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Accountant, Sr



Location: Waukesha 

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:

Support the Finance Manager by providing management with accurate and timely financial reporting of operation's performance.  Specific responsibilities will include: month end closing, preparing journal entries, variance analysis, new product costing, accounts payable oversight, payroll reconciliations, and general ledger 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, and month-end note preparation within given timelines.  Compile information and report significant variances.                           
  • Maintain accurate information in the standard manufacturing cost system for the processing and packaging operations.  This includes standard cost controls for finished products, bill of materials, labor, and overhead.
  • Prepare and analyze monthly, quarterly, and annual cost reports including variance analysis for labor efficiency, materials usage/yields, overhead spending and capacity utilization.
  • 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.
  • 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.                    
  • Serve as back-up to Finance manager for key functional responsibilities including adherence to company policies and handling any IT requests from plant personnel.
  • Monitor cycle count program, review documentation, and investigate significant adjustments.  Update cost factors in accordance with established company policy and procedure.
  • Serve as the backup for Accounts Payable personnel.
  • Perform and provide oversight for the factory Payroll process

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting
  • Four years of accounting experience or equivalent experience
  • Accounting experience in a manufacturing environment preferred

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Must possess strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and work through issues without continuous supervision
  • Must be an advanced Excel user
  • Strong interpersonal skills are required to interact with all levels of site management and plant personnel



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: Waukesha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

Job Segment: Accounts Payable, Accounting, Payroll, Finance

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