategic as well as tactical direction to the accounting function and will lead all aspects of ongoing development of the diverse, multi-disciplined accounting staff.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas – LCRA has been electrifying the Texas Hill Country since 1934. We provide electricity and water for more than a million people, protect people from flooding on 600 miles of the lower Colorado River, and manage 11,000+ acres of parks. The responsibilities of the Accounting function are a critical foundation for all that we do.
Our candidate is motivated by solving complex problems to achieve business results, skilled in teamwork and relationship building, understands the importance of outstanding internal and external service delivery, and has a passion for leading and developing teams. This role requires significant skill in communication and critical thinking.
What you will do:
-Provides leadership and direction to a team of approximately 50 staff and to various contractors as for certain projects and/or audits.
-Provides expertise, advice and recommendations that contribute to superior performance and ensure efficient and effective accounting activities. Establishes, communicates and applies financial and cost accounting policies to transactions in a manner that produces accurate financial data. Ensures consistent application of accounting policy across the organization.
-Serves as a key resource and provides expertise to company projects and initiatives, including annual business plans and cost of service rate cases. Provides technical guidance on accounting issues to organization.
-Evaluates, develops and implements accounting policies and procedures. Reviews and approves any new activities or changes to existing accounting treatment. Evaluates and interprets accounting pronouncements for the LCRA. Ensures complex accounting issues are evaluated in a timely and thorough manner.
-Coordinates and communicates activities with other departments and the CFO to ensure alignment related to proposed transactions, conditions, events and other matters that have or may have a significant financial or accounting impact.
-Provides expertise and oversight to the establishment and monitoring of cost-effective internal controls that safeguard assets and provide assurances of accurate and timely accounting data.
-Coordinates with the organization’s external auditors during the annual audit as well as throughout the year on complex accounting issues or accounting research.
What qualifications you must have:
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) plus eight or more years’ experience in accounting, including five or more years of supervisory experience.
What qualifications it would be nice for you to have:
-Broad range of exposure to various technical environments and business segments.
-Experience leading a multi-disciplined accounting group.
-Experience in utility cost accounting in both regulated and unregulated environments.
-Experience preparing complex financial statements and evaluating complex accounting transactions.
-Exceptional influencing, leadership, and teamwork skills with demonstrated excellence in building strong relationships with internal partners of all levels.
-Experience motivating a diverse set of people with different priorities to accomplish a common goal.
-Ability to solve complex problems efficiently and with minimal assistance.
-Ability to balance and handle various challenging high-priority work demands.
-Skill in articulating complex, technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
What we offer you:
- Competitive salary & medical, dental, vision and legal insurance
- 401(k) match up to 8%
- Paid time off, sick leave and disability benefits
- Wellness program including wellness incentive
- Extensive learning & development program
And more - all to create a compelling and rewarding work environment.
Equal Opportunity Employer
LCRA provides equal employment opportunities and a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at LCRA are based on business need, job requirement and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal and state legal requirements governing nondiscrimination in employment.