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Manager, Cost Accounting


Location: Brea HQ 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

The Manger, Cost Accounting ensures companywide compliance with Cost Accounting policies/procedures by leading the periodic standard cost setting process and overseeing the cost projections requests.  This role partners with Procurement to maintain accurate ingredient and packaging standard costs, assesses inbound and branch transfer freight with Transportation, and collaborates with Operations Finance and other key functions to develop accurate annual labor and overhead rates by product/plant.  The position also works cross functionally to update/review existing overhead allocation methodology as well as implement enhancements.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the periodic standard cost process; provide direction and guidance to Cost Accounting team and other key functions on required activities; pursue automation with existing (Microstrategy) or other tools (excluding excel).
  • Oversee the cost estimate process to ensure timeliness with and accuracy of cost calculations; establish best practices for key cost calculations (such as freight, multiple plant comparisons, etc.) to drive consistency; focus on continuous improvements to drive efficiency and streamline the process.
  • Facilitate PPV (purchase price variance) analysis to identify and resolve potential process issues and to collaborate with Procurement on possible vendor price revisions and/or discrepancies.
  • Ensure validity with master data through management of the DNRR (do not remake or reorder) process and "orphaned" ingredients, packaging, and labels (not attached or contained in a valid Bill of Material).
  • Facilitate training opportunities for team members to ensure personal growth and development.
  • Provide support for other projects as assigned by Sr Director of Cost Accounting or VP Finance & Accounting.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • Direct supervision of professional cost or general accountants.
  • 5+ years manufacturing accounting experience, preferably within the food or processing industry.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Advanced computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Teams, Outlook).
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, analytical and management skills.
  • Self-motivated with aptitude to lead and supervise team members.
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of company and outside personnel.

Why Join Us:

Ventura Foods offers career growth opportunities as well as competitive compensation and benefits:​

  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, & Vision – coverage beginning on your 1st day for eligible employees​
  • Profit Sharing and 401(k) matching (after eligible criteria is met)​
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Time, and Holidays​
  • Employee Appreciation Events​ and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Salary Base Range of $119,700 – $157,000 for Employees Located in California*
  • Annual bonus (based on the incentive program terms and conditions)

*The “base salary range” provided above is a good faith estimate of what we expect to pay for this position.   The range provided is for California-based employees as Ventura Foods is required by California State Law to post pay rates.  Ventura Foods reserves the right to pay outside of the given range based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: candidate skills and experience, complexity of the job, budgetary factors, and location/geography.  Ventura Foods conducts regular reviews of compensation ranges and therefore reserves the right to alter this range at any given time.


Diversity & Inclusion:

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.


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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