Regulatory Accountant / Economist


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Full time

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New Plymouth

The energy sector is in the period of change driven by technology and climate policy. On top of that, Powerco has embarked on a step-change in network investment over the next five years. We're a regulated company, so in addition to keeping the lights on and gas flowing, we have to meet a bunch of disclosure obligations to our consumers and regulators.

Were looking for a Regulatory Accountant/Economist to join Powerco's energetic Regulatory and Pricing team. Reporting to the Regulatory and Pricing Strategy Manager you will be in a unique position to help Powerco (and the industry) engage constructively on these issues. Youll need to travel now and again in this role.

You will get to:

  • apply your financial and project management skills to regulatory issues and obligations affecting Powerco's gas and electricity businesses
  • provide leadership and advice on interpreting the regulatory rules and how they impact upon Powerco's business activities
  • leverage your strong interpersonal skills as you work collaboratively with teams across the business and offices
  • flex your intellectual curiosity because you'll be looking at economic, financial and technical issues that affect the business both now and in the future.

Were a small team so we share the tasks. Your role will involve the following:
  • Providing advice and insights to the business about the impact of regulatory developments and decisions, particularly those with a finance/accounting element
  • Managing Powerco's processes to meet its regulatory disclosure obligations, including engagement with Powerco staff on the link between regulatory requirements, processes, and governance arrangements
  • Providing assurance to Powerco that the regulatory disclosure obligations across the electricity and gas businesses are understood and have been met
  • Maintaining positive relationships and contacts with regulatory agencies at both technical and management levels
  • Providing input to assist the Regulatory Policy Manager in the preparation and delivery of submissions and related consultations by regulatory entities

The person we are looking for will need a combination of:
  • a tertiary degree or equivalent in finance or economics or similar analytical subject
  • some knowledge of the NZ electricity and/or gas industry or similar regulated industry
  • an understanding of micro-economic concepts underlying the design and operation of energy markets and regulation of the distribution networks
  • ideally five or more years experience of work in a finance/advisory capacity
  • the curiosity and persistence to own and resolve complex issues.

Applications close on Friday, 8 March 2019.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

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Powerco Private Bag 2061, New Plymouth 4310
New Zealand

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