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Manager - Accounting

Date: Jan 31, 2023

Location: Birmingham, AL, US, 35222

Company: Birmingham Water Works

Job Information

Job Title: Accounting Manager

Department: Accounting

Reporting Relationship: Assistant GM – Finance & Administration

FLSA Status: Exempt

Grade: 48

Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am until 4;30 pm

Salary: $49.11($102,148 - $145,454.40) $69.93


General Responsibilities

Responsible for leading and directing all the organization’s accounting functions. These functions include establishing and maintaining the organization’s accounting principles, procedures, and initiatives. Prepares financial reports and presents findings and recommendations and strategies in achieving the financial goals to executive management and Board of Directors. Responsible for directing the organization’s budget and all general accounting functions. Responsible for all financial reporting.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Supervision of staff to include review of their work and the administrative tasks such as approving time worked, compliance with company policies and procedures, employee evaluations, coaching, training, staff development.
  2. Establish and subsequently maintain a strong system of internal accounting controls, minimize errors, possible fraud and ensure the accuracy of all financial data.
  3. Leads the annual budget hearing with all department managers by providing the requirements in keeping with achieving the financial goals of the The Board.
  4. Direct such accounting functions as accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations and other financial reporting; review and approve requisitions.
  5. Provide accounting support for cost-of-service studies (determination of water rates) and other miscellaneous rate determination studies.
  6. Assist in the preparation of revenue, debt service, and cash flow projections to anticipate the necessity for rate increases and bond issues to fund budgeted capital projects.
  7. Enforce the Board’s policies and procedures concerning employees and monitor their performance.  Responsible for reviewing and approving time worked, scheduling workload, preparing evaluations, approving promotions, and recommending personnel actions including discipline as necessary.
  8. Coordinate and plan annual audits with independent certified accounting firms.  This includes a full review of actuarial reports for the audits for the pension, OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits), workers’ compensation, financial statements, and preparation of the MD&A and notes to the financial statements.

Essential Job Functions Con't

  1. Review monthly reports prepared by the Budget Officer to explain budget variances to executive management.
  2. Assist in the preparation of cost benefit analysis on systems under consideration for acquisition by the Board.
  3. Ensure the Board’s compliance with current industry as well as generally accepted accounting reporting requirements.
  4. Provides oversight and recommendations in the development and design of new computer systems where accounting is involved.
  5. Perform as the SAP SME regarding accounting functionality oversight and work with all departments on recommendations regarding workflow pertaining to their areas of performance in the system. 
  6. Prepare and analyze the cost effect of various proposed benefit changes to the Board’s retirement plan. -Pension plan coordinated effort with HR
  7. Schedule and assign work for departmental employees; coordinate the work of the department with other departments.
  8. Serve lead role in Rate analysis for the consecutive systems and implementation of that rate.
  9. Manages the 50-state unclaimed property process by tracking and reporting for annual filing.
  10. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.  Ensure all organizational policies and guidelines are adhered to and administered correctly, including the HR Management Guide, Employee Handbook, reviewing and approving timesheets, and expense reports, complying with applicable employment laws, purchasing guidelines, bid law, etc.

Essential Job Functions Con't

  1. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  2. Champion, model, and administer a performance-oriented culture by demonstrating strong leadership and people development skills.  Seek to develop and monitor key performance measurements and develop/support a work environment that develops, recognizes, holds accountable, and rewards talent to support employee engagement and meet current and future workforce needs.
  3. Responsible for demonstrating the organization’s core values and using performance management principles to continuously improve the department and organization's effectiveness, efficiency, products, and services. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in improvement teams, recommending and implementing improvement ideas, and participating in training and other activities to keep up to date on processes, information, etc.
  4. Champion and ensure the administration of safe work practices and operations.
  5. Maintain and protect sensitive and private information by keeping employee records confidential in accordance with HIPAA, local, state and federal laws and regulations.
  6. Perform all work safely in accordance with established safety policies and procedures. Comply with all safety and health standards and guidelines issued by management.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.


Ten (10) years accounting experience in private industry or in public accounting.   Must have knowledge and experience in finance and budget operations. Must have strong interpersonal skills, must have strong oral and written communication skills; must have ability to use Microsoft Excel to analyze data.  Must be detail oriented and must have good organizational skills and analytical skills. Experience and success in implementing or administering an ERP system to integrate and transform legacy business processes and procedures into a comprehensive array of current state business processes and procedures that provide the internal control framework to record, compile and report on the results of operations in all areas of the organization to enable and facilitate management decision making. Utility experience is preferred.

Strong leadership skills required and five years prior supervisory experience required. (For internal candidates the successful completion of the following BWW leadership development programs may be counted towards the required supervisory experience:

  • Pre-Supervisory Program (STAR) = one year of supervisory experience
  • Succession Planning Program = one year of supervisory experience

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Valid Driver’s License required
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with license to practice required. 


  • Directly: 2-4
  • Indirectly: 24-28

Physical Demands

  • Ability to stand, walk or sit for extended periods of time
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard
  • Communication skills using the spoken word
  • Ability to see within normal parameters
  • Ability to hear within normal range
  • Ability to move about

Work Enviroment

Moderate Noise (Business Office).

Occasionally visit job sites, in plants or outdoors, exposed to extreme hot/cold and or wet weather conditions.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham