Finance Manager

Job description


A better internet is possible, one that empowers people to choose how their personal information is used. This might seem daunting, or even impossible, but at Proton, building this better internet is what we do every day.
ProtonMail was founded in 2014 by a group of scientists who met at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Our first product, ProtonMail, is now the world’s largest encrypted email service. Subsequent Proton products, such as ProtonVPN, Proton Calendar, and Proton Drive, use end-to-end encryption that gives our users full control over how and with whom their data is shared.
Today, Proton is making privacy universally accessible to more than 50 million registered users, including journalists, some of the world’s largest organizations, and people in more than 180 countries. Our diverse and dynamic team is made up of more than 400 members representing over 30 different nationalities. While we are based in Geneva, Switzerland, we have offices in Zurich, Prague, London, Vilnius, Skopje, Taipei, and many more employees working remotely around the world.
New York Times journalists, some of the world’s largest corporations, and millions of ordinary citizens use our products so they can choose who, if anyone, sees their information. Join us at one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies to help us solve challenging problems and build new products that will reach hundreds of millions of people. We want to create more than just one of the world’s most impactful tech companies, we want to create a new internet that serves the interests of all people. We need you, your voice, your ideas, and your ambition to make it happen.


Purpose of the role

We are looking for a Head of Finance who can be a strategic leader to build a financial department and support the hyper-growth of Proton. Reporting directly to the CEO, you will play a pivotal role in guiding the decisions of the senior leadership through meticulous, data-driven financial insights and analysis. If you combine a sound 360° vision of finance and accounting - from budgeting to analysis to operations - with the ability to be hands-on and work closely with the team towards optimum delivery, this may be the role for you.

What you will do

  • Build, lead and coach a high-performing finance team.
  • Ensuring smooth and efficient business operations (bills paid on time, cashflow management from moment to sale to transfer to operating subsidiaries and payment of expenses).
  • Lead financial strategic planning across the company, including quarterly and annual budgets and forecasts.
  • Develop and implement efficient financial and accounting processes that support our rapidly growing business, including resources planning, budgeting, forecasting, and long-term planning.
  • Provide oversight of all aspects of the finance, accounting, budget, and cost management functions.
  • Build and communicate financial reporting, dashboards and analysis to the senior leadership team and board of directors to provide insights on business performance and inform decision-making.
  • Oversee projects and develop strategic analyses to assess new growth and investment opportunities (e.g. M&A), and evaluate business risks.
  • Tax analysis, optimisation, and compliance for the company overall and for our subsidiaries globally.
  • Establish the structure of the finance and accounting functions for the company.
  • Manages all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate standards.
  • Evaluate and implement financial tools and applications to streamline planning, budgeting, and reporting.

Job requirements

  • Deep expertise in strategic business, tax, and financial analysis and planning.
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high growth environment, from startup to scale-up, preferably a in a SaaS company.
  • Operating experience, with a strong focus on execution and delivery, driven by strong organisation and prioritisation.
  • Natural leadership with an ability to lead and inspire cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams.
  • Experience in engaging with and influencing senior leaders and board members.
  • Exceptional financial management, analytical, reporting, problem solving, negotiations and organisational skills.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.


Why you should join Proton

  • Be part of a movement - Proton is not just a product or service but a community-driven movement united by a shared vision of online freedom. Our services are open source, audited, and supported by community contributions. We give back to our community by maintaining core encryption libraries and by supporting other organizations furthering the same goals as us.
  • Work with smart and dedicated people - Our team is diverse, collaborative, and tight-knit with people coming from all walks of life, including many of the world’s top academic institutions and organizations, such as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Caltech, Cambridge, and ETH.
  • Join a strong brand - Our encrypted email service - ProtonMail - has grown to be a staple of online security and privacy. Proton has been featured in multiple popular television and film productions, such as Mr. Robot, Knives Out, Sounds of Metal, and more.
  • Grow with us - We’re one of Europe’s fastest-growing startups, doubling in size every year. Our growth gives you limitless career and educational opportunities as well as the opportunity to work side-by-side with many world-leading experts in their fields.
  • Have your voice heard - We value your opinion and encourage you to speak up and share your ideas and thoughts. At Proton, no problem is someone else’s problem. We collectively strive to do the right thing and be the undisputed best in the world at everything we do.


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Proton does not accept unsolicited resumes from any sources other than directly from a candidate. Proton will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited offer, even in a situation when the relevant candidate is employed by Proton.