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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Financial Analyst in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Financial Analyst



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

Provide financial management support to the Chief Financial Officer and assigned Associate Lab Director, Center Directors, program managers, project managers, and other NREL staff and managers. Work within a dynamic Chief Financial Officer (CFO) organization closely collaborating with other CFO analysts and managers in other groups to solve complex financial planning, programming, budgeting, and execution tasks, as well as improve institutional processes.

Budget Formulation and Planning:

  • Support the annual NREL financial planning process by assisting NREL program, project and center leaders with the formulation of financial estimates

  • Provide support to Center/Office Directors to formulate overhead requirements and affordability

  • Assist with the development of cost plans for Department of Energy programs, Strategic Partnership Projects (non-DOE), and other cooperative efforts

  • Review and approve new business proposals and prepare the corresponding cash flow analysis for DOE Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and Strategic Partnership Projects

  • Monitor and evaluate reasonableness and accuracy of financial plans and coordinate needed updates

  • Identify risks, issues and needed actions to leaders

Funds Allocations and Analysis:

  • Coordinate the allocation of monthly funding with applicable project/task leaders

  • Perform cash flow analysis to determine funding needs at the task/project/chargeable task levels for successful project execution

  • Support communications with customers to ensure timely funds receipt

Project/Budget Execution:

  • Develop monthly financial performance reports for assigned programs, projects and centers

  • Perform plan to actual variance analyses and discuss issues and necessary actions with applicable leaders

  • Communicate financial planning requirements and deadlines to all customers

Finance Policies and Procedures:

  • Provide financial guidance to assigned programs, projects and centers

  • Support Laboratory policies, laws and regulations by assisting program, project and center staff in their understanding of financial management responsibilities

Financial Administration:

  • Maintain updates to project cost breakdown structures using the Oracle Project Accounting system

  • Create, support, monitor, and update various time-phased budget plans

  • Assist the assigned Center/Office directors, technology managers, Project/Task/Chargeable task leaders, service center managers with financial management, budget development and formulation, budget execution, proposal pricing, budget monitoring and understanding cost reports

  • Other finance related duties


Basic Qualifications

Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience in finance or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience in finance or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant JD or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of financial principles, theories and concepts. General knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • General knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to finance.

  • Strong leadership, critical thinking, project management, communication, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to use various computer software programs. Strong Microsoft Excel skills.

  • Understanding of relational database/data warehouse query/retrieval skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior government contractor experience.

  • Working knowledge of Hyperion/Essbase, Oracle Projects, and Oracle Business Intelligence.

  • Intermediate understanding of cost allocations, indirect rates, Cost Accounting Standards, and the Department of Energy budgetary process.


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