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Manager-Accounting Research & Policy

New Jersey Resources is seeking a Manager-Accounting Research & Policy to manage accounting policies and procedures, including the interpretation of new guidance issued by accounting/reporting standard setting bodies. Research and advise on accounting/reporting implications associated with the company's business activities.
Major Responsibilities:
Research technical accounting and financial reporting requirements by the FASB, SEC, AICPA, FERC and other standard setting bodies.
Monitor and ensure timely identification of, and compliance with, new and emerging guidance. Develop and manage implementation project plans as needed.
Partner with business unit accountants when new guidance has been implemented or new complex transactions are being recorded to ensure policy compliance.
Identify financial accounting/reporting and risk exposure implications that might result from proposed standards. Interpret and implement solutions, including process changes where needed.
Solicit input from Leadership, formulate and present company positions with respect to proposed accounting standards. Prepare comprehensive white papers detailing assumptions and conclusions surrounding GAAP rules and impact to company transactions, where applicable.
Analyze the impact of alternative accounting treatments for new transactions and perform other accounting impact studies as needed.
Work with business units to understand the design and strategy of new transactions to determine viable options for structuring transactions and/or contractual provisions that will maximize operational and accounting goals.
Formalize the continued development of the company's accounting policies and procedures roadmap. Refresh existing base of technical accounting policy memoranda. Partner with accounting managers to understand legacy policies, with a critical eye toward ensuring policies are evolving properly in compliance with codification updates.
Participate in peer utility focus groups to gain additional insights on industry views and strategies on accounting and reporting issues.
Position Specifications:
Bachelor's degree in accounting and CPA required; minimum of five years of experience in a technical accounting and/or financial reporting role in a large public company. "Big 4" accounting and MBA preferred; utility and/or energy company experience a plus.
Strong knowledge of GAAP, SEC and other regulatory accounting/reporting requirements and application, as well as an in-depth understanding of the accounting standard setting process. Independent thinker with a proactive mindset. Strong analytical and project planning skills with ability to research theoretical concepts, conclude on impacts, and implement solution frameworks for regulatory mandates and new transactions. Strong communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills to be able to convey technical information to diverse groups, including senior management, audit committee, business and accounting managers and auditors in a concise manner.
We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, disability, veteran, or other protected status.
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Wall Corporate Office, Wall, New Jersey, United States of America



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