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Senior Accountant, Financial Reporting and Accounting

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Filter by Date: May 28, 2019

Filter by Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45389 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


We are looking for a Senior Accountant to join our Financial Reporting department.  In the Senior Accountant role, you will act as a lead individual contributor and will focus on participating in the preparation of internal and external financial reports including the incurred cost submission, benefit plan financial statements and 5500 reports, and financial reporting packages.  Leads assigned year-end accounting close activities, and actively participates in the financial statements and footnote preparation.   As a valued member of the department, you’ll be continually looking for ways to perform in the most efficient way your reporting while maintaining accuracy.  We are looking for a team player who likes to go the extra mile during busy reporting season. 



  • Prepares certain Incurred Cost Submission schedules.
  • Leads and prepares certain benefit plan audited financial statements and 5500 reports.
  • Leads and prepares of certain corporate financial statement footnote schedules.
  • Researches accounting issues and disclosure requirements.
  • Manages the monthly general ledger account reconciliation process for the Finance and Accounting Directorate.  Ensures account reconciliations are completed in a timely manner.  Applies advanced accounting concepts when reviewing account reconciliations for proper completion, compliance with accounting policy, and follows up with staff accountants as needed.
  • Applies advanced accounting principles in the review of purchase requisitions for proper accounting classifications, including cost element assignment and capital or overhead determination.  Expertise in managing multiple customer expectations and creating successful working partnerships with internal customers to obtain additional information as needed.
  • Researches complex accounting issues and recommends a course of action, consistent with generally accepted accounting principles and company policy.
  • Subject matter expert in managing and setting up account master data including general ledger accounts, customer accounts, and cost accounting objects.
  • Reviews property tax schedules.
  • Leads and prepares various benefit plan insurance payments and related reports.
  • Identifies processes for continuous improvement.  Coordinates department updates to desk procedures. 
  • Guides completion of department projects as needed.
  • Interfaces with all level of management, internal and external auditors



  • Fifteen or more years of  experience in Accounting, Finance or related field, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field; or thirteen or more years of progressive experience in Accounting, Finance or related field, with an MBA or advanced degree in Accounting, Finance or related field.
  • Strong understanding of generally accepted accounting principles
  • Experience working with ERP systems (e.g. SAP, Oracle, People Soft, Workday) and MS Excel
  • Understanding of diverse accounting subject matter and reporting requirements
  • Excellent written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills with a customer service focus
  • This role may require a secret clearance which is issued by the US Government, a US Citizenship is required. 



  • CPA with public accounting experience or MBA 
  • Demonstrated accounting ability in such areas as performing month-end close activities, preparing journal entries, account reconciliations, and audit schedules
  • Experience preparing Incurred Cost Submission
  • Experience preparing benefit plan financial statements
  • Experience with tax reporting in a Corporate environment
  • Knowledge of government contracting regulations (FAR, CAS) and overhead rates
  • Experience writing accounting desk procedures
  • Experience with SAP
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously with a keen understanding of deadlines



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Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: None 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  No 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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