The NEAR project is unlike anything else out there - it combines the collaborative community of an open-source project with aspects of developer platforms like Amazon's AWS. This provides a unique opportunity for a visionary Controller. You have to do it all and come back asking for more. Your role is both breadth-first and depth-first. You’ll be reporting directly to the CFO, who has ownership of a wide array of subject matters: Finance, Operations, Legal, Tax, and Regulatory, and essentially taking over as much of that responsibility as you can handle and as fast as you can learn.
About NEAR and the NEAR Collective
NEAR's purpose is to enable community-driven innovation to benefit people around the world and its mission is to drive the adoption of Open Technologies. The NEAR platform provides a decentralized application platform that is secure enough to manage high value assets like money or identity and performant enough to make them useful for everyday people, putting the power of Open Finance and the Open Web in their hands.
The NEAR platform, NEAR Protocol, and associated tooling are being built by the NEAR Collective, a collection of the best engineers in the world who work across teams, companies and countries similar to other large scale open-source projects. Core contributors include a couple of 2-time ICPC world champions, 4 gold medalists, a Latin American champion and multiple other competitive programming finalists.
About the NEAR Foundation
The NEAR Foundation is a nonprofit, non-beneficiary foundation based in Switzerland which supports community-driven innovation and the Open Web with a specific focus on the NEAR platform. The Foundation distributes grant funding into the NEAR ecosystem, coordinates governance among participants, educates people about the protocol and ensures that relationships among the community members are as strong and sustainable as the apps they build. It seeks to combine the inclusive care of a community-driven NGO with the at-scale effectiveness of a Silicon Valley startup.
Responsibilities of the Controller
- Own a comprehensive set of finance matters of NEAR Foundation and its subsidiaries
- Oversee financial operations: token distributions, settle invoices, track cash flows
- You will own strategic research, planning, budgeting, modelling, and controlling
- Prepare monthly, quarterly, and yearly reporting for management and the Foundation Council
- Complete employee and contractor compensation related tasks
- Manage the fiat and token treasury of the Foundation
- Establish best practice, design, review, and improve business processes and procedures
- Coordinate with external service providers
- Contribute to strategic projects and complete ad-hoc tasks
- Exceptional intelligence and breadth of business knowledge
- Master’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or Economics
- 5+ years of demonstrated excellence in a high level operational/financial role
- Outstanding business judgment, analytical, and decision-making skills
- Extensive knowledge of financial accounting and reporting
- Stellar attention to detail and process orientation
- Master of spreadsheets and familiarity with spreadsheet-based coding
- You are excited by data and eager to find answers
- Excellent user of Google Sheets, Slides, and Docs
- Demonstrated passion for the blockchain/crypto space
- Proven capabilities to operate in a startup environment