Full Job Description
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) Division has an opening for a Principal Accountant to join the team.
In this exciting role, you will become an integral part of the department’s finance and accounting operations. You 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, and special projects ranging from participating in Lab-wide initiatives, to process improvements and/or developing financial analysis.
What You Will Do:
Responsible for the development, oversight, execution, and monitoring of financial transactions, processes, and systems.
Complex financial statement analysis including responsibility for various general ledger account reconciliations; acting in the capacity as preparer or reviewer.
Complex financial statement reporting, including non-standard and/or ad hoc, for both internal and external audiences; acting in the capability of a preparer or a reviewer.
Research, analyze, and correct irregularities and reconciling items in system output results and/or reconciliations.
Responsible for monthly and year-end close related activities; including leading/directing the activities of others.
Utilize computer databases (PeopleSoft FMS) to obtain and analyze varied and complex financial information. Confer with computer programmers to design and develop reports.
Develop and implement solutions to varied and complex accounting problems by in-depth evaluation and analysis.
Devise new approaches, perform assignments and make decisions with a high consequence of error with limited direction from management.
Provide technical expertise in the formulation and execution of financial objectives.
Proven ability to independently devise new approaches, perform assignments and make decisions.
Additional department tasks/projects deemed necessary by Manager (planned or ad hoc).
Develop, plan and implement policies, techniques and methods in accordance with Laboratory policies, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), DOE acquisition regulations, business law, UC and/or government regulations, accepted business practices, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
Develop, evaluate and implement work methods and transaction documentation for efficiencies, making recommendations for improvements.
Oversee and perform end-user acceptance testing of any new system functionality, if any, prior to implementation.
Participate in end-user acceptance testing of any new system functionality, if any, prior to implementation.
What is Required:
Typically 6 – 8 years of related extensive professional-level experience or the equivalent combination of experience and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or related field.
Extensive 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.
Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in interpreting and applying financial policies and procedures including the use of generally accepted financial principles and methodologies.
Extensive experience in the development and maintenance of complex financial spreadsheets and databases containing advanced functions and significant experience in utilizing commercial and/or institutional financial tools.
Substantial knowledge and experience in financial and cost accounting.
Ability to independently research, interpret, analyze, compile, and present data and information.
Advanced decision making, problem-solving and analytical skills to independently solve complex issues requiring mature judgment, discretion, and tact.
Extensive communication skills, both written and verbal to effectively prepare and deliver financial briefings, documentation, reports, and financial advice to Laboratory personnel, and/or other external organizations and agencies.
Extensive interpersonal skills to effectively 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.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience in Federal accounting
Knowledge of PeopleSoft financial applications
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
This is a full-time, career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to hire individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives who share these same values and commitments.
Work will be primarily performed at Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) — Bldg. 971, 6401 Hollis St., Emeryville, CA.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.