Controller II
Cary, NC 
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Job Description

At Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc., we know that water is a precious resource - one that plays a critical role in sustaining life. That's why we take seriously our mission: protecting and providing Earth's most essential resource. At Aqua, we are guided by a set of principles that embody the character of our company and inspire our work together. They are embedded within our business practices and our behavior. We are proud to be united by integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence to be the best we can be for the customers and communities we serve.

Together, the women and men of Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc. serve 1 million customers across eight states. Aqua uses science, technology, capital investments, and amazing talent to provide communities with clean, safe drinking water and responsibly return wastewater to our rivers and streams. Join our team and make a difference!

Are you looking for a fantastic career at Essential?

We have a great opportunity for a Controller II. The Controller oversees all accounting functions for the assigned division. This role provides accurate and timely budget forecast information to assist management in planning and decision making. The successful incumbent will maximize revenue through presented rate cases and other regulatory filings, as well as evaluate and make improvements to accounting processes while ensuring methods comply with Aqua's policies and local, state, and federal laws.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Develops and implements the company's financial and accounting plans, policies and procedures.
  • Manages input of data into the financial information systems including data entered by accounting staff and other personnel.
  • Coordinates data processing and prepares detailed monthly and quarterly financial reports including the general ledger.
  • Manages the monthly closing of books and the reconciliation/analysis of all accounts.
  • Prepares the monthly financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, PUC rules, Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulations.
  • Prepares and updates the long-range financial plan and the Annual Operating Budget Package including variance reports.
  • Ensures effective internal control processes and procedures are in place and followed for financial reporting.
  • Assures protection of company assets with internal controls and audits.
  • Prepares quarterly and year-end reports, PUC reports and compliance with bond indentures.
  • Communication requires negotiation and explanation to gain acceptance of ideas and proposed actions
  • Monitors performance against operating plans and standards, and reports and interprets the results of operations to all levels of management. Makes recommendations and provides assessments for improving the operations based on financial metrics.
  • Assists in the processing of rate applications, debt financings and other regulatory filings before the PUC.
  • Provides input and support for financial analysis of acquisitions and operating contracts.
  • Performs financial due diligence activities on planned acquisitions. Integral role in potential acquisitions, including financial projections, filings with the required regulatory commissions and integration into the existing operations.
  • Supervises the accounting team for the assigned division. Interviews, hires, sets high performance standards and manages performance in accordance with all applicable HR policies and procedures. Creates an energized work environment, fostering an atmosphere that enables employee trust and engagement. Inspires confidence and motivates others to perform at their best. Develops and coaches staff while effectively addressing performance issues.
  • Performs other assignments as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA/BS Degree in Accounting or Finance required
  • 8-12 Years of related experience
  • CPA Preferred

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Advanced ability to use Microsoft Office suite: Word PowerPoint Excel and other technologies applicable to job.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; communicate effectively (clearly, concisely and professionally) with internal customers
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • A team player able to work effectively in a team fostered multi-tasking environment

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Seasonal employees / Summer internships are excluded from these requirements, however vaccinations are preferred.

Essential Utilities and its subsidiaries, including Aqua, Delta, and Peoples Natural Gas, require new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, where allowable under the law. Proof of vaccination must be provided prior to your first day of employment.

If you are unable to be fully vaccinated due to a medical or religious exemption, you will be required to apply for an exemption on your first day of employment with Essential Utilities. As part of the process, you will be required to provide information and/or documentation to Human Resources about the reason(s) you cannot be vaccinated. If your request for an exemption is not approved, then your employment may be terminated.

Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Equal employment opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to the following legally protected characteristics: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions, including medical conditions related to lactation), physical or mental disability, covered-veteran status, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc. is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you have a condition that may prevent you from applying for a job online or need to request an accommodation during the interview process, please call (1-877-271-9012).


Aqua America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Equal employment opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to the following legally protected characteristics: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions, including medical conditions related to lactation), physical or mental disability, covered-veteran status, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

 

Job Summary
Company
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
8 to 12 years
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