Cloud FinOps Program Manager

Published: 13th December 2022 Closing Date: 1st April 2023

Exstratus is accelerating the global drive toward Cloud FinOps and needs an exceptional FinOps leader who can be trusted to manage large cloud finance processes across multiple industries at once.

This may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, if you…

… have Cloud or Cloud FinOps small team leadership experience and want a “next step” into a serious management role, with multiple simultaneous projects and a growing team looking to you for guidance and support

… have good understanding of Cloud FinOps as it’s implemented in the narrow corridors of your current company, but want to understand how FinOps works at different companies in diverse industries

… are currently working in FinOps at a company that’s under-staffed, lacking time or tools or focus to drive FinOps outcomes, and want to work at a place where FinOps is priority #1

… want to work on Cloud FinOps in a fast-paced, small-company environment, while being able to influence the FinOps processes and outcomes of Fortune 500 orgs and private equity behemoths spending hundreds of millions per year

Our Cloud FinOps Program Manager role is perfect for someone looking for the next step in their FinOps management career, especially someone who wants to graduate to the next stage of understanding in Cloud FinOps.

In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to teach and build FinOps processes within companies of all sizes, saving them millions of dollars while illuminating the path forward in advanced forecasting methodologies. You’ll have a team of strong analysts and engineers working for you, cross-pollinating FinOps concepts across companies in varying industries. And you’ll blaze new trails in global FinOps thinking with Exstratus, as we constantly push the boundaries of the “why” and the “how” of FinOps.

Job Description

About Us

Exstratus executes cloud cost management programs for companies worldwide, as part of our unique model delivering a comprehensive FinOps program as a service. We help companies spending millions of dollars per year on their cloud infrastructure to create customer value through FinOps, DevOps, and Cloud Architecture best practices.

Role Summary

The FinOps Program Manager is the strategic leader of a service team on a FinOps engagement, owning and driving the relationships with key client stakeholders among the executive team and finance organization. They manage a team of FinOps Analysts and Cloud Architects on a small number of FinOps engagements to help our customers maximize the value of Cloud and SaaS. As Program Manager, they align the FinOps program with current and future goals of the business, developing a FinOps roadmap and driving its execution to ensure success in reaching those goals. A successful candidate will also bring extensive knowledge of FinOps best practices and deep understanding of cloud financial management.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure the FinOps Program is meeting the needs and expectations of each client
  • Coach, manage, and develop their team of FinOps Analysts and Cloud Engineers
  • Evaluate performance and make final hiring and termination decisions for their team
  • Prepare and deliver polished, business-relevant client status updates, strategic reviews, and planning meetings
  • Organize internal sync meetings to coordinate the priority and direction of ongoing FinOps Program efforts
  • Direct the Lead Cloud Analyst and their analyst team to new areas where data or analysis are needed, iterating with that team as required to find actionable insights
  • Ensure that any resulting insights are properly turned into actionable business recommendations, ensuring clients receive opinionated advice that can be acted upon
  • Ensure business justification data is made available on recommendations such as ROI and investment break-even date calculations, where applicable
  • Work with Lead Cloud Analyst to direct refinement of client-facing information, such as spreadsheets, charts, slides, and other visualizations
  • Ensure new learnings from each engagement are shared with the rest of the organization to raise the collective subject matter expertise of the FinOps delivery organization

Ideal Candidate Profile

Desired personality traits

  • A skilled leader and coordinator able to mobilize the right people internally and externally to achieve a business outcome
  • Superior communication skills
  • Comfortable working with and presenting to executives and senior management
  • A strong business mindset, understanding what makes a potential opportunity found in analysis both material and interesting to the business, making a case to take action
  • Very comfortable working with large data sets and statistics to find patterns and opportunities
  • Meticulously organized and adaptable to a non-stop, ever-changing flow of work
  • Confident communicating in a deeply technical arena with programmers, engineers, and systems administrators who may be significantly more knowledgeable than you – and who also need to be convinced of your unique value to them
  • Diligent, “never give up” attitude
  • A life-long learner who relishes keeping abreast of the ever-evolving landscape of Cloud
  • Interest in contributing content ideas and material on topics related to:
  • FinOps concepts and best practices
  • Organizational challenges to FinOps adoption and strategies to navigate them

Recommended skills & knowledge

  • Prior experience leading or playing a key role in a FinOps or cloud financial management function in an organization whose primary infrastructure is in the cloud
  • At least 2 years of experience managing cloud costs or doing cloud cost analytics work
  • At least 3 years of past experience in a role managing team members, including responsibility for performance evaluation and making hiring decisions for their team
  • Understanding of organizational and financial concepts as it pertains to SaaS companies
  • Working knowledge of FinOps best practices and the FinOps framework
  • Strong math and numerical reasoning skills
  • Intermediate to advanced experience with spreadsheets (e.g., Excel or Google Sheets)
  • Proficiency in the use of standard office applications (e.g., Microsoft Office suite or Google Apps suite)
  • Strong knowledge of what the commonly used services are in public cloud platforms and the models used to charge for usage of those services
  • Strong knowledge of the options available in public cloud platforms to reduce the amount paid for services which will be part of the cloud infrastructure long-term
  • A good understanding of how and when it makes sense to rightsize cloud infrastructure
  • Familiarity with basic computer systems concepts (CPU, RAM/physical memory, virtual memory, drive storage, etc.)
  • Familiarity with modern computer systems architectures and components (web servers, API’s, databases, file servers, networking, etc.)

Bonus skills & knowledge

  • Existing FinOps Certified Practitioner certification is a plus!
  • Past hands-on experience implementing unit cost and unit margin capabilities is a plus!
  • Familiarity with Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and web-based code repository management (git/GitHub, or similar)
  • Familiarity with doing FinOps and cloud financial management on multiple cloud platforms

Benefits

  • 100% remote work (we are a fully remote company, it’s not a temporary measure!)
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • 401k plan with an unconditional 3% company contribution (this is not a match – you get it whether you contribute or not!)

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Depends on experience and relevant related skills

Benefits:

  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $90,000.00 – $110,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):

  • Are you authorized to work in the United States for any employer? Please note we are not able to sponsor visas at this time.

Experience:

  • Cloud FinOps: 2 years (Required)
  • data analysis: 5 years (Preferred)
  • team member management: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location: Remote


Location

Details

  • Company: Exstratus
  • Type: Full-time
  • Seniority: Manager
  • Salary: $90,000 - $110,000 a year
  • FinOps Certifications Required: Certified Practitioner

To request a modification to this listing please email jobs@finops.org