Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Payroll/Benefits Accountant 3

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Administrative/Management
Organization:  Chief Financial Officer
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106780
Job Code: Accountant 3 (C02.3)
Date Posted: February 13 2020

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Payroll/Benefits Specialist 3 to work in a dynamic and fast paced environment.  You will be responsible for the preparation, analysis, maintenance, reconciliation, and review of complex institutional benefits and payroll accounting reporting information. This position is in the Disbursement Operations Division of the Finance Department within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).
Essential Duties
- Provide the group leader with assistance in leadership, oversight and guidance to the Payroll group’s exempt and non-exempt personnel. Independently analyze, reconcile and interpret complex benefits and payroll accounting data.  Reconcile balance sheet accounts and bank statements associated with Health and Welfare vendors, prepare complex financial reports, review and process book transfers, prepare complex journal entries for General Ledger (GL) reporting, and prepare ad hoc payroll and benefit accounting reports.  Perform calendar year end activities for self-insured medical and dental plans.
- Manage active and inactive employee benefit accounting claims, recording receipts from participants and making payments to vendors.
- Provide benefit cost information to other Laboratory finance and operations units.
- Foster effective relationships with customers and colleagues, participate in directorate working groups.
- Provide advice and support to the exempt and non-exempt pay desks, including the processing of on-cycle and off-cycle checks.Provide advice, assistance and outstanding customer service to other teams within the Office of the CFO directorate, Controller, other LLNL Organizations.
- Provide audit support to complex internal and external audits for Benefits Accounting. Implement corrective actions related to operational issues, provide input, and perform self-assessments.
- Lead in the development and implementation of payroll and benefit accounting processes and system enhancements with institutional wide impact.
- Independently analyze and research complex system functionality, testing, reporting and data discrepancies to ensure integrity in financial reporting.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or equivalent combination of related experience, education, and training in the finance/accounting/tax field.
- Leadership role in a project team or working unit to achieve organizational deliverables and goals.
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of accounting theory, policies and procedures or demonstrated experience in a payroll operation to include payroll processing and benefits accounting. In addition, experience developing and maintaining computer-based spreadsheets and report-generation applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Significant experience making effective and timely decisions by applying problem-solving and analytical skills to solve complex issues requiring mature judgment, discretion and tact, and ability to successfully negotiate desirable outcomes.
- Significant experience researching, compiling, and analyzing complex financial data by developing, applying and interpreting financial policies and procedures.
- Advanced interpersonal skills (both written and verbal) and organizational skills to work independently and as part of a team to effectively explain, direct, present, advise, negotiation, and influence all levels of management, both internal and external to the Laboratory.
- Advanced organizational, problem solving and decision-making skills necessary to independently interpret, advise, recommend and approve actions, implement solutions, create detailed and readily understood financial memos, briefings, documentation, and reports.
- Ability to establish work priorities to execute assignments, meeting time-sensitive deadlines and working on multiple tasks simultaneously.


Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.