Assistant Controller

You know our brands, The Laughing Cow, Babybel, Boursin, Kaukauna, Merkts and Price's, which elicit smiles across America. They are daring, responsible and deliver dairy goodness. As you imagine, this mindset is contagious! Bel Brands USA is part of an international family company, which has led an ambitious growth strategy for 150 years and is today the world's third largest branded cheese company. If like our 12,000 employees globally, you want to have an impact in an entrepreneurial and demanding company, and share smiles around the world, dare to live the Bel experience!
Be you. Be ambitious. Be Bel.
Bel Brands USA has been named Chicago's "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" for 10 years in a row. The company is headquartered in Chicago and operates three manufacturing plants in Little Chute, WI, Leitchfield, KY, and Brookings, SD.
Job Description Summary
The ideal candidate is self-motivated, detail oriented and a team player. The main areas of responsibility for this position include monitor and report on manufacturing operations, assist in the creation and evaluation of product standards, provide immediate feedback to managers, assist in the budgeting process and assist the Manager, Financial Controlling. The position will supervise the Plant Accountant and act as a backup to the Manager, Financial Controlling. The position will spend time on the production room floor.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Monitoring of SAP
    • Weekly monitoring of manufacturing data through Business Warehouse reports in the following areas:
      • Consumption of Raw Material compared to Standard
      • Consumption of Packaging Material compared to Standard
      • Labor Variances
  • Report on manufacturing performance
    • Provide analysis of labor efficiencies by cost center and production order when necessary
    • Provide analysis of material yields and variances in total and provide data by component when relevant
    • Provide analysis on output by cost center comparing actual production with targets
    • Monthly, create energy analysis report with commentary
    • Monthly, create protein and butterfat analysis with commentary
    • Monthly, create waste analysis
    • Monthly create key ingredient and packaging cost tracking
    • Monthly, coordinate and assist with the Monthly Industrial KPI Report ‚ Significant Facts (Production Activity, Quality Performance, Economic Performance, Social Monitoring, Engineering)
    • Assist in the continuing development of performance reporting
    • Closing production orders and work orders
    • Reevaluate inventory at FIFO at month end
    • Close cycle/cost centers at month end
  • Work with other departments to stabilize the data flow to SAP
    • Work closely with Payroll and Benefits Associate with the manual reporting of mfg. labor hours to properly distribute payroll dollars at month end
    • Assist in the creation of BOM and product routings within SAP
    • Assist in the development of cost center budgets
    • Communicate with Corporate GL accountants to facilitate coordination of the financial processes
    • Provide cost information as needed for profitability analysis and initiatives
  • Other
    • Verify all customers pricing monthly
    • Verify all production orders are closed
    • Verify all production orders have variances calculated
    • Backup Plant Accountant and Manager, Financial Controlling
  • Follow all Good Manufacturing Practices as stated within the policy.
  • Follows all Safety Rules and procedures by working safely and ensuring safety of others as well as performing Behavioral Safety Visits.
  • Follow all food safety procedures.
  • Follow all environmental protocols as applicable to job to prevent pollution to air, land, or water.
  • Follow all sanitation procedures and work instructions.
  • Follows all continuous improvement actions and rules and best practices.
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned by management.
Qualifications and Competencies:
  • Bachelor‚ s Degree in Finance or Accounting with 3-5 years of related work experience.
  • SAP experience strongly preferred.
  • Industry experience in a manufacturing environment is preferred.
  • Must possess superior computer capabilities in Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, and Power Point, among others); advanced Excel skills is a plus.
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Must exude a professional attitude; be courteous, friendly and exceptionally organized.
  • Lean experiences a plus.
Performance Expectations: Confidentiality, quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, and thoroughness of work performed; ability to gain the trust and respect of management, coworkers; maintain the integrity of confidential business and product information; ability to communicate effectively and develop good working relationships with other employees is essential to accomplish goals and objectives of the Department.
Working Environment: Work is performed largely in an office environment. Hours of work will generally be during regular business hours and average at least 40 hours a week. There will be some variation in work hours due to employee shift schedules, special projects, deadlines and other concerns. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Bel Brands is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Bel Brands also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. It is also Bel Brand‚ s policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws respecting consideration of unemployment status in making hiring decisions.
Bel Brands is committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting people with disabilities and veterans. If you need an accommodation or assistance in using the website, please call 312-462-1500.
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