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FP&A Analyst

KoBold Metals

KoBold Metals

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2024

About the company

KoBold Metals is a mineral exploration company inventing AI to explore for the metals we need for a low-carbon economy. Our business is discovering and developing mineral resources, and our objective is to achieve a step-change improvement in exploration success: we aim to discover more tier 1 resources, faster, and with fewer failures.

KoBold has built a fast-growing global portfolio of more than 50 exploration properties targeting nickel, copper, cobalt, and lithium, which range from 100%-owned to partnerships with majors, junior explorers, and prospectors.

Our team includes the best of the industry in exploration geoscience, data science, software engineering, operations, and business. Prior to joining KoBold, our team members made nearly 20 discoveries. Our exploration programs are co-led by our geoscientists and data scientists, who develop exploration hypotheses, rigorously quantify uncertainty in our understanding of the subsurface, and design data collection programs that most effectively reduce uncertainty, drawing upon a large suite of proprietary exploration technology built by our data scientists and software engineers. Our field programs validate and improve the system and have demonstrated material improvements over conventional exploration methods.

KoBold is privately held, and our investors include: institutional asset managers T. Rowe Rice and Canada Pension Plan Investments; technology venture capitalists Andreessen Horowitz, Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Ventures, BOND Capital, Standard Investments, and Sam Altman’s Apollo Projects; and leading natural resources companies Equinor, Mitsubishi, and BHP.

About the position

This role will be the second hire in the Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) team. In this role, you will help create the foundation upon which the FP&A team will grow, allowing it to support a rapidly expanding company. You will be a key partner to business and technical functions, working across the entire company to help forecast, model, and plan expenses and provide the necessary data and tools to support operational decision-making. You will help the operational data team and others within the finance organization create the data infrastructure and front-end tools needed to efficiently expand our scope and breadth as business operations become increasingly complex. Since KoBold is a startup company operating globally, your role will be dynamic and your role and responsibilities will grow as the company grows.


The FP&A Analyst will:

  • Track and report on financial performance to the executive team, other business leaders, and various external stakeholders (e.g. investors, financial institutions, etc.)
  • Work closely with mineral exploration project teams and develop a deep understanding of exploration activities, the underlying geoscience, how KoBold develops and deploys its exploration technology, and unique considerations (both financial and operational) when operating in jurisdictions ranging from the Arctic to southern Africa
  • Partner with exploration project leads and department heads to build and maintain budget forecasts, track actuals, and prepare monthly variance reporting
  • Create tools and processes to streamline budget creation and tracking
  • Help design the finance data infrastructure needed to support the automation and scaling of FP&A and other finance activities
  • Conduct ad-hoc analyses as needed to support operational and strategic decision-making
  • Help build and maintain various financial models to forecast company performance, cash requirements, or specific project economics
  • Serve as finance subject matter expert for the implementation and optimization of various enterprise resource planning (ERP) business tools and applications


A great candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM fields, business, Finance, or Economics
  • 3+ years of experience working in a dynamic fast paced environment like a growing technology company, consulting, banking, etc.
  • Strong Excel and SQL experience
  • Excellent communication and data presentation skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with both business and technical teams
  • Ideas about how to visualize and communicate finance and operations data across a multi-disciplinary organization
  • A high degree of independence and the ability to work effectively with limited supervision
  • A strong interest learning a lot about how mineral exploration works, how our technology improves exploration, and how exploration leaders can make better decisions with better information
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Flexibility to accommodate meetings with staff overseas and occasional travel
  • Interest in contributing broadly to the success of the company and eager to pitch in where needed

It is helpful but not required to have experience:

  • Building low-maintenance Business Intelligence reporting (e.g. Retool, Tableau) and integrating those tools into daily operations
  • Working with data operations teams on database architecture and maintenance
  • With Python

KoBold Metals is an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for people of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

This position is full-time, exempt.

The US base salary range for this full-time exempt position is $105,000 - $135,000

Location: Remote, anywhere in the US or Canada.