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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

    Other Activities

  • 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.