Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

Austin, Texas, United States

Full Time

22 days ago

Job description

Please Note: To conform with the United States Government Space Technology Export Regulations, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., conditional resident, asylee or refugee (protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.
At CesiumAstro, we are developers and pioneers of out-of-the-box communication systems for satellites, UAVs, launch vehicles, and other space and airborne platforms. We take pride in our dynamic and cross-functional work environment, which allows us to learn, develop, and engage across our organization. If you are looking for hands-on, interactive, and autonomous work, CesiumAstro is the place for you.

We are looking to add a Director, Financial Planning & Analysis to our team.  In this position, you will report directly to the CFO and collaborate closely with cross functional teams including Finance, Contracts, Human Resources, Program Management, Operations, Engineering and Business Development to provide strategic insights, ensure financial integrity, and optimize financial performance. Your contributions will play an essential role in leading and driving the company through increasingly rapid stages of growth.


  • Develop and implement financial roadmap and strategies aligned with company goals and objectives.
  • Lead the annual budgeting and forecasting process, providing insights and recommendations to senior management.
  • Manage all aspects of financial planning and analysis, including budgeting, forecasting, and variance analysis.
  • Conduct financial analysis to identify trends, opportunities, and risks to guide decision-making.
  • Consult with decision makers, including functional leaders regarding budgetary matters.
  • Oversee the review of accurate and timely financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements.
  • Support strategy and negotiations on large capital expenditures including real estate leases, facilities, machinery, etc.
  • Analyze financial data to provide insights into business performance, variance analysis, and key financial metrics.
  • Present financial reports and analysis to senior management and stakeholders, highlighting key findings and recommendations.
  • Identify and assess financial risks, implementing strategies to mitigate risks and safeguard company assets.
  • Identify opportunities for cost optimization and revenue enhancement, implementing initiatives to improve financial performance.
  • Hire and mentor additional team members as the company grows.
  • Develop, implement, and understand FP&A tools and systems.


  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or related field; MBA or CPA preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of finance and accounting experience, including at least 5 years of experience in a leadership capacity, preferably in a high-growth start-up.
  • Strong understanding of financial principles, practices, and regulations.
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex financial data and trends.
  • Strategic thinker with a demonstrated ability to develop and execute financial strategies.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex financial concepts to non-financial stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate team members.
  • Strong ability to develop effective consultative working relationships with senior leaders within the organization. 
  • High level of integrity, ethics, and professionalism.
  • Understanding of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and DFARS, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and associated DCAA government guidelines and policies
  • Experience working with a hardware-focused business model with Engineering R&D, Manufacturing, Quality and Supplier Management, and Cost Accounting.
  • Experience working in a DoD Government contracting environment.
  • Self-directed and resourceful with the ability to prioritize work and manage multiple projects.
  • ERP/MRP experience, Acumatica preferred.
  • Experience building and creating executive-level summaries of financial data that is presented to Executive Leadership
  • Experience meeting critical deadlines and developing reports to drive solutions and process improvements.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills: the individual will need to be comfortable working through complex processes and systems changes.
  • Advanced MS Office skills including Excel and PowerPoint.
CesiumAstro considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, education/training, and key skills. Full-time employment offers include company stock options and a generous benefits package featuring health, dental, vision, HSA, FSA, life and retirement plans. 
CesiumAstro, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.   

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