Los Alamos National Laboratory Accountant (Accountant 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_
This position will be filled at either the 2 or 3 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 2 ($66,600 ─ $105,700)

Performs a wide variety of payroll processing activities, including time entry tracking, entry or validation of payroll related forms, wage orders, manual earnings and deductions, review of biweekly payroll results and control reports prior to disbursement of funds. Responsibilities also include termination processing, customer service coverage via email or the payroll call center for both payroll and time and labor module inquires. The ability to understand, apply and explain HR and CFO Lab policies is a key skill for this position. Other duties may include maintaining related records, filing, preparing accounting transactions and documents, documenting and updating procedures, and special projects.

Accountant 3 ($80,100 ─ $131,000)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Senior Accountant will be responsible for the biweekly payroll preparation/production in the Oracle payroll department. As a senior member of the team provides back up and support to peers, junior team members and management. Prepares, examines, or analyzes accounting records or other reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards. Conduct complex research, interpret and make observations on payroll related issues. May perform periodic internal audits of various payroll areas and prepare materials for external or internal auditors.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience and success in payroll function.

  • Knowledge of accounting concepts and principles to include General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and internal controls.

  • Knowledge of payroll activities and functions regulated by federal and state laws, GAAP and CAS.

  • Knowledge and experience with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations, as well as year-end payroll reporting requirements.

  • Ability to interpret policy and ensure compliance via payroll/time collection systems, processes and controls.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively both in a team environment and individually.

  • Demonstrated experience working as a team member in a high volume, deadline driven environment.

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree preferred.

Additional Job Requirements for Accountant 3:

  • Experience and demonstrated success in a large payroll function.

  • Advanced knowledge and experience of accounting concepts and principles to include GAAP, CAS, and internal controls.

  • Advanced knowledge and experience of payroll activities and functions regulated by federal and state laws, GAAP and CAS.

  • Advanced knowledge and experience with IRS regulations, as well as year-end payroll reporting requirements.

  • Ability to identify process improvements and develop strategies and procedures to implement improvements.

  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects with varying priorities and deadlines, take ownership of problems, and work independently toward resolution

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree preferred.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience using Enterprise software in support of payroll operations is a plus.

  • Certified Payroll Professional a plus.

Additional Details:

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.

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 Payroll & Benefits (CFO-PRBEN) organization is responsible in part for processing and distributing salary and wage payments to LANL staff, craft, and student employees. The Oracle payroll team within this organization is responsible for a bi-weekly payroll of approximately $30M. In addition to processing payroll for approximately 9,000 employees the team handles entry, tax and deduction reporting and disbursement of third party wage order payments. The team also handles the customer service function for all employees via email, phone and walk in traffic for both payroll and time and labor related inquires. The team works closely with human resources (HR) and partners with the CFO benefit accounting team.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Jiron, Sue Antoinette (Antoinette)

Organization Name: CFO-PRBEN/Payroll & Benefits

Email: sajiron@lanl.gov

Job Title: Accountant (Accountant 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69046