Director Of Finance

Benchling San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 4 weeks ago


Benchling makes life science research faster and more collaborative.

Over the next 10 years, biotech will fundamentally rewrite the way we live. Gene editing and cell therapy will dramatically change how we treat cancer and other major illnesses. Biofuels and biomaterials will transform the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the makeup of everyday objects. Crop science and synthetic biology will produce sustainable and ethical food. Benchling's mission is to accelerate the research that propels us towards this future, and magnify its impact, through modern software.

Every day, scientists around the world use Benchling in their efforts to solve humanity's most pressing problems. For these scientists, Benchling is the central technology they use to conduct their research.

Benchling was founded by a team of MIT graduates and has raised funding from Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, and Y Combinator. Our customers include pharmaceutical

LOCATION: San Francisco, Financial District


Benchling is seeking a Director of Finance who will own the annual operating plan, create and maintain core business models, implement key financial systems, and develop a robust reporting framework as we rapidly scale.

You will be responsible for providing creative solutions for executing against growth targets, building a team to support the day to day FP&A operations as well as a long term strategic financial plan. As Director of Finance your work product will be key to influencing decision making and supporting quarterly board of directors presentations. A successful candidate must be a hands-on, roll up your sleeves type of leader and should enjoy a fast-paced, high growth environment. The position requires strong financial and management skills, a strong business sense and the ability to understand the big picture while being detail oriented.

This role reports to the VP Finance. We're looking for someone with a solid understanding of GAAP, strong communication skills, and the ability to partner effectively across business functions while being a self-starter.


  • Have ownership of and lead the FP&A function

  • Prepare quarterly presentations to the Board of Directors and Executive Team.

  • Construct Benchling's core business models (Staffing, Sales Capacity, Bookings, etc.) and adapt them to our rapidly growing business over time.

  • Partner with business leaders in managing toward operational goals and key objectives

  • Oversee system design and implementation of Financial Planning systems

  • Hire, manage and develop a strong, performance-oriented FP&A organization, capable of scaling with the business

  • Prepare monthly and quarterly management reporting - analyzing financial results, distilling/synthesizing key trends, assessing current and future business risk, and communicating key messages to senior management

  • Work closely with Sales Operations to develop Sales Compensation methodology and ongoing payout calculation

  • Develop a scalable OpEx and Revenue forecast process enabling better business predictability

  • Foster a data culture and enable data driven decision making across the company


  • BA/BS in Finance, Economics, or equivalent
    7-10 years FP&A and management experience

  • 3-5 years Saas industry experience

  • The ability to lead complex projects which require influence and implementation across functional teams

  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills, high energy, initiative and creativity

  • Experience working with private, VC-funded technology startups through various stages of growth and scale preferred

  • Familiarity with NetSuite, Anaplan, Adaptive Insights and other financial reporting tools

  • Looker experience preferred


  • Beautiful, light-filled office in the Financial District of SF

  • Monthly health & wellness stipend (up to $100/month on a gym membership, running shoes, or even a massage)

  • Work with a talented yet humble team

  • Meals and snacks covered

  • 401k

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Commuter benefits

  • Happy hours, company and team wide social events

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.

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