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Director FP&A

Aiven

Aiven

Helsinki, Finland · Berlin, Germany
Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Open source is our beating heart and it’s something that fuels our work and our culture. It’s where we began. It’s where we’ll always be. Our vision is to become the trusted open source data platform for everyone. We are a Cast of over 400 individuals (‘Crabs’) located across the globe. Why Crabs? Because we believe in thinking sideways.

For a fast-growing, ambitious business like Aiven, having the right Finance team is essential. That includes treasury and tax specialists through to financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals, plus finance managers and accountants.

Some are involved in day-to-day activities, or take care of complete project life cycles. Others specialize in forward planning and strategic thinking to support our decision-making and overall direction.

Whatever their particular role, each team member embodies our values of ownership, courage, and openness, ensuring we meet our fiscal and compliance obligations and continuing overall financial health.

Right now, we are looking for a FP&A Director with the necessary critical (and sideways) thinking, attention to detail, and communication skills to ensure our continued prosperity.

Who we are:

So, how do we become the trusted open source data platform for everyone? By listening closely to our customers and taking action to ensure they achieve their business goals. You see, the software we create is merely a means of delivering value. Our thinking is customer-first. That’s why our customers are at the front and center of all we do. And in the spirit of sideways thinking, we’re by their side as well. Actively helping them solve their challenges. Collaborating. Sharing. And innovating. In other words, it really isn’t just about who we are. It’s about who our customers are – and where they want to be.

Our values:

We want individuals who can embody our values of ownership, courage, and openness.

What does that mean in practice?

We take ownership of the problems we solve. What we do is about improving life for our customers, enabling them to meet their goals. So we own our decisions and mistakes. Sometimes that takes courage. But we don’t falter – we take on challenges with confidence. And right at our heart is openness. We’re always open to new ideas – from wherever and whoever they come.

The role:

We’re looking for a Financial Planning and Analysis Director to play a critical leadership role in enabling the business to deliver the company strategy and its financial objectives. This role sits within the Financial Planning and Analysis team which is currently spread across Finland, Germany (Berlin) and UK (London) and reports to the VP of Financial Planning and Analysis.

In this role you are responsible for proactively partnering with senior leadership, providing insightful analysis, challenge and influence to drive decisions and actions that improve the business performance.

We are looking for an individual who is strong at building collaborative partnership with senior leaders and thrives on inspiring change and impacting the business in a fast-paced environment.

What you'll do:

  • You will work with coordination and consolidation of the Group Financial Management reporting
  • You will work with coordination and consolidation of the Group Financial planning
  • You will work with development and maintenance of the Financial management reporting structures
  • You will own the Financial Planning Processes for your designated domain , both short-term (e.g rolling 12 months) and long term (strategy period). You will challenge where necessary to ensure accountability of results across domain leadership and seek to optimize allocation of resources to maximize company performance.
  • You will partner closely with business leads within function and other FP&A functional leads to ensure alignment across various functional plans.
  • You will monitor financial performance versus plans and identify risk and opportunities to bridge performance gaps in a proactive manner.
  • You will support with Ad-hoc financial analysis to ensure timely course correction of investment direction.
  • You will own presenting key financial information and leading indicators for your domain.
  • You will drive process and system improvement in the FP&A landscape.

What we're looking for:

Don’t worry if your experience doesn’t line up perfectly – we still encourage you to apply! We believe in investing in our crabs’ professional growth.

  • 10+ overall years of experience in Financial Planning & Analysis and/or Controllership
  • Strong & demonstrable experience in strategy development, business planning and execution, setting milestones/KPIs and Performance Reporting
  • Effective communicator with proven experience of managing commercial relationships and influencing senior decision makers
  • Skilled at creatively solving business problems and establishing frameworks for scalable solutions
  • Excellent at developing robust business & financial models allowing to forecast and track strategic priorities into financials
  • Experience in leading financial processes and managing change
  • Experience in developing Business intelligence reporting
  • An eye for the detail, but equally comfortable operating at a strategic level
  • strong ownership ethic and focus on accuracy, accountability and driving value
  • Prior people management skills is considered a plus
  • Relevant University degree or equivalent experience
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)

Our offer:

If you ask us what’s the best thing about working for Aiven, many will probably say it’s the high concentration of talent from around the world that we have here. Enjoy the agile environment of a hyperscale scale-up where you can truly make an impact and have fun while at it.

We invest in you:

  • Participate in Aiven’s equity plan.
  • Get the equipment you need to set yourself up for success.
  • Step up your career game with real employer support (use one of our learning platforms, annual learning budget, and more).
  • Get holistic wellbeing support through our global Employee Assistance Program.

Make a difference at Aiven:

  • Contribute to open source projects that you find meaningful outside of work - and get paid for it. Our Plankton program recognizes extra work to the open source ecosystem for developers and non-developers alike.
  • Use up to 5 days per year to volunteer for a good cause of your choice.
  • Join one of our team member resource groups - empower yourself and others in missions that resonate with you.

What else:

As well as the above Global Benefits, we have regional benefits specific to your country of residence. We would be happy to discuss these further with you during the interview process.

Amazing! What’s next:

If you think Aiven is the place for you, send us your CV, and we’ll get in touch.

How to recognise and avoid employment scams:

There has been a rise in fake job postings used by scammers to get personal information. Please familiarise yourself with the red flags of a potential scam. Here at Aiven, all of our emails relating to recruitment come from an @aiven.io, @greenhouse.io or @eu.greenhouse.io domain and all of our interviews are conducted over video call or in person, our interviews will never occur over text or chat. If you’re unsure of the legitimacy of a job opportunity/offer pertaining to Aiven, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at recruitment@aiven.io.

Equal opportunities:

Aiven provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, marital and family status or without regard to any other similar personal attributes. Aiven aligns with applicable local laws governing inclusivity in employment in every location in which the company operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, training and any other terms and conditions related to employment.

At Aiven, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities or special needs in our working environment and job application procedures. We make all reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or who otherwise need support to thrive in the workplace. We are committed to continuously improving workplace accessibility. There is an option to request a discussion in the application process but if you have any questions before applying please write to us at recruitment@aiven.io.