Project Controller

Irvine, CA, United States
Full Time Posted 9 days ago
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United States
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Location: Irvine, United States of America

Thales people architect solutions that enable two-thirds of planes to take off and land safely. We create in-flight entertainment systems that engross 50 million fliers every year and we develop the avionics that control the world’s largest commercial aircrafts. Our simulators train the next generation of pilots for fighter jets, transporters and search and rescue helicopters. And, together, each and every member of our aerospace team makes a difference.


We are currently looking for a Projects Controller to join Thales in Irvine, CA. The Projects Controller acts as a Finance Business Partner to support the Finance, Program Management and Executive Teams in a variety of tasks, including but not limited to: financial planning and analysis, budgeting, forecasting, variance analysis, project tracking, completing periodic reports and general program tasks as identified by Thales Leadership.

This role supports the Connected In Seat Systems business segment, a major contributor towards delivering all OI, revenue, EBIT & cash targets for the IFE Business Line.  It will have a combination of internal & external stakeholders depending on the activity, which may include local based stakeholders and those overseas based at the Corporate and GBU level. The scope of the job includes working directly with internal customers/partners as well as IFE’s subsidiaries, suppliers, auditors, Country Office, GBU and/or Group as needed.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for program reviews: planning, tracking, analysis, and reporting on projects of varying contract type, size, complexity, and level of risk.  Build scenario analysis to explain the financial impacts whenever requested.
  • Highlight / manage Program risks and opportunities in conjunction with Program Leads.
  • Partner with all levels of the Programs Department and Bid Finance to ensure robust financials and operational governance from project set up through to project delivery.
  • Deliver program financials within contractual baselines: full scope of programs captured and risks/opportunities are identified.
  • Prepare program financial baselines - Initial budget, validate changes and maintain updated business plans over the life of each program with appropriate tracking of assumptions and related variances analysis.
  • Ensure all costs against programs and departments are properly recorded, reconciled and analyzed.
  • Coordinate with Program Management, Finance, Accounts Receivable to ensure that all the components of revenue are accounted for in accordance with the contractual terms : billing, credit, rebate
  • Evaluate and assess program contingencies and program efficiency metrics, reviewing trends and providing forward looking analysis.
  • Accountable for ensuring all program financials are consistent with all internal policies & procedures.
  • Support external auditors' reviews and ensures that full documentation and account reconciliations, including but not limited to, program estimates at completion, are provided in a timely manner.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum 5-8+years accounting or finance related experience or Master’s degree with 4+years accounting/finance experience
  • Experience with financial analysis and financial modeling, budgeting, forecasting, and planning
  • Prior experience managing budgets, conducting in-depth financial analysis and submitting recommendations for consideration
  • Prior experience with principles of revenue and cost recognition and deferral, and financial statements.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office), including advanced Microsoft Excel functions (Pivot tables, V Look up Etc.) and Microsoft Access
  • Experience handling multiple projects and adapt to changing priorities

Preferred qualifications:

  • Financial Systems (i.e. SAP, Hyperion, Clarity, Cognos, Primavera, BPC) experience preferred
  • IFRS knowledge and experience highly desirable
  • MBA desirable

Are you ready to be part a part of something big? If your skills, experience and attitude are a match and you’re looking for an exciting challenge, please apply now using the link below and we will be in touch.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!

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