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Director of Financial Planning & Analysis

Kalera Florida Inc
Orlando, FL
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description


Headquartered in Orlando, FL, Kalera is a science and technology-driven company dedicated to growing the very best possible produce; it is smart horticulture at its best. As the technology leader in urban vertical farming, Kalera focuses on clean, safe, healthy, tasty greens and on the efficiencies of growing locally in controlled environments.

Founded in 2010, Kalera has, over several years, perfecting unique hydroponic growing methods combining optimized nutrients and light recipes, precise environmental controls, and clean room standards to produce safe, highly nutritious, pesticide-free, non-GMO vegetables with consistently high quality and longer shelf life year-round. With indoor facilities situated right where the demand is, Kalera is able to supply an abundance of produce locally, eliminating the need for long-distance shipping. This means Kalera can ensure the highest quality and freshness by delivering products to customers within hours of harvest year-round. Kalera's plants grow while consuming 95% less water compared to field farming.

The Director of Financial Planning & Analysis role provides broad financial leadership to key teams within the organization to drive profitable growth across multiple domestic and foreign entities and organizational units. This position is responsible for consolidating financials, planning, and carrying out broad assignments in reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and data analysis in project areas that may include business plans, licensing, contracts, product profitability analysis, reporting, profit plans, and cash flow analysis and control. The scope of this position may also include responsibility for financial and accounting matters including capital equipment planning and justification; financial systems implementation; general ledger closing, strategic planning and budgeting, contract review, cost accounting, inventory control, financial reporting, variance analysis, crop accounting, and forecasting.


  • Month End Close - Manage and participate in the monthly close process and other daily activities (e.g. preparation and review of journal entries, accruals, account reconciliations, account analyses, and monthly financial reporting) of the supported departments and business units
  • Financial Planning and Analysis - Prepare the company’s short and long-range financial plan including developing and analyzing the assumptions used to develop revenue, COGS, operating expense projections, and full financial statements. Develop complex excel models as appropriate. Prepare reports for the executive management team, Board of Directors, and various external parties as needed. Prepare the analysis for quarterly reviews and the annual audit process
  • Forecasting and Budgeting - Prepare and lead the annual budget and rolling 13-period forecast processes. Work closely with senior management and department managers to monitor expense drivers against budget. Enhance automation processes for budgeting and forecasting
  • Management Reporting - Prepare and publish a periodic internal management reporting package (Tuesday Package) with key metrics to monitor the Company’s performance and outlook. If required and beneficial, develop and distribute a weekly flash report with simple key metrics
  • Budget vs. Actual Analysis - Prepare and publish monthly spending reports vs. budget including documentation of material variances. Present succinct budget vs. actual analysis to senior management. Acts as a key financial resource to managers for financial guidance, and business partners in pursuit of Operational Excellence objectives
  • Decision Support- Develop financial models and analysis of various opportunities including licensing, partnership, alliances, acquisitions, and divestitures as required. Analyze complex financial information and reports to provide accurate and timely financial recommendations to management for decision-making purposes
  • Partner with and educate business owners, internal and external, to ensure accounting processes are complete, streamlined, and scalable
  • May develop, coach, and manage a team of accounting and finance personnel


  • Internal Relations in this role include: Business Management Team, Division Management Team, and Executive Management Team
  • External Relations for this role include: Auditors, growers, vendors, customers


  • B.A. in accounting, finance, CPA/MBA preferred or equivalent work experience

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skill, And Experience Requirements)

  • Work Experience: 5+ years of progressive financial reporting and cost accounting experience
  • Knowledge/Skills: Excellent interpersonal and analytical skills. Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with demonstrated positive influence skills
  • Must operate with minimal guidance to identify issues and resolve complex problems
  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • US GAAP and IFRS knowledge


  • Functional Expertise - Requires depth and/or breadth of expertise of the supported departments and business units General Ledger and Financial Reporting disciplines, inside of all applicable standards – FP&A, IFRS, SOX, etc.
  • Business Expertise - Knowledge of best practices and how position integrates with others internally and externally
  • Problem Solving - Ability to drill down to solve complex problems, and take a new perspective on existing solutions; presents recommendations to the next layer of management to support the decision-making process; leverages colleagues when the scope of the problem involves crossing organizational boundaries
  • Impact - Position impacts decision data utilized by senior management to determine future direction. It also always impacts the accuracy of valuation and availability of company assets
  • Interpersonal Skills / Influence - Strong forensic analysis, inquisitive nature, excellent planning, written and verbal communication skills, and ability to work in a team environment

Kalera Florida Inc


Orlando, FL
32827 USA


Finance and Insurance

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