ZestFinance was founded by a team of some of the world’s best data scientists from Google who came together with a mission – use machine learning algorithms to revolutionize how credit decisions are made to provide fair and transparent credit to everyone. The team of crazy smart data geeks, mathematicians and computer scientists have reinvented underwriting, enabling more accurate credit decisions, increased credit availability for borrowers and higher repayment rates for lenders.We have a distinct culture and we are seeking talent people who will make it even stronger. At Zest, we believe that diversity is key to winning. Zest is seeking smart people who are different from each other to create broad thinking, lots of different ideas, and --- by extension -- the best team possible. Amazing Benefits:  Including healthcare, retirement, and unlimited vacation time. We also cover continued education, gym memberships, mobile phone service, weekly spa treatments, car washes, and more. Free Lunch:  We bring in healthy, delicious lunches every day.Interesting Projects:  We are working on complex, technically difficult math and computer science. You’ll always be challenged and asked to think creatively to solve tough problems.Agile Environment:  Using short iterations, we develop and release new features every week.Work/Life Balance: Our experienced team can build market-leading systems – without working 15-hour days. Fun:  We don’t take ourselves too seriously and believe having fun goes hand in hand with thinking hard. Video games, ping pong, gigantic jigsaw puzzles, beer tasting, and movie nights are regular activities around here. 

Deputy Chief of Staff at ZestFinance
 We are looking for a Deputy Chief of Staff to report directly to the Chief of Staff and perform a variety of duties that will keep our company on its steep trajectory, our business on-track, and our CEO well-equipped to lead.

In this role you will: The Deputy Chief of Staff serves as a key aide to CEO and assists the Chief of Staff in managing the CEO’s office. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, you will work closely with the entire executive team.  Your responsibilities will fall into several buckets:

CEO and CoS Support:

  • Provide senior-level staff support for the CEO, in conjunction with the CoS
  • Assist CEO and CoS w/ management of the company’s daily operations
  • Support the CEO’s internal and external communications, including with the press
  • Facilitate CEO’s effective and timely decision-making by collecting, organizing, and analyzing information from all departments needed for CEO’s decisions
  • Conduct research and writing on behalf of the CEO
  • Ensure follow-up with relevant stakeholders
  • Travel as necessary to staff the CEO

Organizational Project Management:

  • Lead cross-functional planning activities and processes to move forward the organization’s vision, strategic and operational plans. Provide oversight and guidance to projects critical to the CEO, including maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Executive Meetings and Board Related Activities:

  • Develop and compile agendas, materials and presentations for important executive meetings, quarterly board meetings and committee meetings
  • Provide support for the Board’s overall effective governance and execution against annual work plans

We are looking for:

  • Undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Economics, Statistics or related field followed by meaningful related work experience (3-5 years) managing a complex operation
  • A strong analytical background and ability to challenge accepted thinking
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior executives and external stakeholders, especially in the media/press
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, decision-making, conflict resolution and administrative skills
  • Superior organization and prioritization skills as well as attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to take ownership for wide-ranging responsibilities
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment which requires juggling competing demands
  • Above all a mission-driven presence and a strong sense of humor

Perks and benefits:

  • People – the best part of Zest
  • Competitive salary and equity grants
  • Robust healthcare plans, matching 401K and unlimited vacation time
  • Dog friendly office with lounge areas, video games and gigantic jigsaw puzzles
  • On-site gym with employee run fitness classes
  • Generous family leave policy (6 month maternity leave/3 month paternity leave)
  • Tuition reimbursement, conference allowance and Zest talks
  • Complimentary massages, manicures, pedicures and more
  • Daily catered lunches from LA’s best restaurants and fully stocked kitchen

About ZestFinance

ZestFinance, Inc. applies its unique credit-decisioning technology platform — based on data science and machine learning — to help lenders effectively predict credit risk so they can increase revenues, reduce risk and ensure compliance. ZestFinance was founded in 2009 by Douglas Merrill and a team of former Google employees with the mission of making fair and transparent credit available to everyone.

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