Berkeley Lab's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is looking for a Principal Accountant to join their dynamic General Accounting Team!
The Principal Accountant will become an integral part of the department's finance and accounting operations. In this role you will 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.
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science, or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to support world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!
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.
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 through in-depth evaluation and analysis.
Provide technical expertise in the formulation and execution of financial objectives.
Additional department tasks/projects deemed necessary by the 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.
Develop, evaluate and implement work methods and transaction documentation for efficiencies, making recommendations for improvements.
Oversee and participate in end-user acceptance testing of any new system functionality, if any, prior to implementation.
What Is Required:
A minimum of 6 to 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.
Comprehensive knowledge of and expertise 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 expertise in interpreting and applying financial policies and procedures including the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and methodologies.
Extensive experience in the development and maintenance of highly complex financial spreadsheets and databases containing advanced functions and extensive 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 highly 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.
Proven ability to independently devise new approaches, perform assignments and make decisions with high consequence of error with limited direction from management.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
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.
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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.