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Senior Financial Analyst

Senior Financial Analyst

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Who we are

Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a 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

Under minimal supervision, the Senior Financial Analyst is instrumental in leading and driving the budgeting and forecasting process for TSC, and providing insightful analyses and information to enhance overall Company decision making and profitability. This role will provide continual and ad-hoc expense analyses, coordinate plans and budgets with department leaders, and drive better productivity through the identification of process and functional improvements. You will work alongside other finance team members across the entire organization to continually improve the overall performance and productivity of the team(s).

Your Mission

  • Lead detail annual department budgeting and quarterly reforecasting process for TSC. Report to Virgin Galactic Corporate headcount, operating, and capital expenditures.
    • Meet with leaders across program to identify costs and headcount requirements in support of management objectives
      • Headcount planning
        • Maintain and update headcount planning templates, overhead rates, etc. Work directly with department leaders in planning process
        • Headcount tracking in support of budget vs. actual reporting and quarterly reforecast
      • Expense planning
        • Prepare operating and capital expense plan for each plan cycle, including annual budget and quarterly reforecast with relevant stakeholders. Manage department planning templates
        • Able to address accounting/planning questions from program leaders (accounting treatment, cash vs. GAAP differences, etc.)
      • Support implementation of project-based planning and tracking of development costs
      • Maintain multi-year plans to address resource planning with supporting scenario analysis. Develop G&A and overhead allocation projections
      • Perform budget to forecast, and forecast to forecast reconciliations. Identify risks and opportunities
      • Requires ability to understand operational units to properly align financial projections and to assess impacts to operational goals. Maintain and test key assumptions for long term model as it relates to TSC.
  • Monthly department financial reporting
    • Perform account level variance explanations, identifying timing vs. permanent cost differences to budget. Generate monthly financial statements
    • Update forecast as it relates to cost differences identified in variance analysis
    • Demonstrate ability to provide program level/macro explanations on milestone progress as it relates to budget/forecast
    • Conduct GL account review for all P&L activity, validating balances are reasonable and accurate as compared to current operating plans
    • Work closely with accounting department researching variance explanations, propose reclass journal entries, convey budget assumptions, etc.
  • Assist in senior management/BOD dashboard reporting process
    • Oversee TSC portion of monthly dashboard reporting process, including performing variance explanations, headcount comparisons, etc.
    • Participate in senior finance monthly close meetings
    • Support requests for ad-hoc reports, pro-forma financial statements
  • Support implementation of budgeting/planning and reporting tool (Anaplan).
  • Previous experience working in EPM environments highly preferred, including implementation, rollout and process adoption.
  • Ad-hoc/Other
    • Work with Finance/Accounting and other stakeholders on issues and solutions
    • Aid in the development of impactful, compelling presentation materials (decks, notes, write-ups, backup materials, etc.) that effectively communicates financial projections, risks and opportunities
    • Other special projects as required

What you bring


  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, economics, or finance.
  • MBA or CPA preferred, or work experience equivalent


  • Progressive advancement in accounting and finance function in operational finance departments
  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience. Public company and/or manufacturing-environment experience preferred
  • Solid understanding of accounting and finance principles
  • Experience with investment banking models a plus
  • Superior analytical skills. Articulate with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong business partnering and interpersonal skills. Highly organized, flexible and easily adaptable to changing conditions
  • Ability to work well under high pressure and tight deadline situations. Strong project management skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage numerous simultaneous priorities. High energy, high ownership of work product and dedication and commitment to driving results
  • Knowledge of US GAAP, demonstrated either through work experience or professional accountancy qualification
  • Experience with Cost Accounting Standards preferred
  • BA/BS in Finance/Accounting/Economics or MBA or CPA is required
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel:
    • Formulas and Functions, including: Pivot tables, Vlookups, Nested IF statements, Logic statements, etc. Financial modeling experience in Excel required. Data tables, what if analysis
    • Excel best practices required (formatting, file linking, etc.)

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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