Craft Payroll Accountant (Accountant 1)

What You Will Do

The Controller Division is seeking to hire a highly motivated, energetic, and customer-focused Accountant 1 to support the Craft payroll team within the Controller Payroll & Benefit (CNTL-PRBEN) group. The Controller division provides support services on the purchase of products and services to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The selected candidate will report to the Controller Payroll and Benefits Accounting (CNTL-PRBEN) Craft Payroll Team Leader and will provide support to the mission of the group by; processing payroll, time entry and tracking, validation of payroll related forms, processing terminations, customer service coverage via email, phone or in office for time and labor module inquires. Other duties may include maintaining related records, filing, preparing accounting transactions and documents, documenting and updating procedures, and special projects. This position requires a proven record of excellent attendance and availability to periodically work outside of the normal work week.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Payroll & Accounting

Demonstrated experience as part of a payroll team within a medium to large, complex organization. Knowledge of accounting and financial concepts and principles; working knowledge of related activities gained through specialized work experience. Demonstrated ability in interpreting and upholding company policies and support compliance via payroll/time collection systems, time charging practices, processes, and controls; proactively identifying and assisting in implementing process improvements. Demonstrated ability balancing timecards, payroll gross and net pay. Working knowledge of downstream impacts related to time and effort as it pertains to project costing. Demonstrated awareness of importance of confidentiality and requirements surrounding personally identifiable information (PII).

Problem Solving

Experience and proven ability in researching, troubleshooting, and resolving time and effort issues. Experience gathering, analyzing data, and summarizing results. Experience resolving problems and issues both independently and as a team member.


Demonstrated experience providing excellent customer support with strong communication skills, both verbal and written; effectively interacting with customers, peers, and management; proven ability to work as a team player and meet stringent deadlines, with interruptions and changing priorities with a high degree of accuracy and accountability.

Technical Experience

Demonstrated understanding of payroll and time and labor system data integration in an ERP to facilitate troubleshooting. Experience with Microsoft Office tool, especially Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.


Position requires a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or a related field and 2 years relevant experience; or the equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • One (1) year work experience with LANL union craft timekeeping.
  • One (1) year work experience with spreadsheets

Work Location: The work location for this position is telework and is located in Los Alamos, NM. Telework is defined as working from offsite but within 2hours ground commute of this location. Reporting onsite may be periodically necessary. All work locations are at the discretion of management and can change at any time with appropriate notice.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year

Note to Applicants:

Along with your resume, please include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Free basic life and disability insurance
  • Paid childbirth and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
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 regard 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 or call 1-505-664-6947 option 2 and then option 3.