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Strategic Finance Lead, Compute

Strategic Finance - San Francisco

About the Team

The Strategic Finance team provides financial insights and guidance to support the organization's long-term goals and strategies. We partner across the business to allocate and deploy our resources for the highest impact outcomes. 

About the Role

Compute is a key lever for OpenAI and AI progress. This Strategic Finance Lead will manage investments in compute and infrastructure for our industry leading AI research and products. You will be responsible for defining and driving key investment decisions, managing ongoing infrastructure costs, and ensuring we are maximizing return on our infrastructure investments. This is a cross-functional and strategic role, working closely with engineers, research scientists, and external partners. 

This role is based in San Francisco, CA. We use a hybrid work model of 3 days in the office per week and offer relocation assistance to new employees.

In this role, you will:

  • Develop and maintain OpenAI’s compute roadmap, working closely with leadership, technical experts and key external partners

  • Financially assess investments, build models, and make thoughtful recommendations that are ambitious but achievable 

  • Lead negotiations with key vendors and partners

  • Manage ongoing compute and infrastructure spend, identify areas for improvement/efficiency, and partner with stakeholders to execute on opportunities 

  • Establish key compute efficiency metrics across AI research and product, and regularly monitor, analyze, and report on these metrics to drive improvement

  • Serve as a partner to FP&A and strategic finance teams, aligning compute and infrastructure with broader financial and business strategies

  • Create high-quality Exec and Board-facing presentations

  • Stay abreast of market trends and competitive dynamics to inform and improve our infrastructure strategy

  • Collaborate with engineering, product, research, and security teams to align compute plans with internal roadmaps

You might thrive in this role if you have:

  • 7+ years of experience across strategic finance, business operations, venture capital, private / growth equity, private credit, investment banking, consulting, strategic finance, corporate development, strategy & operations, and/or business development

  • Experience with project finance, capital project and infrastructure financial analysis, and large-scale, high dollar investment projects

  • Knowledge of physical computing infrastructure: power and space, data center facilities, hardware, and networking

  • Exceptionally strong analytical, financial modeling, and written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated track record of thoughtful investment decisions

  • Experience driving operational outcomes under ambitious deadlines

  • Exceptionally strong relationship building, business judgment, and communication skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience


About OpenAI

OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company dedicated to ensuring that general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity. We push the boundaries of the capabilities of AI systems and seek to safely deploy them to the world through our products. AI is an extremely powerful tool that must be created with safety and human needs at its core, and to achieve our mission, we must encompass and value the many different perspectives, voices, and experiences that form the full spectrum of humanity. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. 

For US Based Candidates: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, and requests can be made via this link.

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$265K • Offers Equity