American Water Senior Tax Accountant in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

American Water is consolidating employees based at multiple sites in southern New Jersey into one Corporate Headquarters location in Camden, New Jersey for a greater sense of community, efficiency and collaboration. More than 600 people from each of the four existing buildings will move in a phased approach beginning in early October and continuing through November. Positions posted in Voorhees, Mount Laurel, and Cherry Hill, NJ will ultimately be based in Camden, NJ.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role

*This position may be filled as a Tax Accountant IV (grade 35) or a Tax Accountant III (grade 30) depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Applicants interested in either of these positions/ grade levels are encouraged to apply. *

Responsible for all general tax matters of the business including tax reconciliations, compliance and audits. Identification and implementation of key tax saving and/or process improvements.

Provide general tax specific support for rate cases. Preparation and presentation of product code training and/or webinars. Mentor other staff for the development and training necessary to backup this position. Other tasks as assigned by management.

Key Accountabilities

Analyze tax accounts to ensure reporting accuracy. Ensures accurate and timely completion of all assigned highly sensitive, complex, specialized and/or other assigned returns, including related disbursements. Have the ability to solve complex and diverse problems that require tax specific skills and job knowledge to determine best course of action. Assist in the development and maintenance of Sarbanes-Oxley controls.

Perform assigned account reconciliations. Complete timely and accurate true-ups as well adequate communication of true-ups to Accounting & Reporting, Business Partners and other impacted departments and/or areas of the company. Identify and implement departmental process improvements, initiatives/projects, other miscellaneous activities. Assist with acquisition and divestiture projects and requests. Provide research support for potential indirect tax issues/topics/risks.

Establish relationships with key internal and external groups, including finance, accounting, rates and operational personnel. Serve as a subject matter expert to colleagues. Contribute to measurable team and/or organizational objectives.

Guide, train, mentor other staff for the development and training necessary to fill this position. Available as initial level of support to other staff (i.e. questions on exemption certificates, compliance, Sabrix reviews, and account recs). Prepare and present departmental related training. Proactively seek self-development by assisting Supervisor by contributing in policy/practice development or changes, implementing changes and maintaining a positive and team-oriented environment.

Respond to audit requests. Perform tax research and special projects as assigned

Knowledge / Skills

Extensive background in income tax accounting, compliance and related research.


Functional / Technical Skills

Learning on the Fly

Organizational Agility

Problem Solving

Time Management

Experience / Education


Minimum five-seven years' experience for the Level IV Tax Accountant.

Minimum five years’ experience required for the Level III Tax Accountant.

Utility industry experience is preferred.


Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting

Certifications & Licenses:

CPA is desired Public accounting experience is preferred

Travel Requirements

Occasional travel.

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