Staff Accountant II

Job description


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is looking to add an experienced accounts payable staff accountant to our Business Operations Department. Reporting to the Accounts Payable Manager, the Staff Accountant I will be an integral part of the department’s finance and accounting operations. This position will be responsible for a broad range of accounts payable activities including review and process of subcontractor invoices, recording of monthly accruals, general ledger reconciliations, internal and external reporting, preparation for audits, and special projects ranging from participating in Lab-wide initiatives, to process improvements and/or developing financial analysis.

  • Full cycle Accounts Payable processing.
    • Review and analyze accounts payable records and invoices for accuracy in accordance with subcontract terms and applicable policies
    • Examine supporting documentation for completeness and compliance
    • Obtain appropriate approvals
    • Research and analyze exceptions and discrepancies to determine appropriate resolutions
  • Responsible for monthly and year-end close related activities.
    • Obtain, analyze, and record monthly accruals for subcontractors and other agreements
  • Financial statement analysis including responsibility for various general ledger account reconciliations.
    • Develop and implement solutions to complex accounting problems by in-depth evaluation and analysis
    • Research, analyze, and correct complex irregularities and reconciling items in system output results and/or reconciliations
  • Responsible for other routine and special projects as requested by Accounts Payable Manager or Head of Accounting.

Education and Experience: 

  • Associate’s Degree in Accounting or related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree a plus.
  • 3-5 years’ related experience working in Accounting, Finance or related field.
  • Knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation, DOE reporting requirements and prior Laboratory experience a plus.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Experience in performing financial functions including: accounts payable, preparation and posting of journal entries, and balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Ability to independently research, interpret, analyze, compile, and present data and information.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively explain, negotiate, persuade and build consensus among diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal to effectively prepare and deliver financial briefings, documentation, reports and financial advice to Laboratory personnel, and/or other external organizations and agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with all levels of personnel, both internal and external to the Laboratory.
  • Advanced decision making, problem-solving and analytical skills to independently solve complex issues requiring mature judgment, discretion and tact.
  • Experience in the development and maintenance of complex financial spreadsheets and databases containing advanced functions and significant experience in utilizing commercial and/or institutional financial tools.
  • Experience in financial and / or cost accounting.
  • Expertise in interpreting and applying financial policies and procedures including the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and methodologies.
  • Experience in performing financial functions including: preparation and posting of journal entries, balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and successfully meet hard deadlines/deliverables working outside normal hours as needed.
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Physical Requirements: 

  • This position requires bending, reaching, and lifting of office files, reports or records, typically weighing 10 pounds or less.



Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.

Standard Weekly Hours40.00Eligible for OvertimeNoBenefits EligibleYesEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredNoValid Driver's License RequiredNo




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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 11/18/2021
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