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Accounting Analyst 3 (Technical Accounting) 

Non-Union Position
Technical Accounting Staff; Portland, Oregon (US-OR)  

Hybrid schedule available for Oregon & Washington residents. 
Regular FT 
Posting # 4700  


About Us:


At NW Natural, we offer more than rewarding career opportunities and a vibrant, inclusive work culture. We invite you to join us in providing safe and reliable utility services and renewable energy to better the lives of the communities we serve. Our vision is to be the leader in service excellence, innovation and environmental stewardship for our customers, while building on our strengths as a trusted energy provider and environmental leader for our industry.  


In addition to environmental stewardship, We’re also deeply committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at NW Natural. Our DEI Council started 21 years ago, and today we continue to foster a culture where all employees can experience a sense of belonging, shared purpose and possibility.

The Role:


This position is a key member of the Technical Accounting team, reporting to the Technical Accounting Manager. This position plays a critical role in collaborating with the Technical Accounting team to perform thorough accounting research on complex business issues, including documentation on the Company’s conclusions and positions. This position will work closely with other accounting teams, various business departments, and upper management. 

Day to Day:


  • Act as a consultation resource for technical accounting issues and complex business transactions throughout the Company, including the review of various business contracts for accounting implications.
  • Actively participate in due diligence efforts and lead the accounting for business combinations in accordance with ASC 805.
  • Research and document technical accounting issues, providing recommendations to management for resolution.
  • Partner with the Financial Reporting Analysts to ensure the Company’s external disclosures are complete and in accordance with US GAAP.
  • Monitor emerging FASB and SEC accounting guidance for new or proposed changes to existing guidance that may impact the Company.
  • Prepare materials for the Company’s Disclosure, Finance, and Audit Committees.
  • Assist with the accounting and disclosure of the Company’s leases, stock-based compensation transactions and pension accounting in accordance with ASC 842, ASC 718 and ASC 715, respectively, and other relevant accounting guidance.
  • Support the Company’s debt and equity financings.
  • Assist with the preparation and review of the Proxy Statement.
  • Participate as a technical resource in the external audit process. 
  • Complete internal control procedures to ensure compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. 
  • Demonstrates appropriate leadership and decision-making behaviors.
  • Maintain technical accounting knowledge and personal skill development. 
  • Lead, contribute to, or participate in ad hoc projects as required. 
  • Support the Company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices.

Come on your first day with:


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting and CPA certificate are required.  
  • Minimum five years of applied accounting experience. Public accounting experience is preferred.
  • Experience in a utility operation and knowledge of standard utility accounting and public utility reporting and filing requirements are highly desired.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in applying US GAAP and consolidation principles are required.  
  • Knowledge of SEC reporting disclosures and requirements is desired.  
  • Experience using SAP or another general ledger or other financial software system is preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills are required, including the ability to critically think and apply technical accounting knowledge to business requirements, including understanding the impacts of decisions made. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. 
  • Requires strong attention to detail while keeping the big picture in mind.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with limited supervision.
  • Requires outstanding ethical standards and values consistent with those of the Company. 
  • Proven ability to work cross-functionally across an organization and in a team environment.

What we offer:

Health & Wellness –

  • Rich health insurance benefits with competitive employer contribution
  • Free access to an online wellness resources platform 


Work Life Balance -

  • Up to 23 Vacation Days 
  • 80 Hours of Sick Time 
  • 10 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • 3 weeks paid parental leave
  • Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network and many other Employee Resource Groups
  • 1500 sq foot exercise facility and secure bike room  


Financial -

  • Meaningful annual incentive bonus opportunity in addition to base salary
  • Competitive 401K company contribution and match 
  • 15% discount on NW Natural stock through Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement  
  • Wellness incentive program  


Discounts -

  • 20% off natural gas service 
  • Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
  • TriMet Pass for all HQ employees
  • Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless  


Base salary range: $93,100.00 - $132,650.00 per year, depending on qualifications

Annual Target Incentive: Level 3, 9.5% target
Targets are calculated using eligible earnings during plan year participation. Payout, if earned, is based on company and individual performance for each plan year and may range from 0% – 200% of target. Targets are subject to change in subsequent plan years. Must be employed by September 30 in order to receive any prorated payout.    


Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.


Deadline: 3/17/2024


Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. Pre-employment drug tests are part of the hiring process and apply to all positions.


All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.


NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds. NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at or  (971) 979-6341.


NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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