Senior Accountant – Seattle, Washington

Location: Seattle

Company: NorthStar Energy

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Pacific Northwest

Job Category: Accounting

Publish Date: August 5, 2019

Company Description: NorthStar Energy is a holding company with energy distribution businesses operating in Alaska and Hawaii. We are committed to being the vital link between best in class fuel solutions and our customers in remote communities, now and into the future. Right now, people are reassessing their relationship with fuel, as they become more efficient and conscious about energy. At NorthStar Energy it is our plan to take advantage of our integral position in niche markets to lead the way in energy innovation and decarbonization.


  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Applications have closed

NorthStar Energy

Bring your accounting expertise!


Responsible for many aspects of general accounting including journal entry preparation, review and posting, account reconciliation preparation and reviews, maintaining the chart of accounts, managing the sub-systems for expense reporting & journal entry recording, supporting the execution of the month-end close while maintaining compliance with NorthStar and US GAAP accounting policies and principles. Assists with the drafting of financial statements and footnotes disclosures. Reviews and oversees the work of junior staff accountants. Reports on variances, assists in analyzing and correcting discrepancies. Partners with the team and other functions to identify and resolve issues which impact the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of financial reporting.


Compiles and analyzes financial information to accurately record transactions; prepares financial reports and reviews and verifies completeness and accuracy.

Prepares and posts general ledger entries for month-end close

Reviews and approves journal entries

Prepares and manages intercompany charges and transactions between NSE group of companies and ultimate parent company

Prepares and maintains prepaid insurance schedules and journal entries and monthly prepaid insurance adjustments

Manages the vendor rebate reporting process and ensures accuracy in the accounting treatment of rebates received or receivable.

Reconciles complex general ledger accounts; reconciles industry specific transactions

Reviews and approves reconciliations

Assists with the preparation and review of company financial statements, statistical reporting and drafting footnotes to the audited financial statements

Oversees the work of junior accountants

Prepares monthly reports and distributes as needed.

Assists with technical research on complex accounting matters.

Enforces a strong system of internal controls; identifies weaknesses and implements changes to address.

Supports the cohesive delivery of accounting services under a shared services model; streamlines and simplifies accounting processes to ensure quality, consistency and continuous process improvements

Supports audit functions performed by independent external auditors and internal auditors.

Acts as system administrator for expense reporting, journal entry and reconciliation applications.

Ensures that all balance sheet accounts for all companies have been reconciled timely and that reconciling items are identified with an effective action plan to resolve.

Works with non-accounting personnel to implement procedural improvements and policies.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance,

4-6 years of accounting experience with demonstrated career progression with hands-on experience in the period-end closing process

Strong understanding of US GAAP, Accounting and internal control concepts

Strong computer skills including Microsoft Outlook and Excel skills

Strong analytical skills

Ability to research and problem solve.

Ability to multi-task, with strong attention to detail

Strong time management skills.

Proficient written and oral communication skills

Desired Characteristics:

Personal Agency: desire to create positive outcomes, and embraces a safety mindset that underpins our ongoing existence

Growth Mind-set: Desire to grow in the role and be promoted within the Company.

Performance Driven: Sets and maintains high standards, holds self and others accountable

Solutions Oriented: Provides solutions in response to challenges; identifies opportunities for improvements and efficiencies