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Accountant 3, Payroll/Benefits Accounting (Mid/Senior)

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Finance & Accounting | livermore, CA | 06/17/2024

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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.

Hybrid position (not 100% Telecommute), must come into the office 1-2 days per week and more if required.

Pay Range

$107,550 - $133,524 Annual (C02.3)

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Payroll/Benefits Accountant 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).

You will

  • Assist the Group Leader in 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.


  • Ability to security and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • 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.
  • Advanced experience in 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 communication both written and verbal, interpersonal skills 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.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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