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Sr Director of Financial Services

San Diego, California

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Corporate positions help our company operate at it's maximum potential while providing the best service to all customers. Our corporate teams maintain a high level of collaboration across multiple departments and teams. Corporate roles include Human Resources, Legal, Information Technology Services (ITS), Accounting & Finance, and Contracts & Procurement.

  • Schedule: Full-Time Salary

  • Job Level: Executive

  • Travel: 0 - 25

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Date posted 08/26/2021 Job ID 33059BR Company General Atomics Experience Level Executive Job Title Sr Director of Financial Services City San Diego State California Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary

Job Summary

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

This position reports to the Vice President Controller & Deputy CFO and is responsible for supporting multiple General Atomics business units. The position leads a management team responsible for the preparation of various accounting and financial analyses used to monitor financial performance at the individual program and business unit levels, and is responsible for various budget and forecast deliverables. Collaborates with senior finance management in the development and modification of financial policies, procedures, and internal controls; and ensures that finance and cost control activities are successfully implemented to meet overall objectives and required regulatory standards. Works with cross-functional senior management in the development and implementation of annual and long-term financial and strategic business objectives. May interact with customers and government representatives.


  • Acts as a trusted advisor to business unit leadership by providing insights for improving financial performance and strategies to proactively identify business issues and solutions.
  • Leads a team responsible for all aspects of the program and business unit financial performance reporting, including orders, revenue, earnings, and cash; as well as collaboration with business unit teams to ensure program estimates at completion (EAC) financial positions are accurate and compliant.
  • Supports the monitoring and management of overhead and G&A rates, capital expenditures, and balance sheet risk; proactively identifies possible recovery actions, when necessary.
  • Collaborates with FP&A and is responsible for accurate and timely submission of budget and forecast inputs to the home office, accumulating and leveraging historical data to drive better forecasting, identification of financial risks and opportunities, and preparation of presentations to executive leadership, external auditors, lenders, and DCMA.
  • Ensures accurate submittal of financial results for monthly/quarterly close process and variance analysis.
  • Engages in pricing and proposal activities; to include participating in pricing strategy, bid reviews and negotiation support.
  • Collaborates on and supports various financial system implementations.
  • Monitors financial controls and procedures to ensure quality and reliability of financial information and reporting; liaises with external and internal audit teams; and proactively identifies opportunities for process improvements and maximizing efficiencies.

Leadership Behaviors and Competencies:

  • Demonstrate ability to interpret complex problems and make informed objective decisions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify areas for efficiency improvement, lead through group and organizational change management initiatives, and evolve finance organizations to keep pace with rapid growth and changing customer, government and marketplace demands.
  • Develop the teams through metrics-oriented goals and stretch opportunities/projects; organize, plan, schedule, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones; and manage with respect, effective communication, and mutual accountability.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to build and maintain productive working relationships; lead by example to foster team growth and collaboration by championing innovation, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization and influence change toward future strategic vision.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Job Qualifications:
  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related discipline and fifteen or more years of progressively complex experience with at least eleven of those years in management.
  • An MBA in finance or related field, a CPA or CMA certification, is highly desirable
  • Must have deep familiarity with CAS/DFAR and accounting for, and analysis of, Government programs
  • Experience negotiating government accounting issues with DCAA/DCMA is highly desirable.
  • Must have experience in a government contractor environment.
  • Must demonstrate a thorough application of industry and government finance/accounting management principles and practices and related managerial skills.
  • Significant experience resolving complex management and finance/accounting issues and serving as spokesperson on cross-functional projects.
  • Strong communication, leadership, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Ability to obtain DoD clearance.
Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Provided US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? No
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  • Healthcare

  • Pension, 401(k)/Retirement Plans

  • Competitive Pay

  • Multiple product lines means a variety of work

  • Paid Time Off

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“General Atomics is a company that has provided amazing career opportunities. There is no limit to where you can go in this company.”
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