Business Manager - Environment, Health & Safety Division


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opening for an experienced Business Manager in the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Division. This role is a key member of the EHS Division senior management team, responsible for the day-to-day management of core business and administrative functions for the 110-person Division. Specifically, the Business Manager will manage and serve as the point of contact, spokesperson and information source on various business operation issues, such as finance, human resources, travel, property management, procurement, timekeeping, space and general executive support, to ensure effective administration of the Division's goals and priorities. In addition, the Business Manager will provide consultation and advice to the EHS Director and senior leadership team on a wide variety of operations activities and issues.

What You Will Do:

Oversee the EHS Division's finance, human resources, procurement, space management, property, travel and other operational activities (i.e., website, communication, Building Emergency Team, etc.).

Ensure adherence to relevant policies and procedures and act as a spokesperson and champion of these policies.

Lead the continuous improvement of financial, administrative and business processes to ensure effective and efficient business support of the EHS mission and to EHS departmental/executive offices.

Manage team of five financial and administrative staff members, ensuring overall quality of work, accuracy and timely delivery of these services.

Manage all internal financial activities for a $20-million budget. Lead the Division through annual budget planning exercises. Ensure annual budgets, cost controls, analysis, indirect expense and inter-departmental charge-back planning, execution and reporting is timely, accurate and meets the Division's priorities.

Liaise with Human Resources to ensure effective delivery of HR services; partner with and consult on HR matters and issues, including budgeting, workforce planning, DE&I programming and other business services.

Trouble-shoot procurement issues and develop extensible solutions to meet the Division's procurement needs. Infuse the use of metric and fact-based decisions in planning or changing support services provided to the Division. Ensure that services are customer-focused, efficient and cost-effective.

Represent the EHS Division at Lab-wide administrative and operational forums and meetings.

Develop and implement sustainable communications strategies that address both internal Division and external stakeholder needs.

Depending on experience, additional responsibilities may include:

Manage the EHS training group.

Manage the Business Analysis and Project Management group. As the principal point of contact for IT, work with EHS Division management to manage the ongoing improvements to the EHS Division's data management systems, plan and prioritize work performed for the Division by IT and develop an overall strategic approach to establishing more effective integrated systems.

Recommend and participate in formulation of key policies and strategic plans and decisions affecting the scientific and operational Divisions' EHS programs related to both short- and long-term planning. Work in consultation with Division Directors to provide effective formulation and implementation of operational plans that ensure consistency with Division and Laboratory mission and goals.

Assist the Division Directors in addressing a broad range of operational management issues affecting the Division's EHS technical programs, and triage operational issues and concerns raised by staff.

Work closely with other members of Division management to optimize the Divisions' infrastructures for current and future programmatic needs.

What is Required:

Bachelor degree in Business Administration or related field and 5 to 10 years of significant business operations or financial management experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Demonstrated outstanding organizational and business management experience, including knowledge and leadership in budget formulation and execution, procurement, financial analysis, property management, administrative management and human resources management.

Strong understanding of business operational processes and systems. Experience in design and application of performance metrics, and development and implementation of policies and procedures.

Proven collaboration experience and ability to develop partnerships with senior management and key stakeholders in decision-making processes.

Experience directing staff, including hiring, performance management, promotions and terminations. Extensive supervisory skills and demonstrated success in developing harmonious and productive working relationships.

Effective verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to present ideas clearly to individuals and groups, including management, staff, senior Laboratory personnel and/or external organizations and industries.

Demonstrated ability to use discretion, tact, and diplomacy when interacting with various levels of the organization.

Strong problem-solving and effective negotiation skills, including demonstrated ability to make independent decisions consistent with organizational goals, policies and procedures.

Proven ability to work on multiple projects with varying priorities and deadlines.

Desired Qualifications:

10+ years of relevant experience and a Masters of Business Administration or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Demonstrated experience in applying strategic approaches to business and financial management.

Experience leading the business and administrative services of a large organization, including communications, training, safety and emergency response, facilities, and space planning.


For full consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter by January 15, 2021.

This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.

This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

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