Strategic Finance & Business Operations (Emerging Businesses) - San Francisco, CA;New York, NY;Seattle, WA;United States - Remote


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Gusto is a modern, online people platform that helps small businesses take care of their teams. On top of full-service payroll, Gusto offers health insurance, 401(k)s, expert HR, and team management tools. Today, Gusto offices in Denver, San Francisco, and New York serve more than 300,000 businesses nationwide.

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Do you want to help guide financial planning, business operations, and strategic decision making at a Forbes Cloud 100 company? Come join the Finance, BizOps & Strategy (FBOS) team at Gusto.

The FBOS team provides financial, operational, and strategic support at the corporate, departmental, and product level. The team’s mission is to define and defend the business model while accelerating Gusto’s growth.

As part of the Emerging Finance team, you’ll take the role of a “player/coach”, empowering a small but growing team supporting an evolving portfolio of Gusto’s nascent businesses. Partner closely with Corporate Development to formulate, evaluate, and steer new investment opportunities. A core philosophy in FBOS is that we are not here to merely forecast -- that is, to try to predict an indeterminate future -- we are here to help make it happen. We roll up our sleeves as partners and pitch in with operators as needed.

Here’s what you’ll do day-to-day:

  • Empower. Provide leadership among members of the Emerging Finance team. Develop talent through coaching and mentoring. Embody a service mindset by helping your team establish priorities, manage uncertainty, and set and achieve stable goals.
  • Player / Coach. Drive best-in-class Financial Planning & Forecasting practices directly and indirectly through your team. Manage operational revenue and expense models and support strategic planning, forecasting, and resource allocation including headcount planning and management.
  • Business Operations. Support development of technical solutions to business problems; validate and communicate technical and data requirements to business partners, test solutions, and ensure they meet specifications.
  • Management Reporting. Support key corporate reporting requirements to Board of Directors and Executive Team, e.g. app-level OKR tracking, performance to plan, budget vs. actual variance analysis and other analysis in Tableau and similar BI tools.
  • Strategic Partner. Partner with Corporate Development to evaluate and incubate new businesses and models. Help leadership make financially sound and strategically aligned decisions. Steer financial ownership of new emerging businesses among your team and others’ through collaboration with fellow FBOS leaders.

Here’s what we're looking for:

  • Experience
    • 8+ years of relevant work experience in Corporate Finance / Finance & Strategy, BizOps with Operational SaaS experience.
    • Financial Operations experience at a startup is preferred.
    • Direct people management experience is preferred; demonstrating relevant indirect people management experience is acceptable.
  • Technical skills
    • Excel/Sheets pro with the superpower to develop insightful financial models and quantitative analysis, paired with strong critical thinking and financial storytelling skills.
    • Experience driving financial business processes in enterprise tools like Asana and Pigment.
    • Comfortable with data and analysis in Tableau or similar BI tools.
  • Discipline & Attitude
    • Leader who embodies a service-mindset
    • Attention to detail with a natural feel for numbers and data; able to balance between accuracy and precision in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
    • Demonstrated time management skills and comfort juggling multiple projects/tasks with multiple stakeholders amid deadlines on time sensitive projects.
    • Proactive business partner willing to roll up sleeves and troubleshoot issues that arise.
    • Business builder and systems thinker.
  • Location
    • San Francisco, New York, Denver, Seattle

Our cash compensation amount for this role is between $162,000 - $200,00/year in Denver, between $191,000 - $237,000/year for New York/San Francisco, and between $176,000 - $218,000/year for Seattle. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including candidate location, experience and expertise and may vary from the amounts listed above.

Gusto has physical office spaces in Denver, San Francisco, and New York City. Employees who are based in those locations will be expected to work from the office on designated days approximately 2-3 days per week (or more depending on role). The same office expectations apply to all Symmetry roles, Gusto's subsidiary, whose physical office is in Scottsdale.

Note: The San Francisco office expectations encompass both the San Francisco and San Jose metro areas. 

When approved to work from a location other than a Gusto office, a secure, reliable, and consistent internet connection is required.

Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for small businesses, you will find a home at Gusto. 

Gusto is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristic. Gusto considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gusto is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you require assistance in filling out a Gusto job application, please reach out to


Job Profile


North America


United States


Total Rewards philosophy


Data analysis Excel Financial Planning Forecasting HR Leadership Operational SaaS Payroll People Management Strategic planning Tableau Team Management

  • Develop talent
  • Drive Financial Planning & Forecasting practices
  • Manage operational revenue and expense models
  • Manage reporting
  • Partner with Corporate Development
  • Provide leadership
  • Support technical solutions development

8+ years


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