Data Science

Business Intelligence Lead

Who We Are

Ascent is a Chicago-based startup that closed its Series B funding round of $19.3M in Fall 2019. Founded only four years ago, the team has since grown to almost 50 full time employees, led and supported by an executive team and board of directors with extensive experience in technology, regulatory compliance, sales and business operations. Ascent serves global financial institutions such as ING and CommBank, and is also working directly with regulators around the world in order to continually improve and advance our product.

A first mover in building proprietary RegulationAI™, Ascent delivers market leading regulatory knowledge as a groundbreaking new way for financial firms to manage compliance. It is our mission to help our customers protect their business from regulatory and reputational risk while reducing their overall cost to comply. 

We prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion and believe strongly that a team with different backgrounds and perspectives produces better results. Together, we are solving a $64 billion global problem in regulatory compliance. Watch this video to learn more about what we do.

Who You Are

You are a proactive, analytical problem solver who can translate business questions into actionable insights. You have a passion for taking advantage of the value found in data and using it to empower the people around you.

You have experience in Business Intelligence and analytics, and you understand how important operational metrics and reports are to making good business decisions. You know how to use SQL and other analytics tools to extract data from different databases, you’re able to contextualize these datasets by understanding the business processes behind them, and you appreciate the value of well-designed dashboards that tell the story behind the data.

Additionally, you’re able to put together a broader business intelligence program, including planning proactively for future growth and building our analytics capabilities that will serve as the foundation for our decision-making. You’re good at collaborating with other teams and with our data engineers, and take pride in building high-quality analytics capabilities. You’re comfortable in a start-up environment where taking initiative is key, and you thrive on ambiguous situations with competing priorities where you can make a large positive impact.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute our Business Intelligence function at Ascent, including tools, process, and collaboration with other teams
  • Work with the leadership team to define, operationalize, and report on Key Performance Indicators and metrics
  • Work with functional teams across the business to enable better and faster decision-making
  • Design and build effective dashboards using a BI Tool like Mode Analytics (or similar) and reports that tell clear narratives about how the business is operating
  • Write SQL queries and other scripts to clean and feed data into reports
  • Maintain data dictionaries of source systems to understand the flow of data between our different systems, data lake, and reporting tools
  • Consult with other teams creating reports and reporting capabilities, particularly for customers
  • Assist with the implementation of our broader Data Governance program and data integrity framework


  • 4-5 years of business analytics experience
  • Exceptional communication skills with both business and technical stakeholders
  • Experience working with executive leadership to improve operational reporting
  • High attention to detail and the ability to synthesize complicated datasets into clear narratives
  • Highly proficient in SQL
  • Proficient in designing dashboards and reports that are visually engaging and highlight actionable insights


  • Experience building business intelligence capabilities from scratch
  • Experience working in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Experience with ETL tools and setting up data pipelines
  • Proficiency using Python for Data Analysis


Chicago, IL


Ascent employees enjoy many benefits and perks, including:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Medical, dental, vision, mental health insurance – with individual premiums 99% paid by Ascent
  • 401K offered
  • Commuter benefits
  • Unlimited PTO and Bank Holidays
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Professional development stipend
  • The opportunity to work with smart people on challenging problems!


We’re excited to hear from you! Please send resume and cover letter to