To summarize Jaymon's career journey in one line: University of Toronto → Audit @ Deloitte (primarily in pre-IPO tech companies) → Accounting & Strategic Finance @ Google (YouTube)
Where are you currently located?
📍 San Fransisco, US
Describe yourself with 3 emojis 👇
💰 Worked about 10 years in Finance, Accounting, Analytical roles (always something to do with numbers)
🛫 Love to experience everything global; whether it’s working on global projects to traveling the world
🏀 Toronto Raptors lifetime fan. Remember 2019?
What prompted you to want to pivot industries?
After almost 4 years in a client-service role (i.e. Deloitte), I wanted to have the opportunity to experience being a finance operator, which led me to my current company at Google.
What was the interview process like?
Long! I had 3+ rounds, meeting 5+ people and a range of technical and non-technical interview questions.
What are 3 skills you think are foundational as a Strategic Finance Operator?
Advice for someone diving into an ambiguous problem for the first time?
Start with a clear problem statement; what are you trying to solve for and why does it matter? Knowing how to think about these two statements are powerful in steering your framework in solving the problem.
What is your favorite part about being a mentor?
- It’s great meeting and learning about everyone’s background and what is motivating them to have first hand experience in strategic finance
- I love getting to learn from other mentors and expand my own strategic finance skillset
Tell us about your role!
What’s the role and your objectives?
My role is largely financial planning and analysis for YouTube Subscriptions products. The primary goal is to grow the portfolio of non-Ads products at YouTube.
Tell us about a cool project you’ve worked on
Project Objective: Long-term financials of YouTube
Project Overview: Building an equity research-like presentation to understand the value of YouTube
Your Role: Comparing and contrasting external v.s. internal financial projections of YouTube
What Made It Interesting? Getting to understand what the expectations are of YouTube from a 3rd party perspective
Advice for someone who wants to follow your footsteps?
Sometimes the place you want to get to requires taking a lateral move first and that’s okay! Getting to where you want to be may not take the straightest path there.
Some fun stuff!
🎙 Podcast: All in Podcast
📰 News: Morning Brew
📚 Book: Shoe Dog
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