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Financial Analyst, Temporary

| Seattle

Company Description

Paying the right way, getting paid what you’re worth — it’s complicated, and it matters. Compensation used to be a dark art. Not anymore. PayScale helps employers and their employees understand the right pay for every position and effectively communicate about compensation.

PayScale pioneered the use of big data and unique matching algorithms to power the world’s most advanced compensation platform and continues to be the compensation market leader, featured in g2 Crowd's 100 Best Software Companies for 2018, based on user reviews.

Job Description

What We Do: The PayScale FP&A team is a key part of the business. We emphasize a tight and positive partnership with the business to deliver the best customer experience while instilling a rigorous controllership environment.

What You Do: As a key member of the team, you will play a highly critical and visible role across the organization in constantly improving processes in data collection and analysis, and providing extraordinary decision support to leadership and the executive team.

Who you are:

  • You are a naturally curious person.
  • You have a strong foundation in finance and quantitative analysis but are more than just a spreadsheet jockey or number cruncher.
  • You are awesome at thinking critically, and problem solving.
  • You love learning about and recommending new systems and processes.

We need someone who has the chops to interpret data, conduct rigorous analysis, and has the confidence to make recommendations and improvements to leadership.

Success in this role requires a high-level of engagement with business partners and therefore requires exceptional interpersonal skills, a focus on teamwork, collaboration, and business sense. You will be a leader in our business, on a high performing team at a fast growing company.

Day-in-the-Life: As a Financial Analyst at PayScale, you will not have a typical day, because our day-to-day can change on a dime. But here's a few things you will do here:

  • Understand, extract, and automate data flows into financial software.
  • Strive for operational improvement and automation of our financial reporting provided to leadership.
  • Prepare monthly metrics reporting support, assist with the monthly operating budget results and forecast updates by collaborating with leadership.
  • Work with leadership to understand and develop new ways to analyze our financial results with emphasis on influencing profitability.
  • Preparing insightful and actionable analysis and presentations for senior management with regard to performance and decision-making.
  • Ad-hoc scenario analysis that drives actionable business changes.
  • Participate in the monthly close process; investigate and resolve issues.
  • Assist in other various company projects and initiatives.



  • 2+ year’s financial analysis experience in the technology industry, preferably SaaS or other subscription models.
  • BA/BS Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Admin, or similar discipline with analytical bias.


  • Technical: you are proficient in Excel and SQL, and are comfortable working with a data warehouse (specifically Snowflake).
  • Time management: you are able to re-prioritize on a moment's notice based on shifting business needs.
  • Communication: you are great at effectively working with and communicating to senior leadership.
  •  Accuracy: you strive for excellence and have great attention to detail.


  • Adaptive Insights
  • Netsuite
  • Salesforce
  • Snowflake Data Warehouse

Additional Information

Meet Your Manager: This position reports to Derek Schlicker, the VP of FP&A. Derek has been with the company since 2014, and has helped lead the company through a ton of growth, including 2 major transactions. Derek has worked in technology since day 1 in the Seattle area, with companies at various sizes, from pre-angel round to IPO and post-IPO.

Derek's favorite thing about PayScale is our dedication to our mission that transparent and fact based discussions about compensation leads to the best outcomes - for the employee and the company.

Derek is a hands-off manager who gives his team agency to own their scope, move quickly, and accomplish great things.

Hiring Process: “Change is the only constant in life (and PayScale)” – Heraclites (okay, so we paraphrased a bit). The hiring process outlined below is a rough overview, and is subject to change based on business priority, interviewer availability, etc.

  1. Recruiter Screen
  2. Excel Exercise
  3. Onsite interview with the team
  4. Hiring decision

PayScale provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. PayScale complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Temporary employees are eligible for some benefits.

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PayScale's headquarters are located in the heart of the action in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood.

An Insider's view of PayScale

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We pride ourselves on providing balance to our employees! Unlimited PTO, summer office closure during the week of July 4th, consistent 40 hour work weeks, etc. We believe that if our employees have a life outside of PayScale that they will be more productive, more innovative, and that ultimately they'll decide to stay with us longer :)

Chris Stiemert

Director, Talent Acquisition

What projects are you most excited about?

On the sales team we're constantly innovating the ways that we communicate the value of PayScale to prospective customers. New features and products are added all the time, and it's exciting to work together to find the most effective way to let potential buyers know what's in it for them.

Mackenzie Fuentes

Sales Development Representative, Team Captain

What’s the vibe like in the office?

It’s a beer on a bad day, a coffee on a rainy Monday morning. The ups and downs come with the stress of work and real life, but with that the true comfort of coworkers who know what’s going on and assist where they can. It’s a good place to be and a better place to work.

Tom Owen

Client Management Support Specialist

What are PayScale Perks + Benefits

PayScale Benefits Overview

Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
100% company paid medical/vision/dental/prescription premiums for employees (50% for eligible dependents and partners)
Four Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options for pre-tax employee allocations towards:
Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, and Company-paid Life Insurance
Maternity and Paternity Leave
10 paid holidays!
Summer office closure, entire week of July 4th
401k with company match, vests immediately
Casual dress code (JSS - Jeans, shorts, and sandals welcome!)
Onsite lockers, showers, and clothes dryer
Bike storage
Gender neutral bathrooms on most floors
Mothers' Room
Sitting-Standing ergo friendly desks
Weekly company sponsored happy hours
Fido Fridays (our canine colleagues join us the first Friday of every month. WOOF!)
Flexible work hours and potentially ability to work from home

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Medical, Dependent Care (can be used towards day care costs), Parking, Transit
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fido Friday's the first Friday of every month!
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
We know creating an environment that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds is what enables us to have more innovative ideas and best serve our customers.
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