FINANCE DIRECTOR

About Climate X

Climate X is the world’s only fully integrated climate risk platform, helping financial institutions and asset managers to price, manage and build resilience to climate change impacts themselves and for their customers.

To do this, Climate X created a suite of products to assess, manage and adapt to climate risks:

  • Spectra: This tool projects changing trends of extreme weather events and impacts to physical properties, including financial losses until the year 2100 across different warming scenarios. Spectra has been developed by PhD-level climate scientists utilising best-in-class scientific methods. It combines hazard modelling with building integrity data and local infrastructure (road, rail, and power) to compute financial impacts. This helps businesses prepare for and mitigate climate impacts.
  • Carta: A unique global mapping tool for corporate assets. Carta lists the locations of physical assets for any organisation. It helps banks with exposure to corporates to quantify the full extent of climate risks of all their clients’ facilities, like warehouses, stores, and offices. This information helps companies to prepare better for impacts of climate change and to protect their businesses. Carta is the only solution of this type that exists on the market.
  • Adapt: This innovative module allows clients to effectively manage, assess, and lessen the effects of physical risks in their housing, business, and corporate lending portfolios. For any major physical risk identified, users can simulate the impact of different adaptation measures to defend against physical risks and quantify the ROI in taking those actions.

Backstory

The founders of Climate X come from the world of risk and model building, having worked for combined 30 years in stress-testing functions of several banks and consultancies including HSBC, Barclays, or Accenture. They noticed a need for reliable data when it came to climate risk specifically, a new field that was becoming more relevant.

The urgency became clear in 2020 when, during the economic standstill caused by COVID-19, the UK faced its wettest February since 1920, resulting in significant flooding and financial loss. Traditional risk models proved inadequate, prompting the founders to create a more reliable solution.

Leveraging their understanding of the necessary data, applications, and regulations, they built Climate X offering tailored for the banking and real estate sectors, aiming to protect communities and the economies they support.

 

About The Role

  • P&L owner to play a critical role in getting the company from Series A to Series B.
  • Reporting directly to a co-founder.
  • Strategic influence and close collaboration with the executive team to align financial goals with overall business and board objectives.
  • Route to exec bench if successful.

 

The Impact You'll Own

 

  • Own the P&L, balance sheet and cashflow to support business decisioning.
  • Own the analysis of key SaaS metrics, providing actionable insights to support strategic planning.
  • Coordinate, review and challenge the departmental financial plans on a periodic basis.
  • Respond to financial board and investor queries, support the fundraising activities.
  • Manage the relationship with the accountants who are responsible for day to day operations and financial control.
  • Provide an oversight of spend for departmental heads.
  • Collaborate with the S&M RevOps to ensure accurate capture of incoming cashflows.
  • Lead initiatives to enhance operational efficiency through streamlined financial processes, controls and policies.
  • Provide oversight for recording and organizing of the company's financial transactions, including sales, purchases, and expenses, to maintain accurate and detailed financial records. 
  • Provide oversight for financial statement preparation, regulatory reporting and compliance.
  • Team Building: as one of the first financial hires, contribute to the development of a high-performing finance team.

 

What You Bring

  • Understanding of SaaS business metrics and startup financial concepts.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with UK and, ideally, US accounting standards and regulations. Up-to-date with the latest policy changes.
  • Proven record of efficient cash flow management: AP/AR functions; streamlining workflows to optimize cash flows
  • Effective payroll management and cost control.
  • Strong analytical and financial planning skills.
  • Tech-savviness and familiarity with financial software, knowledge of advanced features of finance software is a plus. 
  • Operational efficiency through streamlined financial processes, controls and policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with the executive team, providing financial insights and contributing to executive and board level discussions.
  • Proactivity and adaptability - startups are fast-paced and constantly evolving - successful candidate must be able to keep up with the changing dynamics.
  • Integrity and high ethical standards.
  • Passion, energy and wit.

 

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Previous scale-up background and SaaS expertise or familiarity with B2B SaaS industry.
  • Qualifications in advanced finance and accounting.
  • Understating of venture debt and venture investments.

 

 

 

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