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Senior Accountant / Analyst

The Aerospace Corporation
paid holidays, sick time, 401(k), relocation assistance
United States, California, El Segundo
March 19, 2023

The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space- delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you'll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration - to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

Job Summary

We are looking for an Accounting professional with strong experience to join our General Accounting department. In this role, you'll be responsible for all facets of preparing and submitting weekly invoices to our primary customer; leading the month-end close process; preparing journal entries and account reconciliations; and interfacing with our external and government auditors. We are looking for a team player who likes to go the extra mile!

Work Model

Hybrid - El Segundo, CA

  • Will be expected to come onsite on occasion

What You'll Be Doing

  • Leads the monthly close process by recording and reviewing journal entries, completing account reconciliations, and preparing supporting schedules
  • Prepares detailed account analyses and reconciliations for various balance sheet accounts
  • Monitors progress of close activities and keeps management apprised of progress
  • Seeks to continuously improve closing processes and related documentation
  • Prepares invoices for certain Aerospace government and commercial customers
  • Acts as primary point of contact regarding billing and invoicing inquiries as well as other functions from internal and external auditors
  • Leads international accounting activities
  • Reviews requests, determines scope of request, obtains documentation, and prepares for manager review before releasing to auditors
  • Assists other Staff Accountants as needed
  • Leads and coordinates departmental projects and initiatives as assigned

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • Six (6) or more years of progressively responsible experience in the accounting field Proven understanding of accounting principles, GAAP; Understanding of diverse accounting subject matter and reporting requirements
  • Experience working with ERP systems (e.g. SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft)
  • Experience preparing auditor schedules and/or analyzing accounting data using Microsoft Excel
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal, with a customer service focus
  • Position requires attendance on Friday during month-end close
  • Position requires working a standard 5-day schedule and occasionally working in excess of standard working hours during fiscal year-end preparation, close, and audit (September through December)
  • This position requires ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • CPA with public accounting experience
  • Experience in general accounting operations including month and yearend close, journal entries, account reconciliations and audit schedules
  • SAP software experience (e.g., FI, CO, and/or PS)
  • Experience preparing, reviewing, and submitting invoices to multiple customers within prescribed deadlines
  • Experience with parent/subsidiary accounting and reporting
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel's advanced functionality, including Power Query, Visual Basic, and/or Power Pivot
  • Experience with system implementation projects
  • Experience documenting accounting desk procedures
  • Experience with and understanding of government contracting regulations (FAR, CAS), overhead rates and different contract types (CPFF, FFP, T&M, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously with a keen understanding of deadlines

We offer a competitive compensation package where you'll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below. Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills.

(Min - Mid - Max)

$85,000 - $100,000 - $115,000

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans

  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation

  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options

  • 401(k) Plan - Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions

  • Relocation assistance

  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career

  • Education assistance programs

  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other-the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion,genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at ieo.mailbox@aero.org. You can also review Know Your Rights : Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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