Business Intelligence Lead

| Chicago
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Who We Are

Ascent is a Chicago-based startup that closed its Series A funding round of $6M in 2018. Our engineering team is scrappy, creative, and collaborative with a “Yes, and” mentality. While we’re committed to doing great work, we also cherish having an empathetic, fun environment where everyone feels safe sharing their ideas and problem-solving together. We prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion and believe strongly that a team with different backgrounds and perspectives produces better results.

Together, we’re solving a $64 billion global problem in regulatory compliance. Watch this video to learn more about what we do.

Who You Are

You are a proactive, analytical problem solver who can translate business questions into actionable insights. You have a passion for taking advantage of the value found in data and using it to empower the people around you.

You have experience in Business Intelligence and analytics, and you understand how important operational metrics and reports are to making good business decisions. You know how to use SQL and other analytics tools to extract data from different databases, you’re able to contextualize these datasets by understanding the business processes behind them, and you appreciate the value of well-designed dashboards that tell the story behind the data.

Additionally, you’re able to put together a broader business intelligence program, including planning proactively for future growth and building our analytics capabilities that will serve as the foundation for our decision-making. You’re good at collaborating with other teams and with our data engineers, and take pride in building high-quality analytics capabilities. You’re comfortable in a start-up environment where taking initiative is key, and you thrive on ambiguous situations with competing priorities where you can make a large positive impact.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute our Business Intelligence function at Ascent, including tools, process, and collaboration with other teams
  • Work with the leadership team to define, operationalize, and report on Key Performance Indicators and metrics
  • Work with functional teams across the business to enable better and faster decision-making
  • Design and build effective dashboards using a BI Tool like Mode Analytics (or similar) and reports that tell clear narratives about how the business is operating
  • Write SQL queries and other scripts to clean and feed data into reports
  • Maintain data dictionaries of source systems to understand the flow of data between our different systems, data lake, and reporting tools
  • Consult with other teams creating reports and reporting capabilities, particularly for customers
  • Assist with the implementation of our broader Data Governance program and data integrity framework


  • 4-5 years of business analytics experience
  • Exceptional communication skills with both business and technical stakeholders
  • Experience working with executive leadership to improve operational reporting
  • High attention to detail and the ability to synthesize complicated datasets into clear narratives
  • Highly proficient in SQL
  • Proficient in designing dashboards and reports that are visually engaging and highlight actionable insights


  • Experience building business intelligence capabilities from scratch
  • Experience working in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Experience with ETL tools and setting up data pipelines
  • Proficiency using Python for Data Analysis


Chicago, IL


Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance – with premiums fully paid by Ascent
  • 401K offered
  • Unlimited PTO and Bank Holidays
  • Flexible work schedule
  • As much RAM as you can fit in a Macbook Pro
  • Professional development stipend
  • Top floor office in Prudential Plaza with an amazing view of the park/lake and Pedway access
  • The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!
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Our office is convenient to all loop trains and many buses, and the Pedway! We have a great selection of healthy lunch options nearby.

An Insider's view of Ascent

What are some social events your company does?

Our leadership really believes in building and strengthening our community here at Ascent. We've had a day-long company outing to a baseball game. We have monthly team lunches, which are a good way to connect with colleagues over food. We also have movie outings and happy hours that we all enjoy together!


Regulatory Intelligence Analyst

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team coordinates work that needs to be done by both people and machines. We do this by creating delightful interfaces/experiences for our users and by augmenting our workflows with machine learning to produce work that’s intuitive and efficient. This means my team gets to play with fun tech from the frontend all the way to the back.


Senior Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Prior to joining Ascent, I used to believe "brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not". Here at Ascent, irrespective of your gender, race or color, the opportunity to impact and change the world around you is evenly distributed and all anyone would require to succeed is the passion and desire to solve problems.


Software Developer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our job as a leadership team is to provide context, not solutions. The people working directly on a project are in the best position to make decisions, so we hire smart people and then trust them. We're here to support our teams and to make sure efforts are aligned across the company.



How does the company support your career growth?

I started in Customer Success, but an opportunity arose for me to officially pursue the role of Product Manager for our Customer Application. I received support for this pivot across the management team and from my peers. It was such a refreshing feeling to have people who believed in my ability to support such an essential role in the company.


Product Manager

What are Ascent Perks + Benefits

Ascent Benefits Overview

Everyone brings a unique set of skills and talents, and we want to take advantage of everything you have to offer. We also want to make sure you get as much out of this opportunity as you put in, and we’ll give you the support you need for Ascent to be a transformational period of growth in your career.
Our team enjoys a number of benefits and perks, including:

— Competitive compensation
— Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance – with individual premiums 99% paid by Ascent
401K offered
— Commuter benefits
— Unlimited PTO and Bank Holidays
— Flexible work schedule
— Professional development stipend
— The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Multiple plan options with Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well an HSA (Heath Savings Account).
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
There is an on-site gym in Prudential Plaza which is free to employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Ascent offers a completely flexible scheduling and work from home policy.
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Ascent offers a generous professional development stipend per year.
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Additional Perks + Benefits

We want to create an environment where people can do their best work. That means supporting our employees in their careers, in their health, and in their lives. We're always looking for (stage-appropriate/responsible) ways to concretely demonstrate these values. For example, we pay 100% of our employees' health premiums!

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