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Cockroach Labs // open-source database software
New York City    Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2021
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Databases are the beating heart of every business in the world.

Cockroach Labs is the team behind CockroachDB, an open-source, distributed SQL database. We aim to build infrastructure that keeps pace with the world, so developers can focus on what matters most: building the best products. Join us on our mission to Make Data Easy. Are you ready to aim high & build to last?

About the Role

The Manager of FP&A will be a key member of our new FP&A function here at Cockroach Labs. This role offers the unique opportunity to directly impact Cockroach Labs growth trajectory by standing up its FP&A function. An instrumental hire as the company continues to scale, this individual will be expected to take on responsibility at a rapid pace. The Manager of FP&A will be on the ground floor of a newly formed function at a high-growth startup & will have significant opportunities for growth. 

You Will

  • Driving our company-wide forecasting & reporting process. Reporting to the Head of FP&A, you will lead the preparation, analysis, & communication of the monthly budget vs actual & forecast process, including Management & Board reporting materials.
  • Building & continually improving our financial forecasting models & accuracy. You will help build out our financial model including full P&L, Balance Sheet, & Cash Flow modeling.
  • Partner with Head of FP&A, CFO, Controllership, & other key personnel to implement a new financial planning system for Cockroach Labs.
  • Leading financial planning & analysis globally across all our functions to align with our rapid growth. 
  • You will be responsible for driving planning & forecast accuracy across the company.
  • Be the person of contact for budgeting-related questions or inquiries from departments.
  • Building strong, trusted relationships with senior management & leaders within Cockroach Labs, including but not limited to our CFO, CPO, People Operations, & CRO.
  • You will be expected to play an active role in managing the business.
  • Owning corporate forecast assumptions & drivers. You will own software revenue forecasting (ASC 606) as well as corporate assumptions & drivers including allocations, attrition forecasting, Capex/depreciation, & COGS.
  • You will be responsible for understanding & effectively communicating the story behind the numbers, trends, & drivers of our business & financial results, spanning from department-level detail up to board-level, big picture impact.
  • Partner with Accounting to understand any fluctuations between budget vs actuals 
  • Assisting & completing ad hoc FP&A projects or analyses as needed

You Have

  • 8+ years of experience in Corporate Finance and/or FP&A at a technology/SaaS company
  • Proven experience building strong relationships with business partners across functions & countries
  • Extensive knowledge of & ability to build & adapt financial models, including connected three-statement financial models
  • Strong knowledge & familiarity of financial reporting & accounting concepts; particularly under ASC 606 guidelines
  • Familiarity with NetSuite & Salesforce, a plus
  • Experience managing workloads in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Built & leveraged cloud-based planning/modeling tools
  • A thoughtful collaborator, & a great listener; keenly focused on understanding business challenges, building strong relationships, & driving even stronger outcomes
  • A highly analytical problem-solver, with a propensity for action-taking
  • Able to zoom in & out of details when needed.  You love to roll up the sleeves & get into the data & analysis while keeping the bigger picture in focus.
  • An excellent communicator capable of translating complex, nuanced, or detailed analysis into clear, actionable summaries or recommendations.
  • Comfortable in ambiguity, thrive through change, are highly adaptable, & can create clarity & focus in a dynamic environment

The Expectations

In your first 30 days, you will develop a strong understanding of our current processes, systems, & organizational structure.  You will meet with stakeholders across the organization to better understand the current financial systems ecosystem.  You will develop relationships with other operational leaders at Cockroach Labs & understand their plans. You will review & provide feedback on the current Company architecture, processes, & current plans for this year. You will start to identify areas for improvement in the team operations & processes & make recommendations on how to improve these processes.  

In your first 60 days, you will have a good understanding of how Cockroach Labs operates & continue to identify opportunities to improve the Companys financial systems. You will start implementing new processes to address the more immediate needs of the Company.

After 3 months, you'll be fully integrated into the team & have created a roadmap of Financial System projects to make the Company best in class.  You will start implementing the proposed & redesigned systems. You will have built key relationships so that you are the go-to subject matter expert in your field.

The Team

Reporting to Ariel Ickowicz - Head of FP&A

Ariel has always been passionate about technology & is dedicated to building FP&A & Operation teams that empower & amplify inventive businesses & products rather than constrain them.  At Cockroach Labs, Ariel is dedicated to building an FP&A function that achieves these goals. Ariel has experience building finance & operation teams in high-growth tech environments & has a strong understanding of both the profession & the industry. Ariel believes strongly in the unique value that the FP&A team can bring & is committed to building a best-in-class function here at Cockroach Labs. Ariel enjoys mentoring members of his team & is proud of the continued development & incredible roles many of them have moved on to at other tech companies. In his spare time, Ariel is an avid sports fan, a runner & looks forward to the day where we can actively travel again & seek new life experiences.  

Our Benefits

  • 100% health insurance option (for you & your dependents!)
  • Paid parental leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flex Fridays
  • Flexible time off & flexible hours
  • Learning & Development budget
  • Relocation support

Cockroach Labs is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer building a diverse & inclusive workforce. If you need additional accommodations to feel comfortable during your interview process, please email us at

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