Director of Finance at Hermeus (Atlanta, GA)

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Hermeus is a startup developing hypersonic aircraft to radically accelerate air travel. At Mach 5, more than twice the speed of the supersonic Concorde, passengers will be able to cross the Atlantic in 90 minutes. On the path to hypersonic passenger aircraft, Hermeus is partnering with government agencies including the US Air Force and NASA to develop a series of autonomous aircraft that derisk the technology and solve urgent national security challenges. These products provide the data and confidence necessary to certify, produce, operate, and maintain safe and comfortable commercial aircraft. Hypersonic aircraft have the potential to create trillions of dollars of new global economic growth per year, unlocking significant resources that can be utilized to solve the world’s greatest problems.

Mach 5 aircraft present an opportunity to create massive social and economic growth while solving critical national security challenges. This position builds the internal financial infrastructure necessary to move fast, make good decisions and enable accountability within a tightly coupled team. The rapidly growing team requires high-frequency iteration on the financial processes and tools that enable operations. There's no shortage of uncertainty in this endeavor - managing it with intelligence, speed and agility is our key to success. This position reports to the CEO and is located in Atlanta, GA.


  • Distribute financial accountability to the lowest levels by providing each member of the team with financial intelligence to make high-quality decisions quickly within company-level context.

The Opportunity and How You'll Impact Hermeus:

  • Accelerate and improve transparency of internal financial processes for purchasing, budgeting, accounting, and reporting
  • Provide first-principles financial analysis and planning in support of financial decision making on cost, pricing, capital expenditures, debt and equity financing
  • Lead proposal cost estimation and pricing efforts with business development
  • Work closely with business development and legal teams on contracts
  • Lead interfaces with external accounting and banking teams
  • Support annual financial audits
  • Run accounts payable and accounts receivable (invoicing, outgoing payments)
  • Drive the design of the financial organization and build the team as the company grows

About You:

  • Master’s degree in finance, business administration or other financial discipline
  • 5-7+ years of experience in early-stage, CapEx-heavy technology companies
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance

Desired Multipliers:

  • Experience in aerospace or other hardware-focused startups
  • Architecting complex systems (leveraging automation to run the repetitive financial functions with minimal human effort)
  • Hiring lean finance teams
  • Scaling (ideal is startup through exit, even in deputy role)
  • Excellent relationship building and negotiation skills
  • Strong understanding of government acquisition processes, regulations, and budget cycles
  • Strong understanding of federal acquisition regulations and contract types (FAR, DFAR, OTA, SAA)
  • Active security clearance

We encourage you to apply even if you have skillsets and experience outside of our current needs as we're always open to connect and discuss future opportunities.

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Candidate Location Eligibility:
Atlanta, GA
Los Angeles, CA

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An Insider's view of Hermeus

How does your team reward individual success?

We give out "Badass" awards when individuals go above and beyond expectations to support the company. They receive a patch they can put onto their work jacket, and it comes with financial incentive as well.

Danielle Mitrak

Head of Quarterhorse Engineering

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

For hypersonics, all the engineering subsystems are really close-coupled - and this means that strong teamwork is a *massive* part of the day-to-day here at Hermeus. Whether it's brainstorming on system requirements, turning wrenches together, or hanging out at company happy hours; we're always collaborating with people on other teams!

Antony Samuel

Lead Avionics Engineer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

Started an initiative called "moonshots" - projects that may have a low likelihood of success, but a massive , sustainable impact if successful. Open to anyone in the company to propose. These projects have led to some rapid, major improvements in the products we build, and reinforced the key virtues of our culture, especially speed and iteration.

AJ Piplica


How does the company support your career growth?

Hermeus is the perfect place to grow as a young engineer. As a structures engineer, I get to own large assemblies and take them through design, analysis, and manufacturing cycles, giving me diverse experiences far beyond what I would get in a traditional aerospace role.

Roshan Nair

Structures Engineer

What are Hermeus Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Hermeus pays for 99% of healthcare premium for all employees + family.
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
3 months paid leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

- 100% Employer paid healthcare coverage!
- Generous parental leave
- Unlimited PTO policy

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