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Accountant I

Potelco was founded 55 years ago, we have experienced growth year after year. We currently employ approximately 1,200 employees in multiple states. We are looking for a strong Accountant to join the team at our company headquarters in Sumner, WA. This individual will support the Company’s accounting manager and all requirements necessary to fairly report the Company’s financial results. To grow with the organization and continue to develop professionally. To support operations and all internal customers by providing timely and insightful information. To help maintain a strong system of internal control that ensures the completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all financial information and compliance with all parent company reporting requirements.


The Accountant will be responsible for maintaining financial records, reconciling accounts, and confirming financial compliance through preparation of reports and statements. The Accountant will oversee accounting procedures, while advising the company on general finance matters.


  • Perform general cost accounting for the Company
  • Monitor and analyze accounting data and produce financial reports
  • Organize, maintain and update financial reports, records, and accounts
  • Handle billing processes including, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable
  • Explore ways to improve department efficiency
  • Recommend ways to enhance revenue by recognizing unnecessary expenses, and reducing costs
  • Review financial statements, reports and account books to ensure they are up-to-date, and accurate
  • Meet financial regulations and ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Examine tax policies and prepare tax payments/returns
  • File tax forms with federal, state and local government agencies
  • Ensure financial transactions are properly recorded
  • Maintain general ledger system; post transactions, review ledger entry reconciliations, and categorize records
  • Track organization assets, liabilities, profit and loss, and tax liabilities
  • Prepare monthly balance sheets, income statements, and profit and loss statements
  • Reconcile monthly balance sheets, cash disbursement accounts, payroll, trusts, and capital assets
  • Reconcile bank accounts monthly, verify deposits, and address inquiries from banks
  • Initiate cash management transfers of funds, and wires
  • Monitor and reconcile customer accounts
  • Manage the purchasing and invoice system
  • Manage Accounts Receivables collections
  • Maintain documentation for Accounts Payable, purchasing, and treasury
  • Verify and/or complete payment of invoices associated with Accounts Payable, and ensure payments are charged to the appropriate accounts
  • Contribute to the development and review of annual operating budgets, and performance projections
  • Recommend appropriate budget levels
  • Assist with monthly close processes
  • Perform month back settlements
  • Prepare and analyze journal entries, and enter accounting related information into business logs
  • Update company records with details about income and itemized expenses to most accurate information
  • Prepare internal audits of company records
  • Identify and address any accounting discrepancies, and respond to inquiries
  • Provide continuity in the company’s documentation, and ensure proper maintenance, filling, and storage of records in the event of an audit
  • Provide external auditors with assistance, and gather the information and documents necessary to perform audit
  • Provide direct support to Accounting staff by closing accounts, balancing checkbooks, updating account entries and producing write-ups and projections based on past accounting reports
  • Analyze revenue and expenditure trends, and ensure expenditure control
  • Work closely with the financial management team to provide recommendations, and produce periodic accounting activity updates
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Strong knowledge of Business, Finance and Accounting practices
  • Knowledge of all aspects of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Knowledge of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations
  • Extensive knowledge of standard Accounting policies and procedures
  • Strong understanding of US tax regulations
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with different types of Accounting software systems
  • Familiarity with cost, and financial accounting
  • Experience with general ledger functions and month-end /year-end close processes
  • Ability to calculate simple operations, and understand complex mathematical calculations
  • Ability to read and analyze financial reports
  • Adherence to tight deadlines and quick turnaround for accounting deliverables
  • Strong mathematical, analytical and technical problem-solving skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management, employees, and customers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting
  • 2+ Years of Relative Accounting Experience

Potelco provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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