Pattern Energy Group

  • Principal Analyst, Technical Accounting & Reporting

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 2 months ago(5/2/2018 2:48 PM)
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  • Overview

    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 Principal Analyst, Technical Accounting & Reporting, will have primary responsibility for technical accounting analyses, preparation of memoranda to support accounting conclusions, and application of technical accounting analyses to transactions, for both Pattern Energy Group LP and for Pattern Energy Group Inc. This position will also support preparation of annual corporate audits, individual project-level annual audit reports and SEC filings. This position will, in collaboration with the Director of Technical Accounting & Reporting, Entity Controller, and Accounting Managers, work with commercial and finance professionals across the organization to support and analyse acquisitions and other transactions.



    This position will maintain key internal relationships with the Director, Technical Accounting & Reporting, Entity Controller, Director of FP&A, Sr. Manager, Consolidations & Financial Systems, corporate and operational accounting groups, and the corporate tax, legal, IT and finance groups as well as other operational management as needed. Externally, key relationships will include Pattern’s audit and tax firms.



    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 as necessary.


    • Research and document technical accounting issues related to material transactions to support audits and public company reporting – expected to be mainly US GAAP, but may include IFRS.
    • Assist transaction development teams and finance group with accounting diligence and advise on accounting structuring considerations on a real time basis.
    • Work with the Entity Controller, Director of FP&A, Sr. Manager, Consolidations & Financial Reporting, and GL accounting groups in developing financial statements for audit and investor needs.
    • Lead analysis and documentation of differences between US GAAP and other statutory GAAP such as IFRS and Canadian GAAP.
    • Continue to maintain and develop Company accounting policies.
    • Work with the Director, Internal Audit to support development, implementation, and maintenance of internal SOX controls.
    • Write the annual private and public corporate audit report and other private and public company filings as required.
    • Work with corporate and operational accounting groups to execute audits.
    • Support SEC Manager with public company requirements where required.
    • Perform or assist with ad-hoc or special projects as assigned.


    Educational Requirements

    A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a CPA. A graduate degree in Accounting or Tax is highly desirable.


    Required Work Experience

    • Candidates should have at least 6+ years in progressively senior-level accounting positions with technical accounting responsibilities.
    • Candidates should have public accounting experience, preferably with a “big-4” firm technical accounting advisory group, plus recent public company experience. Experience with public company internal control standards is essential.
    • A deep understanding of US GAAP accounting standards is required, with a strong GAAP technical accounting skill-set with broad knowledge and experience of external reporting requirements (private company with some SEC-level experience).
    • Knowledge of IFRS accounting standards is highly beneficial.
    • Experience in the power generation or energy industry and knowledge of applicable industry accounting standards and interpretations is preferred.
    • Substantial experience preparing audit-quality technical accounting analyses and documentation.
    • Experience advising transaction teams on accounting considerations on a real-time, value added basis.
    • Experience in the power generation or energy industry is highly desirable.       Familiarity with applicable industry accounting standards is highly desirable.
    • Interests in an applied accounting environment with substantial interaction with non-accounting commercial professionals and general ledger accountants.
    • Experience working in a fast pace dynamic environment.


    Technical Skills

    • Technical knowledge of accounting for leases, derivatives, variable interest entity consolidation, equity method investments (including hypothetical liquidation at book value, “HLBV” methodology), business combinations, and foreign subsidiaries.
    • Ability to conduct research on technical accounting issues, develops company views on significant transactions, and prepares high quality, persuasive written memoranda.
    • Ability to produce a quality work product within tight timelines and manage several projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to clearly communicate complex accounting concepts to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences.
    • Public company quality and complexity financial reporting experience.
    • Experience with Tier 1 and 2 accounting systems (Hyperion and Microsoft AX).


    Pattern Energy Group LP is an equal opportunity employer


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