Senior Analyst, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

| Greater LA Area
As the leading provider of strategic enterprise education™, InStride enables employers to provide career-boosting degrees and credentials to their employees through a network of high-quality academic institutions. We help organizations transform their businesses and achieve social impact by unlocking the power of education. 
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 a Senior Analyst, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) to join a high-performing FP&A practice (processes, software tools, etc.) that can scale with our emerging, high growth company. This role will perform analysis and prepare reports to help support the annual budget process, support the company’s financial and operational close and reporting processes, and assist in putting together the company’s long-range financial forecast. The ideal candidate will be able to partner with leaders and team members across the organization to provide financial / analytical support and to influence key decisions that enable the company to achieve its core mission and maximize enterprise value. InStride is looking for a dynamic candidate who can objectively research and analyze complex issues and present recommendations in a clear and simple way to elicit support and buy-in from other team members.
 
This position will report to the Director, Strategy & FP&A

Responsibilities

  • Assist in updating the company’s long-range financial forecast model for specific functional areas (with support from the Director, Strategy & FP&A) and partner with key stakeholders across the organization to ensure that the modeling assumptions are reasonable and current
  • Help drive the annual budgeting process for specific functional areas
  • Assist in the creation, consolidation and distribution of the company’s monthly financial and operational reports and KPIs to both internal and external stakeholders (leadership, board of directors, partners, etc.)
  • Build and maintain strong, cross-functional relationships across the business and be the go-to person for analytical support for assigned functional teams
  • Support the monthly financial close process and the annual financial audit as required
  • Perform analysis and create slides for executive, board of director, or other stakeholder presentations
  • Provide analytical / decision support (ROI, NPV, benchmarking, etc.) on key company decisions (partnerships, key customer contracts, M&A activities, etc.)
  • Perform detailed budget vs. actual variance reports to each functional leader within the organization and assist in presenting/distributing
  • Identify financial trends and proactively offer solutions to mitigate negative trends and (or) accelerate positive ones
  • Help 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 meaningful financial and analytical support to the organization
  • Perform ad hoc research, analysis, and reporting as required

Ideal Profile

  • 4+ years of finance experience, preferably in a high-growth technology company or consulting firm
  • Prior experience working for a private-equity backed company is a plus
  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, economics or a similar discipline
  • Consistent track record of achievement and delivering impactful results
  • Strong background in financial analysis (ROI, NPV, scenario modeling, etc.) with strong problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to distill complex issues into simple, structured frameworks that can be clearly communicated to key leaders and stakeholders inside and outside of the company
  • Experience successfully partnering with leaders across multiple functions (sales, marketing, R&D, operations, etc.)
  • An innate curiosity and drive to thoroughly research and analyze complex issues and to come forward with clear and simple recommendations for moving forward
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate successfully with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, continuously changing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and to aggressively solve problems regardless of the nature of the issue or the work required to get the job done
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial/accounting principles
  • Ability to work in a collaborative and team-centric culture
  • Experience working in key financial and operational systems to help streamline and automate the finance function (ERP, FP&A, Analytics, CRM, etc.)
  • Prior experience with NetSuite and Salesforce.com is a plus
  • Excited by the challenge of building a world-class business that delivers not only high revenue growth and compelling ROI, but also has a meaningful impact on society
  • Ability to collaborate across teams internally and 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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Location

Our DTLA office provides easy access to public transportation, great restaurants, museums, and other attractions.

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.

Michelle

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.

Michael

Manager, Engineering

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.

Kat

Executive Assistant

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.

Alex

Manager, Growth Marketing

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.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
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
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted On occasion .
Parking
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
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Promote from within

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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