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Director, Technical Accounting & Reporting

Director, Technical Accounting & Reporting

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Pattern Energy Group is an independent, fully integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns and operates renewable energy projects and transmission assets across North America, Japan, and parts of Latin America.  The company focuses primarily on wind, solar and transmission. The Pattern Energy Group team has a history as one of the top North American renewable energy and transmission providers in the industry. The team is dedicated to delivering the highest value for its customers, partners, financial supporters and the communities in which it works, while exhibiting a strong commitment to promoting environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility.

Pattern Energy Group operates in the United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, and Mexico with offices in San Francisco, Houston, San Diego, New York, Santiago, Tokyo, and Toronto.  Pattern Energy Group’s corporate headquarters is in San Francisco.




The incumbent will have primary responsibility for technical accounting analyses, preparation of memoranda to support accounting conclusions, and application of technical accounting analyses to transactions.  This position will also support preparation of the annual 10-K and quarterly 10-Q’s filed with the SEC, corporate audits and individual project-level annual audit reports.   This position will, in collaboration with the Controller, and Accounting Managers, be responsible to encourage and develop relationships with commercial and finance professionals across the organization to support and analyze acquisitions and other transactions.


Functional line of control for the purpose of management, performance and remuneration reviews is the Controller.



Key internal relationships will include the corporate and operational accounting and consolidation groups, the corporate tax, legal, and finance groups as well as other business development and operational management.  Externally, key relationships will include Pattern’s audit and accounting advisory firms, and service providers related to transaction valuation support and services.  The incumbent can expect to have substantial interaction with senior management and with the Audit Committee and Board of Directors.




The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons:

  • Research and document technical accounting issues related to material transactions.
  • Work closely with accounting managers and general ledger accountants to apply technical accounting principles.
  • Develop technical accounting group. Actively support professional and career development of technical accounting staff.
  • Support the corporate controller and SEC reporting group to research SEC reporting requirements.
  • Support preparation of the annual corporate audit and public company reporting.
  • Support individual project-level audits – principally US GAAP but will also include some IFRS audits.
  • Lead analysis and documentation of differences between US GAAP and other statutory GAAP such as IFRS and Canadian GAAP.
  • Work with commercial/origination teams to provide accounting analysis of prospective transactions – acquisitions, joint ventures and tax equity.
  • Support preparation of written accounting policies in close coordination with corporate controller and operational accounting management.
  • Prepare and/or support tax group preparation of tax provisions.
  • Lead special projects as requested.


Educational Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting is required.  A graduate degree in accounting (or tax) is desirable.  CPA certification required. 

Required Work Experience

Candidates should have public accounting experience, preferable with a “big-4” firm.  Public company/SEC reporting experience with a pre-IPO or recent IPO company is highly desirable.

Deep knowledge US GAAP accounting standards is required.  Knowledge of IFRS accounting standards is highly desirable.  Experience with public company internal control standards is essential.

Experience in the power generation or energy industry is highly desirable.  Familiarity with applicable industry accounting standards is highly desirable. 

  • The candidate should have a minimum of 12 to 15 years of experience in public accounting or a combination of public accounting and industry.
  • Strong GAAP technical accounting skill-set with broad knowledge and experience of external reporting requirements (private company and SEC-level disclosures).
  • Substantial experience preparing audit-quality technical accounting analyses and documentation is essential.
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high growth environmenthighly desirable.
  • Interested in an applied accounting environment with substantial interaction with non-accounting commercial professionals and general ledger accountants.

Technical Skills

  • Ability to conduct research on technical accounting issues and prepare high quality, persuasive, written memoranda.
  • Ability to motivate direct and cross-functional teams to produce quality workproducts within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several projects.
  • Knowledge of accounting for derivatives, leases, business combinations, foreign subsidiaries, consolidations, fixed and intangible assets, share-based compensation.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, transactional, environment.