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Accounts Payable Manager



Location: Brea HQ 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

Manage, plan, organize, direct and coordinate the operations of HQ Accounts Payable Department. You will communicate and work collaboratively with internal stakeholders at the Plant and Headquarter level to ensure requirements, deliverables, and expectations are appropriately addressed.  In addition to the above,  you will manage  and assist with various projects to continually enhance the AP process,  including systems-based improvements and procedural updates. In addition, you will be responsible for maintaining accounting  practices and controls that ensure the safeguarding of the Company's cash balances and the integrity of the A/P accounts. Ad hoc projects may include assignments such as: reviewing internal controls; adopting best practices to streamline workstreams; centralize workstreams performed at the plants; invoice automation; and supporting strategic initiatives, such as improving Company working capital.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage A/P Department. Set department performance and development objectives.  Ensure team members acquire necessary skills and performance attributes, in line with business and personal development needs.  Drive department objectives and prepare staff annual performance reviews.
  • Manage accounts payable function with focus on continually seeking out process improvement and best practrice opportunities, including better use of systems, elimination of waste, enhanced use of technology, and refinement of processes.
  • Assist Director of Accounting.  Work on special projects as needed.
  • Manage A/P Month-End Closing.  Review A/P Month-End and control reports.  Review and approve monthly journal entries.
  • Manage Year-End and Semi-Annual A/P audit, 1099 reporting, disaster recovery and JDE testing.    
  • Direct overall plan to work with plant controllers and field AP team members to bring resolutions to vendor issues.
  • Work with procurement to ensure appropriate vendor onboarding and management of DPO.
  • Assist external auditors, including the preparation of audit support schedules and pulling backup documentation as needed.
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • 15+ years of AP or general accounting experience.
  • 7+ years of A/P Management (Manager, Assistant Manager or Supervisor) experience.
  • Strong excel skills required.
  • Experience with multiple locations strongly desired.
  • JDE experience preferred; ERP systems implementation or upgrade experience desired.
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Must have a "can do" attitude.
  • Customer service focused but balanced with efficiency and adherance to internal controls.
  • Must be able to multi-task and prioritize.  
  • Must have excellent communication skills - both written and verbal.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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