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Job Description

This position is responsible for financial planning and analysis providing senior management information through quarterly business performance reporting. The Manager provides leadership, direction, and management to the financial planning team.

About The Role

The Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) will be a key contributor to the company. This position plays a key role in developing and implementing company's financial and strategic plans and formulating their financial plan, fiscal budget, and forecasts. This position is responsible for financial planning and analytical support to drive business growth. This role also provides management information through monthly and quarterly business performance reporting and insights.

The desired candidate will have demonstrated success in previous finance roles in a fast-paced environment. The proven candidate will have the ability to make a significant impact on driving company's strategy and shareholder value and grow within the Finance team.

Core Responsibilities

    • Deliver forecasts and analyses for clients, executive team and board of directors

    • Drive annual, quarterly, and monthly budgeting and forecasting processes, including preparation of analyses and presentations for executive, leadership and board meetings

    • Analyze monthly and quarterly results against budget, forecasts and prior period in order to ensure the reasons for variances are fully understood, making recommendations for actions, re-forecasting based on current financial information, and updating forecasting methodology to reduce variances to expectations

    • Develop, analyze and monitor key financial trends and KPIs for the company for internal reporting to the CFO, CEO and executive team to support business decisions and drive top- and bottom-line growth

    • Provide critical financial analysis relating to the annual operating plan, including advising business partners regarding reporting framework, guidelines and assumptions

    • Possess the ability and passion to deliver budgeting and planning work that makes a difference in growing a business, including working with financial models, performing sensitivity analyses and forecasting

    • Help in the creation and implementation of financial analysis and operational dashboards that assist CFO with managing expense efficiency improvements and cash flow

    • Help with the preparation of all quarterly board review materials

    • Collaborate with business partners to analyze and assess current and future business and financial risks, opportunities, and requirements

    • Deliver financial analysis with recommendations for action to senior management about financial and strategic issues for existing, new and potential business activities

    • Assist in the preparation of ad-hoc financial information and/or reports for the company’s leadership team

    • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with peers, business partners, and executives 

    • Create and articulate an effective planning process and lead the effort to a timely and accurate production of planning materials and forecasts

    • Develop and implement methods and approaches to improve forecasting, analyses, financial processes, and system functionality


    • Bachelor’s degree

    • 7 years of progressive finance experience (preferably FP&A)

    • Excellent financial modeling and analytical skills. Superior understanding of business drivers and strong capabilities in translating business terms into business models

    • Strong knowledge of GAAP accounting concepts as they relate to financial modeling, analysis and budgeting and forecasting

    • In-depth practical knowledge of financial analysis techniques and methodologies

    • Proven track record of building financial models

    • Successful history of identify process improvements and making appropriate recommendations

    • Extensive financial modeling and Microsoft Excel experience required

    • In depth knowledge and understanding of financial and business planning, budgeting and forecasting processes

    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with the ability to effectively interact with key stakeholders

    • Ability to manage competing priorities effectively, making good decisions based on business priorities and objectives with the demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and complete projects on time

    • Positive problem solver and simplifier

    • CPA or MBA, preferred

Company Description

Alari Search specializes in the placement of Accounting and Finance professionals. Our customized recruiting approach is based on building strong relationships with our clients and candidates. Our recruiting team is experienced with several industries including manufacturing, technology, oil & gas, health care, financial services, insurance, professional services, real estate, hospitality, and public accounting.

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Job Description


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 FPA 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 FPA (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:

  • Bachelors 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.

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