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Assistant Controller, Contractor/Consultant

Assistant Controller, Contractor/Consultant

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US-CA-Long Beach

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Who we are




At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as Assistant Controller for a 5 - 6 month contract. If you join us in this position, you will provide Accounting support for both the finance team and a broad range of teammate “customers” who rely on timely and accurate accounting and financial information.  This role will be responsible for managing the monthly accounting close process which includes the consolidation and select financial reporting. This is a 5 - 6 month contract position located at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Assist with the monthly close process
  • Review journal entries complete with necessary supporting documentation and schedules.
  • Review account reconciliations for all balance sheet accounts on a monthly basis
  • Provide account analysis where necessary to appropriately determine accruals or other estimates to be recorded in the general ledger
  • Maintain multiple financial schedules to ensure monthly updates are made and properly recorded in the financial statements
  • Perform technical accounting research to determine appropriate treatment for a variety of transactions under US GAAP and IFRS
  • Prepare supporting schedules for use in financial statements and/or footnote disclosures (US GAAP and IFRS)
  • Assist in providing critical financial information to other teammates within and outside of Finance
  • Assist in coordinating the annual financial statement audit and working with our external auditors on various accounting issues as needed
  • Assist in the continued implementation and development of our Oracle ERP
  • Support financial planning and analysis on bid & proposal efforts and on new programs and projects
  • Perform data extractions & prepare reports to support financial statements.
  • Prepare periodic regulatory filings and other regulatory requirements
  • Play a key role in general process improvements and process documentation for all facets of the accounting cycle as well as the continued development and documentation of our accounting policies and procedures
  • Cultivate internal relations at all levels by providing support and a high level of customer service.
  • Perform various projects such as research, special projects & analysis as needed.
  • Ad hoc projects as directed.

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or similar is required; CPA strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in overall accounting, with at least 3 years of experience at a Big Four public accounting firm
  • Manufacturing sector experience a plus
  • Strong budget/forecast and financial analysis skills
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of accounting rules to properly interpret and determine applicable accounting treatment.
  • Demonstrated experience with accounting systems and practices. Oracle experience a plus
  • Proven ability to present and explain financial data and analysis to both finance and non-finance audiences
  • Strong administration/time management skills essential
  • Expert level proficiency in all MS Office applications, especially Excel
  • Must be inquisitive and able to solve problems creatively
  • Exemplary written and oral communication skills required
  • Creative individual with a keen eye for detail and precision
  • Effective in researching and recommending policies and procedures to all levels of management
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a project from conception to completion
  • Proactive and customer-service oriented individual, with a desire to solve problems and deliver timely and effective solutions
  • Flexible attitude, with the uncanny ability to work well under pressure and with ‘on the spot’ priority situations in a quick and effective manner
  • Willingness and ability to travel if required
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

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.


Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”

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