Chief Financial Officer

Blackpanda /
Full-time /
Our story:
Blackpanda Group is Asia's leading local cyber incident response firm, dedicated to delivering world-class digital emergency response services to businesses in the region.

We help businesses strengthen their cyber resilience and secure their digital operations by supporting them with incident response delivered by local experts and cyber insurance underwritten by our Lloyd’s of London coverholder Pandamatics Underwriting.

Our mission is to make cyber resilience achievable for all, with services and solutions designed for the Asian market.

Our Mission: To democratise cyber resilience.

Our Vision: A world where organisations of all sizes have access to best-in-class cyber incident response and insurance solutions, so they can conduct business securely and sustainably.

What we are looking for: 
Blackpanda seeks to hire a Chief Financial Officer capable of designing and pitching the right investment story to the market, as well as responsible for all investor relations.  A strong internal team of four exists already covering Legal, Administration, IT, Accounting, and Financial Control.  Thus the CFO role is predominantly focused on raising capital and ownership of the financial model. In short, the CFO role at Blackpanda is the type that largely focuses on early-stage financing strategy and execution, and would require supervisory oversight of the above-mentioned back-office functions. 

Blackpanda is searching for an experienced early-stage venture capitalist investor at least having reached Principal level and has an active network of institutional investors in the Asia region along with strong deal experience, or equitable background.  TMT investment bankers at a minimum of Executive Director level may also apply, but experience with early-stage ventures is preferred.  This individual most likely has reached the typical point of their career where they have accumulated enough capital and experience in the services side of industry to be financially stable and are now hungry for a shot to build something themselves.  

The greatest priority would be given to financial professionals with the above experience-base, and industry knowledge or direct experience working with cybersecurity firms.

If you are the type of financial professional who has excelled in his or her career to-date, but are seeking more meaning and a sense of self-satisfaction with truly adding value and purpose, then you have come to the right place!

Responsibilities and Duties

    • Design and pitch the right investment story to the market, as well as managing investor relations. Provide strategic recommendations and identify risks and opportunities to the CEO with respect to fund raising activities and capital management.
    • Lead the deal making and assist the CEO in negotiating for investment terms, conditions, and agreements. Direct ownership of all counterparties and stakeholders involved in the fund raising process from start to finish.
    • Own, develop, and manage the Financial Model in support of all fund raising activities, including communication with external stakeholders and responding to queries, as well as close coordination with the internal team on data metrics, analytics, and feedback loop on where the company needs to improve performance internally.
    • Own and manage the capital stack, including scenario modeling based on different fund raising options.
    • Monitor and compile an intelligence library on financing activity trends and strategic initiatives of all competitors in the cybersecurity and insurtech space.
    • Identify and recommend merger and acquisition opportunities that contribute to the long term strategic direction of Blackpanda in terms of its capital raising and financial growth plans.

Qualifications and Experience

    • Principal or Executive Director level career venture capitalist or investment banker (M&A in either TMT or FIG groups) in the region with strong deal experience, who is looking for a change.
    • Finance professionals who have served in cybersecurity firms, particularly digital forensics incident response, cyber insurtech MGAs, or similar type of SaaS business models will be given significant preference.
    • Been through the ringer, thrived, and has earned their stripes as being pushed to their limits as a venture capitalist or banker by unreasonable and demanding clients, colleagues, and have been willing to sacrifice their personal life to maintain a positive career trajectory and to continue to do so.
    • Experienced in leading deals and a team with all the relevant counterparties such as lawyers, accountants, consultants, etc.
    • Charismatic and extroverted personality to pitch and deal with investors of different types, geographies, and personalities to lighten the CEO’s load to include travel and entertainment; no quiet or shy bookworms.
    • Capable to pitch the company on their own and can execute what the CEO needs and able to be trusted without reservation.
    • Needs to be physically based in Singapore and perfectly fine to be called by the CEO or any investors any day of the week after normal work hours, if needed.
    • Technical accounting knowledge requirements to have oversight of the company’s books in support of the Finance team, and the financial modeling experience required to balance both investor expectations and also auditors.

What We Offer

    • 40 days paid leave per year inclusive of public holidays, which may be taken at the discretion of the employee subject to compliance with our Leave Policy and the approval of their manager. 
    • Limited Work From Anywhere policy allotment, allowing for work from alternate locations contingent upon coverage provided by teammates and approved by manager for 5 days per quarter.
    • Monday through Thursday are required to be in-office; no scheduled internal meetings on Fridays, unless absolutely necessary.
    • Enrolment in the company’s comprehensive corporate health plan that includes a large direct billing network for medical and dental coverage.
    • Opportunities for inter-office travel, including a required annual week-long Tribe Onsite meet-up.
    • $5000 USD/year for professional training budget contingent on approval from manager with 12-month retention requirement
S$240,000 - S$240,000 a year
Cash:  The Salary is SGD$240,000 per annum.

ESOP: ESOP baseline award proportional to the annual compensation for a total of 260,000 options with a strike price set at current Fair Market Value, with a 5-year vesting period inclusive of a 1-year cliff.
Blackpanda is committed to building a culturally diverse company, and we value a broad set of opinions in our team. As we grow, we are looking to build a team with a range of viewpoints at its core, and we encourage applications from minority candidates and all genders however you identify (X/F/M).

Blackpanda does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruitment agencies. We will not be responsible for any fees related to unsolicited candidates submitted by recruiters with whom we have not established explicit, written agreements for our job vacancies. By submitting any candidate information, recruiters agree to forfeit any claim to fees should their candidate be hired without an established agreement with Blackpanda.