Senior Director of Finance
Job Details
Full Time
4 Year Degree

Company Overview:

At Nearpod, we believe teaching is the most important job in the world. Every day, we reach students through our learning platforms on and We have diverse backgrounds, but a shared goal of putting teachers and students first in everything that we do. We have won numerous awards including EdTech Digest’s 2018 Company of the Year. Recently, we were acquired by Renaissance to support the shared mission of accelerating learning for all. We’re looking for people with a lot of hustle, a lot of empathy, and a desire to do something meaningful. We've adopted a remote-first culture, and our diverse team is based across the US.


Location: Remote


Position Overview:

Reporting to the CFO, this candidate will play a key role in the company’s financial and operational success. The Sr. Director of Finance will be an expert in FP&A, and will be responsible for leading the development and execution of Renaissance Learning’s long term strategic and financial planning initiatives, as well as evaluating competitive differentiation and corresponding business plans that will increase enterprise value. The Sr. Director of Finance will be a key team member and liaison with the accounting team leader ensuring the company's story is told and coordinated with accounting leadership as well as when strategic initiatives are determined, and budgets are complete. 

The ideal candidate will have experience building deep business partner relationships across the organization and will have worked at companies where the finance function is positioned as a critical strategic asset, and a driver of risk-informed, data-driven decisions.  The ideal candidate will be one that has experience in working both for private equity in a key finance leader role as well as for public companies. 


Our Ideal Candidate will:

  • Actively manage long term financial planning and analysis including budgeting, forecasting, resource management and multi­-year financial plans, working closely with functional leaders across the company.

  • Provide in-depth financial modeling and analysis for a wide range of initiatives including, but not limited, to financial analysis for contract negotiations and product investment decisions, recommendations on business model, product pricing, and special promotions, analysis of customer segmentation and product adoption.

  • Evaluate effective budgeting and reporting tools and lead the implementation of any new budgeting and reporting tools determined necessary.

  • Proactively partner with leadership and cross­-functional teams to develop and support strategic initiatives and improve actual financial results.

  • Develop monthly and quarterly management reporting to ensure a high degree of quality, timeliness, and accuracy in reporting as well as providing business insight.

  • Develop, maintain and utilize the appropriate financial systems, tools and resources required to support all of the financial planning, management and reporting needs of the business.

  • Institute and maintain effective processes and best practices in modeling, financial tools, communication and coordination for the FP&A role in the Company.

  • Produce cash flow forecasts along with income statement forecasts by working closely with Controller and executive leadership.

  • Help CFO drive high level strategic initiatives for Treasury related functions, including cash flow projections.

  • Actively participate with executive and senior leaders to drive business decisions, utilizing KPI’s and other metrics to help drive appropriate business decisions.

  • Lead three and five year projections for both cash flow and earnings.

  • Maximize the use of systems automation


Required Skills and Experience:

This individual will lead Nearpod’s Financial Planning & Analysis functions. The Sr. Director of Finance will foster a culture of thought leadership, team orientation, high performance, integrity and commitment to getting the job done right.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.

  • Minimum of 10+ years experience, including 5+ years in senior financial positions.

  • CPA and experience at a Big4 of large national accounting firm, preferred

  • Financial Modeling and Analysis: well-versed in the creation of robust, scalable, and flexible financial models. Takes a creative approach to this process. Analytical and business minded. Must be able to dig into the details to analyze and understand causes of budget/actual variances.

  • Experience working in the software space, preferably SaaS, and comfortable with complex revenue recognition models

  • Experience in both private equity and public company environments.

  • Cash Management: Skilled at highly efficient working capital management and the creation of meaningful long-term projections.

  • Proven ability to engage all relevant members of the executive team to align financial management with short and long term financial planning and projections. Demonstrated success working across functional groups to achieve key operational goals that have financial implications.

  • Flexible, independent, forward-thinking with a willingness to engage in all aspects of the business. Disciplined in assessing performance and addressing problems.

  • Metrics-driven. Able to translate strategy into measurable operational goals and objectives. 

  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills while having the ability to work effectively with multiple functional areas in a collaborative, team environment

  • Able to lead by doing. A hands-on mentality and low ego approach to building a strong FP&A team.


Employment Requirements: Must be authorized to work in the U.S. without restrictions

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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