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PACIFICORP | Portland, Oregon
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Job Description

General Purpose

Provides advice and counsel to management and client organizations. Conducts special studies and analyses, develops alternatives, presents recommendations to management and influences management decisions.  Researches, analyzes, develops and implements new strategies, programs, and/or processes in response to changing internal and external conditions.


  • Review commodity agreements entered into by PacifiCorp and ensure appropriate accounting determination is made (for example; lease, derivative, variable interest entity, accrual).
  • Record commodity derivative accounting journal entries for the company.
  • Prepare derivative disclosures in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requirements.
  • Prepare internal reports for PacifiCorp’s commodity derivative agreements.
  • Implement and manage energy trading cycle internal controls to maintain Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
  • Perform technical accounting research related to commodity derivative agreements.
  • Analyze, prepare and interpret quarterly and annual FERC/regulatory reports, monthly Financial & Operating statements and Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
  • Analyze and reconcile general ledger data including preparing journal entries.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of five years experience in accounting or a related field.
  • Highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel formulas and pivot tables.
  • A strong working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to establish trust, maintain confidence, and understand social behavior and interactions.
  • Ability to work with all organizational levels, and to influence actions and negotiate outcomes.
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively through oral and written means.
  • Project management and leadership skills, including the ability to work as a team member, to maintain project timelines, budgets, and deliver on commitments.
  • Proficient with the use of personal computers to gather, analyze, and summarize data.
  • Knowledge of research, analysis, and consulting techniques, procedures, practices, and applicable federal, state, and local governmental laws and regulations.


  • Advanced degree and/or CPA designation. 
  • Experience performing technical accounting research.
  • Experience in financial statement preparation and analysis.
  • General understanding of FERC Code of Regulations. 
  • Experience in derivative, lease or variable interest entity accounting.
  • Experience in the Endur trading system or SAP Financial Systems modules. 
  • General understanding of utility economics and accounting.

Additional Information


PacifiCorp is a regulated electric company serving 1.7 million retail customers, including residential, commercial, industrial and other customers in portions of the states of Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, Washington, Idaho and California. During the year ended December 31, 2008, PacifiCorp owned, or had interests in, 74 thermal, hydroelectric, wind-powered and geothermal generating facilities, with a net owned capacity of 10,188 megawatts (MW). PacifiCorp also owns, or has interests in, electric transmission and distribution assets, and transmits electricity through approximately 15,800 miles of transmission lines. PacifiCorp also buys and sells electricity on the wholesale market with public and private utilities, energy marketing companies and incorporated municipalities in connection with excess electricity generation or other system balancing activities. (Source: 10-K)

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