Financial and Operations Director

Job description

Team: Finance and Operations

Location: London, UK

Ably is a tech company that provides developer tools and infrastructure for the realtime internet. Chatting on WhatsApp, hailing an Uber, asking Alexa what the weather will be like tomorrow - all of these things rely on complex software and infrastructure. This is what Ably provides.

Here’s just a few things our platform powers: HubSpot’s chat and collaboration products, live score updates for millions of Australian Open tennis fans, and live transit updates for three million Chicagoans.

In the near future, Autonomous Vehicles, IoT devices (e.g. connected fridges or environment sensors), and AI-powered experiences will be the norm. But new infrastructure is required to power it all.

Working at Ably means helping to build that infrastructure and shape the future.

To see what life’s like at Ably, check out our careers page at

In this role

As part of the key management team, you will help drive our growth by providing financial and operational expertise to all teams within the business. Our ambitious plans means we think we on our feet, have plenty of determination, and deliver on what we promise our customers.  You will get to play an instrumental part in how we rapidly scale the business in an agile and sustainable way, and be instrumental in future funding rounds, 

Day to day your role will include:

  • Partner closely with the other executive staff to drive business results to targets.

  • Act as an interface between our investors and the executive team.

  • Preparation of budgets and business plans for the business.

  • Monthly presentation of financial performance, forecasts and budget variances including understanding financial opportunities and risk.

  • Manage the financial controlling team to ensure accurate and timely information.

  • Challenge current ways of working, driving efficiencies revenue/margin generation and cost savings wherever possible.

  • Lead the business analytics and intelligence for the business, ensuring we can make informed decisions quickly and optimise frequently.

  • Develop financial models and analyses to support strategic initiatives.

  • Participate in operations reviews to ensure both short-term budgets and long-term plans are on track

  • Providing proactive input into contract negotiations and contract decision making.

  • Managing cash flow, spend, budgets and overseeing all financial operations.

  • Help ensure compliance and business processes are followed.

You will be successful if you:

  • Are highly-organised, who plans and executes effectively, and can design and implement lean, pragmatic and effective processes.

  • Like an environment where everyone has plenty of autonomy, room to grow with the business, ownership.

  • Care deeply about detail, accuracy and transparency.

  • Want to make an impact in a technology business that is growing quickly.


The skills needed:

  • A fully qualified accountant with 10+ years PQE would be superb.

  • Practical experience of operating at a senior level within a business with senior leaders, providing both commercial and financial support/expertise.

  • Superior communication & exceptional people skills.

  • High energy, ambition and entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Ability to identify, hire, and develop new talent.

  • A proven track record of process improvement and experience with financial systems and process change initiatives

  • A highly metrics-driven individual with a strong analytical abilities

  • Demonstrated track record of attention to detail, time management and prioritization skills.

  • You enjoy the challenge of working in a high growth startup, and are happy to roll up your sleeves as necessary.

Nice to have skills:

  • Experience contributing to the fast growth of a company.

  • Experienced and collaborative leader. 

  • Experience running compliance programmes such as ISO 27001/9001 or SOC I/II.

  • Knowledge of relevant statutory legislation and regulatory frameworks including GDPR, HIPAA, etc

  • Experience with legal, HR and people matters.

  • Bonus: 

    • You’ve worked at a marketing-led subscription or cloud technology business

    • You have relevant technical knowledge.

What’s it like to work at Ably?

Ably is entering a new phase of growth led by an experienced senior team from the likes of Econsultancy and ThoughtWorks. You’ll be part of a successful, highly motivated, and extremely collaborative team.

To provide the infrastructure required for the next generation of the internet, to tell the world about it, and to support everyone inside Ably to do so we hire people who are ready and capable of taking on challenging problems in a high-growth environment.

We want to work in a company of inclusive people who treat each other well. We’re building a company with a diverse set of people who value:

  • Ownership and impact of work. You have real autonomy and ownership over your work with a visible impact inside Ably, and externally on products powered by Ably that you use in your daily life.

  • An environment to thrive. Modern, comfy office in the heart of Old Street. Excellent transport links, lots of great food, bars and restaurants nearby, and multiple work spaces to match your working style.

  • Truly flexible working and not just lip service. We like people to be in the office most of the time, but work should also fit around life and individual ways of working so you’re free to mold hours and environment to your needs.

  • Work is varied and challenging as we’re solving hard, complex problems that push the limits of what’s possible with today’s software and infrastructure.


  • Salary: competitive and negotiable, depending on skills and experience

  • Health insurance

  • Gym membership

  • Regular company away days and social events

  • Weekly team breakfast or lunch

  • Free drinks and snacks in the office

  • Ongoing professional development (training, events, conferences)

  • 25 days of paid annual leave (33 days including bank holidays)

  • Company contributions towards your pension

  • Your choice of high quality tech kit to work on

Ably has a culture that values employee freedom and responsibility. Apply to talk to us to see if this role on an impactful and collaborative team is right for you.