Senior Specialist Financial Accounting

Date: Jan 31, 2019

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77046

Company: Spire Inc.

Requisition Number 6788 
Location: 3773 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas, 77046
Position Type: Non Union 
Number Open: 1 

At Spire, we believe energy exists to help people. To enrich their lives, grow their businesses, advance their communities. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of our business. We’re dedicated to understanding our customers’ needs and goals to better serve them today and tomorrow. That’s why we’re always looking for driven, collaborative people to join our team. Because we believe that offering our customers the best service means bringing together the best people.

We value safety, inclusion, and integrity. We connect to people, get the job done, and leave a memory and everything about our culture comes back to one thing: a handshake at the front door. We have 4 essential behaviors that show how the Spire culture comes to life:

Living Spire Behaviors

  • We Collaborate: We reach across boundaries to connect with each other and deliver on our promises. We put teamwork first, knowing that our collective energy makes us stronger.
  • We Care: We create good memories by treating people how we want to be treated: We are inclusive, respectful and kind. We actively create a caring culture that feels like a handshake at the front door.
  • We Advance: We are active learners who never stop looking for ways to innovate and improve ourselves, and our company. We embrace ongoing development and process improvement with passion and tenacity.
  • We Have Perspective: We strive to gain additional perspective about Spire’s business and the ever-changing energy industry. We know that every employee plays an important role in Spire’s success, and we give our best to better understand how to help move the company forward.


The Spire Energy Senior Accountant supports the Gas Marketing business unit to prepare, examine and analyze accounting records and financial statements and other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.  Senior Accountant must have strong accounting analytical skills.  This position is located in Houston, Texas.

Primary duties:

  • Preparation of the monthly financial reporting package and journal entries.
  • Maintain and analyze gas storage inventory worksheets and calculations.
  • Responsible for all accounting aspects of retail related books. This includes invoicing (in the system as well as sending invoices to customers), sales tax management, and entering fixed charges from other companies that we include on our invoices.
  • Ensure accurate and appropriate recording and analysis of revenues, expenses, and derivative activity.
  • Ensure all financial reporting deadlines are met.
  • Compile and analyze financial information to prepare financial statements for management reporting.
  • Prepare and analyze balance sheet account reconciliations as part of monthly control structure.
  • Research and prepare financial variance analysis that provides qualitative and interpretive value-added to the underlying numeric variances.
  • Work closely with internal auditors and business control representatives in the identification of potential risks and the application of solutions to mitigate.
  • Assist with any external audit requests by providing required information and justifying accounting policies.
  • Assist in preparation of departmental budget and forecast activities.
  • Assist other staff and unit Controller with complex analysis and related duties as assigned.
  • Work through reporting processes and continually identify areas for systems and process improvements to support ongoing business operations.
  • Adhere to effective internal controls.


  • Sound understanding of IFRS, including application.
  • Strong Computer and accounting technology skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office products.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of the corporate hierarchy and between multiple office locations on written and oral interfaces.
  • Knowledge and experience with computer applications such as SAP and Microsoft Office.
  • Proficiency in Excel.
  • Strong time management skills to manage multiple projects with varying timelines, as well as manage ad hoc reporting requests.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to adapt in a fast-moving and changing culture.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to build and establish rapport with a diverse array of people.
  • Ability to work independently with limited management oversight.
  • Financial accounting experience preferred.
  • Energy industry experience preferred.

Supervisory responsibilities:

  • None

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in the energy industry or public accounting.
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP.
  • Experience with accounting for derivatives and hedging strongly preferred.

Certificates, licenses, registrations:

  • CPA license and/or MBA preferred

Work environment:

  • Work is normally performed in a shared office environment in Houston, TX.
  • Typically, 8 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Overtime may be required. 
  • Occasional travel may be required but will be minimal.

Spire accepts online applications through our career site at

Posting requirements: The above posting description is intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Spire, Inc., and its subsidiaries are Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all areas, including but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, selection, training, education, compensation, benefits, promotion, job transfer, upgrading, separation and recall regardless of the individual’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other protected categories under all Federal, State, and local laws. For more information, please view our Integrity and Inclusion pages of our career site.

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