Program Finance Manager, Advanced Technology Division (ATD)

The Aerospace Corporation
Chantilly, VA
Added: April 16, 2024
The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

Job Summary

Provides leadership in all areas of organizational and program analytics, financial strategy, budgeting, forecasting, and planning activities for the Advanced Technology Division (ATD). In this role you will report to the National Systems Group (NSG) CFO and support the ATD General Manager as your primary customer. Specific responsibilities include baseline management, direct delivery analysis, government customer interaction, tracking of funding, annual and multi-year budgeting, development of financial forecasts (EACs) and planning scenarios, development and implementation of financial and operational metrics, dashboards, and capital expenditure planning. Responsible for improvements in financial and business processes. Will serve as a trusted financial advisor to all levels of the Division, providing the financial data, trends analysis, and predictive analytics Aerospace needs to deliver its value proposition to customers and to meet its goals. Will work closely with NSG CFO to ensure a consistent vision and implementation of financial and program control policies, practices, and processes throughout The Aerospace Corporation.

Work Model

This position will be located 100% onsite in Chantilly, VA.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Integral member of the organization and corporate management teams; key business advisor to senior leaders and organization managers; significant contributor in the development of administrative strategic plans and business-related processes; implement near-term and long-range strategies
  • Member of the Finance organization and matrixed member of the Program Planning & Control (PP&C) organization supporting the ATD General Manager as your primary customer; responsible for establishing standard corporate processes to facilitate organizational and corporate level management; provide leadership in the development of policies and procedures; develops Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) tied to Staff Technical Equivalent (STE) and financial goals.
  • Serves as the primary business interface with senior level customers; maintains excellent working relationships with customer counterpart(s) to identify and secure contractual authorization and funding modifications; monitor funding and billing; process at-risk memos if needed
  • Implements corporate standard financial processes, tools, and cadence within the ATD organization, optimizing compliance and efficiency; directs development and maintenance of baselines and forecasts / Estimates at Completion (EACs) that meet the program and company financial plan and the projects / programs Statements of Work (SOW)
  • Develops and manages delivery (STE) and financial plans and forecasts for direct and indirect (labor and non-labor) funded activities at the organization and project / program level; tracks and performs analyses of various budgets and variances, drives corrective action, and maintains and reports organizational statistics / metrics to make informed business decisions; responsible for generation of accurate project / program contractual financial deliverables for customer as required as well as internal financial performance business reviews
  • Supports strategic projects at the NSG and Corporate level
  • Informs NSG CFO and ATD General Manager on financial trends, reporting unit performance and recommends corrective actions to achieve financial plans
  • Tracks, facilitates, and recommends value-informed procurement, investing, and delivery decisions to the General Manager
  • Assists in business financial acumen training for new technical managers

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Business, or related field
  • Eight or more years of experience in financial strategy, budgeting, and forecasting
  • Strong analytical skills; proactive in analyzing data and variances to help inform future performance
  • Outstanding leadership, interpersonal, and communications skills with demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with peers, direct reports, customers, and leadership
  • Experience with baseline management and planning, forecasting / EACs, and estimating, and/or cost/schedule integration techniques
  • Detail-oriented and passionate about producing accurate reports
  • Experience in program management reporting and briefing, risk management tracking and/or corrective action plans
  • Expertise in strategic planning and deployment of comprehensive Finance services for a geographically dispersed organization and multiple customers
  • Demonstrated experience as a resourceful and creative solution finder who can develop options with a broad perspective on the potential impact to the Division, Group and Corporation
  • Ability to establish rapport and build trust quickly at all levels of the organization
  • Cross-functional collaboration and leadership skills, with the ability to make critical decisions and influence others
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills - can organize complex materials and concepts in a manner that is clear, persuasive, logical and builds a consensus.
  • This position requires a current and active TS/SCI security clearance with SSBI and counter-intelligence polygraph, which is issued by the US government. Additional customer security requirements may apply. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • MBA, CPA and/or advanced degree in Finance, Business, Accounting, or related field
  • Prior experience as a Financial or Program Control Manager, or equivalent is desired.
  • Prior experience within a research or FFRDC environment, is desirable.
  • Two or more years of experience in a US government (Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) contracting environment
  • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and adapt to changes as needed
  • Experience with data analytics tools such as Tableau, Power BI and superior Excel skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to build strong and trusted working relationships with stakeholders and with geographically dispersed teams
  • Knowledge of governmental and government contractor budgeting systems and practices
  • Knowledge of cost accounting standards (CAS) and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Can apply critical thinking to determine which ideas to pursue and implement; can anticipate customers' future needs and effectively influences others to adjust and pursue different paths when warranted

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change
  • Engage with Impact
  • Foster Innovation
  • Deliver Results

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

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 at You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.