Virgin Galactic

Solutions Architect - Financial Systems

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Information Technology
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, (NYSE: SPCE), recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, like in making better use of space. Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology. From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space, it is clear that there is much more that unites us than divides us.


“We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.”  Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic


If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!



Your Mission

Virgin Galactic is seeking a new member for our team to serve as the Enterprise Architect (EA) for our Financial Management and Accounting functions within our Infrastructure Technology group. The role will develop the business, application, data and technology architecture for the financial management, accounting, and financial reporting business functions. The EA-FS will be responsible for defining and leading IT and business process change initiatives and includes formalizing project financial structure and accounting capabilities as a key enabler of project and manufacturing control. The role will drive solutions that improve business processes, develop new capabilities that improve effectiveness, drive cost efficiency or service improvements, and that support risk reduction & revenue generation. This includes ensuring that cross functional processes are optimized, automated, and integrated within the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and other required systems. This role forms part of an essential systems and process center of excellence ensuring connected business process throughout the lifecycle of our aircraft and vehicles – the creation of our “Digital Thread”. The EA-FS promotes continuous improvement through measurement and monitoring of key process KPI’s and benchmarks and will work collaboratively with Development and Business Intelligence teams to deliver insightful data to business teams. The EA-FA is also responsible for alignment of financial systems process with HR, Legal, Compliance and Information Protection policies and for identification of complementary technologies to achieve required business outcomes.


Key Responsibilities

  • Build a strong virtual team with representation from cross functional business and financial operations teams to optimize financial management systems and processes and eliminate inefficiencies and redundancies.
  • Develop a deep understanding of current state processes to fully document strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Define and gain agreement for end state processes and ensure current and future processes fully support data integrity requirements across the enterprise.
  • Facilitate solution definition with subject matter experts and other Enterprise Architects to ensure cross functional process integration and cohesion and ensure that all stakeholders are part of the solution definition process.
  • Create Target State Architecture and strategy for the Virgin Galactic financial management platform and establish the current and long-range technology direction and roadmap.
  • Advise on the selection of key enterprise tools (e.g., financial transaction, aggregation, consolidation and reporting tools or capabilities to ensure processes and data usage is optimal.)
  • Develop and manage appropriate performance and efficiency metrics for the functional process domain, to identify and support continuous improvement and operational excellence.
  • Authors complex macro (and micro where applicable) level process requirements defining how the functional requirements will be technically enabled.
  • Provides technical direction for the design of complex and large-scale systems solutions to effectively implement the created strategy.
  • Provides leadership for the solution design of projects that address key business needs. This includes the analysis of multiple solution options.
  • Provides guidance to an extended project team related to the systems and process solutions, and technical design. Assists and advises project teams in the configuration, testing, implementation, and support of technical solutions.
  • Authors sizing and detailed estimates for complex new project requests. Participates in the creation of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) models for large and complex projects.
  • Evaluate new technologies and provide recommendations for investment to establish novel or improve existing enterprise architectures.
  • Learn and contribute toward enterprise-wide architecture and business process models in other process or technical domains.
  • Build and manage relationships with senior leaders within the IT organization and throughout the business.
  • Work with IT and Business Analysts to prioritize user and functional requirements.
  • Establish and manage governance and oversight processes to align strategy and resolve issues.

What you bring

  • Recognizes the positive affect of collaboration, thrives when managing and planning project elements and working with team members.
  • Can build a strong rapport with others but can also work independently. 
  • Maintains excellent analytical and strategic thinking skills; have a background in business skills, management, budgeting, and analysis.
  • Possesses a keen mind for discovering and defining business processes, requirements, and their relationship to provide continuity in all major application decisions.
  • 5+ years Oracle ERP Financials experience developing and architecting all aspects of ERP solutions using the Oracle Business Suite of products
  • Experience of full life cycle Oracle Financials implementations in cloud or on-premises applications
  • Ability to configure all Oracle Financials applications, including General Ledger, Payables, Expenses, Assets & Receivables, and Project cost accounting.
  • Demonstrate strong proficiency in all functional aspects of Oracle Financials application solution design, configuration, integration, and deployment.
  • Deep Understanding of all Finance business processes, including accounting and corporate reporting standards.
  • Possesses and use business savvy to make decisions regarding product features the end user will access to drive the products planned results.
  • Can define problems effectively, assemble and analyse data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and make sound recommendations.
  • Can present to executive management and customers.
  • Takes initiative, has a competitive drive and the ability to stay focused on results despite ambiguity and/or changing conditions.
  • Demonstrates solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.
  • Demonstrates proven ability to manage multiple, often competing project workloads and activities.
  • Has solid technical background, with understanding or hands-on experience in software development, infrastructure technology or web technologies.
  • Demonstrates excellent client-facing & internal communication skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrates solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.
  • Has strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office.


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.


As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as all newly hired employees. 

As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, ( “fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) . If  you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire. 


Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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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