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Chief Financial Officer / Head of Finance

Prolific Machines

Prolific Machines

Accounting & Finance
Emeryville, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024
About This Job

We are looking for an experienced CFO to both lead our financial strategy and work with our executive team to help define and execute on our commercial strategy. Using your extensive experience in successfully scaling start-ups from an early stage, you will improve, optimize and scale financial systems, controls and processes, as well as advise on commercialization strategies.We are seeking an individual who has experience scaling a fast growing start-up and is highly mission driven. In this role you will be in charge of managing/ allocating our funds, as well as, defining solutions and processes that scale. This is a great opportunity for a business-oriented leader to work directly with the executive team and to build a finance function at a high-impact organization at the forefront of biotech.


  • You will be responsible for communicating to investors our financial position, run rate and budget through the preparation of reports, presentations and financial models and are expected to both join board meetings (as appropriate) and meetings with potential investors to help raise capital
  • You will work closely with the executive team using your experience, vision, and strategic thinking to influence the trajectory of the organization
  • You will review monthly financial reports, confirm accuracy and identify opportunities for savings/ optimization of our activities and forecasting models.
  • You will be responsible for ensuring that our procurement processes are optimizedYou will be in charge of capital allocation and cash management for Prolific Machines, balancing return and liquidity to ensure we have cash on hand to make our capital investments
  • You will manage our outsourced finance team and review and approve large invoice items

About you

  • You will have overseen the finance department of a start-up taking them from early stage (Series A/ B) to late stage (Series C, D or IPO) and have experience managing budgets >$100m
  • You will have 10+ years of relevant professional experience, ideally in a start-up environment
  • You can develop and present a compelling & comprehensive vision that is grounded in data, and enjoy building models that allow selecting the best strategy
  • You understand and are familiar with the benefits of the funding instruments available to start-ups across debt, capital raising and grants
  • You will be flexible, pragmatic and willing to assist with duties outside of your domain when required for the business. You have a growth oriented mindset and want to develop solutions that scale