Public Utility Auditor

Job Description

Position Summary

This position is responsible for performing routine to advanced and highly complex audits related to investor-owned and municipal utility rate cases, affiliated interests, utility holding companies, depreciation, finance, electric utility fuel, and natural gas supply and costs under the general direction of the Director of Regulatory Affairs. Responsibilities include serving as a case coordinator, reviewing working papers, and providing expert witness testimony before the Commission at contested case hearings. This position provides technical assistance on accounting and financial matters to the Director of Regulatory Affairs and participates on internal and external working groups examining regulatory accounting matters. This position is responsible for development of new auditing programs and analytical techniques and major assistance in the formulation, planning and implementation of the organization's objectives. This position requires independent performance in technical and highly complex matters affecting overall utility regulation and requires a high level of independent decision making. Projects may require working both independently or collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Experience in utility affairs and a strong working knowledge of Wisconsin's public and private electric and natural gas industry, including its regulatory framework, are preferred.

Qualifications

Qualified applicants will posses or have experience with all the following:

  • Bachelor's Degree in accounting from an accredited post-secondary college/university or commensurate professional experience in accounting or auditing
  • Knowledge of auditing theory and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Ability to independently analyze reports, analyses, forecasts and other pertinent materials

In addition to having all the above, well qualified applicants will have experience with one or more of the following:

  • Knowledge of utility accounting and the Uniform System of Accounts for natural gas and electric utilities
  • Knowledge of electric and natural gas utility accounting issues, including sales forecasting, capital structure, taxes, depreciation, and practices for fuel procurement and planning
  • Knowledge of Wisconsin Statutes and the Wisconsin Administrative Code pertaining to utility regulation and the Public Service Commission
  • Knowledge of PSC procedures and policies, including electric utility tariff filing requirements, rules, laws and parameters
  • Knowledge of utility regulation theory and the energy industry, including utility corporate structures and operations, both in-state and out-of-state
  • Knowledge of utility resource planning and regional energy markets
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to prepare testimony and exhibits, and clearly explain legal, technical and policy materials to diverse audiences including executives, public officials, natural gas and electric utilities, stakeholders, policymakers, and the general public.
  • Oral communication skills, including the ability to present legal, technical and policy material in the form of speeches, discussion groups, and phone calls to diverse audiences such as executives, public officials, natural gas and electric utilities, and the general public.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following

  • A letter of qualifications
  • Resume

It is recommended that applicants also submit

  • 2-3 professional references
  • Writing samples demonstrating experience preparing formal technical documents, such as expert testimony, memoranda, or reports with respect to accounting or finance issues