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Coweta Water Authority

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Title:   Controller                                                                                                                                                             


Department:  Administration and Finance, Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority


Summary:  This position is responsible for functions within the Administration and Finance department including, but not limited to, general accounting duties, preparing journal entries and spreadsheets, account reconciliations, and reviewing accounts payable.  The Controller will work collaboratively with the Accounts Payable Specialist, Billing Specialist, and Chief Financial Officer to ensure timely and accurate completion of the monthly financial statements.

Reports to:  Chief Financial Officer


Major Duties:


  • Maintains a documented system of accounting policies & procedures.


  • Reviews all receipts and disbursements, ascertains correct account distribution, and ensures all support documentation is accurate and in order.


  • Maintains and posts activity to the general ledger.


  • Reviews accounts payable invoices for accuracy.


  • Reviews general ledger & bank reconciliations completed by Accounts Payable Specialist.  Completes general ledger & bank reconciliations for review by the CFO.


  • Assists CFO with the timely and accurate completion of the monthly financial statements.


  • Assists CFO with the annual budget process.


  • Calculates variances from the budget and reports significant issues to the Chief Financial Officer.


  • Maintains the Fixed Asset & associated depreciation schedules; ensures proper recording of new purchases and disposals.


  • Reviews and approves leak adjustments worked up by the Billing Specialist.


  • Assists the CFO in tracking and maintaining company insurance policies (except Employee Benefits, which are maintained by the HR Department).


  • Completes monthly billing reports detailing water/sewer sales and consumption.


  • Coordinates the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit.


  • Maintains billing rate codes within Tyler ERP Pro 10 system.


  • Generates reports from Tyler ERP Pro 10 system, performing data analysis as needed.


  • Assists with account collections.


  • Performs related duties as assigned.



Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of general accounting principles and related accounts payable procedures to include capital and infrastructure account maintenance, purchase orders and encumbrance accounting.


  • Independently apply general accounting principles and practices to the analysis and resolution of specific, but routine, accounting problems.


  • Familiarity with accounting/bookkeeping software, experience with Tyler ERP Pro 10 a plus.


  • Experience with Microsoft Office: Microsoft Excel experience required.


  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.


  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize and meet deadlines.


  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional demeanor.


  • Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing.


  • Ability to work well in a team environment that promotes inclusiveness and communication among team members.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Qualified candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration or finance and a minimum of two (2) years of accounting or related experience. 


  • Requirement to possess a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.   


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Five (5) years of government accounting experience.


  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience.


  • Active CPA license.



Supervisory Controls:  The Chief Financial Officer assigns work in terms of general instructions and spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy and the nature and propriety of the final results.  The Controller will assist the Chief Financial Officer when needed.


Guidelines:  Guidelines include paying invoices timely and maintaining adequate accounting records and assisting where needed.  These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but may require some interpretation in application.



Scope and Effect:  The purpose of this position is to maintain accounts payable, maintain accounting records, and support administration staff.  Successful performance contributes to maintaining the internal controls of the Authority.


Contacts:  Contacts are typically with co-workers, vendors, customers, and members of the general public. Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems and provide services.


Physical Demands:  The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, walking or stooping.  The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity and distinguishes between shades of color.


Work Environment:  The work is typically performed in an office, stockroom, warehouse and outdoors.  The employee may be exposed to noise, contagious or infectious diseases, irritating chemicals and occasional cold or inclement weather.


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