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Cloud Economist (Financial operations)

We’re looking for an Cloud Economist to be part of making this happen.

About the role

Our systems run globally, process hundreds of billions of events per day and are still seeing exponential growth. It’s easy to see the need for a dedicated Financial Operations team to provide reporting, governance and insight into the cost of running those systems and the factors that influence our cloud spend. You will join our FinOps team, bringing experience in cloud cost reporting, data analysis and AWS cloud hosting services to support operations within Product, Engineering and Finance. The information and insights you provide enable stakeholders across the organization, from individual contributors to C-level executives, to be more informed and make data-driven decisions.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Develop and share insights and views into cloud cost and usage data that enables technical and executive stakeholders to understand spend. This includes building out processes for repeated regular cadence deliverables and ad-hoc exploratory analysis.
  • Be a cloud cost expert. Partner with engineering teams and AWS SME’s to accurately analyze, estimate and cost out new deployments or infrastructure changes and identify opportunities for cost optimization.
  • Own cost anomaly detection and alerting processes, partnering with engineering teams to confirm root causes and validate resolutions.
  • Partner with finance teams to develop cost forecasts and projections, compare forecasts to actual spend and understand causes where there are differences.
  • Strive for rigour in our cost tracking and modelling to ensure it is accurate, repeatable and easy for stakeholders understand and incorporate in their processes.
  • Partner with data developers to define requirements and identify automation opportunities for repeated reporting tasks and analyses.
  • Answer novel questions being asked by the business by gathering data from disparate sources, performing exploratory data analysis, investigating data patterns and identifying trends. Translate analysis output into clear and concise insights, impacts and recommendations to inform strategic and operational decisions.
  • Promote a culture of cost ownership and financial rigour and responsibility across the organisation.
  • Act as a team representative in cross-functional initiatives.
  • Maintain and administer cloud cost reporting platform.
  • Manage cloud vendor discount plan commitments and purchases.

About you

  • Speak data, finance and tech.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience using data analysis tools.
  • Practical knowledge and experience with AWS products and services, pricing models and cost management capabilities.
  • Proficient in gathering information from various sources, combining, analyzing, presenting the results and linking them to the larger context and business outcomes.
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to identify discrepancies and outliers.
  • Experience designing reporting and monitoring to ensure awareness of cost trends and drivers.
  • Have developed and maintained complex models to explain and accurately predict cost.
  • Experience in cloud expense reporting and management using FinOps disciplines within a cloud platform.
  • Bonus: Some experience or exposure with cloud infrastructure capacity planning and rightsizing.
  • Bonus: Some experience with budgeting and rigorous financial reporting practices.

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  • Company: Arctic Wolf
  • Published: 8th May 2024
  • Closing Date: 8th July 2024
  • Country: Canada
  • Type: Full-time
  • Seniority: Mid-level Contributor
  • FinOps Certifications Required: None