Berkeley Lab's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is looking for a Controller to join its dynamic leadership team!
In this role, you will lead and manage the Lab's Controller's organization, which provides expertise and services essential to the Lab's research mission and stewardship responsibilities. This position is responsible for strategic leadership and day-to-day management of ~40 staff providing financial accounting, services and controls for ~$850M in annual spend. Functions managed by the office include Disbursement Services (Accounts Payable, Payroll and Travel), Financial Accounting and Controls, and Division Services (Conference Services and matrixed accounting support).
The Controller works with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the University of California (UC) to assure strong stewardship of public funds and compliance with the Laboratory's Management and Operating (M&O) prime contract, LBNL policies and procedures, and all applicable DOE, UC and Federal/State laws and regulations. You will serve as the advisor and subject matter expert to the CFO and Laboratory Executive Management on all institutional accounting policies and procedures. This role is responsible for providing Laboratory programs with accurate, timely and dependable financial information to aid in making the best possible use of resources to meet research and stewardship objectives.
Responsible for the leadership, management, direction of daily operations, and assurance for the Controller organization including Disbursement Services (Accounts Payable, Payroll and Travel), Financial Accounting and Controls, and Division Services (Conference Services and matrixed accounting support), with ~40 exempt and non-exempt staff.
Responsible for developing a vision and strategic plan for the Controller's organization and managing to it.
Responsible for ensuring the quality and integrity of all financial data and statements. Assures effective internal controls program, including managing OMB A-123 program.
Responsible for providing Laboratory programs with accurate, timely and dependable financial information to aid in making the best possible use of resources.
Partner with other OCFO units to develop and manage a complex portfolio of institutional financial/business processes and financial systems that ensure financial compliance, integrate with DOE, and are responsive to mission and stewardship needs.
Provide leadership and management in establishing and maintaining cost effective business practices that meet the needs of the Laboratory.
Interact and build effective working relationships with Laboratory Senior Management, UC, and DOE on a broad range of operational issues.
Effectively manage and coordinates all accounting matters, tax matters, banking and cash management, and fixed asset system.
Serve as the primary point of contact with DOE, other UC and DOE laboratories and other outside agencies for financial management policies, reviews and audits.
Act as the primary advisor to the CFO on accounting matters and is responsible for the definition, implementation, and interpretation of financial policies and procedures.
Represent the CFO on institutional-wide initiatives. May play a leadership role on major Laboratory initiatives.
A Master's Degree in Accounting, Public Administration, Business, or Economics and/or the equivalent of 20 years of related experience including experience in a multi-divisional organization.
Demonstrated and proven in-depth experience in leading and managing a Controller's Organization.
Experience in providing effective and efficient accounting operations including functions such as Accounting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Property Accounting, Travel and Conference Services.
Strong leadership and management skills and experience delivering consistent, high quality services in a fast paced and demanding environment.
Demonstrated experience building, leading, and delivering effective team and individual performance. Experience recruiting, developing and coaching managers and staff with the skills, knowledge and abilities to perform in a high performance organization.
Broad knowledge of governmental accounting, Cost Accounting Standards, GAAP and other applicable financial policies and practices.
Experience in developing and managing large institutional financial systems to meet organization needs, enhance customer support and reduce costs.
Strong interpersonal skills and proven record of success in building and maintaining effective relationships with a diverse set of customers, senior management, stakeholders, regulatory entities, peers and subordinates.
Excellent oral and written communications with the ability to influence and provide counsel to Lab executive leaders and stakeholders to accomplish business objectives and contractual obligations.
Proven ability to develop an assurance function that assesses internal controls and compliance, addresses audit findings, and meets internal requirements.
Demonstrated record of outstanding customer service and continuous improvement through using best practices, process and systems improvements and effective change management.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
CPA strongly preferred.
Knowledge of UC, DOE and integrated contractor accounting and financial management policies and practices.
Experience working with FFRDCs, DOE labs, M&O contracts and/or integrated contractors.
Experience working in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders and a high degree of oversight and regulations.
Experience working in a research/academic organization and/or a multi-divisional decentralized organization.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on January 31, 2019.
The Controller position is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Lab Director. This appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (paid monthly), career appointment.
This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
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 the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) — Bldg. 971, 6401 Hollis St., Emeryville CA. Frequent travel to Berkeley Lab's main campus in the Berkeley Hills above UC Berkeley is required.
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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.