Chief Financial Officer (Remote) at Soofa

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Soofa is the neighborhood news feed that connects a community with screens everyone can see and anyone can use. We're a woman-founded MIT startup with a mission to make cities smart, social, and sustainable.

As Soofa completes its Series A round raise, we're seeking an experienced startup CFO to join our leadership team to help drive outsized growth, establish and evolve core financial processes, and provide strategic insights as we evolve and scale the business. This is an opportunity to evolve a unique business at the intersection of OOH advertising, smart cities, and IoT hardware, bring credibility into the boardroom, and play a key role in raising and deploying funds as we continue to scale.

For the first year, the ideal candidate will be excited to take over a majority of admin and controller roles themselves. Bonus points for getting through permit/sales agreements and general legal documents quickly and/or past experience setting up benefits. While scrappy (limited resources), this job requires love for detail and process showing in a stellar P&L, board slides, and impeccable data room.

Candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply. Remote applicants (U.S.-based only) welcome, Boston area preferred.

Soofa is for people with a shared stake in a special place. Learn more about Soofa's culture here.

 

Responsibilities

Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Advise the CEO and other key members of senior management on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters
  • Serve as the management liaison to the board and audit committee; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at board of directors and committee meetings
  • Contribute to the development of Soofa’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the entire team informed of all critical issues
  • Represent the company externally, as necessary, particularly in banking and lease negotiations

Team Development/Leadership

  • Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the finance and operations teams
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
  • Ensure team receives timely and appropriate training and development
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, and monitor and evaluate results

Operations

  • Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process
  • Ensure we adhere to the strategic plan, delivering status reports to the board and preparing board meetings 
  • Provide analytical support to the company’s internal management team including development of internal management reporting capabilities
  • Improve administrative and operational accounting services such as treasury management, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing
  • Run audit process 
  • Manage cash flow 
  • Raise and guide funding, including venture capital and debt

 

Qualifications

  • 10+ years' experience in a senior management role with both external audit and in-house financial management experience gained in a high-growth organization
  • 6+ years' management and mentorship experience
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
  • Recent experience scaling a finance operation from inception to at least $40 million in annual revenue
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Experience with activity-based project costing
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment with fluctuating priorities and deadlines
  • M&A finance experience

 

Candidate Characteristics

  • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results-oriented
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, Soofa's board of directors, and staff
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical and strategic thinker

 

Bonus Points For

  • Startup experience
  • Experience in the OOH advertising space
  • CPA and/or CMA (preferred but not required)

 

Perks of Working with Soofa

  • Best of both worlds:  Soofa’s Cambridge HQ is open, safe, and compliant for anyone who wants to use it; or, work from home
  • Generous healthcare, dental, and parental leave packages
  • Free short- and long-term disability and life insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Virtual team events
  • Team activities like ski trips, camping, Whiskey Wednesdays, etc. 
  • Company culture focused on talent development and caring personally 

 

Soofa is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Soofa is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Location

Located in trendy East Cambridge, Soofa is steps away from both Kendall Square and the Green Line. Most roles are 100% remote-optional.

An Insider's view of Soofa

How does your team reward individual success?

From gong rings to weekly shout outs, a Soofarian’s achievements are never kept quiet. Soofarians set quarterly goals and get support from the rest of their team to reach them. At Soofa, there is nothing better than having your hard work acknowledged by your fellow peers. Our company works hard, plays hard and we love a good reason to celebrate!

Kayla Zaylor

Operations Manager

What does your typical day look like?

I love that a lot of my work involves meeting with local government partners, attending neighborhood association or city council meetings, and going to conferences, or going out to new neighborhoods to find the best locations for our signs or oversee the installation of a new Sign and answer any questions curious passerbys might have.

Lyra Schweizer

Director of City Growth

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I was hired as an engineering intern, then into a full-time product manager role. Working with so many aspects of our org has helped me learn how to speak the language of every employee and department. I can speak up for resources I need to hit company goals, and I have ownership over our metrics—which enables and encourages me to get things done.

Charlotte Warne

Product Manager

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We hold monthly "content-making parties" where we all gather over video (it used to be in person, with cheese, but alas) and create content for our Soofa neighborhoods using Canva, our favorite creative tool. It's a great way to de-stress and clear the cobwebs!

Molly

Chief of Staff

What are Soofa Perks + Benefits

Soofa Benefits Overview

Great healthcare through BlueCross/BlueShield (HMO and PPO plans available). Affordable dental and vision insurance. Generous parental leave packages for both primary and secondary caregivers. Free short- and long-term disability and life insurance. Equity for most full-time Soofarians. Unlimited PTO. Dog-friendly office. Tons of optional team events.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Soofa's leadership team is over 50% female-identifying.
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Soofa also provides 2 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
We welcome dogs into the office daily.
Recreational Clubs
Book club, hiking pals, and more!
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
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