Argonne National Laboratory Accountant II/III in Lemont, Illinois

Accountant II/III

Requisition Number: 404867 Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Accounting and Finance Division: OCF-Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Employment Category: Regular Shift: 8:30 - 5:00

Level (Grade): PA2 Share: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

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At Argonne National Laboratory you will have the opportunity to contribute to and support research that addresses our nation’s challenges and advances the frontiers of science and technology. Our science impacts the world and you can be a part of that! Whatever your role there is a path for you here at Argonne.

Argonne National Laboratory has an opening for an Accountant II within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer division.

The Accountant II performs a variety of accounting and reporting activities, all in accordance with Laboratory policies and procedures, Department of Energy guidelines, the Prime Contract, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Cost Accounting Standards, and applicable Federal and State regulations. The Accountant provides support for the Senior Accountant and also assists the Senior Accountant in providing direction to the Accounting/Financial Assistant(s) and/or Clerk(s). The Accountant II interacts on a regular basis with Laboratory management and Divisional representatives, the Department of Energy, and outside vendors and agencies. The Accountant is expected to handle special projects as they arise while also adhering to the specific deadlines of the position. Supports department and OCF goals and objectives.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Thorough knowledge of financial policies including both accounting and budget issues.
  • Thorough knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Cost Accounting Standards, Labor Laws and federal and state tax laws.
  • Knowledge of automated financial systems in several platforms/environments including strong computer skills.
  • Personal initiative, strong quantitative skills, and the ability to organize and support special projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • This level of knowledge and expertise is typically attained through a bachelor`s degree in a technical, financial or business management field with an emphasis in technical analysis, and a minimum of 3 years of appropriate financial experience.
  • A master`s degree and/or CPA are preferred though directly related experience may substitute for academic work at the graduate level.

This job description documents the general nature of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of the job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as


At a PA2 Level: Bachelor’s and 2+ years, some occupations may require graduate degree

At a PA3 Level: Bachelor’s and 4+ years, some occupations may require graduate degree and 2+ years

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.