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Finance Operations Manager


Location: Waukesha, WI 

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:

Manage and direct financial functions of production facility including the annual financial plan, general accounting, manufacturing systems, capital plan and costing.  Finance Manager is also responsible for the plants adherence to Company policies and GAAP.  Position will provide ongoing reporting and analysis to local Management staff in support of the company profit and growth objectives.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Financial Accounting: Responsible for financial functions and reporting of the manufacturing facility.  This includes G/L, AP, Bill of Materials, Timekeeping, Plant Inventory, 3rd Party Warehouses (3PL) and support department interfaces with IT. Facilitate monthly closings to meet established closing schedule and provide financial notes that analyze variances and forecast accuracy.
  • Financial Analysis: Develop and track operational reporting metrics that translate into actionable business plans.  Analyze financial results and provide insights to assigned business partners. Ensure all financial analysis and operational reporting is to the company standard.  Review variances on a weekly basis with plants to understand root causes and implement corrective action.
  • Inventory & 3rd Party Warehouse Control: Manage plant inventory and 3PL Inventory control staff to ensure accurate physical inventory records and management accounting practices are adhered to. Engage plant leadership and supervisors to improve transactional discipline to ensure efficient and accurate inventory records in JDE and related EDI files for 3PL are maintained.
  • Coaching and Development: Manage plant finance staff to provide accurate and timely financial data.  Facilitate the personal growth of accounting staff and provide atmosphere that facilitates a performance culture and promotes job satisfaction.  Ensure cross training and backup procedures are in place.
  • Annual Planning & Forecasting: Facilitate annual planning processes.  Partner with Plant Leadership to establish an operating and capital budgets that promotes growth and reduces costs.  Drive accountability into the  plants to deliver the financial plan. Identify trends, risks, and opportunities to forecast and annual financial plans.
  • Internal Controls: Audit local procedures to insure all programs follow company policies.  Offer feedback and direction to HQ departments on system or policy improvements required to insure effective results.
  • Business Leadership: Identify any potential risks and opportunities to the business and drive for improved financial results.  Promote good project management practices across the plant on capital projects and continuous improvement programs. Cultivate a plant culture focused on continuous improvement to create fuel for growth.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting or Business Administration or equivalent degree.
  • 5+ years of progressive financial experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Supervisory experience required

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must have hands-on working experience with a standard costs financial system and possess analytical, problem solving, and effective communication skill with all levels. 
  • Strong capability with Excel and familiarity with JDE EnterpriseOne.

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 $96,000– $143,000 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. 


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

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