Director of Accounting

Accounting
Chicago, IL
Full Time

About fairlife, LLC

Job details

fairlife, LLC is a Chicago-based dairy company that produces nourishing and great-tasting milk-based products made using a patented cold-filtration process that removes some natural sugars while concentrating the protein and calcium naturally found in real cows’ milk.

Our line of delicious, lactose-free fairlife® products includes: fairlife® ultra-filtered milk, which has 50% more protein and 50% less sugar than regular milk; fairlife® with DHA, ultra-filtered milk with DHA Omega-3 fatty acids to support brain health; fairlife YUP!®, a line of flavored milks; Core Power® High Protein Shakes, a sports nutrition drink to support post-workout recovery; fairlife® nutrition plan™, a nutrition shake to support one’s journey to better health; and the newly launched fairlife® creamers, coffee creamers designed to help enhance your coffee experience; and the newly launched fairlife® Light Ice Cream, a line of creamy, frozen desserts. In partnership with The Coca-Cola Company®, fairlife ultra-filtered milk and Core Power high protein shakes are distributed throughout the United States (U.S.) and Canada; all other fairlife products are available in the U.S.

To learn more about fairlife and its collection of products, please visit fairlife.com.

job purpose: The Director of Accounting will function as a leader and business partner with management, plants, and various team members to effectively ensure compliance of reporting, processes, and controls.  This position will play a critical role in our financial reporting process, providing guidance for new GAAP initiatives and technical accounting information as needed.  A key responsibility will be to provide analytical input, recommend process improvements and ensure that project activity is progressing as planned for a rapidly growing company

 

responsibilities:

  • Accounting/Financial
    • Utilize interpersonal skills to lead and develop the Accounting Team
    • Oversite of the timeliness and accuracy of the Company’s financial statements
    • Direct responsibility for the financial operations and budgeting for corporate and three non-bottling plants
    • Develop Standard Operating Procedures to ensure that there is an effective and efficient system of internal controls across the Company
    • Facilitate 3rd party audit activities
  • Dynamics 365 ERP/MES/MRP Project Implementation
    • Collaborate with implementation project team to ensure a successful transition to the new system
    • Ensure that there is an effective and efficient system of internal controls including; data integrity, asset protection, segregation of duties, budgeting, financial reporting, information systems and adherence to corporate policies and governmental regulations
    • Provide recommendation and guidance on business infrastructure and master data to the project team
    • Participate in workshops to ensure reporting requirements and control requirements are addressed during the solution verification process
    • Develop processes to ensure that dual system accounting and treasury is accurately managed and controlled throughout the implementation timeframe
    • Work with project team to ensure that the delivery of training materials satisfies the accounting team’s needs
    • Leverage finance systems by standardizing business processes and improving internal controls
  • Consolidation efforts with Coca-Cola North America
    • Comply with financial consolidation and supporting documentation requirements
    • Responsible for the communication of and adherence to governance and chain of authority requirements
    • Network with, and utilization of financial resources available
    • Identify synergistic opportunities
  • Treasury, Tax & Risk Management
    • Banking
      • Manage bank relationships
      • Oversee employee credit card and gift card programs
      • Administration of financial note covenant reporting and borrowing process
      • Investigate opportunities to reduce Company risk and streamline processes
      • Understand fairlife hedging process and record financial impact
    • Tax
      • Responsible for local non-income tax, regulatory and permitting requirements
    •  Insurance
      • Coordinate administration of Company’s insurance policies.  Prepare underwriting information and applications for renewal consideration
      • Audit insurance premium payments and control all invoicing/billing from insurers and brokers, including financial reconciliations
      • Manage escalation of claims and carrier activity
  • Additional Responsibilities
    • Recommend process improvement and action plans
    • Perform ad hoc financial analysis as required
    • Perform other duties and participate in special projects as assigned

 

skills/qualifications required:

  • B.S. in Accounting or Finance.  CPA and/or MBA a plus
  • 5-10 years of financial experience with managing a staff in a manufacturing environment.  Corporate and Plant roles a plus
  • Ability to develop high levels of credibility and forge solid and positive professional relationships with subordinates, peers and upper management
  • Strong leadership, communication and team building skills
  • Proficient in use of accounting systems - specifically D365, implementation of financial practices, analysis of financial and operating information to facilitate decision making and recommending actions to improve
  • Proficient in Microsoft products, database software and other applicable accounting and financial software and systems
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Dairy experience a plus

position location: Chicago, IL

reports to: VP of Finance and Accounting

travel requirements: 10%

fairlife, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants and employees will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

In addition to its nondiscrimination commitment, the Company will also provide reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with us, please email [email protected].

Why fairlife



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  • "In my career, finding an organization that’s growing their core business at an exceptional pace, innovating for the future and having fun with good people while doing it is the holy grail, and fairlife has it. "
    Norm Baker
    Finance Director
  • “I absolutely love working for fairlife because of the positive values they have! In my time here I have been given many opportunities to move up within the plant and am treated as part of the family.”
    Nurul Yaminudin
    Warehouse Supervisor
  • “Over the past 7 years, I have had the opportunity to grow from a Processing Operator to my current position as a Packaging Coordinator. fairlife believes in better and shows it by caring for their employees while offering competitive pay and career advancement opportunities.”
    Leonarda Roma
    Packaging Coordinator
  • “First impressions are very important, and I felt very welcomed the first day I started training. The staff at the Coopersville facility made me feel like I was a valuable addition to the fairlife team."
    Chuck Passenier
    Warehouse Associate
  • "While our portfolio of brands is amazing, the people I work with every day is what I love. We operate small and big. We challenge the industry norms. We run when everyone else walks. It’s a dynamic culture."
    Nina Johnson
    Sr. Director, Strategic Revenue Growth Management
  • "I love that we're providing a healthy alternative for people who are lactose intolerant. I have family members who are lactose intolerant; I feel like I am doing a service to them!"
    Carlton Kirkpatrick
    Warehouse Associate
  • "It’s a place where I’ve grown and learned a lot, giving me the ability to move into my role as a Packaging Technician. The people here are positively great teammates and the heart of what makes fairlife the place it is."
    Katie Sanger
    Packaging Technician
  • “fairlife is fast-paced, exciting, and growing quickly! This company is all in on innovation, and the support I’ve gotten for my own ideas has been incredible. We truly live out our credo of better values.”
    Lauren Knight
    Communications Manager

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fairlife, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants and employees will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

In addition to its nondiscrimination commitment, the Company will also provide reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with us, please email [email protected]