Senior Accountant

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is recruiting for a Senior Accountant for its General Ledger and Cost Accounting group. This position will be the technical expert for the complex functions with the City's financial system, PeopleSoft. Responsibilities will include performing complex data analysis, developing queries, balancing large volume of data, recommending process improvement, and assistance in the preparation of SPU's three audited financial statements. This position will work closely with four Principal Accountants, Budget, and Rates staff, and assists Accountants with reconciliation and sophisticated journals. The position will report to the Accounting Manager in SPU's Financial & Risk Services Branch.

About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a community-centered utility that delivers vital services to Seattle residents and businesses including drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and garbage/recycling/compost. SPU also provides drinking water for 1.5 million customers in the region. SPU's work includes system maintenance and improvements and keeping Seattle clean. Over 1,400 SPU employees work with our community to provide affordable and equitable stewardship of our water and waste resources for future generations.

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), check out the:

  • SPU Website
  • SPU Workplace Expectations
  • Strategic Business Plan

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?

We know work isn't only about what you do, it's also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:?

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free Orca Pass
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities

Job Responsibilities

  • Understand the functions within the PeopleSoft financial system.
  • Prepare monthly journal entries.
  • Develop complex reconciliation procedures.
  • Handle day-to-day work along with frequent inquiries from other accountants and management.
  • Reconcile PeopleSoft modules and side systems to the financial system.
  • Partner with other City departments to coordinate coding for costs.
  • Understand financial statements and cash flow.
  • Prepare supporting schedules for annual financial statement audit.
  • Assist with developing and implementing accounting policy and procedure.
  • Review and analyze contracts and regulatory pronouncements and provide summary interpretations.
  • Propose business process improvement.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Experience: Three (3) years of experience in general or governmental accounting, auditing, financial analysis or other relevant experience.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field (requires satisfactory completion of at least 24 semester hours or 36 quarter credit units in accounting with no substitutions allowed).

Education and Experience Equivalency: Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.

The ideal candidate should possess some of the following:

  • Proven understanding of accounting for an enterprise fund.
  • Experience with Peoplesoft or other large ERP financial system.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in accounting matters.
  • Ability to function optimally in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to exercise professional judgement in decision-making and recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to tackle challenges and work to solve them.
  • Ability to clearly communicate accounting information in non-technical terms.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Excellent customer service.
  • Experience working in a team environment, ability to build and maintain effective working relationships across different departments and workgroups and working effectively within a multi-cultural workforce serving a diverse customer base.

Working Environment/Conditions:

  • This individual will work mainly in an office environment (hybrid opportunities are available, with a minimum requirement of four days in the office per two-week pay period).

Additional Information
Application Requirements:

  • Due to the fiduciary responsibilities of the position, a job offer is contingent on review of a background check including criminal history as well as information provided by the applicant as part of the application process.
  • This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest record in compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SME 14.17. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.
  • In addition to fully completing the online application, please attach your cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should address why you are interested in this position and how your education, knowledge and experience qualify you for the position.

The full salary range for this position is $40.66- $47.34 Hourly.

Benefits: The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

If you have any questions, please contact Uma Suseelan at

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 9/19/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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