Hiring Strategic Finance, Senior Associate - first finance hire at $18M Series A fintech startup! | Zeal

Strategic Finance, Senior Associate - First Finance Hire At $18m Series A Fintech Startup!


Date listed

1 month ago

Employment Type

Full time



Glassdoor Rating

4/5 (4 reviews)

WHO WE ARE We are a modern, embedded payroll provider that helps empower companies to build their own unique payroll service. On top of our easy-to-use payroll API we are pioneering an all inclusive tax engine to democratize a broken and cumbersome process providing accessibility to small, medium and large businesses and helping Americans get paid.

Backed by over $18 million in funding from top investors such as Y Combinator, Spark Capital (Marqeta, Coinbase, Affirm), and Robinhood's Founder; Vlad Tenev we are projected to be a forerunner in embedded payroll with an industry amassing billions of dollars in untapped revenue.

Our mission is to empower companies to become their own fin-tech company using our simple, seamless, and forward-thinking payroll technology and we'd love to learn more about you and how you could be a fit for our growing team here!

This is a Hybrid (2x a week in office) or Remote role. Preference will be given to hybrid candidates as this is an important role, but all applications will be taken into fair consideration.

This role is open to either remote/hybrid

ABOUT THE ROLE Zeal is looking for an ambitious self-starter to join as a Strategic Finance, Senior Associate. As the first finance hire in the company, you will work on several strategic initiatives that will help elevate the company, some areas you will focus on will be: financial modeling to help the company expand, product-focused initiatives (since we are a fintech organization, we’d love your expertise), building models for revenue and pricing within the embedded API ecosystem and many others!

This role will have high visibility across the executive team and will require you to solve the most complex, interesting challenges of a rapidly-scaling startup. If you enjoy working in an environment that is fast-paced, analytically rigorous, mission-driven and impact-oriented then this role may be a good fit for you.


  • Be a thought partner to our CEO and Co-Founder and drive strategic decision-making in a fast-paced constantly changing environment
  • Influence decisions by understanding the big picture combined with providing underlying deep financial analysis
  • Define and build financial forecasts, dashboards and metrics that track business performance
  • Assist in any ad-hoc analyses and deep dives into strategic issues to improve the collective understanding of risks and opportunities related to the business
  • Build sophisticated financial models and synthesize outputs into concise presentations to drive executive decision-making processes
  • Build strong working relationships with cross-functional teams including Product, Compliance, Tax and Leadership to strategically advise on financial impact and improve business performance
  • Facilitate financial analysis to support deal negotiations with vendors and partners
  • Contribute to board materials, fundraising materials, and other external reporting to advise investors and other key partners on overall company financial health


  • 2-4 years of strategic finance, operational finance, FP&A at a high-growth tech company, or investment banking experience.
  • Advanced Excel and financial modeling skills. Ability to build robust financial models used by teams throughout the company to size opportunities and build business cases for pursuing new initiatives
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth and evolving environment
  • Effective project management skills; highly organized, independent, and self-motivated
  • Excellent communication skills and effective cross-functional collaborator
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Degree in a quantitative field (e.g. Finance, Business, Engineering, Mathematics, etc.)


  • Interest in joining a fun fast-paced start-up in the fintech industry
  • Working in person in SF

OUR INTERVIEW PROCESS This is our process for most of our roles, but sometimes stages are subject to change from time to time, but we will definitely notify you of the change ahead of time.

Step 1: Chat with our recruiter Step 2: Chat with the hiring manager Step 3: Take-Home Assignment Step 4: Presentation/Final Interview with the team

After a few days to 1 week, we will get back to you with a decision

ZEAL CULTURE Zeal is located in the SoMa district of San Francisco and we value in-person collaboration and communication as we grow and scale our business. We are a tight-knit, inclusive community that is into music 🎵, cocktails 🍹, pets 🐈🐕, ping-pong 🏓 and above all else ~ high-quality espresso ☕ but more importantly we value championing for our employees to bring their authentic true selves to work and aim to provide a fun and collaborative work environment for everyone!


  • 100% health coverage premium paid by the company; vision, dental
  • Generous salary and equity for all staff
  • 401k option; helping you save for the future
  • up to $4k reimbursement for female employees to get access to safe and legal abortion care
  • Monthly benefits stipend to use for lunch, commuting, and other essentials
  • Free professional headshot for your LinkedIn
  • Free snacks and drinks and Friday happy hours
  • Awesome Swag

OUR COMPENSATION & PHILOSOPHY The range for this role including base and bonus is between $120,000 to $150,000 for California based candidates

Check out our Job Leveling, Salary, and Equity Guide to learn more! {https://www.notion.so/Job-Leveling-Salary-and-Equity-at-Zeal-ae4900f63acd465e871a76c5afa9cbbe}

❤️ If you are curious to know more about our culture, check out our Notion Culture Doc https://www.notion.so/Do-remarkable-things-at-Zeal-0d9af42e7dd2498391e1ccfde42c0137

Zeal is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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