Finance Director



Accounting & Finance
London, UK
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024
What is Sylvera anyway? ‍👩‍👨🌳
Sylvera provides carbon data for genuine climate impact. Our mission is to incentivize investment in real climate action.
Purchasing credits through the carbon markets is one of the most established and scalable ways to channel finance from the private sector to effective climate solutions and work toward societal net zero. Unfortunately, the voluntary carbon markets have been plagued with mistrust and a lack of effectiveness since they’ve emerged – until Sylvera.
To help organizations ensure they're making the most effective investments, Sylvera builds software that independently and accurately automates the evaluation of carbon projects that capture, remove, or avoid emissions. With Sylvera's data and tools, businesses and governments can confidently invest in, benchmark, deliver, and report real climate impact.
Our team is made up of leading minds in climate change from scientists to policy, finance and carbon market experts. We work in partnership with scientific organisations, universities, governments and think tanks to develop and test rigorous and holistic ratings methodologies, leveraging the latest technology. Founded in 2020, Sylvera has 150+ employees across the world with offices in London, New York, Belgrade and Singapore. We’ve raised over $96million from leading VCs like Balderton Capital, Index Ventures and Insight Partners to date.
What will I be doing? ‍‍👩‍💻👨‍💻
As our Finance Director you’ll be at the forefront of leading a strategic area for the company including interacting with the executive team, the board, investors and key stakeholders across the business. This role is pivotal in shaping our finance function, driving financial performance, and supporting strategic decision-making to ensure the company's continued growth and market leadership.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Provide strategic financial leadership by partnering with the executive team to drive the company's financial strategy and long-term planning, advising on financial implications of business activities and strategic initiatives and identifying opportunities for cost reduction and revenue enhancement.
  • Build the FP&A function, including budgeting, forecasting, and financial modelling, providing strategic insights through analysis of financial data and market trends as well as comprehensive financial models to support business planning and data driven decision-making. Work closely with other department leaders to align financial goals with overall company objectives and drive cross-functional initiatives.
  • Lead finance operations across accounting, treasury, and tax functions; implement and manage financial systems and processes to improve efficiency and accuracy; oversee cash flow management ensuring adequate liquidity for operational needs and strategic initiatives; ensure compliance with international financial regulations and standards, particularly in jurisdictions where the company operates.
  • Build and lead a high-performing finance team, providing mentorship and development opportunities, fostering a culture of accountability, continuous improvement and collaboration.
  • Oversee the preparation and presentation of timely and accurate financial reports to the executive team, the board, and investors while ensuring compliance with financial regulations and standards. Manage relationships with auditors, ensuring timely and efficient audits.
  • Work closely with current and potential investors, providing transparent and accurate financial information, preparing materials and presentations for investor meetings, ensuring alignment with the company's strategic objectives.
  • Identify and mitigate financial risks, including market, credit, and operational risks.

We’re looking for someone who: 🧠💚

  • 10+ years of progressive leadership experience in finance, with significant experience in FP&A.
  • Proven experience in a leadership role within a high-growth, venture-backed Series B or later-stage startup, ideally in a SaaS or data business.
  • Strong understanding of accounting principles, standards, financial controls and regulations and SaaS metrics.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a strategic mindset.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex financial information to non-financial stakeholders as well as managing the company’s external financial relationships with banks, auditors and advisors.
  • Proficiency with financial software and tools (e.g., reporting software, Excel, ERP systems).
  • Proven track record in fundraising, including equity and debt financing, and managing relationships with investors and financial institutions.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or a related field; ACA, ACCA or CIMA qualified preferred.
  • Familiarity with operating in the US is a plus.
We’d like someone highly ambitious, motivated and eager to propel their career forward. We prioritise grit, positivity, and the willingness to get stuck in, and encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't exactly match this job description
Benefits 💰
- Equity in a rapidly growing startup
- Private Health Insurance and Life Assurance
- Unlimited annual leave - and encouragement to actually use it!
- Enhanced parental leave
- Up to 20 days paid sick leave
- £500 WFH allowance
- No corners cut in having the best tech to do your job
- Access to Mental Health support via Spill
- Monthly team socials
Location 🌍
UK (with access to an office in London if you wanted to come in)
Our Values 🙌
Own it: We make new mistakes. We build on the momentum of our wins and reflect on and learn from our failures.
Stay curious: We keep our focus on the long-term, even if that means short-term challenges.
Do what’s right - even when it’s hard: We take a growth mindset to our work, our customers, our market and the opportunities ahead of us.
Collaborate and challenge with empathy: Our teams deliver through active collaboration. We invest in each others’ success and make the company stronger in the long-run.
Empower Customers: Make extraordinary efforts to exceed our customer expectations. If we’re serving our customers to the fullest, we can help direct more investment into real climate impact.
What if you’re a partial fit? 🌱
We prioritise grit, positivity, and the willingness to get stuck in, and encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't exactly match this job description.
Equal employment opportunity 🌈
Sylvera is an equal opportunity employer: we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.