human resources

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,300 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

Payroll Accountant

Based at Rocket Lab's new headquarters in Long Beach, California the Payroll Accountant is responsible for but not limited to maintaining the company payroll records which includes, stock compensation, employee benefits and related taxes. You will support the Financial Accounting Manager in the Accounting organization, with deliverables required effective accounting operations.

 What you'll get to do:

  • Review and process payroll on a bi-weekly and semi-monthly basis for salaried and hourly employees
  • Validate and reconcile payroll data to ensure accurate payroll payments, reporting, and records.
  • Process all new hires, terminations, and changes to pay rates
  • Assist with all employee contributions for (401K), HSA, Employee Stock Purchase Plans (ESOP), and Stock Based Compensation including coordinating transmissions with third party providers.
  • Process manual checks for terminations and adjustments as needed
  • Reconciliation and resolution of discrepancies of relevant payroll, benefits, and tax accounts
  • Coordinate with other departments (Human Resources, IT, Finance and Accounting) to gather relevant data
  • Support month end close activities such as journal entry compilation, reconciliation, and reporting

You'll bring these Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Human Resources or related field.
  • Minimum of 5+ year accounting or payroll experience
  • Proficient in Excel and data analysis
  • Payroll and reconciliation experience is a must

These Qualifications would be nice to have: 

  • Experience with stock or equity related compensation is preferred
  • Attention to detail and deadline oriented
  • Experience with Infor LN, Oracle, JDE, SAP or similar ERP systems

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S Department of State.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Rocket Lab
United States, Long Beach, California
Posted 2 months ago
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