Renewable Energy Group Staff Accountant (Financial Reporting) in Ames, Iowa
The purpose of this position is to assist in the external financial reporting, technical accounting, hedge accounting and stock compensation administration functions. This position will be a business partner to the other accounting, finance and HR teams, providing support and guidance on a broad range of company goals and objectives.
Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting
Support and complete quarterly and annual process for filing the Form 10-Q and 10-K (Edgar and XBRL), including drafting and reviewing documents, ensuring quality, coordinating review by management, independent auditors and legal counsel while adhering to strict timelines
Assist in the preparation of other periodic SEC documents, including, but not limited to Form 8-K, DEF 14A, etc.
Completes research and analysis on new and proposed accounting, reporting and disclosure standards issued by the SEC, FASB and IFRS; prepare written accounting and financial reporting position papers for review by management and external auditors
Assist in the coordination of the financial reporting component of the external audit
Assist in the earnings call process
Support the internal audit function
Maintain ongoing SOX compliance requirements
Assist in the review of subsidiary financial reports and underlying account reconciliations to ensure accuracy
Stock compensation administration
Work with the administration systems (Certent and UBS) to maintain accurate and most up-to-date participant data
Process stock compensation vesting and other activities, including communications with Transfer Agent, UBS and participants
Maintain monthly stock compensation files for monthly and SEC reporting purposes
Assist with hedge accounting activities as applicable
Assist in due diligence efforts for potential acquisitions or divestures
Assist in value-added projects to provide more timely KPI financial information to management and other business partners
Implement internal controls and accounting procedures related to new business operations and processes
Work with managers/team lead regarding record keeping and reporting requirements established by regulatory agencies and industry to ensure Company compliance
Troubleshoot system functions and suggest effective solutions. Assist with periodic redesign/update of the accounting system and reporting tools.
Collaborate and assist other departments
Make recommendations for improvements to company and department policies and procedures
Perform other duties as assigned
Strong understanding of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Experience and proficiency with SEC reporting requirements
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong technical writing skills
Knowledge of SOX404 and internal controls
Strong attention to detail, demonstrated integrity and professionalism
Strong analytical and organizational skills
Ability to multitask and prioritize diverse tasks
Use of office equipment such as computer, postage meter, copy machine, calculator, telephone, and fax machine
Organize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
Be available for daily work and overtime as required
Ability to perform algebraic and logic calculations
Provide suggestions to offer alternative perspectives to situations
Work independently or with others as a team to complete assigned projects
Use or learn to use database, spreadsheet, and word processing software
Be able to perform under pressure and stress and to adjust plans to meet changing needs and requirements
Education Required: 4-year Accounting degree. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.
Experience Preferred:0-2 years of private or public accounting experience. Strong understanding of US GAAP and SEC financial reporting are preferred. Sarbanes Oxley related experience also desired. Working knowledge of Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, or other enterprise software like Hyperion Financial Management, is a plus.
Skills Required: Ability to use office equipment as described in job description, comprehensive math, algebraic and logic skills, good organizational skills, good oral and written skills, leadership skills ability to learn REG products/services, and ability to use spreadsheet and word processing software.
REG is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status.