Finance & Strategy Manager – Technology (Cloud Optimization)

Published: 25th July 2022 Closing Date: 31st August 2022

Support the Engineering team by using your strong understanding of Cloud Cost Optimization strategies to partner with our software architects, engineering, and DevOps teams to optimize costs while we scale our cloud environments. Partnering closely with key decision makers, you will lead and provide the buildout of data driven insight which supports decision making, and understand the P&L impact of these decisions. You’ll help translate product strategy into measurable financial reporting and ensure alignment of strategic objectives with budget and forecast development. You will also work with stakeholders to determine strategic initiatives to drive the long-term growth of the platform and three sides of the marketplace and be responsible for modelling the impact of those initiatives, informing that strategy with a range of qualitative and quantitative inputs and data. This role is perfect for someone who enjoys solving difficult problems, can manage various stakeholders, and has strong analytical capabilities with experience working with tech orgs.

Identify, recommend, and drive process improvement initiatives to enable efficiencies and scale across the organization.

Drive key resource allocation discussions as part of engineering scenario planning, including ROI-based economic trade-offs for resourcing deployment.

Partner with Engineering and People leadership to develop our model for rapidly scaling the Engineering team in the most efficient way.

Collaborate with senior Engineering and Product stakeholders to develop, track and analyse performance on strategic issues of importance impacting financial performance.

Lead your team to discover, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets to perform strategic analysis and research

Manage engineering and product financial KPIs/dashboards. Develop and/or enhance key metrics that bring insightful and actionable insights

Aid in strategic, financial and operational planning and execution of the overall company

The role will involve:

  • You will work closely with infrastructure, data, and finance stakeholders to forecast and provide impactful analysis, insights, and recommendations as the primary manager of our cloud infrastructure spend. Work with engineering teams to identify optimization opportunities to maximize ROI on cloud resources and work towards making our cloud infrastructure cost efficient
  • Be able to clearly present and communicate recommendations and findings to different engineering, Finance and leadership teams
  • Develop, modify and maintain cloud costs and utilization reports, dashboards, and cost usage alerting and forecasting
  • Monitor and identify increase in Cloud costs and other usage anomalies and be able to investigate into the source of these increases (Daily monitoring and daily and monthly reporting on cloud spend)
  • Work to fully understand our product and the way it is architected and deployed in the cloud, and the associated costs for each portion of the environment
  • Recommend savings opportunities related to cloud commitment purchases (Reserved Instances, Savings Plans, Spot, Committed/Sustained use) and track utilization of these commitments
  • Partake in creating, maturing, and governing Cost Optimization policies and best practice
  • Develop and define a strategy to drive tagging requirements to ensure proper tracking and reporting of data
  • Understanding and influencing the underlying drivers of performance to help drive the top and bottom line
  • Scenario modelling and business casing for multiple initiatives and layering this into financial planning
  • Providing proactive, insightful, high quality analysis to support decision making (e.g. pricing)
  • Partnering with the various teams to formulate and appraise appropriate strategies for their respective areas and support delivery of the overall business strategy and long-range plans
  • Primarily focusing on business partnering with Functional Leaders/ Vice Presidents or Country General Managers and their teams
  • Line management of an analyst

Requirements

For this role you need to have the following skill set:

  • 5+ years of experience working with large and complex cloud environments (AWS, OCI, GCP, or Azure) and/or managing cloud vendors in technical or hyper-scale settings and extensive knowledge of cloud technology and cost components/drivers
  • Experience creating cloud cost optimization models with engineering teams that utilize cloud services
  • Amazon Web Services Solutions Architect Associate a bonus
  • Successful track record operating, building partnerships with, and influencing exec-level stakeholders, primarily with engineering and technology teams
  • Experience using tools such as CloudHealth, AWS Cost explorer, Redshift, Quicksight, Athena and other analytics tools to advise on optimization opportunities
  • Experience and good understanding of cost management tactics, i.e., enterprise wide discount programs and commitment plans, Savings Plans, Reserved Instances, Committed Use Discounts, chargeback reporting, show back, and spend control
  • SaaS or high-growth consumer technology experience strongly preferred
  • Ambitious, entrepreneurial, pragmatic, commercial, highly analytical, clear communicator, comfortable with ambiguity
  • Excel at solving unstructured problems
  • Proven ability to operate and succeed within a fast-paced environment
  • Advanced complex financial modelling and analytical skills (advanced Excel required, SQL a bonus)
  • Degree in Finance, Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Economics or other quantitative fields

Location

Details

  • Company: Deliveroo
  • Type: Full-time
  • Seniority: Mid-level Contributor
  • Salary:
  • FinOps Certifications Required: None