Principal Director, Corporate Planning and Financial Strategy

    • El Segundo, CA

Requisition ID: 52061

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 seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the Principal Director of Corporate Planning and Financial Strategy. In this exciting and fast-paced position, the Principal Director will provide leadership in the areas of budget tracking, financial analysis, pricing and tracking progress of Aerospace Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) and non-FFRDC contracts, preparing financial reports, preparing briefing for senior leadership review and approval, preparing and briefing financial dashboards and metrics, and in partnership with the General Manager and Chief Financial Officer, seek continual improvements to both financial and business process as dictated by evolving corporate strategies. This highly visible and dynamic position includes regular engagement with senior Aerospace leaders and their technical and business teams. The position will be located in El Segundo, CA and reports the General Manager, Corporate Planning and Financial Strategy.

Key Functions
• Pricing FFRDC contract
• Pricing non-FFRDC contracts
• Generating monthly cost reports to Aerospace customers (internal and external)
• Coordinating the operating plan process (overhead and capital)
• Tracking budgets and calculating estimates throughout the fiscal year
• Preparing long range planning scenarios
• Tracking and projecting loan covenant metrics
• Providing in-depth financial analysis to senior leaders
• Creating ad-hoc financial reports as requested
• Preparing and presenting financial data including key financial metrics
• SAP liaison between the information technology organization and the business manager community
• Other duties as required
• Budgeting and forecasting experience



  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Business or related field
  • Significant direct experience in managing people
  • 10 years of government contract pricing and financial management experience
  • 15 years of financial management experience
  • Experience with overhead rate development and budgeting
  • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and adapt to changes as needed
  • Empowers people, removes obstacles, and streamlines operations to achieve speed and efficiencies
  • Cross-functional collaboration and leadership skills, with the ability to influence others
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to build strong and trusted working relationships with stakeholders and teams
  • Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills
  • Actively identifies high potential diverse talent and significantly contributes to their career development and advancement
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance with SCI Access
  • Ability to travel as required

  • Advanced degree in Finance, Accounting, Business or related field
  • CPA or MBA
  • Knowledge of governmental and government contractor budgeting systems and practices
  • Knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and cost accounting standards (CAS)
  • Tableau experience

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.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

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, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion,genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles
Job Segment: Strategic Planning, ERP, Security Clearance, Aerospace, Strategy, Technology, Government, Aviation

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