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5 Jan 2021

Northeast North America Controller – New Jersey

Posted by Rich Lentz, – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #37375


  • An established, international fresh-fruit grower/shipper/importer is in growth-mode.
  • This newly created role will take full financial leadership for the North American business.
  • The Controller will own the P&L statements and be responsible for control of the finances of business including balance sheet, cashflows and taxation.
  • This role will be instrumental in the growth plans for North America, including building a finance team.
  • The company has a strong reputation internationally in grapes, citrus, apples and other related categories.
  • Our client is a year-round supplier with proprietary varieties for their categories and is highly regarded among retail/mass market chain customers.
  • This opportunity provides a strong base salary, bonus potential and full benefits.
  • This position is based in the greater Philadelphia, PA area with relocation assistance available.

Position Responsibilities Include

  • Manage the finance team(s) to implement & deliver weekly and month-end reporting.
  • Work with Business Managers in defining KPIs to guarantee accountability and challenge performance vs budget/forecast.
  • Review essential processes (grower returns, cost & credit control, etc.) and assess changes that can be made to improve business performance and results.
  • Oversee year end audit, stock counts, tax and compliance as well as lead N.A. Finance governance meetings.
  • Lead efforts to create an internal finance talent pool for the U.S. and Canada.
  • Mentor and coach direct line reports incl. Canadian Finance Controller.
  • Develop financial strategies to support the company’s strategic and tactical plans.

Required Experience & Qualifications Include

  • S. or higher in Finance or related field of study from an accredited University or College. (Master’s or CPA preferred)
  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CMA)
  • Significant professional experience in the Fresh Produce / Agriculture Industry is required.
  • Proven track record of business partnering within an organization. (Not just transactional accounting)
  • Knowledge and understanding of grower accounting functions.
  • Strong IT ability and data modelling, mining, evaluation. (Rubicon desirable)
  • Must be confident liaising and influencing key stakeholders as well as front-line leaders and operators on site.
  • Desired character attributes include analytical thinking, good decision making, resilient, passionate, proactive, flexible/adaptable, and able to work to deadlines.

Please contact Rich Lentz,

Job Categories: Finance, Accounting. Job Types: Northeast. Job expires in Endless.

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