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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is seeking a dynamic financial leader to serve as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The successful candidate will bring a proven track record of strategic leadership, operational excellence, financial stewardship, and success in motivating and managing high performing teams to support the Laboratory’s scientific mission and effectively shepherd Lab resources to achieve institutional goals and objectives.


Berkeley Lab is a Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory managed by the University of California (UC) and designated a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). Roughly 95% of Laboratory funding comes from federal and state taxpayers, creating a special relationship of stewardship and trust with the public. Therefore, the CFO is expected to exercise, model, and ensure the highest standards of financial accountability and transparency, demonstrating our responsibility to the citizens who support our research.


Reporting to the Laboratory Director, the CFO has primary fiduciary responsibility for all financial activities of the Laboratory, which has an annual budget of $900M and 3,500 employees executing its scientific mission. The CFO provides vision, leadership and direction to Berkeley Lab’s financial functions, including Financial Planning, Analysis and Strategy; Budgeting; Accounting and Controls; Procurement; Property Asset Management; Field Financial Services; Financial Business Systems and Reporting; and Assurance and Compliance. Under the direction of the Deputy Lab Director for Operations/Chief Operating Officer (COO), the CFO also leads and manages all operations of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) organization, with 200 employees and an annual budget of $22M.


The Chief Financial Officer:

  • Provides vision, leadership and direction to assure the Lab’s financial strategies, activities and services support effective mission accomplishment while stewarding resources effectively and operating efficiently within contractual and regulatory requirements.

  • Spearheads financial strategy and assesses Laboratory financial performance against annual and long-term plans. Oversees short and long-term budgetary planning and cost management in support of the Laboratory’s scientific mission and goals.

  • Leads and manages all operations of the OCFO organization, with 200 employees and an annual budget of $22M.

  • Provides effective leadership as well as strong technical guidance for the Laboratory’s financial functions, including Financial Planning, Analysis and Strategy; Budgeting; Accounting and Controls; Procurement; Property Asset Management; Field Financial Services; Financial Business Systems and Reporting; and Assurance and Compliance.

  • Models and ensures the highest standards of financial stewardship across the entire Laboratory, developing tools where necessary, encouraging proper training among staff and scientists, and sharing best practices.

  • Provides inspiring leadership and talent management expertise to motivate and assure a high performing financial and procurement organization through effective recruitment, development, performance management, retention, and succession planning.

  • Directs and manages fiduciary and financial systems and controls; assures systems operate with the highest degree of integrity and internal controls; and provides assurance on systems and controls to the Laboratory Director, UCOP, and DOE.

  • Oversees all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems based on best practices, ensuring compliance with appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), regulatory requirements, and Laboratory, UCOP, and DOE requirements. Maintains internal control safeguards and coordinates audit activities.

  • Oversees the Lab’s procurement and property asset management functions, with 60,000 procurements annually valued at $350M, and 25,000 assets valued at $1B.

  • Develops and implements Laboratory financial, procurement and property management policies and procedures that ensure effective management and administration in compliance with all relevant federal and contractual requirements.

  • Develops and maintains business systems and tools to deliver essential financial and operational information to senior management, UCOP, and DOE.

  • Builds trust with UCOP, DOE, sponsors, and internal Laboratory partners and customers through constructive relationships of competence, integrity, and transparency.

  • Demonstrates responsiveness, cooperation, and consistent problem solving when representing the OCFO organization within the Laboratory.

  • Promotes operational excellence and continuous learning; acts as a change catalyst by diagnosing issues and developing new ideas and improvements that positively impact the Lab.

  • Acts as key advisor and chief spokesperson on financial and procurement matters with executive Laboratory leadership, UCOP and UCNL, DOE, and other internal and external partners, customers and stakeholders.   


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration or related field. An advanced degree and/or CPA is preferred.

  • 10+ years of progressively responsible experience in financial management and fiduciary stewardship of a government, non-profit scientific, or research organization. Minimum of 5 years managing a breadth of financial business teams, such as accounting, procurement, accounts payable, asset management, payroll, compliance, etc.

  • In-depth understanding of U.S. regulatory statutory environments, and finance and regulatory requirements (i.e., Cost Accounting Standards and Federal Acquisition Regulations). Ability to interpret regulations and ensure policies and procedures are aligned and accurate.

  • Experience with fund accounting and advising on fund strategies.

  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing a complex organization, providing effective oversight and guidance of operational, people management and administrative matters. Experience hiring, developing, mentoring and coaching staff for high performance.

  • Excellent interpersonal, listening, written communication, negotiation, and presentation skills. Ability to tailor verbal, written communications and presentations to key stakeholders including C-Suite.

  • Experience assessing and implementing new concepts for continuous improvement.

  • Experience influencing both internal and external key stakeholders and decision-makers with supporting data and metrics.

  • Demonstrated commitment to work practices that foster personal and social safety.  Ability to interact effectively with a diverse populations and at all levels; and commitment to work practices that foster the health and safety of the workforce and the protection of the environment.

  • Proficiency with computer systems, such as Microsoft Office applications – Excel, Word and PowerPoint; Google applications. Experience with Financial Management System.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with a distributed management environment with multiple stakeholders.

  • Experience working for a government owned/contractor operated organization or Federally funded research and development center.

  • Experience working in a union environment.


This position shall remain posted until filled, however, for full consideration please apply by Friday, September 14, 2018. 


Introduction to Berkeley Lab:


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) plays an important and distinctive role within the Dept. of Energy’s network of great national laboratories. From discovery science to mission-driven basic research, Berkeley Lab 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. Our excellent scientific and operations staff are driven by our mission: to bring science solutions to the world. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science.


For benefits information, please visit:

http://www.lbl.gov/HR/html/Employment/total-rewards.html


Notes:


  • This is a full time, career appointment.

  • This is an at-will position.

  • This position is exempt from overtime pay.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) plays an important and distinctive role within the Dept. of Energy’s network of great national laboratories. From discovery science to mission-driven basic research, Berkeley Lab 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. Our excellent scientific and operations staff are driven by our mission: to bring science solutions to the world. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

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Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

 

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