Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chief Financial Officer, Associate Laboratory Director for Business Systems in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307154

Directorate: Business Systems

Job Description

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Business Systems is responsible for delivering effective, efficient, and compliant business systems and processes that enable Laboratory mission outcomes and objectives. The CFO reports directly to the Laboratory Director as a member of the Laboratory Leadership Team (LLT) and works closely with both the Deputy Director for Science & Technology (DDST) and the Deputy Director for Operations (DDO) to assess strategic, operational, and fiscal performance to enable data-driven and strategic decision-making.


The CFO develops and implements the Laboratory’s financial strategy and planning. As CFO, the incumbent facilitates the linkage of the Laboratory's strategic objectives with institutional financial strategies and measurable goals. This requires close coordination with other members of the LLT to account for mission and capital investments in annual operating budgets, credible long-range financial forecasts, and the maintenance of long-range functional plans. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Defining the Laboratory’s financial strategic direction and supporting tactical initiatives or plans

• Driving change where needed to move the Laboratory’s financial direction forward

• Managing the budget processes with the LLT and associated near- and long-term financial projections

• Developing a framework that outlines the cost of doing business and associated measures that will be used to guide the Laboratory’s strategic direction and financial planning

• Serving as the institutional liaison to the PNNL Business and Audit Committee, a subcommittee of the PNNL Board

The CFO is also responsible for Laboratory-wide financial management and control. It is expected that the CFO will maintain the transparency of these processes with Laboratory and Department of Energy (DOE) Site Office Leadership, including financial planning assumptions, accounting changes, cost allocation strategies, and actions required to maintain institutional financial performance to achieve Laboratory strategic outcomes. The CFO directs and oversees the financial activities of the Laboratory, including preparation of reports, assessments, and financial analyses as well as summaries and forecasts for future business growth, liabilities, and obligations. In this capacity, the CFO is responsible for managing the financial risk of the Laboratory and delivering effective, efficient, and compliant management systems in the following areas: finance, accounting, payroll, payables, property management/surplus, procurements, contracts and facilitating sponsor funding authorizations via DOE Financial Plan, Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP) or Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT) related agreements. In addition, the CFO is responsible for, but not limited to:

• Understanding and accurately communicating the Laboratory financial risk profile to the LLT and to the PNNL Business and Audit Committee

• Establishing and monitoring control systems in accordance with relevant standards and regulatory requirements

• Maintaining and managing appropriate risk management activities, including insurance coverage, pension and other retirement liabilities, and related fiduciary responsibilities

• Ensuring that the Laboratory complies with all legal and regulatory requirements as defined by DOE

• Ensuring that record keeping and financial reporting meets government requirements and performance testing expectations

• Ensuring the accurate allocation of cost, including overheads via government-approved cost allocation practices

• Providing for effective financial reporting for research projects as well as financial management reporting for Laboratory leadership

• Maintaining relationships with external auditors and internal audit and addressing their findings and recommendations

In the role of ALD, the incumbent evaluates the performance of the Business Systems Directorate of approximately 200 staff and demonstrates sound leadership of all human capital management activities across the Directorate. The CFO/ALD shall recruit, supervise, develop, and evaluate staff; enhance and develop the qualifications and capabilities of staff; provide feedback, motivation, and discipline as necessary; hold assigned organizational managers and employees accountable for performance; and develop and manage the overall budget of $24M for Directorate operations. This includes, but is not limited to:

• Modeling PNNL values and principles of operation to produce an engaging staff environment and a strong, safe, and secure culture

• Building effective core and deployed teams; creating strong morale and spirit; and sharing wins and successes

• Effectively leading and directing personnel with diverse skills, work styles, and values, both directly and through subordinate management

• Providing support to the Core Business Processes of the Laboratory Integrated Management System

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration, or equivalent business experience and 20+ years of progressively responsible experience, or advanced degree with 18 years of experience

• Ability to successfully apply for, obtain, and hold a security clearance

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in partnering with an executive team, possess executive presence, and demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills

• Experience in managing financial, accounting, and procurement systems in a government environment (DOE or Department of Defense (DOD) preferred)

• Experience with fiduciary roles and responsibilities of employee pension, defined contribution plans, and benefits systems

• Experience with standard financial control systems and consensus standards (COSO, A123, etc.)

• Familiarity with Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

• Line management experience overseeing programmatic strategy development, management system implementation, and with centralized and deployed service models

• Advanced degree such as an MBA preferred

• Preference given to candidates with Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.Directorate: PNNL

Job Category: Managers

Group: PNNL

Opening Date: 2017-12-18

Closing Date: 2018-03-23