Tax and Compliance Accounting Professional

Apply now
Clock icon

Posting Title
Tax and Compliance Accounting Professional
CO - Golden
Position Type
Hours Per Week
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 ten 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
NREL’s indirect rates and standard labor rates are developed by the Financial Planning and Analysis Group. The Accounting Professional will serve as an integral part of monitoring the accuracy of applied rates within NREL’s accounting system. The Accounting Professional will be responsible for performing reconciliations of applied rates to approved rates, identifying any necessary updates or changes to accounting records, and submitting adjusting entries, to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), federal accounting standards (SFFAS), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), applicable laws, regulations, DOE contractual requirements, and NREL and Alliance policies and procedures. The Accounting Professional will work closely with the FP&A Rates and Pricing, Internal Controls, and Compliance Teams to assist in identifying any corrections or systematic issues that may impact NREL’s compliance with the approved disclosure statement or CAS as a result of misapplication of approved rates and assist in any required systematic or process changes. Additionally, as the Accounting Professional with NREL, you will also be responsible for monitoring compliance with multi-state sales and use tax, multi-state income tax withholding, and foreign payment withholding for the organization.
  • Manage and maintain sales tax exemption certificates.
  • Make nexus determinations for exempt purchases.
  • Evaluate tax treaty claims for foreign payment withholding.
  • Review and approve withholding amounts on invoices for all international payments, with an awareness of IRS withholding agent responsibilities.
  • Prepare 1042 and 1042-S income tax withholding filings.
  • Perform research related to new tax laws and/or tax planning projects and ad-hoc requests
  • Ensure compliance with government Cost Accounting Standards, and Federal Acquisition Regulations.
  • Interpret and assist in the implementation of rates and pricing changes related to Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
  • Assist in the preparation of NREL’s CAS Disclosure Statement and ensuring compliance.
  • Assist in the annual government cost proposal as needed.
  • Ensure all adjustments to indirect rates are following policy and NREL’s CAS disclosure statement.
  • Perform complex financial analysis and reconciliations of data including approved rates for billing and cost proposal.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual Incurred Cost Submission.
  • Prepare external and internal ad hoc financials and accounting report requests.
  • Provide support for internal and external audit requests as needed.
  • Ensure processes are established and operating effectively to record transactions to ensure they are accurately reflected in the accounting records in compliance with GAAP, other accounting guidelines and internal policies and procedures.
  • Other accounting and financial operations duties as assigned.
The successful candidate will be a continuous learner, thinks critically towards complex analysis, takes initiative and has attention to detail. We are looking for someone who can contribute with a high standard of CAS compliance and contribute towards process and reporting improvements for the OCFO. This role focuses on fast-paced and highly diverse set of challenges on a daily basis - no two days are the same. This team is viewed as valuable business advisors to provide consultation across the lab, so we can continue to do our highly accountable and good work on researching renewables and energy efficiency technology.
Basic Qualifications
Professional III - Accounting - Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience in accounting, finance, taxation or similar field. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience in accounting, finance, taxation or similar field. Or, relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience in accounting, finance, taxation or similar field. Or, relevant JD or equivalent relevant education/experience in accounting, finance, taxation or similar field.

Professional II - Accounting - Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience in accounting, finance, taxation or similar field. Or, relevant Master's Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience in accounting, finance, taxation or similar field.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of accounting and financial concepts and principles.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience to interpret and apply GAAP and CAS; financial accounting and cost accounting; developing, interpreting, and applying financial policies and procedures.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of accounting systems with the ability to effectively analyze account activity across all accounting processes.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated experience working as a team member in a deadline driven environment.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills to effectively present detailed and complex information in an understandable manner.
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical and problem-solving skills to proactively identify issues and solution implementation.
  • Intermediate level data aggregation and spreadsheet skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities concurrently and have the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in accounting or equivalent relevant experience. Certified Public Accountant or CPA candidate.
  • Prior government contractor experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with Oracle financial applications.
  • Working knowledge of DOE Accounting Handbook.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and multi-task between processing, research, ad hoc projects, and other duties as assigned.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to apply learned subject matter and technical knowledge to reach conclusions from data collation, documentation, and statistical analysis.
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Professional III / Annual Salary Range: $73,200 - $120,800
Job Profile: Professional II / Annual Salary Range: $63,600 - $104,900
NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, 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
Drug Free Workplace
NREL is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in accordance with the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug.
If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.
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.
EEO Policy
NREL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic partner status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.
EEO is the Law
Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination
Reasonable Accommodations
For information about right to work, click
for English or
for Spanish.
E-Verify is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This business uses E-Verify in its hiring practices to achieve a lawful workforce.