Accountant Accounts Payable- Seattle, WA

Employer: City of Seattle

Job Description:
Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Reporting to the Accounts Payable Manager, the Accounts Payable Accountant monitors controls, reconciles various accounts and resolves complex reconciliation and billing issues; supports management information and reporting requirements via the maintenance of current reports, design of new reports and writing of ad-hoc reports as required; Perform and follows through independently with minimal guidance and effectively manage multiple tasks/projects at any given time, setting priorities, schedules, and deadlines; Evaluates, analyzes, recommends, develops, documents and improves processes; Regular voucher AP Audit and posting of payment issuance; Review contracts, purchase orders, memorandums of agreement or understanding, and other procurement documents to ensure all payment terms and conditions are in place before the execution of those procurement documents and / or related payments. Supervises and oversees the work of the Student Intern Accountant within the work unit; and is responsible for performing accounting services in support of the Accounts Payable work unit. The Accounts Payable Accountant also provides assistance and back-up to the Accounts Payable Manager and Accounts Payable Supervisor by providing direction and assistance for the operations, personnel, procedures and practices of the Accounts Payable staff in the following areas when called upon: Travel desk policies and procedures; Employee travel document review and approval including the related expense claims, travel cash advance review and approval; Petty cash funds and related cash handling procedures; and special projects or assistances as required to ensure the Accounts payable work unit completes its assigned tasks in a complete and timely manner.

Job Responsibilities
Here is more about what you’ll be doing:
- General account reconciliation for contract payment retainage, travel cash advances, and credit card purchases
- Prepares and distributes the review and / or approval of interdepartmental journal payment entries
- Prepare assigned journal entries
- Review of voucher prior to posting, AP Audit approval, and payment
- Document archiving and record retention
- Respond to requests for credit applications
- Prepare / review assigned account reconciliations
- Prepare assigned account variance analysis
- Return check research and reissue processing
- Retainage release orders
- Receivable audit balance confirmation letters from vendors
- Quicken financial program issues and problem research and resolution
- Review and approval of wire and ACH payments
- Resale certificates
- Research and clearing Accounts Payable suspense items
- Participate in the monthly and annual closing activities
- Assist with implementation and documentation of accounting standards and accounting policies
- Assist with annual audit
- Supervise the student intern Accountant

Required Qualifications: In addition to the skills and experience mentioned below, a successful applicant will have experience that reflects a commitment to creating fair and equitable outcomes and has: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

Desired Qualifications - You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:
- Demonstrated ability to effectively organize, supervise, and review the work of staff and work well with a diverse group of people
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, meet strict deadlines, and adapt to a changing work organization
- Previous work experience with a combination of general accounting, accounts payable, 1099, employee expense reimbursement, corporate credit card and accounting procedure and practices
- Strong background in general ledger
- Strong background in resolving complex reconciliation issues
- Strong working experience working with invoice processing against a purchase order and resolving match exception issues
- Experience with sales and use tax
- Demonstrated experience working with large scale information systems (PeopleSoft, SAP, Oracle or Lawson)
- Experience working with Quicken
- Demonstrated experience working with external auditors
- Skilled user of Excel
- Experience in researching and implementing GAAP, including GASB or FASB standards, as well as industry-specific regulatory requirements (FERC).
- Strong analytical skills
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Self-starter and ability to meet deadlines
- Project management skills

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
Additional Information
Application Process.

Please submit the following with your online application:
A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement
A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Seattle City Light values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle City Light encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle’s Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 (Download PDF reader). A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

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Contact Person:
Location: Seattle, WA
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Base Pay: $35.35 - $41.17/ HR

Posted on June 21, 2022

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