Strategic Sourcing Analyst at Paro

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Why Paro?

Mission: Our mission is empowering finance & 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.

Position Overview

Paro is seeking a driven Strategic Sourcing Analyst to help grow Paro’s elite freelancer talent. Freelancers are the bloodline of Paro’s marketplace, and only 2% of registrants make it through our vetting process. You will work directly with the Director of Marketplace Operations and Freelancer Operations team to foster growth and refine Paro’s freelancer network. This role is directly responsible for the strategy and execution of sourcing, vetting, and onboarding new freelancers. You will also manage engagement of existing freelancers and develop strategies to retain this cream of the crop freelance talent.

Who You Are

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1-3 years of experience learning, evolving, communicating, and executing (accounting or finance experience a huge plus!)
  • Eager to utilize your soft skills working across business units and with a variety of personalities in the freelance community
  • Exude confidence while remaining approachable; you will be shaping the freelancer network and that entails both identifying top performers as well as finding common ground amongst the registrants
  • Seek out a dynamic, fast-paced startup environment where you can add value from day one
  • Data driven, because numbers matter
  • Self-motivated to exceed expectations with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Proactive in all that you do
  • Maintain a professional demeanor complemented by excellent verbal and written communication skills

What You’ll Do

  • Strategize with the Director of Marketplace Operations on optimizing Paro’s elite finance & accounting freelancer network
  • Collaborate with the sales team to determine high-impact needs and creatively source specific talent backgrounds to meet requests
  • Recruit the best of the best finance & accounting talent to join the nationwide Paro network of freelancers
  • Manage the freelancer experience from registration through onboarding and beyond
  • Coordinate with marketing team to design campaigns to reach high caliber talent
  • Work side by side with product team to find new ways to engage freelancers
  • Think outside of the box across all responsibilities
  • Bring your whole self to work, quirks and all, to add to our awesome culture

You work hard, but also enjoy a good mid-day laugh, group coffee outing, or attempting a cross-office basketball shot (no prior basketball skills required). You thrive in an open, collaborative environment where consistent feedback and flat hierarchy are valued. You are a team player and look forward to close collaboration you’ll have with every business unit within Paro.

If you are: Passionate about empowering the future of work, driven to grow something amazing, the kind of person who never settles and is always up to try something new, then we want you to join our team.

Nice to Haves

  • Background in public accounting, banking, consulting and/or recruiting a plus

Benefits

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

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 us

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
    • PHPLanguages
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • CodeIgniterFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Boostrap 4Frameworks
    • WebpackFrameworks
    • TypekitFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • InVisionDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • 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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