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Controller for Mastronardi Berryworld America

Location: Livonia
Posted on: March 15, 2020

Job Description:

Position: Controller, Mastronardi BerryWorld AmericaReports to: President, Mastronardi BerryWorld AmericaLocation: This position can be in Livonia, MI or Kingsville, ON
BerryWorld America, a joint venture with Mastronardi Produce Limited, North America's leading grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, has created a partnership that will "WOW---" the North American berry market.This is a significant and exciting development, which aims to provide high quality, exclusive berries that start with best-in-class varietal development to deliver exceptional flavour.Combining Mastronardi Produce's track record of game-changing innovation, high tech operations, and fresh produce marketing expertise with BerryWorld's exclusive varieties, category management, and global berry expertise will make BerryWorld America a unique alternative for the North American berry market.BerryWorld believes the berries we are bringing to the category will change consumer expectations of how a berry should taste.
Primary Function:Working closely with the President, senior business leaders, the JV partners and the Board of Directors, this key role is charged with empowering the company to achieve financial objectives and managing the operational and financial processes. The incumbent must understand the operations of the business and how the financial systems, accounting, capital structure, and operating policies all interrelate to help insure the business achieves both short-term and long-term goals. This individual will guide the development of a financial strategy to include revenue, profit and cash flow maximization. This person will also have direct responsibility for finance, treasury, accounting, tax, asset management, risk management, legal, contract review and administration, information technology, and administration of Board governance matters.
Primary Responsibilities:
Prepare and review the month end financial processing, for BerryWorld America and various subsidiaries, including reconciliation of accounts, preparation of supporting schedules, adjusting entries, variance and ratio analysis and financial statement review.

  • Oversight and stewardship of spending to monitor spend levels versus budget with early identification of items out of budget scope and other trends at variance to budge
  • Performs analysis on cost of business activities and recommends opportunities for cost savings
  • Have a vital role in the preparation of the annual budgeting process, including pre-budget analysis and research
  • Participate in the annual external audit, tax preparation and be involved with periodic regulatory requests
  • Ensure that adequate management controls are in place to protect the owner's assets. As appropriate, design and document financial control policies and procedures
  • Develop and mentor a team of professional staff
  • Develop processes within the Finance Department to provide timely financial reporting and analysis, operating/capital budgets and tax planning/compliance
  • Identify key performance drivers (metrics) and opportunities that can be leveraged to improve the organization's profitability and create value for all stakeholders. Implement a process for tracking and measuring results both at the corporate and business unit level
  • Assure a complete understanding of the accounting and legal ramifications of operating in international business environments
  • Determines depreciation rates to apply to capitalized items and advises management on desirable operational adjustments due to tax revisions
    Education/Background Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree in accounting from an accredited University/college is required; Master's degree preferred
    • 10+ years of progressive accounting & finance experience, preferably with international exposure
    • CPA designation preferred
    • Supervisory/leadership experience
    • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
      Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
      • Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Need to be creative, adaptable and able to accurately handle out-of-the-ordinary micro issues with a sense of urgency
      • Must possess excellent communication and presentation skills and be comfortable interacting with executive-level management, present information and direction, and field questions from managers, employees and external contacts
      • Experience with Microsoft Navision or similar ERP system preferred
      • Strong knowledge of local, state and federal laws and requirements to maintain compliance to all relevant statues and guiding principles
      • Experience in the food and beverage industry is desirable
        Working Conditions:
        • Position may require international travel (Canada, Mexico, Europe) so a valid passport is necessary
        • Working conditions are normal for an office environment
        • Position requires sitting, standing, walking and bending on a regular basis
        • Use of company computer and phone

Keywords: MASTRONARDI PRODUCE LTD., Livonia , Controller for Mastronardi Berryworld America, Accounting, Auditing , Livonia, Michigan

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