financial analysis
financial planning
human resources

Job Details

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


JPL’s Instruments Division is seeking an experienced and motivated Business Administrator III. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Instruments Division, which crafts one-of-a-kind science instruments to explore Earth, planets, the cosmos, and beyond! You will be a member of the Business Team and provide operations/analyst support to the Instrument Electronics and Software Section. You will implement a broad range of business functions for your assigned organization, in concert with the Business Administration Manager. The organization is team-based, improvement-oriented, and believes that work can be enjoyable.

This position is well-suited for an individual who thrives on balancing multiple priorities, applying data analytics to make logical inferences, and being part of a team.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Financial planning, analysis and reporting, human resources administration, workforce planning and analysis, acquisitions, facilities planning, environmental health and safety, and asset management/logistics.

  • Assist with the development and control of organizational budgets including planning and reporting responsibilities, forecasting, conducting monthly cost analyses, and account reconciliation.

  • Collaborate with customers to achieve business objectives and increase the organization's efficiency, as well as serve as a liaison on various business operations topics.

  • Assist in developing, coordinating, and improving procedures within the organization to meet JPL’s administrative and business requirements.

  • Candidate will be an administrative team leader for Section business operations and will perform other ad hoc duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field with a minimum of 6 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar fields with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; Ph.D. with 2 years of related experience.

  • Experience and broad knowledge in one or more of the following areas: business administration and operations, finance, budgeting, workforce planning, business information systems, acquisitions, human resources, and facilities management.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; able to resolve complex issues independently.

  • Ability to present findings clearly and concisely using graphics, tables, and high-level summarization.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in financial analysis, forecasting, and trend analysis.

  • Proven track record of maintaining patience and composure in a dynamic work environment, with the ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in evaluating potential solutions.

  • Strong proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite of applications (Word, Excel [pivot tables, macros, advanced functions], PowerPoint, Access, Outlook). Comfortable maximizing IT solutions.

  • Self-starter that thrives working independently and in a team environment.

  • Strong professional characteristics: diligent, responsible, hardworking, and intellectually curious. The ideal candidate takes initiative and ownership of their work and possesses an improvement mentality.

  • Ability to plan, prioritize and complete multiple assignments independently.

  • Excellent customer service, organizational, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in the use of budgeting and reporting tools including the JPL Institutional Budgeting Tool (IBT), PowerBI, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, or similar tools.

  • Knowledge of applicable Laboratory and/or NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations, and exposure to JPL’s Institutional business processes and architecture.

JPL has a catalog of benefits and perks that span from the traditional to the unique. This includes a variety of health, dental, vision, wellbeing, and retirement plans, paid time off, learning, rideshare, childcare, flexible schedule, parental leave and many more. Our focus is on work-life balance, and living healthy, fulfilling lives as we Dare Mighty Things Together. For benefits eligible positions, benefits are effective the first day of the month coincident with or immediately following the employee’s start date.

For further benefits information click Benefits and Perks

The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.

The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.

$99,944 - $125,008

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available here.

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United States, JPL Campus, Pasadena, California
Posted 8 months ago
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