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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, and operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE. SLAC develops and operates some of the world’s premier science facilities, including the first hard X-ray free-electron laser. Research at SLAC explores the structure and function of matter and the properties of energy, space and time, at the smallest and largest scales, all with the goal of solving problems facing society and advancing human knowledge.



Accounting Manager

Job Requisition #: 2891
Classification Title: Accounting Manager 2
Grade: L
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)
# of openings: 1



SLAC’s Controller’s Office within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer seeks an Accounting Manager. The Controller’s Office is responsible for the management of SLAC’s Accounting, Travel, Accounts Payable, Contracts, Billing & Accounts Receivable functions, ensuring financial data is recorded correctly and reported timely and accurately. Reporting to the Controller, this position manages a staff of 4-6 and oversees SLAC’s General Ledger, Contracts, Billing & Accounts Receivable and Capital Property Accounting. In this position, you will be responsible for managing monthly and annual close processes, ensuring customer billing plans and contracts are set up correctly and confirming deferred revenue satisfies Department of Energy (DOE) requirements. You will also be preparing and reviewing monthly DOE and Stanford financial submissions, analyzing trends and preparing narratives, footnotes and other reporting requirements. In addition, you will be conducting analysis, developing reports, plans and presentations on highly complex accounting issues, including the evaluation of changes to DOE and Federal Accounting Standards. You will also be recommending and implementing changes to accounting processes and flows to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of resources. You will be interacting with peers, internal and external auditors, DOE and Stanford, and responding to requests with timely, accurate and clear communication.  You will need past experience of managing a team where you have established goals and mentored staff to achieve their goals ensuring you hold the team and yourself accountable to performance expectations.  As an Accounting Manager, you will navigate complexity while building trust, fostering communication and ensuring results.  In order to be effective, you will need to leverage knowledge and comprehensive understanding in accounting policies, GAAP, Federal Accounting Standards and internal control principles.

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description


Manage complex accounting and control functions for a unit, school or function, which may include financial reporting, compliance, development of automated systems, and review and approval of complex transactions.


  • Identify and resolve unique issues of substantial significance that affect the functioning beyond the immediate unit. Establish operational objectives and assignments and program and project goals.
  • Develop and deliver both short and long term complex analyses and high level strategic modeling.
  • Plan, direct, and monitor all budgets for areas of responsibility. Manage business operation and administration of several functional areas.
  • Manage organization's accounting activities and structure; develop system and procedure requirements to support the reporting for the organization.
  • Design and execute an effective system of internal controls for areas of responsibility; establish operational objectives to ensure controls are working.
  • Create and execute programs, processes, and policies to support the university's stewardship of resources.
  • Make recommendations and negotiate and influence issues related to university accounting policy; provide strategy, vision, and direction with wide scope and impact.
  • Oversee development and delivery of education and outreach meetings related to area of responsibility. Represent university to external organizations for providing solutions to complex problems that may have organizational impact.
  • Drive continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; identify need for new systems; develop and present proposals.
  • Act as business owner on major initiatives; lead complex, high-visibility process redesign and innovation projects; develop and implement initiatives.
  • Manage the work of other employees, and determine staffing needs. Make hiring decisions, provide coaching, training, and mentoring, and manage performance. Develop and ensure succession planning within area of responsibility.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Master's degree or Certified Public Accountant and six years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft applications, such as Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply, interpret, and implement GAAP.
  • Knowledge and understanding of accounting systems.
  • Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management.
  • Advanced analytical skills to review and analyze complex financial information.
  • Strong leadership and strategic management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience managing people.

Certifications and Licenses:


SLAC Manager Competencies:

  • Results Through Others (drives results & directs work): Achieves expected results by effectively delegating and managing the work of others.
  • Aligns Priorities (plans & aligns): Ensures planning and prioritization of resources and work efforts; ensures alignment of direct and matrix reports to support organizational goals and business plans.
  • Applies Lab Acumen (business insight): Maintains understanding of lab efforts and direction as well as current research and trends, considers technology and customer impacts, and contributes relevant, informed ideas to lab growth.
  • Navigates Complexity (managing complexity): Manages a multitude of information and complex circumstances to discern what is most important; demonstrates effective problem-solving, decision-making, and takes appropriate action, even in difficult situations or with conflicting data.
  • Builds Trust (instills trust): Earns trust and credibility from team members, peers and stakeholders; demonstrates SLAC values of respect and integrity.
  • Relationships (interpersonal savvy, collaborates, manages conflict, builds networks): Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve team, department/directorate and lab goals.
  • Communication (communicates effectively): Ensures effective information flow to various audiences; delivers clear and appropriate written and verbal communications; makes clear and impactful presentations to a variety of internal and external audiences.
  • Self-Awareness (demonstrates self-awareness): Seeks feedback from others and takes ownership of, and actions to address what is learned; recognizes impact on others and adjusts as needed; pursues continuous learning opportunities; implements a meaningful development plan.
  • Team Effectiveness (builds effective teams): Effectively motivates team members and fosters a diverse and collaborative team environment; leverages team members’ strengths for overall team effectiveness; incorporates insights to improve team operations.
  • Purpose & Vision (drives vision & purpose): Articulates a clear vision of expected outcomes; inspires others to execute work plans and feel a sense of purpose and ownership for the mission.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sit, sort, file paperwork or parts, grasp lightly, and use fine manipulation, lift, carry, push and pull objects that weigh 10 pounds or less.
  • Occasionally write by hand, twist, bend, stoop and squat.
  • Rarely stand, walk, reach or work above shoulders and use a telephone.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May work extended hours during peak business cycles.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.


Final candidates are subject to background checks prior to commencement of employment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Internal candidates, who are selected for hire, may require degree verification and/or credit checks based on requirements of the new position.


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