Friday, February 21, 2014

Not a Scientist? Start Your Next Career at Berkeley Lab!

Since joining Berkeley Lab, I have attended several conferences and career events, where I have the opportunity with engage with many talented individuals looking to start their next career, and many times at each of these events someone will approach me saying, “I’m not a scientist, but I really like what Berkeley Lab does, do you ever hire people who aren’t scientists?”

With a smile on my face, I typically offer the same candid reply, “I work in HR, and I’m not a scientist.” Continuing with a bit of dry humor, “Hey, someone has to pay the bills and keep the lights on!”  Working in an operations role at Berkeley Lab comes with as great a responsibility as the scientists we support.  As our mission states, we are here “To anticipate and safely deliver exceptional operational services in support of the scientific mission of Berkeley Lab.”

OCFO: Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Let’s take a closer look at one of our divisions that lives up to this day in, and day out; our Office of the Chief Financial Officer, or OCFO.  This is a fancy title for our phenomenal finance organization.  Made up of approximately 150 employees, the OCFO works across our scientific and operational divisions, managing and analyzing thousands of transactions, and hundreds of millions of dollars.  They are involved in the purchasing and procurement of everything from paperclips to the construction of buildings. The OCFO is a key partner and major contributor to lab-wide initiatives including the Financials Systems Modernization (F$M) Project and the Procurement organization transformation – all in support of “bringing science solutions to the world.”  With core operations located in Emeryville, CA, just a few miles southwest of Berkeley Lab’s main campus, the OCFO has employees embedded in each of the Lab’s divisions to provide seamless support by not only being physically located near the science, but becoming an integrated part of nearly every facet of scientific discovery.  By working side-by-side with division management, and principal investigators (PIs), our physicists can do physics, our biologist can do biology, and our computational scientists can… well, you get the picture – it all computes!  In short, Berkeley Lab could not have made so many scientific breakthroughs without the OCFO!

The OCFO is currently seeking applicants with initiative and focus who thrive in a challenging and dynamic environment and who want to positively impact the Lab's scientific mission. You too can be part of the science, and the OCFO by applying to any of our exceptional opportunities!

Current open positions include:
Sr. Resource Analyst - # 77314 and #76841
Principal Resource Analyst - # 76523
Lead Resource Analyst (Supervisor) - # 76988
(click on the position number to see the full description)

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