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About Us

At Perlego, we’re working to make education material accessible to all. In this digital age, we believe that anyone should be able to learn anything at any time. Knowledge should be more accessible, not locked behind sky-high price tags and tuition fees.

We want to change that and make learning accessible to all, and help the environment along the way. Billed by the media as the “Spotify for Textbooks”, Perlego is a learning eBook subscription that gives students and professionals unlimited access to over 300,000 titles. 

With a recent Global expansion and an increased demand for online education post the recent crisis, we’re growing fast! 

We are a happy team of 50 people, with 21 nationalities, and 1 office dog. We’re very proud of our 4.8-star rating on Glassdoor and 97% of the team saying they’d recommend to a friend. We’re a tight-knit bunch who believe culture is the most important part of any business.


We offer a fantastic workplace at the heart of Central London. We offer a competitive salary, a personal development budget, flexible work hours and the opportunity to design the way millions of students will read and learn. We foster a unique company culture championing self-empowerment, personal development, direct communication and mutual support.

Holiday 🌴 

  • 30 days (incl. Bank holidays) 
  • Plus a bonus week over Christmas 

Flexible Working 🏡

  • Up to 2 days working from home if outside M25 or 1 Day a week working from home if inside the M25 

Development 🏋🏽‍♂️

  • Training allowance of £500 per person year
  • Access to 300,000+ books 

Community 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧

  • Breakfast together on Monday 
  • Lunch every other Friday
  • Regular social activities, previous highlights have included white Water Rafting, Chateau in France

Health & Wellbeing 🏃🏽‍♀️

  • Subsidy towards your gym / sport membership

Job Description

We’re looking for a Financial Controller to build and lead our Finance function from scratch. You'll be the first Finance hire, which means you'll have a huge amount of responsibility and opportunity for growth as we scale.

The role will be split into two broad areas 1) Finance Operations and 2) Strategic Finance. You'll be responsible for both the day-to-day transactional finance as well as having the opportunity to support Senior Mgmt. on potential M&A, fundraising and our continued international expansion efforts.

This is an opportunity to join a post Series-A business, in a fast-growing sector and help us scale as we continue in our efforts to the world's largest online learning library!

What value you’ll add

  • Finance Operations
    • Manage end-to-end AP & AR processes
    • Manage accounts payable ledger on a day-to-day basis, reconcile accounts
    • Review, design and roll-out financial processes and systems, automating where possible
    • Ensuring where legally compliant across the business
  • Strategic Finance
    • In collaboration with Senior Mgmt;
      • Responsible for monthly statutory & management accounts
      • Manage budgeting and forecasting processes
      • Support on board, fundraising and M&A activities
    • Scenario planning and analysis to optimise the business for long term growth
    • Support our international expansion, advising on best practise managing multiple currencies, tax requirements, potential risks and ways to optimise
    • Proactively seeking out grant and funding avenues and supporting with applications

What you'll need to succeed


  • Qualified accountant with strong academic background
  • Mathematical and data-driven approach, with advanced knowledge in Excel & Google-Sheets
  • Exceptional communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex financial projects, simply
  • Brilliantly organised and able to prioritise effectively
  • Strong understanding of world-class finance processes
  • Can-do attitude, no problem is too great to solve

Ideal candidates will also have:

  • Experience in a high-growth tech environment
  • Experience working on a subscription business
  • Experience with analysing or managing M&A and/or funding rounds
  • Experience in a well-respected global accountancy firm 
  • Have a general interest in education, reading and always learning new things!

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

1 Waterhouse Square

138 Holborn
EC1N 2SW London Directions View page

Perks and benefits

  • A competitive salary 💸

  • 30 days holiday (incl. UK bank holidays) + a week off over Christmas 🌴

  • A generous annual training budget for you to spend on your personal development 📚

  • Monday breakfast + Bi-weekly Friday lunches 🍱

  • Regular team socials and activities 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

  • A beautiful heritage WeWork office in Chancery Lane, with Leather Lane market right next door 🏰

  • Flexible working - up to 2 days a week for anyone living outside the M25 and 1 day a week for anyone living in London 🏡

  • Cycle to work scheme 🚲

  • Unlimited access to a library of 250,000 ebooks 📚

Why you should join

One of the best things about working at Perlego is that we all have an appreciation for what each other is doing - in fact, we’ve got an appreciation station to prove it. We’re a young, ambitious team, who put a lot of energy into everything we do, including celebrating the small wins along with the big ones. 

We have regular team events (karaoke, drinks, Friday food, and an annual getaway to name a few) and we make sure to have a monthly meeting - beers and snacks included - to give all areas of the team an update on what we’re all working on. We even have our very own office dog on standby for emergency shredding needs (and photo ops). 

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