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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

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 Financial Analyst will be on the ground floor of a newly formed function at a high-growth startup & will have significant opportunities for growth. 

You will join our high-performing Finance team & be a strategic business partner to our rapidly scaling business. In this role, you will interact with business leaders & be the driving force for their financial planning. We are looking for a thoughtful, data-driven contributor as the business looks to achieve its next breakthroughs.

You Will

  • Think on your feet, thrive in navigating ambiguity, & transform chaotic situations into organized action plans
  • Contribute to the preparation, analysis, & communication of the monthly budget vs. actual & forecast process
  • Seek knowledge, accuracy, structure, & optimization in everything you do, be coachable & look to overachieve with modesty
  • Report to & collaborate with the Head of FP&A on strategic planning
  • Enjoy collaborating with multiple teams & building positive relationships with business partners in Recruiting, HR, Accounting, & many other teams
  • Work with Accounting to understand any fluctuations between budget vs actuals 
  • Sharing ownership of the FP&A responsibilities including the month/quarter-end processes (forecast, annual planning, variance analyses, executive reporting, etc.)
  • Work with & assist the Senior Manager, Head of FP&A, CFO, Controllership, & other key personnel to implement a new financial planning system for Cockroach Labs.
  • Assist with identifying opportunities for efficiencies & improvements within the FP&A process & workflow to align with Company growth
  • Be the person of contact for budgeting-related questions or inquiries from departments
  • Drive the end-to-end financial planning & forecasting 
  • Maintain headcount tracking, & reporting while collaborating with HR, Recruiting, & Accounting to ensure accuracy & scalability as we look to grow exponentially in the next few years
  • Ad-hoc scenario analyses, short- & medium-term project work, & other analyses as needed
  • Assisting & completing ad hoc FP&A projects or analyses as needed

You Have

  • 3+ years of professional experience in FP&A, strategy, consulting, or similar field with strong exposure to the technology industry
  • Power-user proficiency in MS Office suite (especially MS Excel & MS PowerPoint) & Google Sheets is a huge plus
  • Proven ability to structure sophisticated problems, develop solutions, & craft recommendations & results into easily digestible messages, communications, & executive presentations
  • Highly collaborative style with strong influence skills & the ability to adjust on the fly to new demands with a sense of urgency
  • Experience with different ERP/HR systems
  • Strong communication, both verbal & written
  • Executive presence & engagement skills
  • Remarkable attention & curiosity to details
  • A positive attitude & self-motivator with the ability to follow through with projects to completion
  • Ability to work independently & in a team setting in a distributed, dynamic, fast-paced 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 accounting teams 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 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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