Financial Analyst

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing.
Our teams are committed to customer service, operational excellence and delivering high-quality, reliable drinking water and other water-related management services.
Our primary business involves the ownership of water and wastewater utilities that provide water and wastewater services to residential, commercial and industrial customers, treating and delivering more than 1 billion gallons of water per day.

Primary Role

Key member of a dedicated financial advisory team which provides strategic and financial guidance in support of American Water’s regulated water and wastewater acquisition growth
Prepare detailed financial models and participate in due diligence efforts to evaluate large mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to advance American Water’s growth objectives
Effectively create and present analyses to executive management to guide strategic decision makingKey Accountabilities
Prepare and present standard and moderately complex financial models within standard corporate templates, for projects requiring Executive and/or Board approval, under minimal supervision
Create and present reports in support of analysis (graphs, tables, and PowerPoint presentations) to state leadership, executive management, and Investment Committee
Perform financial analysis including scenario and sensitivity analysis, evaluate customer rate impacts, and calculate debt defeasance costs
Work under minimal supervision; independently handle presentations and/or work efforts with senior executives
Collaborate with various levels of management and departments (both internal/external to finance) such as Business Development, Rates, Operations, Legal, etc. to develop and document modeling assumptions
Drive ‘best practices’ and ‘continuous improvement mindset’ by assessing and measuring the on-going effectiveness and efficiency of Acquisitions team systems and tools
Maintain database of competitive acquisition transactions as well as other competitive analysis as needed
Support regulatory filings and data requests related to acquisitions during acquisition and general rate case filings
Research acquisition opportunities using information from regulatory bodies, governmental entities, and debt offerings
Other ad hoc analysis as requiredKnowledge/Skills
Advance / expert level in MS Excel
Attention to detail along with strong organizational and time management skills
Critical thinking, adaptability, and strong work ethic
Possess leadership skills yet are a collaborative team player
Ability to quickly adapt to professional collaborative environments, manage ambiguity, take initiative, and achieve results
Valuation methodologies and accounting principles
Ability to identify the need for and develop new financial analysis requirements
Methodologies and practices of data collection and research
Microsoft Office Suite programs (MS Word, PowerPoint)
Strong written communication skills, along with clear and concise verbal and presentation skills
Ability to effectively communicate complex financial analysis
Economic principles relating to utility ratemaking preferredExperience/Education
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, or closely related field
Minimum of five years of pertinent financial experience required
MBA or Masters in Accounting or Finance preferred
CPA, CFA or other technical license/designation preferred
Regulated utility industry experience is a plusTravel Requirements
None to minimalWork Environment
Modern day professional office environment
Hybrid role, in office three days per week, as determined by team scheduleCompetenciesChampions safetyCollaboratesCultivates innovationCustomer obsessedDrives ResultsNimble learning


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