Strategic Finance Associate

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What Openai is looking for in applicants

OpenAI’s Finance team is responsible for ensuring the organization is set up for long-term success in pursuit of its mission. Our Strategic Finance team works cross-functionally to set company and business strategy. As a Strategic Finance Associate, you will directly contribute to this initiative by owning all aspects of our financial models, leading critical initiatives, and providing senior management and the Board with actionable insight into the state of our operations. This role will report to the CFO.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Building and maintaining OpenAI’s operating model and forecasting efforts
  • Partnering with our Applied AI team on our overall business strategy and analyses to support key product-level questions, including pricing and positioning
  • Analyzing, recommending, and overseeing critical projects and investments related to our research in partnership with technical team leads
  • Supporting fundraising processes and investor relations
  • Collaborating with leadership on materials for our Board of Directors
  • Leading negotiations with key vendors and partners
  • Assisting in financial diligence for potential acquisition targets, as needed
  • Working with OpenAI Finance to analyze deviations in budgeted versus actual results

We are looking for a blend of: 

  • BS/BA in Finance or Economics, or similar from a top university
  • 2-4 years of experience in investment banking, consulting, private equity, venture capital, or a similar role in strategic finance
  • Exceptionally strong analytical, financial modeling, and presentation skills
  • Outstanding written and communication skills
  • Strong working knowledge of US GAAP

You might enjoy this role if: 

  • You’re an owner. You take extreme accountability of projects from day one and approach them creatively and energetically. You take deadlines seriously and are organized. You’re reliable and trustworthy.
  • You’re highly analytical. Your attention to detail is impeccable, but you know when and where to simplify complex concepts. You’re tenacious and naturally want to get to the right answer. You’re a lifelong learner.
  • You’re strategic. You think on multi-year timescales and can translate that mode of thinking to your day-to-day decision making. You’re comfortable evaluating large investments.
  • You’re a team player. You’re a strong communicator who can explain complex topics with ease, in any format. You intuitively understand the importance of keeping everyone in the loop, and you take proactive measures to do so. You’re intellectually honest.
  • You’re passionate about technology and artificial intelligence.

About OpenAI

OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company dedicated to ensuring that general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity. We push the boundaries of the capabilities of AI systems and seek to safely deploy them to the world through our products. AI is an extremely powerful tool that must be created with safety and human needs at its core, and to achieve our mission, we must encompass and value the many different perspectives, voices, and experiences that form the full spectrum of humanity. 

At OpenAI, we believe artificial intelligence has the potential to help people solve immense global challenges, and we want the upside of AI to be widely shared. Join us in shaping the future of technology.

Benefits and Perks
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family
  • Mental health and wellness support
  • 401(k) plan with 4% matching 
  • Unlimited time off and 18+ company holidays per year 
  • Paid parental leave (20 weeks) and family-planning support
  • Annual learning & development stipend ($1,500 per year)
We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or other legally protected statuses. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, and requests can be made via

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