Virgin Galactic

  • Controller

    Company The Spaceship Company
    Category Finance
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
    Location : Location
  • 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 400 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 the direction of the Corporate Controller, the TSC Controller oversees all accounting needs of TSC including but not limited to; month end close, project accounting, partnering with the Financial Planning and Analysis team to ensure accurate and timely financial reporting, and taxation, and assists in improving further Oracle enhancement configuration.  Additionally, the TSC Controller is responsible for the day-to-day management of the accounting department, including assisting in establishing, enhancing, documentation of process and implementing and enforcing Company internal controls, leading all financial audit engagements and communicating with internal and external customers.  The Controller has a dotted line reporting to the President of TSC and will be responsible for communicating important financial matters in the TSC executive meetings.


    Your Mission

    • Supervise all activities of the accounting groups located across our Mojave, CA site, and other sites as required;
    • Assist FP&A in detailed annual department budgeting and quarterly reforecasting process for TSC. 
    • Produce monthly financial statements in accordance with GAAP (currently converting from IFRS to US GAAP);
    • Ensure the effectiveness of internal controls;
    • File all periodic governmental filings (property tax, sales tax, etc.);
    • Direct / Control all cash management functions;
    • Manage accounting policies, procedures, processes and business systems to ensure high quality and efficient accounting and reporting;
    • Ad hoc financial reporting and analysis, as well as special projects as needed;
    • Manage auditors and tax advisors ;
    • Work with the Corporate internal audit department;
    • Interact with Executive Management and Board of Directors as required


    What you bring

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting [Required), advanced degree a plus;
    • Certified Public Accountant [Required);
    • Minimum of 6 years of relevant experience with 3+ years’ experience in public accounting (Big 4 Preferred) and 3+ years in private industry;
    • Manufacturing industry experience;
    • Start-up industry experience preferred;
    • Strong understanding in ERP system (Oracle and system implementation Preferred);
    • Sarbanes Oxley Act (Sox) experience (Sox implementation experience Preferred);
    • Experience in Government contracting arrangements preferred;
    • Good time management skills to manage fluctuating work volume;
    • Detailed oriented and able to multi-task;
    • Strong customer service focus;
    • Experience working is a fast pace team environment; and
    • Ability to manage conflicting priorities.

    ITAR Requirements

    To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


    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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