Manager, Business Analytics & Strategy

| Chicago

Paro is seeking a Manager, Business Analytics & Strategy to lead and expand this function as we continue our rapid growth. Your objective is to supercharge the performance of every team at Paro through data access, analytical insights, and operational improvements.

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 creating a boundaryless workforce where labor is the analog. Our future of work is optimized at the skill and task level, and 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:

  • 5+ years experience working in analytical/strategic roles, ideally at a technology company
  • Thrive in a fast-paced startup environment; personal experience scaling a company post-Series A would be great
  • Proven track record of managing people and processes to execute against a roadmap
  • Ability to work effectively across all key business functions (at Paro, these include: sales, marketing, client success, operations, product & engineering, finance)
  • Possess advanced modeling skills using a variety of tools (Microsoft Excel is a must; Python or R would be beneficial but not required)
  • Experience building out and utilizing components of a data analytics technology stack, most importantly BI tools like Looker (preferred) or Tableau
  • Proficient in SQL and comfortable manipulating large data sets
  • Familiarity with the finance and accounting functions of an organization is a plus

What you’ll do:

  • Spearhead the definition of KPIs that track the health and effectiveness of each area of the organization
  • Conduct analytical deep dives into the business, develop actionable insights, and manage implementation of solutions that fuel our growth
  • Carve out a role as a thought leader and partner with the executive team to set our strategic roadmap
  • Power our future fundraising efforts with a compelling story told through our data 
  • Own and expand our data analytics stack, including Postgres, Stitch, and Looker
  • Manage our Strategy Analyst and continue building a best-in-class analytics team as we scale

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 u


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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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • Aha!Management
    • WordpressCMS
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

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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