Divisional Controller at American Water Works Service Company Inc in Camden, New Jersey

Posted in General Business 24 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states.  To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.

Primary Role

Overall accountability for the timely accurate processing of financial information within the Accounting Department and deliver quality financial related information for multiple subsidiaries of American Water. Provide reporting information to Corporate Finance and Divisional Departments in compliance with US GAAP, regulatory practices and company policy and procedures. Support initiatives of Divisional CFO’s including financial planning, business development evaluation, and providing inputs into and analysis of rate design at the Divisional level.

Key Accountabilities

  • Accountable for the accurate, complete and timely delivery of the GL of the assigned subsidiaries by overseeing and reviewing preparation of timely and accurate financial statements. Accountable for quality of schedules and reports in compliance with US GAAP, Regulatory, AWW internal controls, and company policies and procedures.

  • Oversee the monthly and annual closing process to ensure accuracy. Interface with Divisional CFO/Regulatory/Internal reporting to ensure compliance with cross-team accountabilities responsible for maintaining processes standardization and delivering quality financial statements. Interface and support the Divisional CFO subsidiaries operational and functional teams as required.

  • Responsible for the completion of internal and external audit activities in coordination with Assistant Controller and other business teams as required.

  • Direct implementation on company policy and procedures necessitated by GAAP, Regulatory or company mandate through partnering with appropriate business teams.

  • Identify strategies to control cost through business process improvement.

  • Provide oversight to annual subsidiary financial reporting and support quarterly/annual external reporting efforts.


Required Skills:

  • Ability to influence and work with non-direct reports, peers and management to gain alignment and achieve goals in a complex matrix environment.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules and regulations, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals and assess impact to the business.

  • Ability to write technical reports, prepare presentations and correspondence and to communicate relevant information verbally to all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to solve practical problems and respond to employee and public complaints effectively.

  • Ability to complete an Accounting review of contracts and identify key issues or reporting impacts within the respective contracts.

  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written,

  • oral, diagram or schedule form. Must be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to create and execute SMART goals and meet deadlines Ability to technically manage staff of professionals

  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision

  • Ability to work well in a cooperative team environment, participate routinely in multi-disciplinary projects and activities

  • Ability to recognize and deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information.

  • Knowledge of OSHA, Federal, State and Local regulations as applicable utilities, construction and related industries.

  • Ability to generate trust and recognition as a coach and people leader.


Required Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with health and safety program management and OSHA regulatory requirements for construction and general industry with increased opportunities to apply expertise across disciplines or organizational areas.

  • Familiarity with safety systems development and implementation

Desirable Knowledge:

  • Utility industry knowledge

  • Water industry knowledge a plus

  • Forward looking health and safety trends


  • 10 years prior accounting/finance related job experience required. Including experience with full cycle accounting processes.

  • Four (4) years supervisory experience or equivalent required. Demonstrated experience in managing and coaching direct reports and establishing career development plans by identifying development goals, milestones and measures.

  • 4 year Bachelor degree in Accounting; CPA or MBA preferred.

Travel Requirements

5-10% travel.


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Drives Engagement

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American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.