Philo is hiring a

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

San Francisco, United States

Philo is a fast-growing, ambitious startup building the future of television. Our product lets you watch your favorite shows on all your devices, with intelligent search, insightful discovery, and effortless sharing — in short, we are building the TV watching experience that we’ve always wanted for ourselves.

We’re a company that puts people first — both our customers and the people on our team. At Philo, our philosophy is to empower our colleagues to do their best work while supporting each other in a collaborative environment. We value pragmatism, pride in our craft, and passion. We believe in having transparency and openness across all parts of the company.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion as we grow the Philo team and shape the future of TV. Promoting inclusion and diversity are core values for us, and we believe that diverse voices and perspectives on our team are what enable us to create the best experience for our customers.

Philo is headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in New York and Cambridge, MA. Our leadership team includes one of the founders of Facebook as well as alums of Meraki and HBO. Philo is backed by NEA and industry partners including Warner Brothers Discovery, AMC, A&E, and Paramount Global.

The Role

As our Chief Financial Officer and Head of Finance, you will be responsible for monitoring, governing, and evaluating our overall corporate strategy, planning, and analysis with a focus on financial and operating performance. You will have a deep understanding of the interplay between the various levers impacting Philo’s financial performance and will be able to articulate key decision points and financial model trade-offs at the executive level. You will be a primary steward in determining that company resources are most effectively deployed within the business and finding the right balance between growth and sustainability.

This is a hands-on role at a dynamic, high-growth company where your voice will be needed at all levels of Philo’s decision-making. Specific areas of responsibility include overseeing Philo’s functions in accounting, tax, investor relations, insurance, and facilities.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Directs the accounting department with input into technical accounting matters, operational issues, and control structure.
  • The current reporting structure includes both Customer Success and People/HR. This reporting structure may be altered based on the experience of the successful candidate.


  • Direct the preparation of all financial statements, financial reporting, and tax returns.
  • Continual planning and analysis of Philo’s operations including actively monitoring customer acquisition and retention, creating and maintaining a three-year operating plan, and evaluating financial performance on a monthly basis.
  • Oversee working capital and work with internal and external resources to raise additional capital as required.
  • Help move Philo forward as a thought leader, change agent, and aligner of focus.
  • Establish, maintain, and set tone on financial controls across the organization.
  • Manage relationships with insurance providers, bankers, outside auditors, and tax providers.
  • Liaise with and provide information to outside investors.
  • Analysis and planning around strategic transactions.
  • Evaluate available information on Philo’s market and competitors, and overall economic trends, understanding how they factor into and affect the company’s operating model.
  • Mentor, coach, and support the growth of the finance team and broader company.

Required Skills, Traits and Abilities:

  • Unquestionable integrity and commitment to doing the right thing in all situations.
  • Confident, highly-motivated, hands-on, and able to advance work independently at all levels.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate complex issues in a clear and actionable manner.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to make decisions and weigh many competing priorities in a fast-moving, dynamic environment.
  • Balancing short-term performance and needs while maintaining an overall long-term focus for the company.
  • Earnest desire to always prioritize the success of the team and company over any individual or group.

Education and Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in financial management with increasing responsibility required.
  • Experience in a senior leadership position.
  • MBA or bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance.
  • Proficiency with accounting software, word processing, and spreadsheets.
  • Applicable industry experience is strongly preferred.
  • Public company experience preferred, with private to public experience a strong plus.
  • CPA with solid GAAP and technical accounting knowledge preferred.
  • Being located in or a willingness to relocate to San Francisco or New York preferred, but we are considering remote candidates that commit to spending significant time in those locations.

Status: Full-time
Location: San Francisco, CA preferred
Compensation: Includes annual salary between $300K-$350K depending on experience and location, company stock options, and health benefits

We value a diverse and inclusive workplace and we welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, skills, and perspectives. Philo is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that everyone does their best work when they are supported by each other and the company, and we offer a generous set of benefits to make sure the Philo team is happy and healthy. Here is a sampling of the benefits we offer our team:

  • Full health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • Unlimited paid time off for vacation
  • $2000 annual vacation bonus (we pay you to take a two-week vacation)
  • $5250 annually for professional development and educational assistance
  • $1250 annual home office + TV stipend
  • $500/month ($6,000/year) bonus for employees who commit to working at least 3 days per week in our offices
  • Dog-friendly office
  • And much more!

For California Residents: Philo’s CCPA Notice at Collection – Employees, Applicants, Owners, Directors, Officers and Contractors

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