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Sr Business Spec

Job ID JR101236 Date posted 06/10/2024

The Business Services Directorate (BSD) provides high-quality business services to support the Lab's research initiatives by participating in cross-functional teams with a focus on risk mitigation and cost management, which is a critical component to the Lab's success. Led by the Chief Financial Officer, Brookhaven’s Business Services Directorate includes the Budget Office, Fiscal Services Division, Procurement & Property Management Division, Chief Financial Office, and the Business Operations Offices. The Directorate manages a broad range of financial activities, including the planning and implementation of the Lab’s fiscal matters and its approximately $700 million annual budget.

Position Description

The Business Services Directorate (BSD) has an opening for a Senior Business Specialist position within the Environment, Safety & Health Directorate (ESH) Business Operations Office. This individual will report to the Business Operations Manager (BOM) for the Director’s Office and Environment, Safety & Health Directorates.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This position will provide financial support for all ESH Departments, including, but not limited to:

  • Budget/Forecasting – Construct and analyze the budgets for the position’s respective areas.

  • Variance Analysis – Create and provide monthly analytics examining impacts from monthly expenses versus funding.

  • Rate Development – Create and analyze ESH inter-departmental rates during the year and trend variances.

  • Personnel Forecasting – Develop and analyze the budget for labor costs and trend variances.

  • Journal Entries – Create and approve journal entries for expenses.

  • Ad-Hoc Reports – Create and develop reports upon request.

  • Deadlines – Responsible for applying independent judgment that demonstrates the ability to prioritize and effectively meet required deadlines.

  • Customer Service Focus – Handle any requests that need to be addressed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related business field or equivalent experience on the basis of 2:1 (experience:college) years.

  • Ten (10) years full-time, directly related experience.

  • In-depth hands-on working knowledge of financial principles including budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, and variance analysis.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, including advanced skills with Excel and pivot table creation.

  • Oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to learn, identify business risk issues, and make recommendations for alternative solutions to management.

  • Knowledge of GAAP/CAS/FAR requirements as related to areas of responsibility.

  • Knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP) including the extraction and reporting of data.

  • Must be self-motivated, resourceful, and organized; taking ownership of all assigned work.

  • Should be a flexible team player who will successfully interact with other laboratory staff.

  • Applies independent judgment that demonstrates ability to prioritize and effectively handle deadlines.

  • Able to identify and resolve issues encountered within own area of responsibility; act proactively to develop solutions and avoid problems.

  • Understanding of standard business functions and procedures (A/P, A/R, Purchase Orders, etc.).

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience using PeopleSoft Financial software to generate queries and reports.

  • Rate development and analysis experience.

  • PowerPoint presentations.

  • Knowledge of BNL policies, practices, and procedures.

  • Familiarity with Workday Human Resources software.

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • The ability to work at a computer/keyboard for extended periods is essential.

  • Ability to concentrate on accuracy.


Brookhaven Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable, and competitive compensation. The full salary range for this position is $97,500 - $146,250 / year. Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, education, and experience and considered with the internal peer group.

Other Information:

  • This position is eligible for hybrid work.

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Brookhaven Science Associates is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. BSA takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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