FP&A or similar roles for startups/growth stage?

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Are there typically roles that focus on managing the growth through financial analysis, dashboards, investor relations, fundraising, and similar strategic activities?

I mainly see controller or CFO, and maybe outsourced book keeping in small companies, but wasn't sure if there was something I'm missing. That would be a pretty sweet gig I think, but I doubt the role would be completely essential for a person dedicated to that solely for a company with less 30/40 people.

Anyone have experience with this?

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Comments (3)

Jun 1, 2018

Soros, sorry about the lack of response. Maybe one of these topics will help:

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If we're lucky, maybe I can guilt some users to help you out: @jdiazeseverri @Gregory-Williams12 @ablet

I hope those threads give you a bit more insight.

Jun 4, 2018

Generally speaking, I think the roles are out there, but they are very few and far between, at least in the Boston area where I am. Somewhere like SF may be a bit of a different story.

I currently work at a 'growth stage' company that had completed its series C when I joined. Much of what I do involves helping steer the business through financial and strategic analysis. I drive everything from standard FP&A activities to fundraising, investor relations, pricing, go-to-market, M&A, etc.
It's a pretty good gig if you can get it - but I have noticed the same issue that you bring up. Most small companies are very resource constrained and will likely have the FP&A/strategy function shared between the CFO and controller until they have become much more established and closer to profitability. Very few firms seems to carve out a separate role dedicated to these activities until then.

Jun 6, 2018