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Consumers Energy Company Financial Analyst in Jackson, Michigan

emJoin a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties./emThe Financial Analyst becomes a subject-matter-expert in their client areas' business and is intended to be an extension of the business partner into Finance and vice-versa. The role is highly collaborative, going beyond basic data collection and spreadsheets. The Financial Analyst understands the make-up of the client organization and the details of the operations across the entire business unit. This deep level of integration builds affinity, trust and credibility enabling process adherence, transparency and quality financials. This role requires the analyst to be comfortable providing recommendations regarding client operations that may or may not be favorable to the clients but will help the company achieve its financial goals.Responsibilities:ulliCollaborate with clients to convert operating plan into a financial forecast on a monthly basis./liliCollaborate with clients to execute budget, forecast and long-term planning processes/liliPrepare and analyze monthly/annual reporting including financials, unit-cost, performance and headcount/liliMonth-end close process including advance bookings (accruals), miscellaneous journal entries and associated analysis/liliElectric and Gas rate case support/liliOther miscellaneous accounting, financial and supply chain assistance/li/ulRequirements:ulliBachelor's degree in finance or related area./lili2+ yrs of experience/li/uluOverview/uThe Financial Analyst Job Family is utilized primarily in the Finance department. Performing all of the Financial functions for the Company including but not limited to: analyzing financial information to produce forecasts of business, industry, and economic conditions for use in making investment decisions, assemble spreadsheets and draw charts and graphs used to illustrate technical reports, evaluate and compare the relative quality of various securities, interpret data affecting investment programs, such as price, yield, stability, future trends in investment risks, and economic influences.uNature of Work/uAt the lowest level in this job family, the work performed may tend to be of a routine and less complex nature where the work responsibilities can be proficiently performed after a relatively short training period.At the highest levels in this job family the work performed will tend to be of a complex nature involving knowledge of various functional/specialized disciplines where the work responsibilities can only be proficiently performed after a relatively long training / experience-related time period and often requires an advanced degree. The work environment often includes dealing with risk and limiting exposure.Leadership, management, facilitation and interaction with senior management will be markedly increased at the mid - highest levels of this job family while the need for direction and supervision will be markedly decreased. While problem solving and analysis will likely be required at a