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Payroll Accountant

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Accounting & Finance
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Posted on Saturday, August 19, 2023

About The Role

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 1,500 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.

Life at Rocket Lab

Payroll Accountant

SolAero by Rocket Lab, USA (“SolAero”) is a leading provider of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications. We are the world’s only vertically integrated, end-to-end supplier of satellite solar arrays. SolAero’s proven flight heritage, high volume production capability and technology position us to service the world’s most demanding satellite applications. Since 2001, SolAero solar cells or panels have supplied primary power to over 480 successful space missions.

 What you'll get to do:

  • Process bi-weekly payroll accurately and timely according to company specific pay policies.
  • Review time sheets for accuracy and adherence to payroll policies and procedures.
  • Ensures compliance with federal and state payroll requirements.
  • Reconciles third party payroll to general ledger.
  • As needed, assist in audits of internal records; workers compensation, financial and tax filings.
  • Prepare month-end payroll related journal entries.
  • Responsible for reconciling payroll/benefits balance sheet accounts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

You'll bring these Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Finance and 3+ years of payroll experience (Combination of education and experience will be considered or overall years of experience will be considered in lieu of a degree).
  • Experience with integrated payroll systems
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Must be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language

These Qualifications would be nice to have: 

  • Experience with integrated payroll systems
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Exceptional communication and customer service skills
  • Protects payroll information by keeping information confidential
  • Ability to work with general supervision

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

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.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.



For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations. 

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.  For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.


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