Tax Accounting Specialist 3

Date: May 10, 2024

Location: Centennial, COLORADO, US, 80112 Cape Canaveral, FLORIDA, US, 32925 Decatur, ALABAMA, US, 35601

Company: United Launch Alliance

Requisition ID: 96

Location: ULA - Denver, ULA - Cape Canaveral, ULA - Decatur 

Relocation: No 

Travel Requirements: None/Infrequent 


At ULA, success comes through the efforts of a strong, united team.


Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world's most experienced and reliable space launch company! Successfully launching more than 155 consecutive missions with 100% mission success doesn't happen by accident. It's a testament to the commitment and dedication of our team of rocket scientists and support employees combined with the systems and processes we use to pull them together. As a ULA employee, you'll have the opportunity to grow in your career while working in a team-oriented culture that combines technology, innovation, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary. Whether you are in college just launching your career, or, have experience and want to come work with the best rocket team in the world, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world. Our team is excited to meet you!

Job Overview & Responsibilities


The Sales & Use Tax Specialist 3 is an individual contributor position who reports to the Assistant Controller. They are responsible for:
Accurate and timely filing of sales and use tax returns and payments for multiple jurisdictions.

  • Preparing and distributing sales tax exemption certificates and manage vendor information in Vertex and SAP systems.
  • Performing daily analysis of related data from SAP and Vertex software to maximize tax savings and minimize audit exposure.
  • Ensuring that changes in tax laws are implemented properly.
  • Daily interactions with internal customers, such as accounts payable, supply chain, program finance, and external vendors.
  • Helping determine and pursue courses of action necessary to increase efficiencies and reduce tax exposure.
  • Designing, modifying and installing and/or maintaining software systems to ensure an adequate recognition of tax and financial transactions.
  • Compiling and analyzing financial information to record transactions, prepare reports, and review and verify accuracy.
  • Maintaining or overseeing the control of accounts and records in such areas as disbursements, expenses, and tax payments.
  • Performing balance sheet reconciliations, prepare/record journal entries, and assist with month end financial close procedures.


Required Education



Required Years of Experience

Minimum of 4 years of related work experience


Basic Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Four years of directly related exempt work experience may be used to satisfy the bachelor's degree requirement. 
  • Sales And Use Tax Compliance Knowledge
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel Skills (Pivot Tables Important)
  • Tax Research and Ability to Analyze and Interpret State and Local Tax Laws
  • Is A Self-Starter and Demonstrates Ownership of Assigned Tasks
  • This opportunity may be located in Centennial, CO, Decatur, AL or Cape Canaveral, FL.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Tax Audit Experience
  • SAP Proficiency
  • Vertex Software Proficiency
  • Public Accounting Experience
  • Understanding Of Accounting Rules and Procedures Including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

Summary Salary Range (for ULA - Denver, ULA - Cape Canaveral, ULA - Decatur only):  $83,376.00 - $130,239.00 


Please note that the salary information shown above is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon a candidate's experience and qualifications, as well as internal equity, market and business considerations. Employees may be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus in addition to base pay. 


What makes ULA different?

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels.


We offer our employees competitive pay and benefits including:

  • 401(k) match plus an additional employer contribution
  • Discretionary annual incentive bonus for eligible employees
  • Generous paid time off
  • Flexible work environments


Additionally, most salaried ULA team members work a "9/80 schedule," meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.


Benefits and work schedules may vary for union-represented hourly positions and are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.


The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.


Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 22 CFR 120.62 (e.g., U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. See 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).


ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law. 


ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English / Spanish) and Right to Work Poster (English / Spanish).

Nearest Major Market: Denver