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Accountant, Sr


Location: Opelousas 

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:

Perform accounting functions requiring thorough knowledge of general accounting principles and practices to ensure the integrity of company's general ledger and financial statements. Provide management with accurate and timely financial reporting of operation's performance. Specific responsibilities will include month end closing, preparing journal entries, variance analysis, accounts payable, payroll, and account reconciliations. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and analyze weekly flash reports and review overhead spending variances and convey information to management. Prepare and analyze month end reports and daily reports and set up corrective measures for issues
  • Perform month end close which includes inventory close and reconciliation, accruals, GL entries, sales reconciliation reports, and month end note preparation within given timelines. Compile information and report significant variances
  • Assist Finance Manager in the annual budget preparation. Prepare and update allocation methods used in budgeting process throughout the year as changes are made in the production process. Review actual performance to budgeted and make recommendations where needed
  • Maintain capital projects cost control logs and report to project managers. Prepare RFE closing files based on HQ guidelines and submit for closing. Maintain perpetual fixed asset inventory list
  • Serve as back up to Finance Manager for key functional responsibilities, including adherence to company policies. This includes handling any IT requests from plant personnel
  • Review and monitor standard manufacturing cost system (MSS) information for processing and packaging operations. This includes standard cost controls for finished product, bill of materials, labor and overhead
  • Support the Payroll and Accounts Payable personnel. Set up goals and ensure PP&E process is being followed and complete reviews
  • Responsible for following all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Travel may be required

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or equivalent experience
  • 5-10 years of experience in Accounting, Finance, Business
  • Accounting experience in a manufacturing environment preferred

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Thorough knowledge of general accounting principles and practices
  • Effective, professional verbal and written communication skills with the ability to convey information in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to focus on details and perform functions with accuracy
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word with prior JD Edwards/Oracle experience is desirable
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and work ethics to ensure the integrity of all reporting


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


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: Lafayette Louisiana

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