Internal Controls Lead

Princeton University
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

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The Internal Controls Lead is responsible for monitoring compliance with Laboratory policies primarily in support of procurement operations, as well as analyzing financial controls. This position will continuously assess risk and evaluate best practices and efficiency opportunities.


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.


Internal Controls:

  •  Prepare annual risk assessment of financial risks
  •  Review control sets and business process flows with subject matter experts
  •  Prepare and revise test plans for assessment of internal controls
  •  Complete testing of internal controls
  •  Analyze effectiveness of control sets
  •  Benchmark similar organizations for risk mitigations
  •  Follow up on weak or failed controls
  •  Educate and oversee testers of internal controls


Cost Compliance:

  • Analyze and review subcontractor costs for all types of subcontracts, primarily flexibly-priced subcontracts (Time & Material, Labor Hour, and Cost  Reimbursement)
  • Prepare of the annual Interim Risk Assessment for open flexibly priced subcontracts
  • Complete Cost Compliance Incurred Cost Reviews in accordance with applicable PPPL Cost Compliance policies and procedures, as follows:
  • Obtain required subcontract-related documentation from subcontractors, PPPL technical representatives, Procurement, and Accounting
  • Prepare and complete a review program for each subcontract under review, to ensure that subcontract review files are fully documented
  • Issue a Cost Compliance Review Report for each subcontract under review to include observations and recommendations
  • Provide process improvement recommendations to Accounting and Procurement based on completed Cost Compliance Reviews
  • Develop and maintain tools and procedures to ensure effective and continuous compliance of subcontract agreements
  • Foster productive relationships with Government and Laboratory stakeholders and subcontractors
  • Oversee Cost Compliance Analyst(s)

Education and Experience:

  • Individuals seeking to apply for this position require a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field and a minimum of five years of related experience.
  • Current Experience should include analyzing complex financial transactions, performing risk assessments, evaluating/testing internal controls, and conducting compliance reviews.
  • Experience with and understanding of various types of contracts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to diplomatically handle various situations and interactions
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Competence in current Microsoft Office Suite products such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint as well as Google Suite Products. 



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 EligibleYesProbationary Period180 daysEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredNoValid Driver's License RequiredNo #LI-CL1


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