NRG Energy, Inc. Accountant in Princeton, New Jersey

NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

Performs monthly, quarterly, and year end manual payroll and benefit related GL entries and checks of automated processes; performs monthly and quarterly reconciliations for payroll and benefit GL accounts; responds to questions from regional accountants related to payroll and benefits.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Perform payroll and benefit related monthly and quarterly journal entries, account reconciliations and analysis of NRG Energy payroll company

  • Ensure benefit accruals are properly recorded monthly and adjusted upon payout, generally annually.

  • Assist with correspondonce to questions from regional accountants and during budget-to-actual analysis while liasing with payroll department

  • Assist with quarterly analytical review of payroll and benefits which may include bonus, vacation, equity compensation, pension, post retirement, medical, 401k

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the payroll costing structure of NRG s various operating plants and lines of business including payroll and burden cost centers

  • Coordinate monthly and quarterly deliverables with various HR groups across NRG

  • Work closely with payroll department as it relates to bi-weekly payroll processing, off cycle payroll processing, and month end payroll accrual and its related impact to the GL clearing accounts for three payroll companies

  • Assist with payroll related upgrades and implementations whether to SAP payroll or related benefit accrual programs

  • Adhere to all Sarbanes Oxley and controls requirements

  • Assist with special projects as requested.

  • Some travel to Houston, TX required.


  • Bachelor s degree with in accounting with two to four years of experience in general accounting and payroll related experience

  • Familiar with payroll processing, particularly in-house

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications. Experience with SAP and HFM/Hyperion or similar ERP system preferred.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Good working knowledge of GAAP.

  • Proven attention to detail; demonstrated organizational and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as a team member; ability to set priorities and respond to changing demands from multiple sources.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply and follow job related policies and procedures.

  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Persistence needed in order to resolve problems quickly.

  • Ability to work independently in team oriented culture.

  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability.