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Accountant (Albert Lea) 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment 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.
Category Accounting/Finance  
Location Albert Lea, MN Plant  
Req Number ACC-17-00042  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Shift Days  
About the Organization Ventura Foods is a leading national manufacturer and marketer of branded and custom made shortenings, oils, dressings, sauces, margarines, culinary bases and pan coatings for the foodservice and retail industries. From East to West, Ventura keeps pace with the dynamic food marketplace by delivering high quality products at competitive prices. In fact, our company's growth is fueled by long-lasting profitable partnerships that benefit all parties. We do this by meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world by applying the strengths of our commercial resources, the talents of our employees and the opportunities created by new technologies. Throughout our rich history, one thing hasn't changed: the dedication to our customers and the consumers we are proud to serve.


Support operation by providing management with accurate and timely financial reporting. Specific responsibilities will include; month end closing, preparing journal entries, variance analysis, inventory control and account reconciliations. Analyze inventory usages and fat percentages. Prepare and analyze weekly flash reports and review overhead spending variances and convey information to management. Prepare and analyze month-end reports and set up corrective measures for issues. Perform month-end close which includes inventory close and reconciliation, accruals, GL entries, and the sales reconciliation reports within given timelines. Compile information and report significant variances in the Operation Monthly Report. 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 budget 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 operation's Controller for key functional responsibilities, including adherence to company policies. This includes working with personnel in a supervisory role. Maintain 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. Act as backup for the accounts payable process. This includes coding and entry of A/P batches into the JDE for payment.

Position Requirements Bachelors degree in Accounting or equivalent experience. Strong analytical skills. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to handle multiple projects and work through issues without continuous supervision. Advanced Excel user. Strong interpersonal skills are required to interact with all levels of site management and plant personnel.  

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