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Director Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A)

Ventura Foods LLC Downers Grove, IL
  • Posted: 14 days ago
  • Other


Location: Flavor Reddy Foods 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

The Financial Planning and Analysis Director will serve as the lead for Flavor Reddy Foods senior leadership team in performing financial planning, analysis, and reporting in addition to serving as a key contributor to strategic planning discussions. This will include budgeting, long-term planning, forecasting, variance analysis, project analysis, decision support, financial & operational reporting. The FP&A Director will serve as a trusted advisor and thought partner to the CEO, members committee & senior leadership team, and act as a key conduit between Flavor Reddy Foods and Ventura Foods (partner in joint venture arrangement). This will also include becoming a subject matter expert on the financial performance of all operating departments of the enterprise.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and support with financial analysis and processes
  • Collect, analyze, and present financial information to Flavor Ready Foods senior leadership, identifying risks and opportunities; play an active part in helping to solve problems and close gaps
  • Serve as controller, treasurer, and lead of all finance related activities of Flavor Reddy Foods including banking, audit and tax liaison/compliance by working with internal and external partners and stakeholders
  • Core team member performing quantitative analysis and providing insights around FRF and Ventura Foods in support of the Center of Excellence (COE) – Analytics

  • Act as the primary liaison / point of contact for all financial related transactions between Flavor Reddy Foods and Ventura Foods

  • Lead monthly financial analysis, provide insights, explain variances and provide sound decision support to inform outcomes and assumptions, working in combination with FP&A (COE) team members

  • Prepare quarterly presentations for Flavor Reddy Foods Members Committee Meetings

  • Perform in-depth financial analysis, build strategic models and forecasts, as well as develop fact-based recommendations to help senior leadership make informed business decisions

  • Support the development of the annual business plan, budgeting process and long-range plan; including the gathering of necessary data, development of supporting models, collaborating with business partners to determine assumptions and establish key benchmarks

  • Financial lead for Strategic Sourcing Review (SSRs) and Requests for Proposals (RFP) in competitive new business development processes, which will include significant financial support and analysis

  • Financial lead for CapEx projects regarding new product development, working with pricing administration and Flavor Reddy Foods commercial team

  • Champion best-practices and assess process improvement opportunities that drive productivity

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or related field required with 10+ years of relevant business experience
  • CPA preferred
  • Cost accounting experience a plus
  • Must be able to travel as necessary (10%)
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Proven interpersonal and team skills. Effectively communicates with, influences, and engages at all levels of the organization
  • Experience in manufacturing/CPG/Foodservice is a plus
  • Has a strong interest and aptitude to automate manual reports and processes
  • Must be able to speak to key business drivers at a high level while understanding the details
  • Ability to package executive-level presentations
  • Aptitude to thrive in an entrepreneurial, customer focused, and ambiguous environment
  • Highly proficient in Excel, PowerPoint and other MS Office applications
  • Ability to work in a rigorous environment with shifting priorities while delivering on tight deadlines


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.

Ventura Foods LLC


Downers Grove, IL

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