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Senior Payroll Accountant - Portland, OR #108599

Date: Aug 17, 2022

Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp


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PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion.

General Purpose

Conducts special studies, analyses, research, analyzes, develops, and implements new strategies, programs, and/or processes in response to changing internal and external conditions. Researches payroll issues primarily related to withholding of, and remittance of payroll taxes as well as the payments of PacifiCorp related taxes for new states/jurisdictions as additional employees are approved to work from home in states where PacifiCorp does not currently have employees.  Produces quarterly and year-end tax filings for Federal, state, and local jurisdictions.


•    Determine withholding, remittance and filing requirements for new states and jurisdictions as employees are approved to work in those jurisdictions.
•    Establish internal mechanisms with accounts payable and treasury teams to remit taxes.
•    Assist Payroll Manager with the design and implementation of policies and practices for the payroll group and collaborate with the information technology team to automate tasks.
•    Assist with activities related to payroll procedures, system processing and reporting.
•    Monitor compliance with internal and external auditor recommendations and accuracy of internal control processes.
•    Identify areas of potential risk and propose process improvements and innovations.
•    Review payroll procedures and ensure compliance with risk management policies and SOX compliance.
•    Research payroll issues including, but not limited to, payroll taxes and taxability issues.
•    Compile, analyze and reconcile general ledger data including preparing journal entries.
•    Analyze, prepare, and interpret quarterly and annual FERC/regulatory reports.
•    On a timely basis, remit payroll taxes withheld from employee paychecks as well as the PacifiCorp portion of taxes as required to Federal, state, and local jurisdictions.
•    Prepare and file quarterly, year-end payroll tax returns and other filings for Federal, state, and local jurisdictions including the submission of electronic and paper filings where required for each legal entity.
•    Annually, prepare and distribute Forms W-2 and 1099-R.


•    Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
•    A minimum of five years relevant accounting experience.
•    Strong experience with the review and development of SOX controls and oversight procedures, FERC, and regulatory processes.
•    Strong working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
•    Experience in financial statement preparation and analysis.
•    Demonstrated proficiency in the performance of advanced accounting methodologies and procedures.
•    Demonstrated understanding of risk metrics.
•    Proven ability to review policies and procedures and determine validity and develop processes to ensure ongoing compliance.
•    Ability to develop, document, implement and enforce processes and procedures.
•    Strong communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to consult and give direction to internal and external customers regarding highly complex accounting matters/issues.
•    Ability to function effectively within a team environment and to interface effectively with personnel from other business units.
•    Knowledge of research, analysis, and consulting techniques, Company policies, procedures, practices, and applicable federal, state, and local governmental laws and regulations.
•    Experience with Federal payroll taxes including preparation of forms W-2and 1099R.
•    Experience with state payroll taxes in multiple states.
•    Experience with SAP and/or Oracle.


•    MBA or Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
•    General understanding of FERC Code of Regulations.
•    Experience in fixed asset accounting and depreciation theory and practices.
•    Supervisory experience.

Additional Information

Req Id: 108599
Company Code: PacifiCorp  
Primary Location: PORTLAND
Department: Payroll 
Personnel Subarea: EXEMPT
Schedule: Monday - Friday / 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hiring Range: $95,800.00 - $112,700.00 
This position is eligible for an annual discretionary performance incentive bonus of up to 15.00% of salary.


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.


At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential.  


It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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