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Payroll Specialist

Payroll Specialist

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Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is Virgin Galactic’s wholly owned space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 350 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.


Our Values

TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation. You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic. Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility. You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.


Who You Are

As the Payroll Specialist, your primary responsibility will be to ensure the successful completion of timecards of all hourly staff, as well as administering payroll on a bi-weekly schedule. You will work independently on multiple projects with a strong ability to effectively prioritize and produce results within set timelines.

Your Mission

  • Build strong relationships with employees, leadership and HR colleagues, and develop a solid understanding of the business in order to provide proactive support.
  • Oversee and handles all timekeeping activities in accordance with Company policy, state and federal employment laws and other regulatory agencies.
  • Works closely with supervision and our payroll manager to ensure accurate timekeeping is provided for payroll processing consistently within deadlines.
  • Log employee call-ins.
  • Make appropriate personnel aware of employees with no time.
  • Run appropriate reporting for various departments.
  • Enroll new employees in time clock system and train on timekeeping software.
  • Process payroll bi-weekly.
  • Resolve employee questions, concerns and complaints in a way that fosters a high level of employee morale, loyalty and motivation.
  • Trains new employees on our time keeping system (Ultipro) and enrolls them on timeclocks.
  • Train leadership on properly managing their employee’s time.
  • Manage vacation/sick entries
  • Manage on-call pay for infrastructure departments.
  • Support other finance activities in a dynamic and ever changing environment, finding adaptive and creative solutions while effectively managing competing demands.


What you bring

At least three years of timekeeping/payroll experience required.

  • Preferred experience with Ultipro/Oracle.
  • Strong skills with the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong knowledge of the human resource field including payroll and California legal compliance.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize activities.
  • Disciplined self-starter with can-do attitude; proactive, resourceful, and detail-oriented with strong follow-through skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills that demonstrate a proven ability to develop relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders, both in-person and virtually.
  • Strong work ethic, sense of urgency, consistent sense of integrity and strident on privacy issues.
  • Preferably have a BS/BA with 3+ years in finance/payroll.
  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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