Chief Financial Officer

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Role: Chief Financial Officer

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer


About Us: 
BenchPrep is a pioneer in the certification training space, digitally transforming professional learning for credentialing bodies, professional associations, and training companies for over a decade. With an award-winning, learner-centric, cloud-based certification training platform, BenchPrep enables organizations to drive learning outcomes and increase revenue. The world’s leading certification training companies use BenchPrep to drive academic and professional success for more than 7 million learners.

We’re committed to helping people learn better, and that starts with our own people.

About the role: 

We are seeking a strategic Chief Financial Officer to join our growing team. As our Chief Financial Officer, you will act as a strategic partner to the CEO. You will play a key role in maximizing enterprise value by developing, monitoring and evaluating overall corporate financial strategy alongside the CEO. You will have primary responsibility for all of BenchPrep’s financial activities and will help inform business decisions and executive strategy by providing excellent financial insight to achieve our growth goals. You should have experience working as a CFO in a privately held, high growth, entrepreneurial software organization, having managed all aspects of the finance function. You will interact with all parts of the team and act as a strategic advisor to not only the CEO but the Board and entire executive team being able to provide financial information and operational analytics.  Finally, you care deeply and align similarly to our core values. This role can be performed locally from our Chicago-based headquarters, or remotely. 

How you’ll contribute (but not limited to):

  • Be a strategic partner to the CEO by helping to develop and monitor the company’s strategy using financial information and operational analytics 
  • Develop and scale the company’s infrastructure to meet performance goals and targets within established budgets and timelines
  • Drive performance across the business, through the creation of key performance indicators for our various departments
  • Manage and review preparation of timely and detailed reports on financial performance on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis to the board, leadership team and company
  • Improve and automate FP&A processes, as well as KPI and financial performance reporting against company targets and goals
  • Provide prudent management and oversight of company balance sheet and assets
  • Take complete ownership of legal and regulatory compliance 
  • Develop a long-term capital plan for the business
  • Drive M&A strategy; deliver financial analysis and insights to help drive structural and investment decisions
  • Maintain oversight and control of diverse business operations, through capitalizing on excellent interpersonal skills, business acumen, high degree of integrity, and an exemplary work ethic

**Skills and experiences we value:

  • 10+ years of financial leadership and operations experience, at a rapidly growing organization
  • Experience working in a software start-up environment (SaaS experience preferred)
  • Proven experience leading debt and equity financing and M&A transactions
  • A record of success in improving processes and leading department growth
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, handle and prioritize simultaneous requests, and manage lateral and upwards
  • Experience leading and managing a team with the ability to support, mentor and develop employees with in-depth knowledge of corporate finance and accounting principles, laws and best practices in the software space
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to exercise considerable judgement and discretion inbuilding, and maintaining effective relationships with the leadership team, specifically our Revenue leader(s). 

**Note: We know that excellent candidates can have all sorts of backgrounds and experiences, so please don’t hesitate to apply even if you don’t meet 100% of the listed requirements! And check out our latest blog post to learn more about inclusion at BenchPrep in the Engineering team."

Life at BenchPrep:  

We work at BenchPrep because we’re dedicated to the mission and each day we have an opportunity to be challenged and learn.  We work hard and have lots of fun. Culture is our lifeline at BenchPrep.  We celebrate our people, both professionally and personally. We care about learning so much that we offer employees $1,200 annually to develop their skills so they can continue to operate everyday with new skills.  It’s no wonder we were selected in Inc’s Best Workplaces of 2020 and Crain’s 2020 Best Places to Work in Chicago lists.  

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We are looking for high performing and motivated professionals who are excited about the chance to leverage technology to impact the lives of millions of learnersJoin us.


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • SqlLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
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    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
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    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

We are located next to the Willis Tower, right in the heart of downtown Chicago.

What are BenchPrep Perks + Benefits

BenchPrep Benefits Overview

BenchPrep provides a full suite and wide variety of benefits and perks. We offer an incredibly competitive medical plan and insurance benefits, while also fostering a culture that allows employees to have fun in the office. Scroll down to learn more about those items and see what else BenchPrep has to offer.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Pre-tax dollars can be set aside for medical, dental, and vision ($2,750/yr) for employees or dependents with or w/o enrolling in our insurance program. Daycare & elder care allows for up to $5,000/yr
Disability Insurance
Our plan coverage offers employees Short Term Disability coverage at 60% of their weekly salary with a $2,500 weekly max. Long Term = 60% of their monthly salary with a $10,000 monthly max.
Dental Benefits
BenchPrep offer 3 dental plans.
Vision Benefits
BenchPrep’s vision insurance plans provide annual eye exams for a $10 copay and a $130 allowance toward frames and/or contacts.
Health Insurance Benefits
BenchPrep’s health insurance plan with BCBS of IL has a low deductible and BenchPrep pays 90% of the monthly premium for employees AND their dependents.
Life Insurance
Up to 3x annual salary, $750K max of voluntary life insurance & accidental death & dismemberment insurance. Spouse & dependent children plans available too.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
BenchPrep’s 401k retirement plan offers a a cost effective employee retirement plan. The plan offers Roth and Pre-tax Investment options.
401(K) Matching
BenchPrep contributes 3% of an employee’s annual base salary, regardless of how much the employee contributes, which is immediately vested.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
BenchPrep offers generous paid parental leave for new parents with at least 1 month of service, including a paid leave policy for foster parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
BenchPrep offers flexible work schedules as needed for employees.
Remote Work Program
BenchPrep offers Remote Work as an option for employees.
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
BenchPrep closes its office for all major holidays, including MLK day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas THROUGH New Years Day.
Paid Sick Days
BenchPrep employees receive 5 sick days per year.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
We've got 2 beers on tap regularly, and a refrigerator stocked with bottled brews and liquor as well that is frequently "tapped" into.
Casual Dress
BenchPrep does not have a formal dress code and encourages employees to wear whatever makes them comfortable.
Commuter Benefits
Transit and Parking benefits: Employees may elect up to $260/month for pre-tax allocation for mass transit & parking expenses for commuting to BenchPrep, including Metra, Ventra and parking facilities
Company Outings
BenchPrep has regular outings that include Cubs rooftops, boat trips on Lake Michigan, off-site happy hours, poker nights, game nights, foodie dinners, and a holiday party, among other events.
Free Daily Meals
We provide a $12.50 daily stipend for employees every day via Fooda (https://www.fooda.com/resources/case-study/how-tech-startup-benchprep-made-lunch-powerful-part-its-culture).
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
FULLY stocked! Beverages = Soda, Coffee, Tea, RedBull, Juice, Vitamin Water, etc. Food = if you can think of the snack, we probably have it or some variation. Employees will never go hungry here.
Fitness Subsidies
Employees have access to the FFC gym located within our building, free of charge!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Employees are provided an annual stipend to attend external training events or conferences.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive salary, valuable stock options, and company-sponsored 401(k) • Fun, meritocratic, mission-driven, dynamic work culture • Commitment to fostering positive office culture (included, but not limited to, quarterly outings, an in-office ping pong table, cocktail hours, poker nights, etc.)

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