Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

| Greater LA Area
InStride is a public benefit company whose mission is to develop the workforce of the future by helping employers provide career-boosting education opportunities to their employees through a network of high-quality academic institutions. We believe the most enduring way for companies to achieve transformative business and social impact is by investing in their people.
Role Overview:
InStride is looking for an experienced Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) to help build an efficient FP&A practice (people, processes, software tools, etc.) that can scale with our company. This role will drive the annual budget, support financial and operational close and reporting processes, and develop the long-range financial forecast. The Director of FP&A will partner with company leaders and team members to provide financial / analytical support and to influence decisions that enable the company to achieve its core mission. This person will be a dynamic leader who can build and lead a team, objectively research and analyze issues, and present recommendations in a way that elicits support and agreement from team members.


  • Own the annual budgeting process
  • Be responsible for the creation, consolidation and distribution of InStride's financial reports and critical metrics to leadership, the board of directors, partners, etc.
  • Support the monthly financial close process and the annual financial audit as required
  • Support the creation of executive, board of director, or other contributor analyses and presentations
  • Perform and distribute monthly, detailed budget vs. actual variance reports to each functional leader within the organization and help influence corrective action on under-performing investments and budget risks / over-runs
  • Own the development of the financial forecast model and partner with others across the organization to ensure that the modeling assumptions are reasonable and current
  • Provide analytical / decision support (return on investment, NPV, benchmarking, etc.) on key company decisions (partnerships, key customer contracts, M&A activities, etc.)
  • Build and maintain strong, cross-functional relationships with senior leadership across the business and be the go-to person / team for analytical support for each functional team
  • Approve department spending requests to ensure purchases are within approved budget limits
  • Identify trends and offer solutions to mitigate negative trends and (or) accelerate positive ones
  • Research, select, implement, and refine processes and systems to optimize the efficiency and performance of the FP&A team
  • Develop a deep understanding of the company’s markets, customers, and products in order to provide more relevant financial and analytical support to the organization
  • Perform ad hoc research, analysis, and reporting as required

Ideal Candidate

  • 6-8+ years of finance experience, preferably in a consulting firm or a high-growth technology company
  • Prior experience working for a private-equity backed company
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, economics or a similar field
  • MBA
  • Proven track record of achievement and delivering impactful results
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to distill complex issues into simple, structured frameworks that can be clearly communicated to key leaders and partners inside and outside of the company
  • Extensive experience partnering with and influencing senior executives across multiple functions (sales, marketing, R&D, operations, etc.)
  • An innate curiosity to thoroughly analyze issues and to come forward with clear and simple recommendations for moving forward
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability working in a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment
  • Consistent track record identifying and pursuing problems regardless of the nature of the issue or the work required to get the job done
  • Knowledge of financial/accounting principles
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Expertise in relevant systems to help streamline and automate the finance function (ERP, FP&A, Analytics, CRM, etc.)
  • Prior experience with NetSuite and is a plus
  • Prior leadership and people management experience coaching, mentoring, and developing team members
  • Motivated by the challenge of building a best-in-class business that delivers not only growth, but also has a significant impact on society.
  • Ability to facilitate and enable people to collaborate with each other; and promote collaboration with partners e.g. with Universities, corporate clients and the team.
  • High EQ, comfort with ambiguity and a “no job too small” startup mentality.

InStride is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, medical condition, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance relating to an applicant's criminal history.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please discuss your requested accommodation with our HRBP.

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An Insider's view of InStride

What’s the vibe like in the office?

At InStride we operate in a fast-moving environment, which makes it really fun. There’s a lively energy in the office and a sense that we’re all in this together.


VP, Academic Partnerships

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

The nice thing about InStride is that we’re really empowered to take the initiative and collaborate with other teams to think through solutions. Everyone is comfortable around one another and is open to sharing ideas–it doesn’t matter what team you’re on or what level you’re at.


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How does the company support your career growth?

Lifelong learning is core to the mission of the company but also the goal for our staff, and I think that’s really important. The Step Forward program means a lot to me because I never thought I would go back to school for my master’s and thanks to InStride I’m super excited to enroll.


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What are some social events your company does?

We have the InStride Supper Club where every month we try a new restaurant. As a big foodie myself, that’s something I really enjoy.


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What are InStride Perks + Benefits

InStride Benefits Overview

We want InStriders to thrive and feel supported. Here are a few perks and benefits we are proud to offer our team.

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
On a weekly basis, we have yoga, guided meditation, HIIT, Pure Barre classes to name a few.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 12 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Game Room
Our game room is shared and includes ping pong, pool and a wine fridge.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted On occasion .
We offer employees A parking subsidy.
Recreational Clubs
Our clubs are growing but here are a few. Our Supper Club for foodies. Our Give Back program to support our local community. Our weekly Creative Juices on Wednesdays to think outside the box.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend

Additional Perks + Benefits

As part of our mission to enable lifelong learning, we provide full tuition coverage for InStriders to earn a degree or credential from a university online within our network.

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