21 days old

Financial Program Manager

SLAC National Accelerator
Menlo Park, California 94025

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Business Services has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Financial Program Manager. You will have the opportunity to apply a variety of skills ranging from providing highly complex financial analysis for a project nearly $2B in scope,  performing budget to actual cost analysis, translating financial information from multiple systems into actionable resource loaded plans to supporting strategic planning efforts around multiyear funding and cost forecasts.

You will leverage advanced level knowledge in Project Management Support, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Enterprise Resource Planning and financial systems to provide management decision support and support improvement of OCFO processes.

This position is expected to maintain an effective and engaged working relationship across all finance functions at SLAC (peers within and outside of the team, cost account managers (CAMS), Principal Investigators, directorate management, Controller’s Office, etc.)  as well as counterparts and other National Laboratories. The ideal candidate is skilled in supporting complex, technical project management and finance functions and highly analytical, complex controls and compliance.   

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide specialized expertise requiring technical project management support and finance knowledge to perform complex, technical finance functions, ranging from creating resource loaded schedules, budget accruals and maintaining complex data models to developing, assessing and improving internal control and subject area systems.
  • Perform highly analytical, complex finance and control functions; multi-dimensional and complex reconciliations and related analysis; prepare or review and approve complex transactions and higher-level dollar value transactions.
  • Research, and synthesize data for broad areas; develop complex financial analyses, budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning, and analyses. Perform root-cause analysis and synthesis, draw conclusions, and propose solutions.
  • Develop complex financial reports and presentations, design and run ad hoc reports, and prepare or review complex transactions to support the stewardship of  a major project’s resources. Provide consultation to senior leadership to interpret results
  • Prioritize, identify, and resolve strategic and unit/department issues; recognize exceptions, recommend and develop resolutions and implement solution. Ensure effective and efficient delivery and integration of all financial services for area of responsibility.
  • Design an effective system of internal controls for area of responsibility utilizing strategic analysis of interrelationships of financial processes, policies, and procedures; implement and ensure compliance programs.
  • Lead multiple complex, high-visibility process innovation projects. Develop, champion and implement strategic initiatives with significant impact. Empower action, remove obstacles, enable constructive feedback and support from leaders, and reward and recognize progress and achievements.
  • Develop, assess, and continuously improve systems and processes to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls. Design and provide training on new financial systems.
  • Analyze problems in business critical systems, and identify risks, solutions, and strategies; act as business owner of project.
  • Represent organization to client group(s) and leaders: serve as subject matter expert on matters that involve complex technical, financial, or subject matter expertise.
  • Assess client and business needs, and formulate recommendations to determine approach to managing and completing processes.
  • May supervise, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.


To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of Enterprise Planning, project management, and financial systems; and computer literacy. Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  
  • Advanced project management skills and ability to influence large multifunctional teams.
  • Expert proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, Primavera, P6, and especially Excel.
  • Advanced professional communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management.
  • Advanced project management skills and ability to lead large multi-functional teams.

SLAC employee competencies:

  • Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages
  • Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve.

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.

SLAC is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory operated by Stanford University and based in Menlo Park; CA. Due to COVID-19-related curtailment of on-site activities, the job duties for this position may be required to be performed from home until full site access is restored. Given the nature of this position, SLAC is open to telecommuting options


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.


Posted: 2021-04-21 Expires: 2021-06-05

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