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Senior Finance Manager

LOCATION - Luxembourg

Located in Luxembourg City, ispace Europe S.A. is a subsidiary of ispace inc., and is the company’s newest regional office. We are a small, agile, and highly determined team willing to go the extra distance to pave the way for a new frontier in space.  Working at ispace Europe will require the ability to thrive in the unknown, an eagerness to be a pioneer in a new industry, and a willingness to work in an international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary environment.  We invite motivated, talented, and hardworking individuals to join us for an exciting new challenge.

ispace Europe is looking for a Finance Manager to join its new team in Luxembourg. The person who fills this position will be generally responsible for all the financial undertakings of the company, however the specific responsibilities will evolve as the company grows.



  • Coordinating with HQ to ensure the timely delivery and requisite transparency and quality of financial data needed to support the company’s global business
  • Acting as primary bridge between accounting, business planning, contracts, program management, and operational management on financial and performance issues
  • Driving program financial accountability by assessing compliance with program budgets, challenging decisions with large financial impacts, and tracking key financial metrics
  • Acting as a business and financial sounding board to managers within programs to enable better decision-making and operational excellence
  • Overseeing the development, analysis and maintenance of:
    • Strategic and operating plans as they relate to financial statements and business cases
    • Performance results, variance analyses and understanding of operational and financial performance
    • Financial performance variances; identifies, analyzes and reports results; performs risk and opportunity analyses and provides potential solutions; works with program to develop recovery plans
    • Financial performance measurement baselines
    • Financial forecasts for the program and its various elements
    • Resource forecasts (labor) and estimates at completion (EACs) at the element and program level
    • Detailed 1-year budget and 3-year forecast for the program and its various elements
    • Development of estimates and pricing for proposals and other data analyses (risk, financial, etc)
    • Data for contracts, proposals and agreements such for programs within the European Space Agency, Horizon 2020, European Commission, and Luxembourg National Programs
    • Supplier Management/Procurement:  cost/price analyses of supplier proposals for procurement of material and capital expenditures supplier source selection; supplier financial and operational audits
    • Resource planning, budgeting and financial management (including estimating and pricing), and supplier management and procurement


  • Masters degree in Finance or Business Administration
  • 7-10 years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience and knowledge of EU accounting issues
  • Proficiency/Fluency in English, capabilities in other languages, particularly Japanese, an asset
  • Experience in industrial, manufacturing or engineering focused companies
  • Working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, earned value management system procedures and application
  • Experience performing budgeting, estimates at completion, revenue recognition, forecasting, earned value, planning and applicable analysis and reporting
  • Knowledge of mathematics and statistics, analytical aptitude, strong oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with estimating and pricing procedures, audit methods, and MS Office
  • Experience in finance in a government contracting/government cost accounting environment preferred
  • Excellent project, time, and budget management skills, and being able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail
  • A mixture of high energy, flexibility and team orientation with a direct, honest, and respectful approach to problem solving, and an ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a high-growth, start-up culture
  • Must show initiative, leadership, and positive can-do attitude
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills