Chief Financial Officer
Company: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Posted on: January 27, 2023
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking a dynamic
leader to serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The CFO serves as
key advisor and chief spokesperson on financial and acquisition
matters with executive Laboratory leadership, the University of
California Office of the President (UCOP) and Office of National
Laboratories (UCNL), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well
as other internal and external partners, customers, and
stakeholders. Reporting to the Laboratory Director, the CFO also
has primary fiduciary responsibility for all financial activities
of the Laboratory, a large, complex organization with an annual
budget of $1.2 billion. The CFO provides vision, leadership, and
direction for Berkeley Lab's financial functions, and serves as a
member of the Laboratory Operations Senior Leadership Team.
In addition, under the direction of the Deputy Lab Director for
Operations/Chief Operating Officer, the CFO leads and manages all
operations of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, which has
a 200-person workforce and an annual budget of about $26 million.
The CFO spearheads financial strategy; provides leadership and
technical guidance for all financial and acquisition functions;
develops and maintains business systems and tools to deliver
essential financial and operational information; and assures the
Laboratory's financial policies, functions, and systems operate
with the highest degree of integrity and internal controls, based
on best practices, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP),
and statutory regulations. The CFO also coordinates responses to
internal and external audit activities in collaboration with the
Internal Audit function.
Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory
managed by the University of California and designated a Federally
Funded Research and Development Center. The Laboratory conducts
world-class research that supports clean energy, a healthy planet,
and solution-inspired discovery science. About 95% of the
Laboratory's funding comes from federal and state taxpayers, which
highlights the importance of stewardship and trust with the public.
Berkeley Lab is defined by our deeply felt sense of stewardship,
which we describe as a commitment to taking care of the
Laboratory's research, people, and resources that are entrusted to
us. Our values of team science, innovation, service, trust, and
respect knit us together as a community. We practice these values
and prioritize our principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and
accountability (IDEA) to build highly effective teams that produce
world-class science and technology and where all individuals,
regardless of their backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences, can
thrive. The CFO is expected to exercise, model, and ensure the
highest standards of financial accountability, stewardship and
transparency, demonstrating our responsibility to the taxpaying
citizens who support our research.
Provide vision, leadership, creativity, and strategic direction
that assures Berkeley Lab's financial annual and long-term
performance supports its scientific mission. Ensure effective
stewardship of resources and efficient operation within contractual
and regulatory requirements while balancing compliance, risk
management and the needs of the Laboratory.
Provide 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, and proactively promoting
stewardship principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and
Model and ensure the highest standards of financial stewardship
across the entire Laboratory, developing tools where necessary,
encouraging proper training among staff and scientists, and sharing
Direct and manage fiduciary and financial systems and controls;
assure systems operate with the highest degree of integrity and
internal controls; and provide assurance on systems and controls to
the Laboratory Director, UCOP, and DOE.
Build trust with UCOP, DOE, sponsors, and internal Laboratory
partners and customers through constructive relationships of
competence, integrity, and transparency.
Lead the Laboratory's financial functions, including: Financial
Planning, Analysis and Strategy; Budgeting; Accounting and
Controls; Procurement and Property Asset Management (58,000
acquisitions annually valued at nearly $450 million, and 25,000
assets valued at $1 billion); Field Financial Services; Financial
Business Systems and Reporting; and Assurance and Compliance.
Coordinate responses to internal and external audit activities in
collaboration with the Internal Audit function.
Accountable for Laboratory financial, acquisition and property
management policies that ensure effective management and
administration in compliance with all relevant federal and
Demonstrate responsiveness, cooperation, and consistent problem
solving when representing the OCFO organization.
Act as key advisor and chief spokesperson on financial and
acquisition matters with executive Laboratory leadership, UCOP and
UCNL, DOE, and other internal and external partners, customers, and
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or Business
Administration and 20+ years of progressively responsible
experience (or equivalent combination of business experience and
Demonstrated record of success as a strategic and effective leader
who can develop strategy, build and inspire a high-performing
financial and procurement organization, and demonstrate and uphold
the highest ethical standards and principles of financial
A proven track record for building and maintaining collaborative,
diverse and inclusive workforces.
Significant experience leading and managing the business
operations, financial and fiduciary responsibilities of a
government, corporate or non-profit scientific/discovery or
In-depth understanding of U.S. regulatory requirements and
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; demonstrated experience
in applying financial and accounting theories, principles and
practices to analyze the organizational business needs and develop
responsive financial and business systems in an organization with
federal oversight (e.g., DOE, Department of Defense, Federally
Funded Research and Development Centers, large federal
Demonstrated competency in the areas of policies, business systems
and reporting, and effective processes and controls to ensure the
integrity of the organization's data, assets and information.
Strong communication and analytical skills and experience
interpreting a strategic financial vision into an operational
Advanced degree or professional certification (e.g., MBA or CPA)
Experience managing in a complex, distributed management
environment with multiple stakeholders is strongly preferred.
For full consideration, please submit a resume and letter of
interest ; the cover letter should also highlight your relevant
organizational leadership accomplishments, as well as contributions
to diversity, equity and inclusion.
This is a full-time career appointment, 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.
The Chief Financial Officer position is a career position that is
appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory
Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at
any time with or without cause.
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, Bldg. 971, 6401 Hollis St., Emeryville, CA.
Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements,
Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the
COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of
employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must
Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof
of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or
Deferral. Visit covid.lbl.gov for more information.
Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and
Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community
with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal
Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome
applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would
contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery,
inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global
community, all qualified applicants will be considered for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or
protected veteran status.
Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:
Know your rights, click here for the supplement: Equal Employment
Opportunity is the Law and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination
Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.
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