Product / Engineering Finance Lead South San Francisco, California

Location San Francisco, California
Date Posted January 24, 2023
Category Engineering
Job Type Permanent


About Zipline Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world's most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda's national blood delivery network and Ghana's COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain. Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people. About You and The Role

This is a key leadership role within the Finance team as the core partner to our Head of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. In this role, your primary objective will be to ensure our new hardware and software product programs hit critical unit economics milestones sustainable unit economics at affordable pricing is what ultimately allows us to achieve our mission to serve all humans equally. You will build a world-class product finance team that is excellent in enabling timely interdisciplinary product tradeoff decisions across the org to drive financial outcomes. You will partner with cross-functional teams (go-to-market, operations, supply chain, regulatory) to help us see around corners, and manage program/department spending to ensure our teams invest every dollar wisely. The ideal candidate for this role is a fast learner of technical hardware/software details, a strong team builder, and passionate about fostering strong relationships at all levels of the organization.

What You'll Do

  • Drive critical new product decisions to achieve sustainable profitable unit economics
  • Build a world-class product finance team
  • Manage product/engineering resource planning, capital investments, and other program spending
  • Define key performance metrics and provide actionable insights through reporting and ad hoc analysis
  • Deep dive on operational or functional topics as needed
  • Serve as a general thought partner to product/engineering leadership and other internal stakeholders on shaping company strategy

What You'll Bring

  • You have 8+ years of experience in product/engineering finance, ideally with a heavy operational or hardware/software component.
  • You have a track record in building lean, high-performing teams
  • You have an exceptional ability to effectively collaborate with and influence at all levels of an organization
  • You are comfortable working in cross-functional environments, able to navigate seamlessly between different functions, skillsets, and perspectives
  • You are data-driven but also committed to supporting fast-paced, "good, not perfect" decision-making
  • You can communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to build strong relationships with Zipline teams and external stakeholders
  • You have strong project management and organizational skills
  • You are an excel wizard and can build and manage complex financial models
  • You have a solid knowledge of financial statements, accounting principles, and investment analysis

What Else You Need to Know Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies. We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply! Please Note

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Genuine Zipline employees or representatives will never ask you for money or payment in exchange for employment opportunities or other related services. Any such offer of employment or any other service in exchange for fees that claims to be from us is deceitful and part of a fraud.

If you believe you have been targeted by a fraudulent party, we ask that you immediately get in touch with us via email at upon receiving a suspicious offer or claim.

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