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Senior Accounting Manager

Job Req Id:  26227

Be part of a growing, successful company in an exciting and challenging field. Border States is 100% employee-owned, which means you’re empowered to make decisions, find solutions and receive rewards for your hard work.
This position will be located in: Fargo , ND  


Job Summary

Plays a key role in delivering the financial information to a large multi-location business in order to make sound financial decisions. Responsible for the timeliness, completeness and accuracy of the periodic financial statements and financial information. Responsible for the Company’s annual independent audit, bank compliance audits, 401(k) and ESOP audits.  Manages the general ledger financial accounting and other finance and accounting teams and assists the Controller with carrying out the strategic initiatives of the finance group.   


Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the timeliness, completeness and accuracy of the periodic financial statements and financial information.
  • Establishes and enforces proper accounting methods, policies and principles to adhere with generally accepted accounting principles and ensures execution is done timely, consistently and efficiently
  • Responsible for the professional development of the general ledger financial accounting team and other finance and accounting areas.
  • Carries out strategic initiatives for the general ledger financial accounting team and other finance and accounting areas.
  • Responsible to identify emerging technology to determine ways to automate processes without sacrificing accuracy and accountability.
  • Responsible for ESOP accounting and other financial projects.
  • Takes the lead on the acquisition accounting and post-closing reconciliations in mergers and acquisitions (due diligence, setup etc.)
  • Responsible for the company’s annual independent audit, bank compliance audits, 401(k) and ESOP audits.
  • review and approve journal entries and general ledger reconciliations.
  • Prepares and analyzes the company’s periodic financial statements – balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement.  
  • review and analyze all financial reports that originate from the financial accounting team.
  • Identifies and implements processes and internal controls to help strengthen the control environment.
  • Develops and reports on metrics.

Non-essential Functions

  • Assists other finance areas with ad hoc projects as needed.
  • Completes ad hoc reporting.
  • Acts as a back-up for the team and other finance managers.
  • Trains staff member on processes and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or designate.


  • Four-year accounting, finance or business administration degree or equivalent work experience. 
  • 9+ years of progressive accounting or related work experience.  
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or similar designation is required. 
  • Public accounting experience preferred. 
  • Experience with ESOP accounts preferred.
  • Understands accounting systems, processes and internal controls. 
  • Strong working knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint), Internet, Email and SAP software. 

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong team builder and ability to work across several functions within the organization.
  • Solid analytical skills and sound decision-making capabilities.
  • Ability to present recommendations in a timely, clear and concise manner.
  • Metrics driven and ability to look beyond the data for assumptions and implications.
  • Ability to take initiative, be a strong team player, respond to work demands in a flexible manner and produce timely, high quality work products in a deadline-oriented environment with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to effectively plan and organize.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with customers, vendors, and others related to the company.
  • Demonstrated confidence and maturity enough to interact with all levels of personnel within the organization.

Physical Requirements

Frequency at which you would carry/lift in a typical day:
Occasionally 0 – 33% Frequently 34 – 66% Continuously: 67 – 100%

  • Lift from Waist:
    • < than 10 lbs. - Not at all
    • 10 to 25 lbs. - Not at all
    • 26 to 50 lbs. - Not at all
    • 51 to 75 lbs. - Not at all
    • 75 to 100 lbs. - Not at all
    • 100+ lbs. - Not at all
  • Lift from Floor:
    • < than 10 lbs. - Frequently
    • 10 to 25 lbs. - Frequently
    • 26 to 50 lbs. - Occasionally
    • 51 to 75 lbs. - Not at all
    • 75 to 100 lbs. - Not at all
    • 100+ lbs. - Not at all
  • Carried for Distance:
    • < than 10 lbs. - Not at all
    • 10 to 25 lbs. - Not at all
    • 26 to 50 lbs. - Not at all
    • 51 to 75 lbs. - Not at all
    • 75 to 100 lbs. - Not at all
    • 100+ lbs. - Not at all

Physical Activity

Frequency at which you would do the following in a typical day:

  • Sitting (a continuous period of being seated) - Continuously
  • Standing (for sustained periods of time) - Frequently
  • Walking (moving about on foot to accomplish tasks) - Frequently
  • Bending/stooping (downward and forward) - Occasionally
  • Crawling (moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet) - Not at all
  • Climbing/Walking Stairs (ascending or descending) - Frequently
  • Reaching (extending arms in any direction) - Frequently
  • Crouching/squatting (bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine) - Occasionally
  • Kneeling (bending legs at knee to come to rest on knee(s)) - Occasionally
  • Balancing (maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling) - Occasionally
  • Repetitive motion (substantial movement (motions) or the wrists, hands, and/or fingers) - Continuously
  • Pivoting (movement in any direction with one foot, keeping the other in contact with the floor) - Occasionally
  • Pushing/Pulling (using upper extremities to press against or draw or tug) - Occasionally
  • Grasping (Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm) - Continuously
  • Fingering (picking, pinching, typing; working with primarily fingers and not whole hand) - Continuously
  • Talking (expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word) - Frequently
  • Driving (the control and operation of a motor vehicle) - Occasionally
  • Desk work (work usually performed at a desk) - Continuously
  • Use of a computer - Continuously
  • Use of a telephone - Frequently
  • Hearing (Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels) - Continuously
  • Exposure (to adverse weather & temperature conditions) - Not at all
  • Travel (travel needed to perform job duties) - Occasionally

Additional Information

This job description is a summary of the job duties and responsibilities and is not intended to cover all possible job duties and is subject to change at the employer’s discretion. Employees must be able to perform the essential job duties and satisfy job requirements either with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Our History

Border States is a leader in the electrical supply distribution industry with over 100 locations in 22 states. Our employee-owners are second to none in delivering top-notch customer service and in demonstrating extra-ordinary people skills. We are one of the largest independent electrical distributors in the United States providing products and services to the construction, industrial and utility industries. Border States has a competitive benefit package and is a 100 percent employee-owned company. Employee-ownership is a significant part of our culture and our success stems from the dedication of our employee-owners. We practice open-book management and our employee-owners are empowered with clearly defined levels of authority to be innovative and decisive, allowing us to respond quickly to the needs of customers. Employee-owners understand their roles in the success of the company and care about customers’ needs, which drives our focus on adding value to everything we do. We recognize that not all customers are the same and each has specific requirements. Our employee-owners understand these diverse needs and have the commitment, resourcefulness and flexibility to outperform all others.

As a Border States employee-owner, you’re responsible for living our mission, service philosophy and service standards.

Border States provides value to our customers by delivering innovative product and supply chain solutions.

Service Philosophy
We earn customer loyalty and confidence by caring about their needs and adding value to everything we do.

Service Standards
Border States employee-owners are competent, accurate, responsive, and engaged .

Your career
Join an experienced team at one of the largest electrical distributors in the United States. What are you waiting for?


Border States has a competitive benefits package which includes but is not limited to:

Health, Dental and Vision Benefits
Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Disability Benefits
401(k) Retirement Plan
Life Insurance
Employee Assistance Program
Paid Holidays
Paid Volunteer Time
Personal Leave time and more!
Border States provides bonuses to their employee-owners upon the achievement of branch and company goals.


Equal Opportunity For All

It’s not just the law.  It’s something  we’ve believed in since our founding.  We value the diversity of all of our employee-owners and will always be an equal opportunity employer.


Drug Free/Smoke Free workplace


Nearest Major Market: Fargo