Senior Financial Analyst (56. 18R)

Golden State Water Company is one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the United States. We have been all about water for more than 80 years. Our team of professionals delivers reliable, quality water and great service to customers in 75 communities across California.

POSITION DEFINITION: Senior Financial Analyst

Under the direction of the Financial Planning Supervisor, the Senior Analyst assists in preparation of annual budget, conducts monthly actual vs. budget flux analyses, develops and maintains cashflow forecast model to evaluate monthly short-term borrowing requirement, prepares quarterly covenants calculations and assesses the quarterly dividend requirement, and assists in completion of quarterly reports, and analyzes new businesses. This position requires a well rounded background in accounting and finance.


As a skilled employee and responsible professional, the incumbent must work independently, exercise initiative and judgment in the performance of a broad range of administrative support responsibilities in an environment of routinely sensitive and confidential issues. Therefore, the employee must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills to deal effectively with all levels of the company s management staff, visitors and vendors.

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Sr. Analyst interfaces with various internal departments and must work exceptionally well with employees of all levels. The person in this position is responsible for embracing and utilizing available technology as communication and data gathering tools in performing routine and complex a duties for the financial planning team. Core responsibilities include the following:

  • Interfaces with various business owners to complete annual capital and operations budget
  • Responsible for the development of water and electric budget matrix
  • Responsible for the monthly flux write up between actual versus budget
  • Provides insightful analyses on trended Return on Equity and Rate of Return for both actual and budget
  • Assists in the administration of Company s stock incentive program
  • Supports Supervisor and Manager in analyzing acquisitions and new business opportunities
  • Assists in updating and modifying company s financial forecast model and provides insightful what if scenarios
    • Responsible for providing gap analysis between Street Analysts EPS expectation versus company s internal budget
  • Assists the Manager on general cash management and treasury function includes but not limited to the monitoring of libor borrowing capacity and the need for equity and debt infusion
    • Develop a meaningful cashflow model to project monthly and quarterly cash requirement
  • Assists in the preparation of quarterly balance sheet reconciliation as related to the Finance Area
  • Assists Manager and the Supervisor on the data compilation for the rate case filings and responsible for the data compilation on the quarterly audit requests
  • Updates Sarbanes Oxley document and ensures control compliance; cooperates with internal and external auditors with information requested
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Works under general supervision


  • Flexible, logical, accountable, approachable, and passionate about work
  • Maintains positive team-building role during pressure-filled, deadline-driven crunch times
  • High degree of initiative; self-starter
  • Communicates with accuracy and precision in writing and speaking
  • High degree of confidentiality required
  • Trustworthy; strong personal integrity; emotional maturity
  • Demonstrates high level of accountability and ownership
  • Executes with discipline and urgency
  • Collaborative/Team oriented

Other Required Skills:

  • Proficiently uses technology and re-evaluates processes to increase efficiency, accuracy and appropriate level of documentation through the skilled application of technology tools; must be proficient in MS Excel, able to work independently and synthesize large amounts of information.
  • Organized with strong attention to detail and time management skills
  • Exhibits professionalism with internal and external contacts
  • Possesses strong organizational/multi-tasking and project-planning skills
  • Able to conduct and carries job functions with minimum supervision


  • Bachelor s Degree in Economic, Finance, and Accounting or related discipline.
  • Six years of progressively responsible experience in financial analysis, budget/projection, and treasury management
  • Ability to read and analyze financial reports and present information
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and establish working relationships with other departments and personnel.

The responsibilities of this position will involve access to information that may be considered confidential, private and sensitive. Therefore, the individual filling this position will be required to both allow and pass a background check.

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