Senior Analyst, Financial Strategy - Technical.ly

Senior Analyst, Financial Strategy Santa Monica, CA

Inspire |  Santa Monica, CA | Data Science

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ABOUT US

Inspire is a clean energy technology company on a mission to transform the way consumers access clean energy and to accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.

We provide our customers with access to renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro powered sources without service interruptions or costly installations at a flat, predictable monthly rate. For every year that a customer spends with Inspire Clean Energy, they have a greater impact on climate change than 10 years of strict recycling.

Our rapidly growing team of mission-driven, climate enthusiasts is passionate, innovative and committed to a better future for the planet.

POSITION SUMMARY

As a Senior Analyst on the Financial Strategy team, you will work cross functionally and be responsible for defining and shaping our 3 year growth strategy through data-driven analyses. You will be expected to evaluate our growth across markets and products, ideate and test opportunities to improve performance, and provide guidance back to the business that will inform our overall business strategy. You will be a crucial part of a team committed to expanding our renewable energy footprint and driving a brighter energy future.

THE SENIOR ANALYST, FINANCIAL STRATEGY HAS 4 MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Driving Growth Strategy: Using data driven decision frameworks to steer our growth strategy across markets, products, and sales teams in an effort to optimize the volume and quality of customers on our platform.
  • Providing Guidance on Opportunities and Risks to Our Growth Forecast: Standing on the front lines of our business using advanced forecasting models to identify opportunities and risks to our growth forecast and guiding the business on how to respond.
  • Analyzing and Understanding Business Performance: Using dashboards and regular reporting to track our performance across key indicators.
  • Communicating Business Performance and Strategies to the Leadership Team: Presenting reports on business performance and recommendations for the evolution of our business strategy to internal stakeholders including our leadership team on a regular cadence.

SOME YEAR 1 DELIVERABLES

  • In partnership with Finance, Sales and Commercial Strategy, develop and own the 3 Statement Financial Operating Model for the business
  • Become deeply familiar with all the KPIs that drive the business and develop a process for raising areas of concern if we diverge from the desired results
  • Continue to improve our process for evaluating new and existing sales partners and sales channels
  • Provide strategic support on corporate development initiatives and M&A activity

SUCCESS METRICS

  • Development and execution of strategies to improve our unit economics through improving sales volume, supporting price optimization, successful GTM insights and product analysis.
  • Timely and thoughtful analytic support across our entire origination function using data-driven analyses with a bias to action.

DESIRED TRAITS

  • Analytical – must be able to develop frameworks for evaluating problems and have the technical skills to run an analysis to ground and communicate the results
  • Articulate – must be able to distill down complex topics and communicate them clearly to a variety of audiences
  • Driven – must be internally driven to succeed with insatiable curiosity and a determination to deliver on high impact goals
  • Persevering – must be able to handle a fast paced role with competing priorities and short deadlines

EXPERIENCE

  • Must Have
    • 3-4 years of experience in Corporate Finance, Investment banking, M&A.
    • Fluency in excel-based financial modelling
    • Exceptional analytical abilities and experience using relational databases
    • Understanding of key accounting principles
    • Experience communicating complex analyses to different audiences
    • Strong proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint); intermediate understanding of GSuite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides)
    • Strong quantitative skills and the ability to interpret financial data, including financial statements, key financial performance indicators, valuation models and techniques.
  • Nice to Have
    • Investment banking experience
    • Venture Capital or Private Equity experience
    • Experience presenting analyses to C-Suite
    • Tableau, SQL read-write experience
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Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • FSA
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Other
  • Community Service Programs
  • Fully Remote Options
  • Pet Friendly Office
Parental Benefits
  • Childcare Assistance Programs
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Bring Your Own Device Reimbursement
  • Casual Dress
  • Home Office Stipend
  • Offsite Company Events
  • Snacks Provided
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement
PTO/Flexibility
  • Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • Unlimited PTO
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401k with company contribution

What makes Inspire an exciting place to work?

We are constantly working towards something bigger than ourselves. Our mission is what inspires and connects us. But we're also raising awareness for customers that they have choices when it comes to choosing an energy source.

Roughly 20% of your overall carbon emissions come from your home — which is huge. You can eliminate that 20% from your carbon footprint simply by deciding to go with Inspire.

Through data, we empower customers by informing them of their choices and giving them an option to positively impact the environment.

 

What’s unique about working on Inspire’s tech team?

Between Philly and Santa Monica, we have about 60 people on our tech team. Being small, we’re able to bond and work together closely. Everyone across the entire team has a hand in creating something for customers. No one group comes up with ideas or roadmaps and presents them to the rest of the group; we collectively decide what we should be working on and how we can work towards bringing Inspire’s overall mission to life.

We’ve created a very supportive and uplifting subculture. It’s not just about social events; it’s about asking, “How can we grow together? How can we work better together?”

 

How has Inspire has worked to improve employee work/life balance during the pandemic?

Due to the always-on nature of working from home during quarantine, we found that people had started working more hours and taking less PTO. Even when we told people to take time off, they still seemed to check in and contribute. We established “bonus days,” where every other Friday is off for the entire company. That way, no one is working, employees don’t feel that they are missing anything, and everyone can truly relax and recharge.

 

What qualities make someone a promising job candidate at Inspire?

Everyone at Inspire is driven by the mission to expand access to clean energy and work toward a zero-net carbon future. So we look for candidates who have that same passion for taking care of our earth. We’re a company of team players who collaborate closely, always ready to hop on Zoom to solve problems as a team.

From a tech perspective, we want talented engineers of all levels, but we are also looking for people who also think deeply about the Inspire user and build features and solutions that work for them. People who are interested in their careers and helping grow the careers of those they work with share knowledge and level up their skill sets.

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