Data Strategy Lead

Role Expectations / Job Description

Paro is seeking a passionate individual to take ownership of and build out Paro’s platform data strategy: you will be the owner of Paro’s data. Thus, candidates should possess relentlessly high standards for their work and have demonstrated success developing and executing a data strategy. Relevant leadership skills should highlight an ability to lead, develop and coach teams, as well as work cross functionally to deliver data-driven action, insight, and solutions to stakeholders across the company. 

Why Paro?

Mission: Our mission is empowering finance and accounting professionals to embrace and succeed in the future of work. We do this by providing freelancers with a platform to grow and manage their book of business, along with tools to predict their future earnings. Our machine-learning algorithms create custom matches between freelancers and businesses who need their support, and the quality of work delivered is unparalleled.

Vision: We are building a future of work that is optimized at the skill and task level. It makes finding perfect-fit talent as simple as buying a product on Amazon. A mass migration to the freelance economy is already underway, and many leading analysts predict that 50% of the workforce will be freelancing by 2025. By capitalizing on this generational shift, we are disrupting the $150bn antiquated finance and accounting industry. We are backed by Revolution Ventures, Global Founders Capital, FJ Labs, and other leading investors and angels.

Culture: Collaboration is key to the Paro Home Team. Together, we curate an open environment and encourage constant feedback to create great experiences for our freelancers and guarantee success for our clients. We live and breathe our values and have a whole lot of fun along the way.

What We Do:

We help growing companies gain confidence in their finances. Paro matches businesses with the highest vetted bookkeepers, accountants, financial analysts, and CFOs who provide remote, on-demand, hourly support when clients need it. We only accept 2% of applicants into our highly curated network of experts, so clients know they’re working with the best of the best.

Who You Are:

  • You are hungry to build something from the ground up. Relevant experience/qualities might include:
    • Being involved in the determination and implementation of a business data strategy at an early stage/high growth company 
    • Experience working with stakeholders to build data architecture and deliver infrastructure best practices
    • Strong track record in developing data solutions to real world business problems
    • Experience working cross functionally in order to identify and execute data outcomes 
    • Comfort with manipulating and managing complex datasets
    • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels of an organization. You will need to regularly share complex insights with all kinds of people
    • Experience managing multiple projects on both short and long-term development cycles
  • You are passionate about being a leader. Relevant experience/qualities might include:
    • A leadership style that emphasizes shared goals and bias towards action
    • Experience managing data scientists and analysts (or similar roles)
    • Track record of developing successful data workers and building a culture of continuous learning and improvement
  • You are a rising star who wants to spread his/her wings and leave a lasting impact:
    • 2+ years data science/architecture experience, 1+ years management experience
    • You have the energy to roll up sleeves in the beginning of the job and get in the weeds with our data
    • You have the chops to build out a team to improve the foundation you have laid

What You’ll Do:

  • Roll up your sleeves and develop our data science philosophy and then build a team to improve upon what you have built
    • This will involve working closely with our product and engineering teams, and, in the future, build out our own data science team
  • Develop machine learning algorithms that support our two-sided marketplace
    • For example: dynamic project pricing, leveraging NLP to inform freelancer pitch-making, fine-tuning our freelancer-client matching algorithm, predictive customer retention & churn modeling, etc.
  • Drive actionable insights from data and present them to external and internal clients in a compelling manner
  • Collaborate across departments to understand business objectives and identify novel data-opportunities
  • Plan/analyze/execute experiments to establish relationships between product features & business results

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary + stock options
  • Parental Leave
  • Fun and challenging environment that propels career growth
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Flexible work from home policy
  • Unlimited PTO – we trust you
  • Catered breakfast on Mondays and lunch on Fridays
  • Great office location in Gold Coast, steps away from public transportation
  • Pet friendly office

Our Values:

At Paro, we pride ourselves on our strong value-oriented culture—which we created together as a team—and look to bring on new team members who also embody these values.

Enjoy the journey

We bring energy to an antiquated and stale industry

We embrace fun

We don’t take ourselves too seriously

 

Have each other’s backs

We are a team; we win together and lose together

We can handle anything

We feel confident to take risks because we serve as each other’s safety net

We are a community, not just a workplace

 

Do the right thing

We don’t cut corners; we take a long-term view of success

We deposit in the Karma bank

We are loyal to clients and freelancers

We are transparent and don’t hold ulterior motives

 

Take Smart Risks

We believe that trying and failing is better than not trying at all

We think creatively about obstacles

We challenge assumptions

We are nimble

 

Never settle

We invent new ways to do what we do

We want to be comfortably uncomfortable and encourage each other to take on new and more challenging projects

We are each accountable for every team member being their best and push each other and give others permission to push you

 

Be yourself

We bring our whole selves to work; we're cool with who you are, professional and otherwise!

We recognize that everyone brings something important to the table and that conflict helps us grow

We are sensitive to our differences; we value being yourself while making space for others to be themselves

We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion as we grow

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Location

We are located right above the Clark & Division Red Line stop in the Gold Coast, steps away from many Division street and Old Town hangouts.

An Insider's view of Paro

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

I am trusted to do my job and can have the time I need to focus on myself. At Paro, we truly focus on promoting a culture of flexibility. Each month, we take a company Paro holiday to recharge. In addition, the company offers unlimited PTO and flexible work from home.

Medha

Senior Account Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As we our platform evolves, we rely a lot on our sales and account management teams for feedback. Since the product works both internally and externally it is important that these teams take feedback from our clients and freelancers. In addition, this allows for us to continuously iterate on the product before each release.

Clint

VP, Engineering

What are some things you learned at the company?

Finance and accounting can be really complicated and overwhelming, which can make it easy for businesses to ignore. Since joining Paro, I've learned how much value Paro brings to companies (in all industries) and freelancers. I love talking with business owners about how Paro can make an immediate impact!

Erin

Sales Development Representative

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

At Paro, we do Monday Morning Team Huddles and quarterly Town Hall Meetings to foster transparency. The goal is to give insight around where we're headed and why we're headed there. I'm a firm believer that transparency and communication foster new ideas and enable everyone to solve complex problems more efficiently.

Michael

CEO

What makes someone successful on your team?

They never settle, take smart risks, and do the right thing (always). We look for people who align with our values, who work hard and love being part of a team, who aren't afraid to take on a lot and learn as they go, who are scrappy and resilient.

Jon

VP, Sales

What are Paro Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Acme employees can contribute up to $2750 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free breakfast on Monday. Employees get free lunch on Friday.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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