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Project Accountant - Solar & Emerging Renewables Group

Project Accountant - Solar & Emerging Renewables Group

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Mortenson’s success is not a matter of luck; it’s a result of our ingenuity, expertise, and exceptional people coupled with our unparalleled focus on customer service.

Our foundation and culture are based upon our company values of trust, safety, teamwork, responsibility, service and stewardship. We are inspired by a compelling purpose to build structures and facilities for the advancement of modern society and a mission to create an exceptional customer experience. Mortenson has built a reputation for being a leader in our industry and in the communities in which we live and work.

It all starts with our exceptional people and exceptional teams. Mortenson has been voted a "best place to work" 38 times regionally over the past decade…

…What are you waiting for?!


Mortenson is currently seeking project accountant with the ability to interact with a variety of staff at all levels in an ever-changing environment, remaining flexible, resourceful, proactive and efficient with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality. 

The ideal candidate will provide accounting, analysis, and financial support to one or more teams overseeing completion of a construction project. Serve as the key liaison from the Finance and Accounting department to the solar project team. This position is based out of our Minneapolis Headquarters.


Review the construction contract requirements for assigned projects (i.e., lump sum or smaller cost-plus)

  • Utilize contract summary for daily work
  • Perform budget allocations as required
  • May provide assistance in complying with various other contract requirements; i.e., certified payroll reporting, minority participation reporting, or providing necessary information to maintain insurance for the project
  • Assist in tracking subcontractor lien waivers if necessary


Process receivables in a timely manner to result in a favorable project cash flow

  • Prepare less complex cost-plus project billings, ensuring all allowable costs are billed in a timely manner
    • Respond to resulting questions from customer or project manager
  • Ensure cash receipts are posted to the correct invoice
  • Elevate awareness of financial implications that can be addressed or reversed
  • Work with the project team to assure timely payment receipt
  • May prepare lump sum billings in lieu of the Project Manager
    • Enter project billings into the system for lump sum billings


Process payables with an accurate understanding of the sales and use tax requirements for the project

  • Provide new vendor set-up information, coordinate payments, and daily issuances as needed
  • Set up new subcontracts and process subcontractor applications when appropriate
  • Review equipment pre-bill reports and work with Project Manager to ensure accuracy
  • Ensure all project costs (equipment, material, supplies, misc.) are processed


Conduct project cost, other analyses, and reporting for the project team and Group Accounting Manager

  • Prepare specialized reporting for assigned projects
  • May assist the project manager in preparing monthly financial projections, including potential cost issues that may impact forecasted costs and profitability
  • Understand what is impacting the project costs, and identify anything improperly impacting an assigned project


Understand the relevant components of labor cost in the geographic area of the project

  • Includes union agreement details, benefit programs, and prevailing wage requirements
  • Ensure new craft labor team members are in the system, team member files are created and maintained, and hours are captured and reported weekly
  • Review certified payroll reports for accuracy and completeness


Other responsibilities include:

  • Answer general questions on PCIM policy or system
  • Represent Mortenson’s best interests in working with project auditors
  • Assist with annual and special audits as necessary
  • Assist with annual physical inventory procedures as necessary




Required Skills:

  • Detail orientation and organizational skills sufficient to support multiple concurrent projects
  • Construction-related business exposure helpful; especially knowledge of percentage of completion accounting and construction contracts
  • Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 3 years administrative experience, preferably supporting a large number of team members
  • Proficiency in working on the computer in Microsoft Office, Email and Calendar systems, and PowerPoint
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel, as well as experience with ERP accounting applications
  • Strong working knowledge of basic office equipment
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to be highly organized



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration
  • Minimum of 2 years construction experience in the project accounting


Mortenson is an EOE/Affirmative Action/M/F/Veteran/Disabled employer.


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