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Labster is a fast-moving award-winning company that focuses on revolutionizing the way science is taught to students all over the world.

We develop fully interactive advanced lab simulations and combine these with gamification elements such as an immersive 3D universe, storytelling and a scoring system to stimulate curiosity and highlight the connection between science and the real world. 

At Labster, we are dedicated to empowering the next generation of scientists to change the world. We value impact, being bold, learning, collaboration and having fun whilst we do it.

With 20+ nationalities placed in offices in Bali, Zürich, Copenhagen, and Boston, you will find yourself in a truly international environment, where engagement, values, job satisfaction are goals of equal importance to the financial goals of the company.

The Organization

We have replaced the conventional management hierarchy and organized ourselves using Holacracy.

Holacracy is a method of decentralized management and organizational governance, in which authority and decision-making are distributed throughout a holarchy of self-organizing teams rather than being vested in a management hierarchy. No more top-down management.

We believe in finding talented people and organizations that empower them.

Position Overview

Do your current or former leaders and colleagues say THIS about you?

  •  “You really GET IT.”  You’re smart. You take initiative. You’re a big-picture thinker who quickly grasps concepts, visualizes data, and knows how to create fresh insights to apply in practical ways.  
  •  “Wow – you really GET THINGS DONE!” You’re focused and agile.  You know how to figure out what’s important and when. You pride yourself on high quality, yet avoid getting bogged down in details.
  •  “You’re EASY to work with.” You have a positive outlook, and a “can do” approach.  You’re good at creating buy-in, as well as systems and efficiencies. Yet you are also able to roll up your sleeves and demonstrate what needs doing, and “how” if required to educate and inspire teams & colleagues.

If that's you, this is an excellent opportunity to:

  • Shape something new -- taking our FP&A to the next level in this newly created role
  • Become a value-adding peer to other teams in both Finance and Operations
  • Drive growth strategy and financial outcomes, positioning the company for potential future exits
  • Gain experience at a private-equity-backed company

Key Responsibilities

The Director will be responsible for scaling our FP&A processes and managing increasing business complexity as our company expands its product offerings, customer base, and markets served. 

  • Support functional business reviews by developing fresh insights and more visual displays of financial and operational KPIs, metrics, trends -- and propose solutions to improve results
  • Define and measure financial and operating results against key performance indicators
  • Prepare financial analysis and presentations for the senior leadership team and the Board of Directors
  • Manage the annual budget and quarterly forecast process, partnering with CFO and functional circle leads to deliver on financial and operational targets
  • Improve performance by evaluating processes to drive greater efficiencies
  • Create project plans to execute the vision 
  • Partner with sales and product leaders on priorities and timing
  • Create quarterly cadence around segmented profitability analysis to support the Sales and Customer Success circles and improve margin
  • Work on special projects and provide ad-hoc financial reporting and analysis
  • Assemble and lead cross-functional teams
  • Develop financial models and analysis to support strategic initiatives
  • Coach, develop, and manage an FP&A team of two employees

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Data Analytics, or similar; MBA a plus
  • 7-10 years relevant work experience in FP&A, including developing forecasts & operating plans
  • Management consulting experience, or PE company experience as a Business Analyst or Financial Analyst
  • Experience with NetSuite, SaaS Optics, or similar systems; Understand functionality and capabilities and be able to bridge from point A to B
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Google suite/Microsoft Office with advanced knowledge of Google Sheets/Excel and Google Slides/Powerpoint
  • Exposure to Continuous Process Improvement programs (Lean Six Sigma) is a plus
  • A portfolio of reports, presentations, and project plans you’ve created that illustrates your skills in these areas
  • Exceptional analytical skills coupled with a solid understanding of business dynamics
  • Experience implementing and enhancing financial planning processes in a growing organization
  • Specific examples of vision-creation and how to make it a reality through specific metrics and report packets (a portfolio of models, decks, reporting packages you’ve created over the years; de-identified)
  • Model creation ability and willingness to demonstrate some past models
  • Strong communications skills and ability to work cross-functionally and with circle leads
  • Solid understanding and demonstrated experience managing strategic and operational planning activities
  • Experience managing cross-functional projects and demonstrated leadership skills in team and/or group
  • Proven track record of delivering on commitments, developing great teams, and working closely & effectively with peers outside of the Finance group

Required Leadership Skills

  • Vision. You can look around and easily conceptualize what could be.
  • Creativity. You have clear ideas & methods for how to apply create clean, simple, new reports.
  • Initiative.  You know when and how to initiate what’s needed.  You apply the 80/20 rule effectively.
  • Absolute Accountability.   You get stuff done on time with high quality.  You produce results.
  • Emotional Intelligence. You know how to win others over with grace & clarity. You build others up.
  • Intellectual horsepower to derive data-driven insights that will help us realize our goals.
  • Confidence balanced with Humility.  Business maturity to work with colleagues at all levels.
  • Elegant simplicity.  You can figure out what can / should be eliminated to make things simpler.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and to deliver high quality results.

Benefits

Great culture!

Paid time off

Competitive salary 

Medical, dental, and vision insurance

401(K)

Labster Vision: Empower the Next Generation of Scientists to Change the World

For more information on our company vision to empower the next generation of scientists to change the world, please see video links below: 

BBC News: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/te...

Techcrunch: https://techcrunch.com/2020/08...

TED Talk: see our founder's TED talk here

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Department

Labster, Boston

561 Windsor St
02143 Somerville Directions View page

Workplace & Culture

With 20+ nationalities placed in offices in Bali, Zürich, Copenhagen, and Boston, you will find yourself in a truly international environment. We truly value, and protect, engagement and empowerment as we believe that the best results are created by engaged and inspired team members. 

Labster is a Holacracy company where authority and decision-making are distributed throughout self-organizing teams. Don't misunderstand though - Labster offers great and healthy leadership; just with far less top-down management.

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