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Strategic Finance Manager

Hayden AI

Hayden AI

Accounting & Finance
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024

About Us

At Hayden AI, we are on a mission to harness the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform the way governments and businesses address real-world challenges.

From optimizing bus lane and bus stop enforcement to pioneering digital twin modeling and beyond, our innovative mobile perception system empowers our clients to accelerate transit, enhance street safety, and drive forward a sustainable future.

What the job involves

We're seeking a future leader with a sharp analytical mind and strong business acumen to partner with the Chief Financial Officer and other members of the executive team and support strategic initiatives. You'll be instrumental in shaping Hayden's long-term strategy while diving deep into complex financial and operational matters by building and then leading the Financial Planning and Analysis organization. The ability to translate data into actionable insights and influence stakeholders is essential. This role will be highly visible and offers the chance to develop your operational finance skills and make a significant impact on the company's growth.


  • Partner with leadership to develop our long-term strategic plan, identifying key initiatives and setting ambitious financial targets.

  • Build the Financial Planning and Analysis organization from the ground up; champion the execution of our strategy across various departments, ensuring alignment and progress.

  • Foster strong business partnerships, focusing on financial forecasts and operational targets.

  • Dive deep complex commercial questions, conduct ad-hoc analyses, and evaluate new market opportunities.

  • Approach challenges head-on with a data-driven mindset, owning projects from problem definition to actionable recommendations.

  • Identify trends and assess potential risks and opportunities associated with our current and future products, customers, and geographic expansion.

  • Explore opportunities in adjacent markets, uncovering potential new ventures for Hayden.

  • Collaborate on the creation of presentations – from weekly leadership updates to board materials.


  • 5-7+ years of experience in investment banking, management consulting, or strategic finance, ideally within a technology-focused startup environment.

  • You thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and relish the opportunity to build processes and structure where needed.

  • You possess exceptional financial modeling skills and can translate ideas into concrete plans using strong analytical frameworks.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication are a must. You can confidently craft compelling presentations, draft internal communications, and review legal documents as required.

  • Strong interpersonal skills are key to building trust and collaboration with our executive team.

Benefits and Perks

There are endless learning and development opportunities from a highly diverse and talented peer group, including experts in a wide range of fields (AI, Computer Vision, Government Contracting, Systems & Device Engineering, Operations, Communications, and more!)

  • Options for 100% company paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents (for US employees)

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA)

  • Life, AD&D, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Aflac Critical Illness, Accident Insurance & Hospital Indemnity Insurance

  • MetLife Legal Plan(s) & Pet Insurance

  • Farmers GroupSelect Auto & Home Insurance

  • 401(k) with 3% company matching

  • Professional development reimbursement

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Hybrid work opportunities

  • Daily catered lunches in our San Francisco office

Hayden AI is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that fosters learning from each other. We celebrate people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing a work environment free of harassment and discrimination. Hayden AI is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process. To all recruitment agencies: Hayden AI does not accept agency resumes.

Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, Hayden AI employees or any other company location. Hayden AI is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.