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VP Finance (Phoenix, AZ based)



Accounting & Finance
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024
About Us
Trainual is a team of 100+ super-talented folks obsessed with making small business easier. And while our team members come with diverse experiences, we’re united by our passion for making ideas happen. We launched the world’s first playbook tool in 2018, and today, thousands of companies in nearly every industry use it to scale their teams.
Why Trainual?
We’re a great place to work. AZCentral named Trainual the #1 place to work in Arizona. And Inc recognized us on their 2021, 2022, and 2023 Best Workplaces list. But we can’t say we blame them. We’re a hybrid team with an unwavering culture that recognizes everyone’s impact matters.
We’ve got benefits on benefits. Above market pay, an annual experience fund, 4 weeks paid vacation (plus 5 sick days), the latest tech, parental leave, 401k matching, free One Medical subscription, and top-notch health care - just to name a few.
We’re disrupting the SMB industry. Our goal is to equip every team with a winning playbook. One that provides clarity around who does what and how. And with 7k small businesses scaling what they do with Trainual, we’re only scratching the surface.
We’re in good company. In June 2021, we closed a $27M Series B round. And we partner with some of the biggest names in small business, including Shark Tank star Daymond John, Slack, Loom, the cast of The Office, and more.
We all own what we’re building. Everyone who works at Trainual has life-changing pre-IPO equity. That way, you can be proud of what we’re building and sleep well knowing your teammates are (literally) just as invested as you are.
If you’re a number cruncher who puts the kibosh on every idea - you can click the x on the right of the tab. But if you’re a strategic finance leader who creatively constructs growth through collaboration and problem-solving - then keep reading.
Trainual is looking for a VP of Finance to take us to the next level. Cliche, perhaps - but we are building something special and need a been-there-done-that finance leader who can propel us into our next stage and beyond. This role has a front-row seat with our founders to shape how capital is allocated, ranging from strategic things like fundraising and revenue modeling to unblocking the team day-to-day to ship the best possible product for our customers.
So, who are you? You’re a natural problem solver who’s up for any challenge. You dance the line between risk aversion and taking bets - maintaining fiscal responsibility while also saying yes to potentially BIG endeavors. Ethics are a non-negotiable, period. And you’re a partner to all - you support everyone in the business and have a deep understanding of how you can help drive growth and success in their respective areas.

What you will own & improve:

  • Strategic Finance Transactions, fundraising, M&A - check, check, check. You’ve run these in differing capacities and feel confident driving our big-picture efforts and optimizing capital allocation.
  • FP&A Planning, forecasting, compliance regulations, and P&L ownership - these are part of the job and you do them well. You’ll also develop these skills in your team and empower each functional leader to be your copilots in these efforts.
  • SaaS Best Practices Not only do you know finance, but you have a deep grasp of our business nuances and can contribute to cross-functional product efforts like price modeling, product launching, impacting net revenue retention, and more.
  • Team Leadership & Collaboration This role will touch every area of the business and bring teachings and insights to all. Our leadership team is wildly creative and this person is expected to help foster that and put the financial cherry on top of those initiatives.

Experience you bring to the table:

  • SaaS Finance, particularly in the ~$30-100M revenue range.
  • How to lead finance and its sub-functions You’ve overseen finance and accounting. Even better, maybe you’ve overseen analytics and other sub-functions of the business.
  • Fundraising You are confident in owning our next funding round and are an incredible financial storyteller.
  • Investment banking or private equity AKA, you’ve seen strategic finance in varying capacities.
  • Legal knowledge is a huge bonus. No, you don’t need to be a lawyer! However, knowing risk and legal best practices will give you an edge.

How success is measured:

  • Team Leadership: You’ll be an inspirational leader to the team - as indicated by eNPS, professional growth, and team morale.
  • Finance & Accounting Efficacy: You’re keeping your function and the business at large running smoothly - as indicated by the accuracy of financial reporting and forecasting, compliance with regulations and standards, cap table management and due diligence preparedness.
  • Business Acceleration: You’ve supported leadership in unlocking baseline business metrics - as indicated by increased ARR and NRR (as the finance partner to respective leaders). Long term, you’ll have led a fundraising round (or transaction) that impacts the health of the business.
About the team:
You’ll report directly to our founder/CEO, Chris Ronzio and will work closely with all of our leaders. You’ll directly manage Kelsey Curzon, our Director of Finance & Accounting and our Analytics team!
The compensation will be based on relevant past experience evaluated throughout the interview process. The salary for this role is ~$200-250k base + equity.
Our Benefits
Competitive salary: We pay at or above market salary in most cases and leverage extensive amounts of data to ensure everyone is paid well.
Health insurance: We cover 100% of the employee premiums and significantly subsidize family plans. We use
Justworks to make benefits easy. We offer additional healthcare resources like RedirectHealth, OneMedical, FSA, and HSA. Plus all HSA-compatible plans are met with a company HSA match of up to $1,000 a year.
Dental & vision: We offer subsidized dental and vision coverage.
Short-term Disability Insurance & Life Insurance: We cover 100% of the premiums for Short Term Disability Insurance and 1x salary Life Insurance. You also have the option to purchase supplementary disability and life insurance through our provider.
Paid time off: 4 weeks of paid vacation. 5 days of paid sick time. 12 paid holidays.
Paid parental leave, including adoption: 8 weeks of fully paid time off.
401k with a 3% matching through Guideline 401(k).
Experience stipend: Up to $500 per year to experience something new - whether that’s a new ice cream flavor or a new country.
Great tools: Each employee receives a Mac laptop and a 27'' display (or equivalent). We’ll also purchase any of the software or hardware you need.
Complete transparency: Everyone has full access to business metrics and financial information about the company.
Our Values
Show Up Ready: Plan enough to pull it off, and pivot if needed. For our customers and our co-workers, we embody preparation and order. We work from an agenda. We start and end meetings on time. We put in the effort to polish what we present, all in an effort to build trust with those around us. When a company hires Trainual, they expect an experience that feels simple. The appearance of simplicity requires tremendous planning and preparation, so this characteristic has to be a core trait of everyone that works here.
Make Ideas Happen: Execute on what you innovate. We don’t just tolerate change, and go along for the ride; we drive change. Companies are like cruise ships, and turning them can take some time. But turning the wheel happens in just a few seconds. It’s the decision to redirect, and to make something different. It’s the vantage point at the front of the boat where you can see where you’re heading, before anyone else knows. We are the ones to initiate this change. It’s up to us to have the vision, to always look forward, and to spot obstacles and opportunities before they become issues.
Carry the Groceries: Carry extra weight without being asked. Go above and beyond whenever you sense a need. Look for opportunities to impress, and be ready to roll your sleeves up to make someone else’s life a little easier. It’s what we do. "Before starting my first business, I bagged groceries at a supermarket in Massachusetts. No one ever expected me to carry the groceries to the car, but when I did, it made their day. It’s such a simple thing, and took only an extra minute of my time, but it made a tremendous difference in that customer’s experience at the store. At Trainual, be helpful everywhere possible." - Chris Ronzio, CEO
No Red Tape: Work hard to make every process easy. There is nothing more frustrating than a bureaucratic process, and you won’t find one here. Never make customers or coworkers jump through hoops. Don’t let policy supersede logic. You’ll never go wrong making things easier on others, so challenge every system that could have fewer steps, more automation, and less complexity.
Collect Experiences: Have endless curiosity for a new perspective and knowledge. We work with people in all different industries, from all different walks of life. In order to build trust, understand the real picture, and help create change, we need to build real relationships. Listen to others, and relate to them. Be an experience collector, so that you have an endless supply of topics that can be used to find common ground.
Everyone has a Key: In results we trust. You'll notice from your first day that every employee at Trainual literally has a key to the office. We trust you, or we wouldn't have hired you. Some people say trust is earned, but we believe that trust is the default. Everyone carries their weight, and everyone is an owner of what we are building. We won't tell you exactly how to get the job done -- you won't find micromanagement here. So, remember that your productivity is measured by your impact and your effort.
Hybrid Work at Trainual
At Trainual, we believe everyone has a key, literally. This value means you are an owner of your experience, productivity, and growth. We know everyone is different - productive at different times of day, in different settings, with different types of work. So what does this mean for the future of work at Trainual?
TL;DR - Work when, where, and how you work best.
- Anyone can work from the office at any time. We often have remote folks in town working from our PHX office!
- If you live in Phoenix, there is not a specific requirement of days worked in the office, but our motto is "we like to see you more than we don't!"
- If you want to relocate to PHX, we will help make that happen! We want everyone to have a community, trusted relationships, easy collaboration, and a clear path for growth while maintaining autonomy, ownership, and flexibility.
- Regardless of where you live or how often you come to the office, Trainual has the expectation that when you are “at work” whether that’s at the office or working from home, you are in a distraction free environment. This includes having full time childcare.
Location: 70% of our team is based out of Phoenix, AZ and our preference for new team members is local due to the ease of ad hoc collaboration and community building. However, we know great talent lives all over! If you don't live in Arizona and are interested in working at Trainual, we will consider each state on a case-by-case basis due to the implications of doing business in each state.
Visa Sponsorship: We welcome and support people of all different backgrounds (18% of our team was either born or raised outside of the US)! However, due to the constraints of being a small startup, we are not able to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment Visas at this time. Check out our blog with more details here: https://trainual.com/trainual-embraces-remote-first/
I’m getting the feeling that you’re ready to click that apply button.
If you don’t tick every box, please don’t rule yourself out just yet. We’ve seen the research that women and other people in underrepresented groups tend to only apply when the checklist is all ticks. We prioritize hiring incredible human beings over simply ticking boxes – so if this role resonates with you, hit that apply button!
Join us in building the turnkey operations manual and playbook solution for companies all over the world! We know you want to.