Senior Accountant (CPA)

  • Varda Space Industries
  • El Segundo, California, United States
  • Jun 23, 2024
Accounting Finance

Job Description

About Varda

The environment of space hold the potential to craft products that profoundly enhance life on Earth. Varda is at the forefront of this endeavor, harnessing the unique environment of low earth orbit to produce these innovations and reintroduce them to our world. Our mission transcends mere exploration; we're expanding the economic horizons of humanity.

At Varda, you'll be positioned at the nexus of ambition and expertise. Our seasoned team, with its rich legacy in aerospace and technology, has honed its skills in the corridors of industry giants. Here, your contributions will be both cherished and critiqued by leaders who, with a wealth of experience behind them, are now devoted to the realm of extraterrestrial manufacturing.

While our aspirations soar high, our path is grounded in technical pragmatism and operational viability. Our conceptual operations are crystalline material processing and reentry, backed by years of research and development anchored in the International Space Station's, and commercial space sectors expansive achievements.

Join Varda, and work to finally create a bustling in-space ecosystem.

About Varda

Varda is moving industry into space and bringing real products back to Earth. 

SpaceX, NASA, and the rest of the space industry have laid the proverbial railways to orbit.  The team at Varda is building on top of this prior work to expand the economic bounds of humankind. 

At Varda, you’ll have the opportunity to work at the intersection of ambition and experience.  Our team has all worked in aerospace and honed their crafts in the trenches of major established companies.  Your work will be valued and evaluated by launch-proven leaders who’ve chosen to apply their talents to manufacturing in space.  

While our vision is big, the steps to get there are both reasonable and feasible.  Our company operations are clear and use cases for orbital manufacturing have been proven out over decades of ISS-based research and development. 

Join Varda to help leverage space for business.   

About this Role

As the Sr. Accountant (CPA), you will be responsible for ensuring the timely completion of all month-end financial reporting tasks, and ensuring Varda's goals, missions, and objectives are achieved.  This role is essential to developing Varda's accounting processes and procedures as the Winnebago reentry vehicles are developed.  As the team's CPA, you will ensure all accounting and finance activities are in compliance, audit deliverables are completed, and advising on the company's overall financial plan.

This is a full-time, exempt position located in our El Segundo headquarters.

Required Skills

  • Scope projects including requirements capture and initial design trades to open-ended problems
  • Participate in the accounting close process to ensure timely and accurate reporting of all monthly accounting financial information for the entire company in conjunction with the Finance team.
  • Provide day to day support and administration for Varda’s portfolio of financial systems
  • Prepare journal entries, balance sheet reconciliations, accruals, reserves, intercompany transactions.
  • Interact effectively with Finance and Accounting stakeholders to define business processes and identify areas of improvements/automation
  • Provide insight on revenue, spending variances, and department-level reporting to Varda’s managers, teams, and business partners
  • Help devise Accounting Treatments as products and company matures.
  • Support tax team and local service providers to meet international regulatory and tax compliance needs.
  • Assist in the development of internal policies and memos
  • Prepare schedules and supporting documentation related to external audit requirements, and interact with external auditors as required
  • Conduct ad-hoc analyses as needed to support operational decision-making

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or engineering
  • CPA License
  • 4+ years of accounting experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Independently motivated with a demonstrated track record of delivering complex technical projects
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, applied business statistics, and general modeling experience of complex non-linear system
  • US citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S. to conform with U.S Government space technology export regulations under ITAR 
  • Experience with US GAAP accounting standards

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • 6+ years in the finance industry with experience in a technology-based start-up
  • Big 4 accounting firm experience 
  • Experience with US GAAP and international accounting standards (IFRS or other local accounting standards), and multiple currency environments
  • Experience with MS Dynamics 365 or other ERP accounting systems
  • Ability to analyze a high volume of transactions and data
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to seek underlying assumptions through probing, questioning, and listening
  • Demonstrated time management skills and ability to work independently, handle multiple priorities concurrently with shifting time frames, and meet deadlines; self-starter with high degree of initiative, urgency, and follow through
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, facilitate effective team interactions, and to foster a positive work environment; willingness to assist teammates in order to achieve departmental goal
  • Experience with SQL and/or Python

Compensation

  • Sr. Accountant (CPA): $110,000—$155,000 /per year
  • Leveling and base salary is determined by job-related skills, education level, experience level, and job performance
  • You will be eligible for long-term incentives in the form of stock options and/or long-term cash awards
  • Offer compensation also includes the ability to purchase company stock through the Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Varda Space Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  Candidates and employees are always evaluated based on merit, qualifications, and performance.  We will never discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, martial status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.  

ITAR Requirements

  • Varda, like all employers, must ensure that its employees working in the United States are lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.  Additionally, our employees are exposed to and have access to certain export-controlled items. At present, some of our technology to which employees have access requires a license to be exported to individuals other than “U.S. Persons” as defined in U.S. export regulations. Because our employees are provided access to export-controlled items, our current policy is to only hire “U.S. persons” who are permitted to have access to our technology without an export license. 

    “US person” means: U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident, or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) (i.e., individual admitted to the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum in the U.S.)

     Learn more about the ITAR here.  

Benefits

  • Exciting team of professionals at the top of their field to working by your side
  • Working in El Segundo, CA - an awesome Southern California beach city with quick access to entertainment and outdoor activities
  • Equity in a fully funded space startup with potential for significant growth
  • 401(k) matching
  • Unlimited PTO 
  • Health insurance, including Vision and Dental
  • Lunch and snacks provided on site every day. Dinners provided twice a week. 
  • Maternity / Paternity leave

Varda Space Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  Candidates and employees are always evaluated based on merit, qualifications, and performance.  We will never discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, martial status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.

E-Verify Statement

Varda Space Industries, Inc. participates in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security E-Verify program. The E-Verify program is an Internet-based employment eligibility verification system operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Learn more about the E-Verify program.

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