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The vision Berkeley Lab's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is to deliver high-value financial and procurement services and strategic solutions that contribute to Berkeley Lab's scientific and stewardship mission. The OCFO seeks applicants with initiative and focus who thrive in a challenging and dynamic environment and who want to positively impact the Lab's scientific mission.
Berkeley Lab's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is seeking a Principal Accountant to join their dynamic team and become an integral part of the department's finance and accounting operations. This position may be responsible for, and have oversight of, a broad range of activities including banking, property accounting, monthly closes, general ledger reconciliations, internal and external reporting, preparation for audits, compliance and special projects ranging from participating in Lab-wide initiatives, to process improvements and/or developing financial analysis.
What You Will Do
Process, evaluate and approve financial transactions and related processes
Prepare or review complex general ledger account reconciliations
Prepare or review complex financial statement reporting, including non-standard and / or ad hoc, for both internal and external audiences
Analyze or review complex financial statement variances and identify root causes
Responsible for monthly and year-end close related activities; including leading/directing the activities of others
Develop, plan and implement policies, techniques and methods, in accordance with Laboratory policies, FAR, DOE acquisition regulations, UC and / or government regulations, accepted business practices, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
Review the quality of work products prepared by assigned staff members with respect to audit requests
Develop and implement solutions to accounting problems by in-depth evaluation and analysis
Leverage technical knowledge and available research tools when formulating and executing financial objectives or determinations
Devise new approaches, perform assignments and make decisions with high consequence of error with limited direction from management
Collaborate and coordinate with Lab stakeholders/customers to achieve financial initiatives
Utilize computer databases (PeopleSoft Financial Management System) to obtain and analyze complex financial information. Confer with computer programmers to design and develop reports
Oversee and participate in end user acceptance testing of any new system functionality, if any, prior to implementation
Complete additional department tasks/projects as deemed necessary by Manager (planned or ad hoc)
What Is Required
Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or business, and / or the equivalent of a minimum of 6 years related experience
Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in interpreting and applying financial regulations, policies and procedures including the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in performing financial functions including: preparation and posting of journal entries, balance sheet reconciliations, financial statement analysis, financial report preparation and variance analysis
Extensive experience with spreadsheets and financial databases, such as Excel, and PeopleSoft financial applications and other relevant software applications. Experience in creating standard and ad hoc reports and presentations, including the use of charts and graphs
Substantial knowledge and experience in financial and cost accounting
Experience applying skills to independently research, interpret, analyze, compile, and present data and information
Proven ability to independently devise new approaches, perform assignments, and make decisions with high consequence of error with limited direction from management
Strong organizational, analytical, decision making, and problem solving skills. Ability to multi-task and deliver timely accurate and complete work on tight deadlines. Independently solve complex issues requiring mature judgment, discretion and tact
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively prepare and deliver financial compliance briefings, documentation, reports, and provide expert financial advice to Laboratory personnel, and/or other external organizations and agencies
Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to explain, negotiate, persuade and build consensus among diverse stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with all levels of personnel, both internal and external to the Laboratory
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Public accounting / auditor
Advanced degree in accounting, finance or business
Experience in government accounting, including knowledge of cost accounting standards (CAS) and / or other Federal regulations
Experience in a large / complex organization
Experience with SOX or A-123
Experience with PeopleSoft
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled
Work for Berkeley Lab holding 13 Nobel prizes!
Comprehensive benefits package
Full time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay
Salary is commensurate with experience
Salary range: $9,250/month - $10,750/month
Position will be remote initially, but limited to individuals residing in the United States tentatively until 2021 due to COVID-19. Once the Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, work will be primarily performed at the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) -- Bldg. 971, 6401 Hollis St., Emeryville CA or may be performed locally with a flexible work arrangement (depending on business needs)
Position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check
Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.