Finance Director - Scribbr | Member MT in a Fast growing EdTech Scaleup
What will you do?
As a fast-growing, international Edtech scale-up, it's Scribbr’s goal to become the world's leading academic writing brand. With 10m+ in revenue, a strong annual revenue growth, 65+ staff, lots of entrepreneurial energy and no shortage of plans for further growth, we're now looking for a Finance Director to complete the management team and strengthen the backbone of Scribbr’s next growth phase. As the new Finance Director, you will cover the full finance spectrum - from being a trusted strategic advisor to the management team to making sure all the company’s financial processes run like clockwork. You will make sure that the financial set-up is future-proof, you set up a structure & analytics which allows you to actively advice & steer the business and really act as financial business partner on all fronts.
You ensure Scribbr can deal with a continued fast growth and with the implementation of new strategies and/or business models, such as new services or products (business case, scenario analysis, pricing, inbedding in finance structure), new methods of online payment, (further) internationalisation or topics like optimizing the tax planning. You provide strategic advice on financing and M&A and take immediate action when needed. As part of and finance business partner to the management team, you propose and prepare KPI’s, margin analysis, investment decision support and other analyses to ensure optimal commercial decision making. You prepare (and track) budgets, forecasts and ad-hoc analyses to support Scrbbr with the next growth cycle.
Together with your team of 3 talented youngsters, who you actively mentor, you manage the periodic close, prepare/review the monthly and annual accounts, tax returns, execute cost control, ensure compliance and risk management, and manage and forecast cash flows. You will be the liaison for all external parties such as the tax authorities, legal and tax advisors, auditors and other stakeholders (e.g. 3rd parties / payment providers).
To do this it is important that you get to know, review and optimize all finance processes within Scribbr with the goal to create a strong, scalable and value-adding finance backbone. You review and improve the management information system, including an upgrade of the accounting system, the BI environment and the monthly reporting pack. You improve efficiency of finance processes by imbedding new functionalities into the CRM/ERP system (Houston). It is your view and business case on how you should structure finance, which activities should be done inhouse or by an external provider and which investments you have to do to get the finance foundation to the next level.
A day in the life of Scribbr's Finance Director
“Within Scribbr no day is the same, and neither will yours. Starting off the day discussing with the Victoria, Head of Customer Operations, why the plagiarism revenue is down for the past week, looking at conversion rates and deepdiving into the root cause. Next on your schedule is a meeting with an external party for a demo on their financial software, a reference of a former colleague who are using the tool right now. One of 3 parties that you will meet with to select a new tool that can accommodate scalable, automated processes and have good interfacing features with Houston and PowerBI.
After a nice lunch and a walk around the block, trying to avoid the tourist on the Bloemenmarkt, you run into Hilde, Head of Expert Operations. You build a customized dashboard for her combining the operational KPI’s (from Houston) with analytics on editor performance, trends & variances. She has some technical questions on the dashboard and wants to discuss Editor incentives with you. You’ve been piloting in busy season with an incentive program, but this might be valuable to setup together in a more structural way.
End of the day is the MT meeting, for which you finalize the analytics and business case (financial model) that you are going to discuss. The meeting is very constructive, the case is looking good and is a go. For you this means phase 2; how are you going to embed this new service within the structure? Which regulatory aspects do you have to start and which controls have to be embedded? Do the existing payment methods support it? How can you track the performance? Tomorrow’s another day. First, you enjoy some drinks together on the boat…"
Who are you?
We are looking for a proactive, energetic financial who loves to work in an everchanging and challenging scale-up environment. Somebody with strong business acumen, a growth mindset, who really wants to get to know and understand the business through and through.
“We need somebody who matches our scale-up mentality and passion for Scribbr. Somebody who has the intellectual & strategic curiosity to really understand & level with the business and has the capacity to think out of the box. Who is able to set up solid structures and strong analytics, supporting actionable business insights and unlocking the full potential of the data we have. Who sees the big picture, through different cross sections, reaches sound conclusions and can get the point across. But who also really won’t mind getting their hands dirty and tackling many things they haven’t encountered before.”
- MSc. degree in Finance and/or Economics
- At least 5 years of work experience in Finance (Big4 and/or scale-up experience is a plus)
- Have excellent English and Dutch (fluent) communication skills
- Sound knowledge of and proven experience with financial and management accounting, forecasting and planning, management information systems, financial control processes and tax & legal matters
- Thrive working in a fast-paced environment, within an international team and managing international expansion
- Track record in creating transparency and being a reliable business partner
- Proactive, have a hands-on mentality and do not hesitate to take ownership
- Independent, organized and structured; planning, agility and adaptability come naturally to you
- Are a highly numerate quick thinker
- Have a passion for technology and are driven to simplify and automate process
More about Scribbr
Founded in 2012 by two ambitious students in Tilburg (the Netherlands), Scribbr started as a Proofreading & Editing company with only one editor. Today, the team of more than 800 editors, citation and layout experts worldwide provides proofreading and editing in 10 different languages to help students achieve their academic goals. With more than10 million students on their platform every month(!) and growing, they managed to realize an impressive (organic) annual growth of >35%.
Combining years of experience in academic writing with technical know-how, they have successfully expanded their service portfolio by electronic tools like the Plagiarism Checker, Citation Generator, Citation Checker and a public Knowledge Base, which is used by millions of students and educators every year. They’re really proud to be a trusted brand in EdTech and continue to strive to make students 100% happy.