In this exciting role, you will provide and oversee all financial support that enables two LBNL Scientific Area clients to accomplish their mission while effectively fulfilling their fiduciary stewardship responsibilities. You will manage all OCFO Field Finance staff matrixed to the client Areas. You will apply financial expertise, strategic approaches, and an understanding of regulatory and contractual requirements to provide advanced strategic and technical leadership, consultative services, creative and effective solutions, and management oversight of the complex financial operations of the Areas in support of Area and institutional goals. Your task may include pre- and post-award financial management, proposal development, subcontract processing, budget formulation, execution and financial business controls for both scientific Areas. In an institutional capacity, the Finance Manager provides technical expertise, consultation, and program/project support to the OCFO Field Finance Unit for various institutional and OCFO initiatives.
What You Will Do:
Leverages deep understanding of Areas' mission and objectives and business model(s) in recommending strategies for managing financial matters related to multiple sponsors, funding uncertainty, varying sponsor financial terms, guidelines and funding cycles, specialized sponsor reporting requirements, Federal Cost Accounting Standards requirements, and other general Laboratory financial management policies.
Provides technical and consultative services to deliver best-value solutions that balance quality, timeliness, cost and risk to support short- and long-term Area goals in alignment with institutional goals and responsibilities. Provides specialized expertise to the Associate Lab Directors, Division Directors, and Deputies for Operations in the interpretation and application of LBNL, Dept. of Energy, University of California (UC), and a broad range of Strategic Partnership Projects (SPPs) financial and administrative policies.
Continually evaluates current and future financial management needs of client Areas and implements strategic approaches while assuring effective fiduciary stewardship, such as adherence to budgets, schedules, work plans and performance requirements. Develops strategies to enhance data collection and financial management and reporting by utilizing and customizing advanced reporting capabilities.
Directs the planning and execution of Area and multi-division financial analysis, broad-based forecasting, and modeling to inform Area strategic planning decision-making.
Strategically manages and leads Area and Divisional pre-award financial support for a mix of research programs funded by DOE and SPP sponsors including proposal development, subcontract processing, and coordination with internal and external contacts such LBNL Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO), OCFO Budget Office's Reimbursable Group, and sponsors.
Conceptualizes and oversees post-award financial management. This includes: conceptualizing, designing and directing the preparation of short and long-range budget forecasts; performing extensive, trend analysis and cost modeling, including estimating manpower and other project costs; anticipating and managing gaps in funding to keep programs operational, and ensuring that personnel are supported during contract continuations and multiple sponsor project starts; developing and managing implementation of contingency plans; and managing bridge funding requirements.
Understands, interprets and applies knowledge of DOE and SPP sponsor policies, contract terms, cost accounting standards and other Laboratory policies to provide budget planning and analytical services for all fund types including operating, capital equipment and fabrications, LDRD and gifts. Serves as liaison with Area management, OCFO and IPO staff regarding funding, costing and other project management issues.
Oversees the work portfolio of OCFO matrixed financial staff (~10 to 20 persons) which may include tracking and monitoring costs, analyzing variances of actual costs versus budget; developing and maintaining spending plans and updating cost projections; analyzing & formulating the Areas' and Divisions' indirect budgets and rates (organization burdens and recharges); preparing monthly reports and variance analyses and preparing ad hoc reports requested by DOE, sponsors, scientific managers and Area and Divisional management.
Provides effective line management by recruiting and hiring excellent staff and conducting performance management including providing timely positive and constructive feedback.
Creates and develops a financial services vision and strategy for the financial staff that aligns with the OCFO Strategic Roadmap and Area financial management needs to assure that staff meets the needs of the client Areas while fulfilling their fiduciary stewardship responsibilities.
Leads and supervises ~10 to 20 OCFO Field Finance staff matrixed to Areas who provide financial services to the Areas. This includes training, assigning work and providing guidance on financial policies and practices. Provide career and skill development guidance. Ensures groups are cross-trained and capable of providing back-up and support across groups and divisions.
Maintains a working understanding of the Laboratory's financial and reporting systems in order to mentor - staff how to apply them to specific tasks at hand or for special projects.
Provides Areas' perspective and needs when consulting, advising, and supporting Lab-wide financial management issues resolution or process improvement initiatives.
Leads Field Finance's organization development efforts in one or more of four areas: recruiting/hiring; financial training; reports development and staff development, or others as OCFO/Lab needs evolve.
What Is Required:
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance or related field and 12 years of relevant experience in financial leadership and management, preferably in a large research organization or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Highly effective communicator who can articulate the key issues and summarize solutions and recommendations in a manner that meets client needs while building client confidence and trust. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and customer service focus.
Ability to build relationships and trust, gain a comprehensive understanding of client Area mission, sponsors and needs, interact effectively with a broad range of customers at varying levels within the organization, such as senior Area and Division managers, PIs, divisional budget analysts and LBNL staff. Experience handling difficult situations and conflicting priorities.
Extensive experience in providing financial advice and consultative services, including short and long-range financial planning, estimating, budgeting, cost and effort tracking, analysis and forecasting, indirect rate development, monitoring expenses appropriateness, tracking and reporting and project close-out.
Strategic and broad experience recruiting, building and managing high performing staff and teams that function with independence, accountability and collaboration both individually and in teams.
Expert in advanced budget and accounting policies and practices. Broad, extensive and advanced knowledge, experience and achievement in planning, managing and reporting on portfolios of budgets funded from multiple sources having varying budget restrictions.
Strong and advanced organizational, analytic and problem-solving skills - including experience independently organizing relevant information, presenting options and impacts and recommending solutions.
Experience with office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience with enterprise financial applications. Extensive experience with Excel data analysis functions. Experience creating effective reports and presentations including charts and graphs.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Master's degree or equivalent in accounting, finance, business or related field.
Advanced knowledge of Federal Cost Accounting standards and other Federal processes and regulations.
Expert knowledge of DOE and SPP sponsor reporting requirements and audit policies.
Working knowledge and experience with PeopleSoft financial applications.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full-time career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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.
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