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This position is with BrightSource Energy, Inc., headquartered in Oakland California, a Manpower Group Solutions recruitment process outsourcing customer. BrightSource Energy, Inc., headquartered in Oakland California, develops, designs and builds large scale solar energy plants. We enable industrial and utility companies to lessen their dependence on fossil fuels by providing a low cost, reliable source of clean energy using industry-leading solar thermal technology. Our wholly owned subsidiary, BrightSource Industries (Israel), located in Jerusalem, Israel provides cutting edge product development and engineering, project management and solar field manufacturing and supply services.
The combined experience of our technical and commercial team in developing, building, financing, and operating large scale solar power plants has established the Company as the proven leader in the creation and provision of solar thermal energy.
We are seeking an experienced Sr. Project Accountant to join our team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package and the unique opportunity to join a dynamic start-up company working with great people and state of the art capabilities required to provision large scale and renewable solar power.
The Sr. Project Accountant will report to the Project Accounting Manager of BrightSource Energy. The Sr. Project Accountant is responsible for a full range of financial and project analysis including journal entries, account reconciliations, and monthly and quarterly reporting schedules and analysis. This position will also partner with all levels of the organization on project costs and reporting (e.g. Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Project Development, other Project Accounting teams and senior management). The Sr. Project Accountant will also support the creation and maintenance of accounting/project policies and procedures. Finally, this person will be responsible for various other projects as assigned in order to ensure that the books are closed timely and in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Perform month-end close of project sub-ledgers:
Gain a thorough understanding of Oracle project sub-ledger and how it accommodates the needs of the business
Review of project costs, project capitalized costs and accruals
Reconcile sub-ledger to G/L
Prepare/review project-related journal entries
Analyze and book related accruals and reserves
Monitor and analyze project revenues and costs, prepare and book revenue deferrals, cost adjustments, liquidated damages (if applicable), etc.
Prepare/review project-related account reconciliations
Assist in preparation for the monthly controller's meetings
Oversee project accounting, including:
Cost accruals and processes, to ensure complete and accurate cost accumulation
Coordination with the project managers, project controls, project development team and financial reporting teams, as needed to ensure project costs and revenues are properly accounted
Monitor project billings, invoice accruals, credit memos, Project A/R aging, etc.
Prepare project-related SOX documents and testing
Understand individual projects and potential issues, to ensure proper accounting, liaise with project management as needed
Provide accounting support and reporting to the project management, as needed
Prepare project schedules and analysis for the auditors, assist in internal and external audit
Prepare and conduct quarterly project review meetings, ensure proper follow up, documentation and sign offs
Help establishing/updating project accounting policies and procedures
Maintains reconciled project schedules
Provide help as needed on various ad hoc projects and initiatives
Minimal travel to locations as required
May support other executives as needed.
Performs other duties as may be determined from time to time.
Exhibit Appropriate Professional Standards
Demonstrates proactive enthusiasm for solving problems and adding value to the company.
Maintains a current level of professional knowledge.
Focuses on personal growth and development by actively seeking feedback and responding with action.
Communicates openly and honestly, does not engage in gossip.
Models professional behaviors of conduct and decorum.
Is a strong team player and willing to assist others when necessary and appropriate.
BS in Accounting or Finance or similar experience
Knowledge of Oracle (including Project Accounting Module) or similar ERP system is preferred.
3-6 experience and understanding of the renewable or independent power industries strongly preferred
Big 4 public accounting firm, required
CPA a plus
BrightSource Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We extend equal opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, age, handicap or national origin.
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