Berkeley Lab's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) has an immediate opening for an Senior Accountant responsible for the financial billing setup, administering of award billing functions, collections, and financial billing closeout for sponsored research agreements. In this role, you will have significant exposure to both internal and external customers including sponsors, scientists, divisional resource analysts, and other LBNL departmental staff. This position will work in our Budget Office under limited direction and report to the Reimbursable Group Manager.
Review and implement financial billing setup in the PeopleSoft financial system for new research agreements and amendments to existing agreements.
Review, evaluate, and approve/deny non-standard billing terms by analyzing institutional risk related to invoicing, payment and collections.
Prepare and distribute advance invoices to sponsors.
Develop and modify invoice schedules that will achieve the receipt of payment by the due dates noted in contract payment clauses. Revise schedules as needed per agreement with Sponsor and LBNL.
Execute month-end close billing processes, clear edits/issues with journal entries and administer health checks.
Responsible for ad-hoc problem solving and help desk support related to billing and collections.
Partner with internal and external stakeholders to achieve resolution of escalated high risk and aged invoices.
Process financial billing closeout of Federal agreements.
Responsible for ad-hoc and recurring monthly/quarterly/annual financial award management reporting for both internal and external audiences; acting in the capacity of a preparer.
Execute and monitor moderate to complex financial transactions and processes.
Research and correct irregularities in system output results and/or reconciliations.
Develop and implement solutions to accounting problems, within purview, through research and analysis.
Interpret techniques and methods in accordance with Laboratory policies, business law, UC and/or government regulations, accepted business practices, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Develop, evaluate, and implement work methods and procedure documents for efficiencies, and make recommendations for improvements.
Perform end user acceptance testing of new system functionality prior to implementation.
A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or Economics and a minimum of 4 years related experience including experience in a research, academic, or large multidivisional organization or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of and applied experience with business, budgeting, and accounting principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
Substantial experience with spreadsheets and financial databases, such as Excel, and PeopleSoft financial applications and other relevant software applications.
Extensive experience with Excel data analysis functions.
Flexibility to pursue multiple assignments concurrently and strong attention to detail.
Broad knowledge, experience, and achievement in reviewing and analyzing research agreements having varying contract billing/reporting terms and conditions.
Proven ability to interact with a broad range of internal and external customers, including sponsors, scientists, divisional resource analysts, and other LBNL departmental staff.
Ability to multi-task and deliver timely, accurate and complete work on tight deadlines.
Proven ability and initiative to independently analyze and solve moderately complex problems, and perform accurate and timely analysis and reporting.
Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills. Exercise judgment in communicating at different organizational levels.
Demonstrated experience in handling difficult, sensitive situations and conflicting priorities.
Strong organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills.
Experience in creating/maintaining standard and ad hoc reports and presentations, including the use of charts and graphs.
Broad knowledge of basic accounting, budgeting principles, the proposal to close-out process and the ability to apply theories and concepts to computer based spreadsheet and report generation applications.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to assess intra/inter departmental process flows and systems.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Knowledge of DOE, UC, LBNL and SPP financial policies and procedures and reporting requirements.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on December 15, 2017.
This is a full time career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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.
Work will be primarily performed at Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) — Bldg. 971, 6401 Hollis St., Emeryville, CA.
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