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Corporate Controller

Company: Ghirardelli Chocolate
Location: San Leandro
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Job Description:

This position is responsible for providing high-quality financial reporting and assisting the CFO by making recommendations to improve systems, reporting, procedures and processes. The Controller works closely with cross-functional teams to monitor and review results and costs ensuring alignment with targets set. The Controller partners with key internal customers to constantly monitor opportunities for improvements and new business initiatives, supported by accurate, timely and meaningful reporting and analysis. This position will provide overall cost accounting and controller responsibilities for manufacturing in collaboration with the Finance team. In addition, the Controller has direct over site on Operational Accounting, Corporate Accounting and Payroll. The controller is ultimately responsible to deliver the monthly and yearly closing result and in charge of the monthly and yearly reporting to the headquarter.

Manage Financial Systems and Reporting:


  • Plan, lead, coordinate, and manage the monthly and annual financial process with internal and external (Lindt Corporate) reporting. Including detailed review and ownership of tax provision in collaboration with Lindt North America.
  • Perform monthly analysis for management team to identify and direct areas of focus and immediate need. Ensure proper visibility is brought to all key metrics and areas of accounting judgment.
  • Develop and recommend actions to achieve company financial objectives. Anticipate cost and margin changes to ensure consistent communication and proactively identify improvement opportunities. Identify areas of focus for procurement analysis and cost reduction.
  • Measure, analyze, and report on all areas of responsibility (including executive reporting and reporting to corporate parent). Establish systems, processes, and procedures to ensure and maintain accurate and meaningful reporting and analysis.
  • Oversee and perform the monthly cost center analysis for operations, selling, marketing, advertising, trade promotion, consumer promotion ensure discussions are completed with the responsible management members to explain identified variances and if necessary to propose corrective actions.
  • Responsible for accuracy of total manufacturing cost, product cost, and inventory control, and the preparation, accumulations, consolidation and distribution of financial data to support manufacturing operations.
  • Responsible for accuracy of all cost of goods & inventory related balance sheet and P&L accounts.
  • Actively participate in the annual budgeted and re-forecasting process.

    Manage Relationships:


    • Manage banking and treasury relationships, ensure cash flow management and planning.
    • Manage external consulting relationships for tax and compliance consulting. Manage relationships within audit, both financial and other external audits.
    • Manage and execute company car program.

      Manage Systems:


      • Develop, implement, and monitor compliance with internal controls in coordination with LICs, including improvements to existing control recommendations and reporting to Lindt.
      • Identify system improvements and errors in process flow, work with IT to propose changes to improve accuracy of reporting from company ERP (JDEdwards).
      • Participate as the system expert on all changes proposed by operations/field teams to ensure system compliance and accuracy of reporting.

        Manage Team:


        • Hire, train, lead and develop staff.
        • Be a member of the CFO's leadership team. Provide leadership in a fast-paced environment with stretch goals.
        • Set objectives, plan project steps, and resources needed, and manage execution.
        • Train and develop staff.








          • Consumer Goods, Manufacturing and Retail experience preferred.
          • Proven analytical abilities and high level of detail orientation
          • Proven leadership, communications and teamwork abilities
          • First-hand knowledge of manufacturing operations a plus
          • First-hand knowledge of retail operations a plus
          • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
          • Ability to think critically and systematically
          • Excellent communication skills
          • Ability to work within a team environment, while maintaining the necessary edge & drive to effectively lead and manage the Controller function.
          • In depth knowledge of integrated systems (JDE, SAP, or Oracle) and of Excel
          • Ability to pay extraordinary attention to detail
          • Proficiency with all aspects of cost accounting and related financial controls.
          • Effective supervisory skills
          • Technical affinity a plus.
          • Ability to present complex concepts in an easy manner.
          • Ability to remain very hands-on in the position while developing the strategic vision for overall Procurement activities.


            Education and Work Experience:



            • Must have degree in accounting/finance. MBA/Certified Management Accountant preferred
            • Minimum of 3 years of highly relevant experience (exposure to financial planning, budgeting, analysis, strategic planning, and cost accounting)



Keywords: Ghirardelli Chocolate, San Leandro , Corporate Controller, Accounting, Auditing , San Leandro, California

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