Los Alamos National Laboratory Senior Accountant (Accountant 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

This position will be filled at either the 3 or 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities or job complexities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Accountant 3 ($80,100-$131,000)

The senior accountant will be part of the Retirement Accounting team responsible for accurate investment accounting, financial reporting and financial analysis processes for pension and 401(k) plans assets. The team handles two defined benefit pension plans invested in a group trust with approximately $7.6B in assets and four 401(k) plans invested in two master trusts with approximately $3.0B in assets. The Plans include both Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The Retirement Accounting team is responsible for proper accounting treatment of all financial activities related to the retirement plans and helps develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for various investment activities as it relates to accounting. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to activities such as:

  • Timely remittance of all payroll withholdings; analyzing and executing payments to investment managers, custodian, and consulting services; performing calculations of related fund accruals and cash forecasting; preparing month and year-end account reconciliations

  • Reviewing monthly manager reports for reasonableness and comparison to custodial balances for accuracy; preparing reports for external auditors; reviewing custodial transactions; preparing ad hoc reports for the Benefits and Investment Committee (BIC) who oversees the plans; annual financial statement and form 5500 preparation and liaison with independent auditors.

  • Interpreting and applying Laboratory policies and contract requirements, responding to DOE data requests, researching and interpreting various accounting standards, and managing ad hoc projects.

This team works closely with and other interrelated departments such as the investment team, payroll, human resources, benefits, budget and system support to resolve cross functional system related issues. The team also serves as a Lab-wide resource for varied customers such as DOE, Laboratory management, parent companies, budget analysts, and Laboratory staff members at both LANL and LLNL.

Accountant 4 ($96,600-$161,300)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Senior Accountant will be responsible for the most complex activities associated with maintaining financial accounts and for developing financial statements and reports. Works closely with the organizational leadership and project stakeholders to understand the critical requirements and to ensure that understanding is translated to functional and technical specifications. Provides subject matter expertise in accounting processes and develops expertise in accounting analysis and processes used to support the organization. The work involves establishing criteria, formulating projects, assessing program effectiveness, or investigating or analyzing a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or questions. The work product or service affects a wide range of institutional activities, major activities or programmatic concerns, or the operation of other mission directives.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Advanced knowledge of accounting concepts and principles to include General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and a focus on internal auditing controls

  • Demonstrated independent experience with annual financial statement and form 5500 preparation

  • Experience with analytical review and application of governmental regulations, such as IRS regulations, ERISA and internal controls

  • Professional experience applying accounting methods, practice and theory in the workplace

  • Ability to understand and analyze both high level and detailed level accounting procedures

  • Ability to deliver accurate financial analysis and reports in a timely fashion while multitasking in a busy environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects with varying priorities and deadlines, taking ownership of projects toward resolution, both working independently, as well as in a team environment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong Microsoft excel and analytical skills

  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters Preferred) in accounting, finance, or relevant field and a minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience

Additional Job Requirements for an Accountant 4

  • Expert knowledge of accounting concepts and principles to include General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and a focus on internal auditing controls

  • Expertise and extensive independent experience with annual financial statement and form 5500 preparation

  • Expertise and extensive professional experience applying accounting methods, practice and theory in the workplace

  • Expert knowledge in understanding, analyzing and interpreting both high level and detailed level accounting procedures

  • Expertise and extensive demonstrated experience delivering technical, and accurate financial analysis and reports in a timely fashion while multitasking in a busy environment

  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters Preferred) in accounting, finance, or relevant field and a minimum of 12 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience

Desired Skills:

  • Possesses an understanding of, and a strong interest in, various investments vehicles, and valuation methods thereof

  • Experience with accounting for defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans

  • Certified Public Accountant certification highly desirable

Notes to Applicants:Applicants are encouraged to provide a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the knowledge, skills, and abilities compared to the Key Position Requirements noted in this job posting.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity:Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work_

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The financial management focus of Finance and Accounting (FA) Division includes integrating processes and systems across the Division, providing quality business processes and systems throughout the Laboratory, and partnering with the programs and technical divisions to strengthen business capabilities. FA provides stewardship of Laboratory, LANS, NNSA and sponsor resources, building alliances with NNSA, DOE, LASO, and the ABQ Service Center. FA supports LANL's business functions in Accounting, Budgeting, Financial Compliance, Corporate Reporting, Travel and Tax, Pension and Treasury.

The Controller’s organization is responsible for the day to day accounting operations that support the mission of the Laboratory. These functions include General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Property Accounting, Accounts Payable, Travel operations, Payroll/Craft Payroll, Benefits Accounting, Corporate reporting, Treasury/Tax and Financial Systems.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Jiron, Sue Antoinette (Antoinette)

Organization Name: FA-PRBEN / Payroll and Benefits Accounting

Email: sajiron@lanl.gov

Job Title: Senior Accountant (Accountant 3/4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69905