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Careers at BrightRidge

Employees are the most important resource at BrightRidge. Without them, it would be impossible to deliver electricity to our 78,600 metered-customers. There are numerous job opportunities throughout the utility industry. Educational levels for positions vary from High School Diploma to various levels of degree. BrightRidge offers an excellent work environment, career development, flexible work schedules, and competitive pay and benefits.

Employment opportunities for BrightRidge are generally advertised via local newspapers, various utility periodicals, and on this website. Resumes and/or applications are only accepted when job openings exist. BrightRidge is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Affirmative Action Employer, including disability/vets, and a TN drug-free workplace.

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  • GENERAL ACCOUNTANT
    Date Posted: 02/02/23

    JOB SUMMARY:                                                         

    Provides exceptional analytical financial and accounting assistance to the Accounting Manager and CFO, and work in coordination with all Accounting and Finance team members to fulfill the full responsibilities of the General Accounting Department.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

    • Assist with budget process, both capital and operations.
    • Review system reports and ensure reconciliation of financial reports according to generally accepted principles of accounting and standards.
    • Create reports and spreadsheets that will better inform senior management in order that they may make more informed decisions when regarding pertinent matters.
    • Evaluate policies and establish procedures to improve efficiency and enhance internal controls.
    • Schedule and control the flow of financial data to provide accurate computer processing where applicable.
    • Review the general ledger for variances in spending versus the prior year’s actual and current year’s budget.
    • Prepare monthly journal entries and complete general ledger processing.
    • Assist in the preparation and review of various reports and charts, which may include but are not limited to the following reports: TVA monthly financial and statistical, sales tax, revenue, etc.
    • Prepare regulatory filings and reports
    • Perform purchasing activities
    • Assists in preparing plant records and depreciation schedules.
    • Prepares TVA reports and analyzes monthly power bill.
    • Participate in internal audits.
    • Prepare complex presentations, which may be utilized or reviewed by senior management and Board of Directors.
    • Ability to maintain reliable, predictable, and reasonable attendance.

    ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Perform other duties as requested or assigned, sometimes on short notice, by the Accounting Manager and CFO as to provide a relief to enable referenced management staff to perform other duties which may be assigned by CEO and/or Board of Directors.
    • Work under the direction of the CFO and Accounting Manager regarding these tasks:
      • Assess and secure funding resources, such as bond issuance, grants, and debt management.
      • Capital improvement planning and long-range planning.
      • Proactively make policy recommendations to improve quality of financial record-keeping.
      • Review utility records with outside auditors.
      • Prepare model-scenarios to aide in corporate financial planning and rate setting, as well as make recommendations to improve quality output to further enhance design.
      • Review and improve internal controls in accordance with proper accounting procedures.
      • Assist CFO in tracking and maintaining insurance policies,
    • Provide answers to accounting-related questions from department managers and senior level staff.
    • Prepare miscellaneous billing statements for specialized charges or damages.
    • Perform monthly closing procedures, payroll, asset management, inventory, fleet, and work orders on as needed basis.
    • Perform clerical duties, such as creation of correspondence key punch entry, filing, and scanning.
    • Provide information to and correspond with TVA, banks, auditors, consumers, vendors, credit bureaus, attorneys, BrightRidge internal departments, etc.
    • Seek external professional services and expertise (TVA, EPRI, etc.) when necessary.
    • Attend seminars and training concerning accounting principles and standards as related to the broadband and electric industry, FERC updates, electric rates, regulatory items, and related topics.
    • Maintain a record of all customer contacts via contact tracking.
    • Represent BrightRidge and General Accounting on various internal committees as needed. (Safety Committee, Volunteer Committee, etc.)
    • Maintain any corresponding certification and training requirements.
    • Must maintain a valid TN drivers’ license from the state of residence.
    • Must be available for after-hours work, which would include working a fair share of all necessary overtime.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

    • Must possess an effective working knowledge of all functions in accounting and finance, such as, but not limited to the following:
      • General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
      • Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) – general understanding of statements, principles, and pronouncements
      • Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) – general understanding of statements, principles, and pronouncements
      • General ledger, debit, credit, journal entries, etc.
      • Audit procedures
      • Computerized accounting and financial systems
      • Principals of budget preparation and control
      • Methods and techniques of preparing financial reports and statements
      • Principles and practices of financial record keeping and reporting
      • Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations
      • Effective knowledge of FERC accounting system.
    • Must possess good typing skills and be able to operate the calculator function on your PC and a traditional calculator as needed.
    • Ability to learn quickly and easily disseminate information.
    • Must be reliable and be able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
    • Must possess the qualities of discretion and confidentiality due to the sensitive nature of the work.
    • Must be able to operate a personal computer and be proficient in the latest version Microsoft Office program suite.
    • Must be proficient in preparing and analyzing spreadsheets.
    • Must be self-motivated and demonstrate initiative towards accomplishing expected company policies and procedures.
    • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to write professional business letters and prepare reports explaining complex financial information.
    • Must be highly skilled in dealing with financial and numeric data.
    • Must be focused on exceptional quality of our financial records and reports.
    • Must possess excellent analytical abilities with proven problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, both internally and externally.
    • Require minimal supervision.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

    Requires constant telephone, computer, and calculator use which entails sitting, reaching, handling, fingering, feeling, fine manipulation, vision, talking, hearing, and arm/hand use for machine control operation. Occasional lifting of no more than ten pounds.

    WORKING CONDITIONS:

    Indoor climate-controlled office environment with appropriate lighting. Majority of time shall be seated at a workstation completing various accounting and administrative tasks, which include the use of a computer, calculator, copier, scanner, etc. Work volume is regularly systematic with major deadlines occurring bi-weekly, month-end, and year-end. Some overnight travel may be required.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in accounting or finance preferred.
    • One to three years progressive accounting and finance work experience. Public utility experience is a plus.
    • Professional licensing as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) considered favorable but not required.
    • Any combination of previous business experience, certification, training and/or education may be commensurate provided work skills and abilities are directly related to applied position specifications.

     

    BrightRidge wishes to be in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In accordance with the Act, we will make reasonable accommodation to any person who needs such accommodation, whether a new hire or a current employee, assuming that the person is fully qualified for the position.

     

    Only qualified applicants will be considered. Apply by Friday, February 24th at 5:00 PM. 

     

    EEO/M/F/TNDFWP/VETS

     

  • Journeyman Lineman
    Date Posted: 01/17/23

    BrightRidge has openings for three Journeyman Linemen.  This position assists in building and maintain overhead and underground power lines and equipment.  The incumbent will maintain equipment in substations and ensure they are operating according to design and safety standards.  Will assist in setting, tamping and climbing poles in energized and de-energized lines, operate and work from bucket trucks and other equipment, install and operate line switches, switch gears, sectionalizers and other devices, install conduit, wire and cable, set pads, collars and transformers on underground power systems, repair and replace poles, conductors, transformers and hardware on overhead lines, carry out substation and line switching, refuse lines, replace substation equipment, and perform pole top/bucket truck rescue and CPR as needed.

    Knowledge, skills and abilities required as follows:

    • Knowledge of overhead and underground construction practices including framing specification, blueprints, electrical principles, safety regulation, highlines, substations, feeder lines, transformer hook ups, metering, protective equipment, grounding techniques and job-related hazardous materials.
    • Must be able to perform required duties from a pole or aerial bucket truck.
    • Must have some experience with digger/derrick truck and working experience with bucket truck operations. 
    • Must have some experience with an air compressor and hydraulic equipment.
    • Must be able to climb poles and perform other duties in various weather conditions day and night.
    • Must have the ability to terminate and splice underground high voltage cable.
    • Must be able to make quick decisions regarding line work.
    • Must know how to read maps and wiring schematics.
    • Must be capable of working on a personal computer.
    • Must have the ability to perform duties in varying weather conditions.

    The incumbent is subject to being called out during after-hours emergencies.  Position requires strenuous physical activity and standing, walking, sitting, reaching, handling, feeling, squatting, crawling, stooping, kneeling, balancing, seeing, talking and hearing.  Must be able to lift up to 160 lbs.  Must be able to work in confined spaces.  Must not have a fear of heights.  Must have good ambulation for varying terrains.  Must have good grip strength and manual dexterity.  Must be able to produce varying amounts of push/pull force.

     

    High School diploma or equivalent required, plus successful completion of apprenticeship training registered with the DOL.  Must have a commercial driver’s license and be subject to DOT and TNDFWP drug and alcohol testing.  Only qualified applicants are considered.

     

    Application, to include documentation of proper apprenticeship training, must be submitted by Friday, February 3rd. 

     

    BrightRidge wishes to be in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In accordance with the Act, we will make reasonable accommodations to any person who needs such accommodation, whether a new hire or a current employee, assuming that the person is fully qualified for the position.

    These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Since jobs tend to change over time, Employees will be required to perform other job-related marginal duties as required without a formal update of the job description.

     

    EEO/M/F/TNDFWP/VETS

  • Groundman
    Date Posted: 01/17/23

    JOB SUMMARY: 

    Assist lineman with material handling and manual labor.  

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

    • Help with general repairs at substations.
    • Pull wires, places pedestals, and installs conduit for underground construction.
    • Assist lineman and works on other crews, as needed.
    • Gather and assemble material for lineman to install on poles.
    • Assist lineman in makeup of de-energizing services at weather head. (This may require working from ladders, platforms or on top of buildings)
    • Operate digger/derrick truck if operator is not available.
    • Drive vehicles as directed by Lineman.
    • Flag traffic as necessary.
    • Ability to maintain reliable, predictable and reasonable attendance.

    ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Perform other duties as requested or assigned.
    • Must maintain a valid driver’s license & CDL from the state of residence.
    • Must be available for after-hours work, which would include working a fair share of all necessary overtime and scheduled on-call.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

    • Must have a general knowledge of polices in order to answer consumers’ requests.
    • Must be able to use required tools and materials in a safe and efficient manner.
    • Must know safety rules and regulations.
    • Must be familiar with pole framing techniques.
    • Must have the ability to be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measurements using whole numbers.
    • Must be able to perform strenuous activity.
    • Must have good communication skills.
    • Must know and have the ability to perform CPR.
    • Must possess the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

    Job requires frequent bending, standing, walking, handling, pick/pinch, fine manipulation, vision, depth perception, arm/hand use, and simple grasp for machine control operation.  Must be able to lift 116 lbs.  Must have good grip strength and manual dexterity.  Must be able to handle varying amounts of push/pull force.  Must have good ambulation for varying terrains.   

    WORKING CONDITIONS:

     Work is performed outside in varying weather conditions for a majority of the time. Subject to being called out during outages or other emergencies. 

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • High school diploma or equivalent required. 

     

    Only qualified applicants are considered.  Must apply by Friday, February 3rd.

     

    BrightRidge wishes to be in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In accordance with the Act, we will make reasonable accommodations to any person who needs such accommodation, whether a new hire or a current employee, assuming that the person is fully qualified for the position.

    These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Since jobs tend to change over time, Employees will be required to perform other job-related marginal duties as required without a formal update of the job description.

     

    EEO/M/F/TNDFWP/VETS

  • Broadband Field Service Internship
    Date Posted: 01/13/23

     

    Intern will provide operational support to the BrightRidge Broadband Network Engineers and Field Service Technical staff by assisting with various technology-based projects that support our Broadband service offerings.


    Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Installs, activates, verifies, and maintains fiber optic cabling, customer premise copper/fiber cabling, and wireless network infrastructure to service our customers in accordance with all communications industry and company standards.
    • Mount and test wireless CPE (customer premise equipment) as required and maintain all necessary plant documentation. Determine optimal location and pathways to install exterior Internet antenna based on signal strength and best line of sight to access point. Install external antenna on customer roof or other exterior surface in residential and commercial applications.
    • Run fiber jumper or other provided cable from external NID to the internal network equipment. Including cabling via wall fish, terminate cable ends, and perform verification testing according to company standards.
    • Internal cabling installation may include Category 5/6 twisted pair, fiber optic, and various telephone grade wiring.
    • Customer premise equipment installations may include ONTs, Wireless CPE, Network Routers, Wireless Access Points, Ethernet Switches, Video Digital Media Players, Telephone Channel Banks/ATA units, and other devices utilized to deliver services to our customers.
    • General project assistance as required to Voice, Data, Video, Fixed Wireless, and Fiber Passive Optical networks projects.
    • Perform troubleshooting of customer Broadband services.
    • Assist customers in understand how to use the various Broadband service.
    • Perform equipment and service testing and verification for the Voice, Data, Video, Fixed Wireless, and Fiber Passive Optical networks.
    • Assist with site surveys for equipment deployment.

     

    Essential Knowledge/Skills:

    • Knowledge of appropriate wireless and fiber networks, products and protocols.
    • Computer and Network troubleshooting skills.
    • Problem solving skills.
    • Interpersonal skills.
    • Communication skills.
    • Customer Service skill.
    • Mentoring/Coaching skills.

    Education:

    • Candidate working towards Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Networking, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, or equivalent discipline.

    Skills:

    • Basic user experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access applications.
    • Understanding of Windows Server and Active Directory would be a plus.
    • Understanding of layer-2 switching and layer-3 routing is a plus. Virtualization and Storage Area Networks is a plus.
    • With any type of technical understanding, we can train the individual for what we need.


    Opportunities:

    Our Broadband Network intern program can provide participants with the opportunities to work with state-of-the-art technologies and gain valuable experience in the IT and Service Provider fields. Coupled with academic educational training, this hands-on experience can provide students with a competitive experience edge when competing in the workforce or continuing their education.

     

    Interested students may apply via the online application by Friday, February 3, 2023

Apply for BrightRidge Careers Online

BrightRidge is currently accepting applications for the above-listed positions.

Serving Our Community

BrightRidge employees are dedicated to providing great service to its customers, as well as supporting our community through individual volunteer opportunities.  Our employees are truly are greatest asset, and they are truly very service-minded.  We are glad for the opportunity to serve you!

BrightRidge Broadband Partners

BrightRidge is excited to offer you full broadband services, including high-speed internet, voice, and video. In order that we may meet our eight-year phased roll-out, we are securing partnerships with other contractors. Current employment opportunities may be available with these contractors:  Ontrac (Submit Resume to Ontrac) and Quanta Telecom Services (Submit Resume to Quanta Telecom Services). Both contractors have many years experience in the fiber connectivity/broadband industry.

Crouch, Connie

Connie Crouch

Chief Employee Relations Officer

(423) 952-5162

ccrouch@brightridge.com

Sheffey, Stacey

Stacey Sheffey

Benefits Administrator

(423) 952-5184

ssheffey@brightridge.com