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Cost Accounting Standard Analyst

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Finance & Accounting | livermore, CA | 07/07/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is looking for multiple Cost Accounting Standard Analysts to join a dynamic and fast-paced environment. You will utilize finance and accounting principles for regulatory and compliance reporting. In this role, you will have the opportunity to perform, direct and lead policy and compliance research, preparation, analysis, maintenance, and review of highly complex institutional cost accounting issues and financial information.  This position will be in the Budget Operations Group, Cost Accounting & Indirect Analysis Team in the Office of the CFO.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will 

  • Direct and participate in the analysis of accounting practice changes, development and oversight of change proposals, and cost impact statements in accordance with Cost Accounting Standard (CAS) requirements.
  • Serve as point of contact for financial audits, perform highly complex self-assessments and prepare responses to financial audits
  • Prepare comprehensive written analysis and interpretation of highly complex financial issues, including analysis of policy, guidelines, and other regulatory issues and negotiate highly complex proposals for accounting changes
  • Formulate, communicate, and implement decisions within scope of designated authority and provide extensive and highly complex financial and business process consultation and improvement expertise.
  • Develop the Laboratory's Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB) Disclosure Statement in accordance with CAS and LLNL's financial policies and procedures.
  • Operate as a subject matter expert in Cost Accounting Standards, internal consultant and advisor to financial staff and other internal stakeholders, represent department and/or directorate on working groups/committees and lead key efforts/projects to develop unique solutions to highly complex problems.
  • Serve as a mentor to other Financial Analysts in the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the C01.5 level

  • Leads, oversees, develops, researches, and interprets accounting practice changes, prepares accounting practice change proposals, and analyzes and prepares cost impact statements in accordance with Cost Accounting Standard (CAS) and/or Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) cost principles.  Provides counsel to senior management
  • Oversees self-assessments and responses to financial audits, serving as the primary point of contact for financial audits.
  • Coordinates the review and submittal of the Laboratory’s CASB Disclosure Statement (DS) in accordance with DOE/NNSA requirements
  • Formulates long-range strategic planning through processes such as time charging guidance, guidance on purchasing within specific cost pools, and infrastructure funding white papers.
  • Oversee the development of highly complex financial analyses and recommendations for presentation to executive-level leadership.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or related field or equivalent combination of related experience, education, and training in the finance/accounting field.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and direct experience performing financial functions, including the use of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).
  • Extensive experience performing self-assessments and representing the organization in government and institutional audits and/ or direct experience with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA).  
  • Comprehensive knowledge and extensive  experience performing and directing financial findings, working with diverse funding sources including direct and indirect.
  • Extensive experience with decision making, problem-solving and analytical skills to independently solve complex issues requiring mature judgment, discretion and tact and experience negotiating desirable outcomes.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal to deliver financial briefings, documentation, reports and financial advice to senior Laboratory personnel and other external organizations and agencies. Ability to effectively explain, negotiate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of personnel, both internal and external to the Laboratory.
  • Experience delivering financial briefings, documentation, reports and financial advice to Laboratory senior managers and personnel and other external organizations and agencies.
  •  Expert computer and software application skills and experience.

Additional qualifications at the C01.5 level

  • Expert level experience applying expert analytical skills to research, interpret, analyze, compile, and present highly complex financial data and information.
  • Expert knowledge of and expertise performing financial functions, including the use of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).
  • Experience leading financial staff and project teams

Qualifications We Desire

  • Graduate degree and/or nationally recognized professional certification, e.g. CPA

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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