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Finance & Strategy Manager



Accounting & Finance, Operations
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Who we are

HopSkipDrive’s mission is to create opportunity for all through mobility. Our innovative, supplemental school transportation solutions are used by over 600 school districts, charter schools, nonprofits, government agencies, as well as busy families to safely and reliably get kids where they need to go.

Student transportation is the largest mass transit system in the U.S. The way kids get to and from school has a direct impact on our kids, families, schools and communities. While school districts spend $28 billion annually on transportation, only 30% of kids get to school on a bus. The current system can no longer meet all the transportation needs of our districts, schools and families — and its shortcomings are causing inequities in educational access that are affecting the welfare of millions of kids each day.

HopSkipDrive is taking a different approach to arranging safe, reliable school transportation that meets needs that aren’t being addressed by the current system, helping to fill gaps and supplement the student transportation options available. We create personalized transportation solutions for the one to the many, and everything in between.

We’re a company with heart

Our partnerships with school districts, child welfare agencies and nonprofits ensure equitable educational access for the most vulnerable populations, including youth in foster care, children experiencing homelessness and students with disabilities.

We understand that the difference between struggle and success can sometimes be as simple as the ability to show up, which is why we’re on a mission to use innovative technology — coupled with operational expertise and new ways of thinking — to help kids reach their full potential by providing a safe, dependable way to get them where they are going.

We’re an awesome place to work

Our company culture has been well-recognized — HopSkipDrive has been named to Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list, as well as Best Places to Work lists from Built In LA, Comparably, Inc., and the Los Angeles Business Journal. Comparably also named us a Best Company for Professional Development, as well as to its Best CEO and Best CEOs for Women lists.

We’re growing rapidly

Founded by three moms as a solution to their own transportation challenges, we now operate across over 13 states across the country. We continue to expand at a rapid pace, making the Inc. 5000 list four times, as well as the Deloitte 500 Fast-Growing Technology list. HopSkipDrive has raised $100M in funding to date.

Your role:

The Finance & Strategy Team is a cross-functional partner that supports HopSkipDrive’s growth, innovation and strategic initiatives. It's a highly impactful team that focuses on business strategy, annual and long-term financial plans, KPI development and management, and corporate development activities. This is an exciting opportunity to learn in a fast-paced environment and own high-priority projects.

HopSkipDrive is seeking a talented Finance & Strategy Manager to join the Finance & Strategy team. As Finance & Strategy Manager you will own the forecasting and planning of long-term financial goals, growth initiatives, and corporate development activities. You will work with teams across the company to create and maintain strategic / business plans, lead capital allocation analyses and more. The role requires superior analytical and presentation skills, as well as an outstanding ability to collaborate across a diverse range of stakeholders.

What you’ll do:

  • Manage essential elements of HopSkipDrive’s strategic planning process, including building and maintaining the long range plan, annual plan and rolling forecasts
  • Own analyses that support growth such as evaluating strategic investments and initiatives by performing ROI analyses, market sizing and market entry planning for new markets, and pricing strategy by market and product
  • Drive modeling for new business plans to help make strategic and operating decisions including go-to-market strategy formulation
  • Review monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial results, prepare variance analyses, and communicate results to key internal and external stakeholders
  • Analyze and interpret data to help decision making across the business and improve financial and operational strategy
  • Lead competitive analysis and enhance understanding of our markets and customers
  • Manage corporate development initiatives and investor relations
  • Partner with functions in contract negotiations and various high impact special projects
  • Prepare presentations for senior management and the Board of Directors and provide analyses and recommendations to assist with strategic decision-making
  • Identify and execute process improvements and cost efficiency measures across the company
  • Establish new processes that enable the company to scale efficiently
  • Drive recurring meetings with business partners and leadership teams, providing both KPI and financial updates to ensure the organization delivers on plans

What you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s and/or MBA in Finance, Economics, Accounting, Math, Computer Science or other quantitative field
  • 1-3+ years post-MBA or 5-7+ years without an MBA of analytical experience in investment banking, management consulting or private equity and/or a corporate development, strategy or financial planning & analysis role at a leading technology company
  • Strong financial skill set and grasp of corporate finance fundamentals, including experience with forecasting and business plan analysis
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel, including building and maintaining financial models
  • Excellent ability to build and interpret information from large and varied data sets
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills, particularly the ability to summarize analysis and present them concisely to a range of stakeholders, including executives
  • Experience working in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment
  • A proven ability to build collaborative working relationships with business partners
  • A self-starter who is an enthusiastic team player
  • Knowledge of BI tools and technologies (e.g., Tableau and/or Power BI) is a plus.

What you will get:

We want you to be an owner in our company and share in executing our vision, so every full-time employee has equity. In addition, we offer competitive market comp, unlimited vacation, FSA, medical, dental and vision, 401(k), and an opportunity to work for a uniquely positioned, VC-backed company in a hugely attractive space with significant upside potential. HopSkipDrive is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices. The base salary range for this role is $115,000 to $135,000. This position is hybrid / remote based in LA. Final compensation for this role will be determined by several factors such as a candidate’s relevant work experience, skill set and specific work location. The total compensation package for this role also includes equity stock options.

Equal Opportunity Employer

HopSkipDrive is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other protected class. HopSkipDrive is also proud to operate as a drug-free workplace.