SVP / Head of Finance

Location: New York, NY

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive



Head of Finance

Zola is seeking a SVP / Head of Finance to join our team. Named by the Wall Street Journal as one of New York City’s fastest growing tech startups of 2017, we are growing explosively and need a strategic-minded and technical finance expert who can support us through this next phase of growth. The best candidate for this position will be a person who is passionate about people, has an innovative working style, and can help us scale our business.

As an integral member of Executive team, the SVP / Head of Finance at Zola will manage the financial operations of the organization including financial reporting, budgeting, financial forecasting, long term business planning, cost benefit and variance analysis, internal management reporting, treasury operations and other business analytic activities. Reporting to and collaborating with the President & COO, this role will develop and execute the finance strategy and drive strategic and operational goals, policies, and action plans to meet business objectives.

Who We Are Looking For:

  • A killer financial model builder with outstanding analytical skills
  • A Business Partner highly adept at working and communicating with Executive leaders and investors
  • A go-getter who can self-manage, define and execute new processes and strategies
  • Someone who will uphold Zola's values and has unquestionable integrity and ethics
  • Someone with high degree of accuracy, strong attention to detail, but also able to see the big picture
  • Someone who effectively conveys Zola’s financial story to internal and external stakeholders
  • A humble leader with a collaborative spirit, compassionate personality and great sense of humor
  • Someone who can embrace the mindset of a VC backed company and enjoys studying S1s in their free time


  • Oversee daily operations of the finance and accounting department
  • Provide insightful financial analysis, meaningful and accurate forecasts, clear explanations of business results, and advice on the financial consequence of strategic decisions
  • Represent the financial point of view in Executive discussions
  • Direct the financial management functions, including short and long-term budgeting, forecasting trends, costing, profitability analysis
  • Lead the company’s financial budgeting and forecasting processes
  • Develop board-level presentations of financial status of the company
  • Recommend benchmarks for measuring financial and operating performance
  • Become the expert on market dynamics and external comps
  • Be an active participant in any potential fundraising
  • Own the process of obtaining the external 409A valuation
  • Maintain cap tables, option paperwork and option exercises
  • Work to automate relevant finance processes and implement an ERP system
  • Negotiate and advise on key contracts
  • Work with Controller to manage the preparation of all financial reports
  • Manage and accurately predict cash flow
  • Lead, build, and mentor an exceptional finance team

Ideal Qualifications

  • Minimum of 7-10 years previous experience leading or having a senior role in a finance organization, preferably in a high-growth company
  • Masters Degree in Finance, Accounting or Business preferred with strong FP&A experience
  • Previous experience at a top-tier investment bank, PE or VC firm
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Strong managerial skill set combined with a hands on, mixed skill set of both finance & operational accounting
  • Working knowledge of short and long term budgeting and forecasting, rolling budgets, and product-line profitability analysis.
  • Experience in working in a fast-paced revenue growth environment
  • Some experience with implementing ERP and financial systems
  • Consumer industry experience and / or exposure to e-commerce models is a plus
  • Ability to lead and inspire a team


At Zola, we are a wedding company, building a smarter wedding suite of wedding products – including a registry, website, guest list manager, and checklist. We are an early-stage, VC-funded consumer technology startup based in New York City. Launched in October 2013, we have quickly become the fastest-growing wedding registry in the United States, with more than 300,000 couples registered. Founded by many of the early team members from Gilt Groupe, we are focused on creating a new kind of e-commerce experience that addresses a huge market — wedding gifts — by reimagining the wedding registry for modern engaged couples and their guests.

Our team brings deep experience from working on award-winning e-commerce sites and mobile apps in past roles at Gilt Groupe, Amazon, J.Crew, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Yahoo.


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