Overview

Job Location:
Golden, CO

Posting Title

Payroll Professional

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Location

CO – Golden

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Position Type

Regular

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Hours Per Week

40

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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Our planet needs us! Learn about NREL’s critical objectives, and see how NREL is focused on saving the planet.

Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role.

Job Description

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. Within the Office of the CFO, the Accounting department works closely with each of the lab’s 7 Directorates to advise and execute the full array of accounting services and automated tools to meet the needs of researchers, support teams, customers, vendors and other stakeholders for our research and development project needs.

This position will join the team performing responsibilities as a payroll professional for a diverse, international, and multi-state workforce of approximately 2,500 employees.

Responsibilities will include, but not limited to:

  • Bi-weekly multistate payroll processing and review.
  • Preparation of payroll and benefits-related payments.
  • Submit journal entries.
  • Conduct general ledger account reconciliations. 
  • Exercise confidentiality with a high level of sensitivity and judgment related to sharing knowledge and the privacy of information handled on a daily basis.
  • Interface with employees, managers, and HR on a variety of informational topics, including questions regarding NREL policies, procedures, timekeeping, IRS, and State tax information.
  • Exercise excellent communication and high standards of customer service to business partners.
  • Work independently with minimum supervision and maximum efficiency and accuracy.

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Basic Qualifications

Professional I-Accounting – Relevant Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Professional II-Accounting – Relevant Bachelor’s Degree and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master’s Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience.

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Additional Required Qualifications

Professional I-Accounting –

  • Demonstrated experience in multistate payroll processing and other accounting processes.
  • Basic knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Ability to hold confidential information.
  • Proficient MS Excel skills.
  • Basic knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field.
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to be process oriented, highly organized, and pays careful attention to details.
  • A demonstrated team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate.
  • Experience using various computer software programs – such as payroll platforms and EBS.

Professional II-Accounting –

  • Demonstrated experience in multistate payroll processing and other accounting processes in a fast-paced, highly regulated envrionment.
  • General knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Experience with general ledger and journal entries.
  • Ability to hold confidential information.
  • Advanced MS Excel skills.
  • Skilled in analysis and problem solving.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently.
  • Proven ability to be process oriented, highly organized, and pays careful attention to details.
  • Familiar with many different types of employee leave.
  • A demonstrated team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate.
  • Experience using various computer software programs – such as payroll platforms and EBS.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).
  • Prior government contractor experience.
  • Experience using Workday payroll platform.
  • Experience with Oracle EBS

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

Job Profile: Professional I / Annual Salary Range: $52,500 – $86,600

Job Profile: Professional II / Annual Salary Range: $60,400 – $99,700

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

Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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EEO Policy

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