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Director of Finance

| Austin

New Knowledge is a fast-growing technology company that is revolutionizing the way companies understand disinformation, misinformation and fake news as a cyber security problem, and brands are under attack.

We build products that repair online communities, identify manipulation, and help them communicate more authentically. In a world where social media is being manipulated on a massive scale, this is no small task. We care about protecting communities, brands, and companies from being targeted by the spreading of disinformation. The kind of people who work with us have to be passionate about that challenge and mission.

We are led by successful entrepreneurs, NSA veterans and disinformation industry experts. Current clients include Fortune 100 customers across a number of industry verticals. New Knowledge backers include Moonshots Capital, GGV Capital and Capital Factory.

We are looking for a Director of Finance to join our rapidly growing team.

Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for financial planning, analysis and accounting with responsibilities including but not limited to the following:

  • Ownership of the company's financial plan including regular updates and adjustments to the financial model and communication of key elements to the management team
  • Strategic brainstorming discussions with the leadership team to enable decision makers to understand the financial impact of their ideas and strategies. Discuss “what if” scenarios as needed
  • Manage the preparation of financial outlooks and financial forecasts including financial analysis of major initiatives to assess ROI, Payback Period, Risk, Failure, etc
  • Collaborate with the executive team to create the most valuable metrics for our board meetings
  • Complete budget vs. actual variance analysis and drive accountability across the company
  • Drive compliance with key industry standards / customer audit requirements
  • Design, establish, and maintain an organizational structure to effectively accomplish the departments goals and objectives including consistent interactions with our accounting team for process improvement
  • Manage all our accounting and relationship with our CPA
  • Pay all the bills in a timely manner
  • Communicate with our clients and prepare invoices
  • Manage large and complex government contracts
  • Approve employee expenses
  • Work closely with the Head of People, VP of Operations, and CEO on strategic projects

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business
  • Five (5) to Ten (10) plus years experience in a mid to senior level finance or accounting position required. Experience working with a venture-backed SaaS company (post Series A) preferred
  • Expert knowledge in SaaS metrics and how financial decisions impact these metrics
  • Experience and knowledge of developing and presenting business plans, models, and financial forecasts to management and the investment community
  • You have a proven track record in building, motivating and leading teams & businesses
  • You possess a deep desire to be a part of a fast growing startup culture

Perks:

  • We offer amazing Fortune 500 level company healthcare plans, vision and dental.
  • We offer a 401(k) plus a 4% company match
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Stock options
  • Free parking in our downtown office
  • Membership to onsite gym and pool
  • Internet stipend for remote employees
  • $2,000 annual gadget policy to buy tech tools, from a computer to headphones to iPads, anything you need to do your job. You own these gadgets (not the company)
  • $200 annual budget for books and any subscriptions you’d like
  • Annual budget to purchase books and literature subscriptions
  • Weekly catered lunches
  • Stocked kitchen full of healthy snacks and an endless supply of bubbly water
  • Bi-monthly office events like happy hours, Alamo Drafthouse movies, escape rooms, stand up paddleboarding
  • And most importantly, meaningful work. We all love coming to work everyday and making a difference to make this world a better place
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

We're located downtown, we're not in Capital Factory, there are 8 bars in a 1 block radius from our office, and we pay for parking. Mic drop.

An Insider's view of New Knowledge

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe in the office is genuine and welcoming. Too many times tech companies try to contrive their culture, and tell people how they need to act. This couldn't be more different from New Knowledge. It's an environment that celebrates individuality, and welcomes new ideas.

Chelsey

Demand Generation Marketing Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

New Knowledge’s research division, NK Labs, is responsible for driving discoveries in emerging artificial intelligence and machine learning research through open-source DARPA programs — Data-Driven Discovery of Models (D3M) and Active Social Engineering Defense (ASED) — which we use internally to build tools to fight disinformation online.

Numa

Machine Learning Engineer

What are some things you learned at the company?

I have learned how to incorporate feedback from users to make models and statistics to answer multifaceted questions about communities on social media. I have also had the chance build APIs around my models in order to make them more accessible to users.

Becky

Data Science Manager

What is your vision for the company?

To bring authenticity to the internet. Most people believe the internet is a cocktail party at scale. In reality, the conversation online is driven by hyperactive mobs, or factions as we call them, that exploit platform dynamics to manipulate the narrative.

Jonathon

CEO

What's something quirky about your company?

A slightly unhealthy obsession with a futuristic cat that guides how we proactively pounce on this problem. Integrity, obsessive pursuit. nerdiness, collaboration, accountability, and teamwork are the DNA of our company. We are relentless in our pursuit, and IONCAT leads the charge.

Ryan

COO

What are New Knowledge Perks + Benefits

New Knowledge Benefits Overview

We are a startup company in the fun sense, we move quickly and get a lot done, but an established company when it comes to benefits. We have funding and revenue and we know the value of investing in our employees to grow New Knowledge. We offer Fortune 500 level health care benefits, vision + dental, free parking, a 401(k) + matching, and professional development opportunities.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Our leadership team is 50% female! New Knowledge is an autonomous company staffed with a diverse array of passionate, brilliant people who trust each other and love what they do.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 14 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Quarterly.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Free parking in our downtown office
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program.

Additional Perks + Benefits

People love working here because they get a chance to do purpose-driven work with smart, dedicated colleagues. We like to treat our team by doing monthly team-wide events like Alamo Drafthouse movie screenings, escape rooms, and stand up paddle boarding. We take care of our employees by providing healthy lunches once a week and a variety of snacks and beverages throughout the week. We also offer an annual stipend to purchase the gadgets, books, subscriptions, and other tools you need to be successful and happy at work. There are many more benefits to working here at New Knowledge, apply to find out!

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