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Chief Financial Officer

Want to do your bit for native reforestation while challenging yourself in an ambitious, climate-tech start-up?

Do you get excited at the thought of shaping commercial strategies for financial services products? And do you get equally excited by the detail behind our commercial strategy? We’re talking tax, compliance, risk, financial markets regulations, budgets, forecasts, invoicing and operational processes…


The CFO is a critical member of our executive leadership team, and is responsible for ensuring CarbonCrop is compliant and operating financially like a well oiled machine to support our scale and expansion. This role requires a CFO that is equipped for the demands of an early stage start-up which means getting stuck into the doing as much as the strategising. 

This position reports to the CEO. An Auckland location is preferred but not required for the right person.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Contribute to CarbonCrop’s strategic direction and culture as a member of the executive leadership team

  • Build robust financial forecasts, executive and board performance reports and budgets

  • Contribute to shaping strategic and commercial opportunities for CarbonCrop products and partnerships including risk analysis

  • Ensure legal compliance on all financial functions

  • Oversee cash flow, cash management, working capital, financial operations and company audits

  • Support data analytics functions

  • Lead and ensure CarbonCrop is set up to meet its commercial, risk and compliance requirements that will support ongoing innovation and strategy

  • Hold the ‘Compliance Officer’ hat for the AML/CFT function of CarbonCrop

  • Ensure R&D incentives and funding grant opportunities are realised

  • Work closely with CarbonCrop team and functions to ensure they understand the compliance obligations and procedures, and good risk based decision making

  • Oversee expense approvals working with our bookkeeper

  • Oversee banking relationships along with new supplier contracts and third-party agreements

  • Pitching in with whatever is needed!


Role Requirements

Qualities & Attributes

  • A can-do attitude

  • Strong communicator

  • People focused

  • Analytical thinker

  • Commercial thinker

  • Delivery focused

  • Customer focused

  • Executive Leadership experienced

  • Collaborative

  • Problem solving skills


Essential Skills

  • 10+ years in senior finance and commercial roles with a qualification in accounting or finance

  • A doer, someone who is outcomes focused and has the ability to roll up their sleeves and get things done

  • Excellent communication skills - analytical mind with a natural ability to communicate the complex in simple terms

  • Collaborative and transparent - able to communicate effectively with the wider business and external stakeholders

  • Strong understanding of SaaS performance metrics

  • Strong commercial acumen

  • Tech start up or scale up experience

  • Experience building teams and culture


Nice to Have Skills

  • Experience working in financial services and/or securities trading markets and/or carbon market is a very big bonus

  • Willingness and interest in become knowledgeable in international carbon markets and certification standards (if you are not an expert already)

  • Forestry industry experience or exposure

  • Prior experience setting up analytics tooling and/or leading operational functions

  • Capital raising experience

  • Experience using Xero, PowerBI, Hubspot, Salesforce, Gsuite

What We Offer in Return

  • We provide a supportive, encouraging and collaborative environment where work-life balance is important

  • Everyone contributes to the culture at CarbonCrop, and how we can create work around the life you want to have

  • We’re a place that values people and what they bring to the table—their personality and their skills. We appreciate great work, and love working with people who do too

  • We’ll support you to pursue your personal and professional goals—both in the office and outside of it. We want to foster your curiosity!

  • You’ll do work that’s challenging and meaningful, and you’ll be empowered to exercise your skills and judgement

  • We’ll give you the tools and resources you need to succeed

  • We offer a flexible working arrangement

About Us

CarbonCrop helps landowners get paid to establish and restore forests, making it easy to access carbon markets and earn carbon offsets. We use remote sensing, machine learning automation to measure the carbon stock and carbon sequestration in forests that means we can scale participation and access to everyone.


We care about restoring forests for many reasons. Forests reduce soil erosion, improve biodiversity and help address climate change by taking carbon out of the atmosphere. We’re particularly motivated to regenerate biodiverse forest where wildlife flourishes.


We’re a friendly and inclusive team with ambition to scale globally. We’re an early stage company so we’re all here to work hard and support each other in making a difference, and to have fun doing it. This role is perfect for someone with a growth mindset and a passion for being part of joining our climate positive, and biodiversity positive mission.

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