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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Staff Accountant in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Staff Accountant



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Protocols

Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and DOE safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. Upon hire, new employees must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. All employees must have completed vaccinations by November 1, 2021.

Working at NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

Job Description

Join us to perform responsibilities as a staff accountant for the Project Billing and General Ledger Teams within the Financial Operations Group. Performs accounting responsibilities including accruals invoice reviews and adjustments, billings and tracking of Federal project receivables, and also provides additional support to the Project Billing and General Ledger Teams. Ensures compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), federal accounting standards (SFFAS), applicable laws, regulations, DOE contractual requirements, and NREL and Alliance policies and procedures. This position has the ability to be hybrid or in-person and reports to the Project Billing Team Lead.

  • Reviews and analyzes customer contracts and cost plans.

  • Finds solutions to accounting problems and customer issues.

  • Collaborate with the other teams in the lab to ensure timely and accurate customer service on all Project Billing related issues an ongoing basis, including but not limited to project reconciliations, aging issues, billing items, reports.

  • Responsible for the accounting, invoicing, review, and aging management of receivables.

  • Prepares routine and complex customer invoices and provides adequate supporting documentation based on individual customer needs.

  • Performs and conducts analysis of balance sheet and other account reconciliations and supporting schedules, reports on discrepancies and assists in monthly account resolutions.

  • Communicates with customers and Principal Investigators both verbally and in writing, as needed.

  • Prepares manual journal entries and supporting documentation.

  • Provides testing and migration support of solutions through Oracle and other financial software applications to ensure results.

  • Ensures compliance with financial operations policies and procedures, and ensure adequate controls are in place and operating effectively.

  • Other accounting and financial operations duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will be a continuous learner, thinks critically, takes initiative and has a commitment to quality and detail. We are looking for someone who can join our organization growing with it and is eager to progress in their career.


Basic Qualifications

Relevant Bachelor's Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • General knowledge of GAAP.

  • Experience with Microsoft Excel.

  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills with a variety of customers.

  • Detail oriented and proactive in issue identification.

  • Ability to work well with people across multiple organizations.

  • Demonstrated spreadsheet skills.

  • Accuracy, timeliness and meeting critical deadlines is a must.

  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities concurrently along with the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.

  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to use various computer software programs.

Preferred Qualifications


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $51,500 - $84,800

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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