Cost/Margin Accounting Manager
Zentis North America Operating LLC - Chicago, IL

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Zentis North America Operating LLC
Chicago, IL

Zentis is Europe's number one fruit processing company and one of the leading brand manufacturers of jams, sweets and custard-based desserts. The North American headquarters and manufacturing facility, located in Plymouth, Indiana, produces value added fruit and dairy preparations for a variety of customers including yogurt, ice cream and bakery manufacturers.

We currently have an opening for a Cost/Margin Accounting Manager. Take the opportunity to work with a fast growing food manufacturer with three manufacturing facilities across the country, and more that 400 employees committed to excellence. In this key management position you will lead be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the cost accounting function for the organization. You will act as the liaison between the Plant Controllers and Corporate Accounting/Controlling. In this highly visible position your expertise will be challenged as you interface regularly with senior management as well as a wide range of plant leaders. The manager of cost accounting will be accountable for the ongoing analysis of process constraints, target costing projects, margin analysis, and tracing costs back to underlying activities. The cost account must also construct and monitor those cost-effective data accumulation systems needed to provide an appropriate level of costing information to management.

The candidate will plan, organize and direct all the activities of the cost accounting function. Define polices and procedures for all cost accounting activities. Develop and manage selling price calculation methodology that enables a pro-active management of customer and product margins. Assist with the preparation and maintenance of business budgets and forecasts and work closely with plant controllers. Work with Operations management and plant controllers to track and control all aspects of product cost (material, labor, overhead, variances). Work with Operations management to track and control all aspects of inventory: cycle counts, physical inventory counts, inventory reserves. Develop and manage the cost center reporting system based on flex costing approach. Manage the transition from the existing finished good costing model to a new transparent costing system. Manage the capital budgeting and approval process including regular reporting to headquarters. Development and the maintenance of the standard costing system in SAP. Develop metrics and tracking system for major cost drivers together with manager financial analysis.

A Bachelors Degree in Accounting/Finance is required. Must have 5 years progressive experience in accounting management in a manufacturing company, preferably as a cost accountant in an international food manufacturing organization. Strong technical and analytical skills with very strong cost accounting background. Strong business orientation enabling identification of opportunities for improving financial performance and providing decision support for strategic business initiatives. Demonstrated leadership and history of driving change and making a difference. Advanced Microsoft Excel and Power Point skills. SAP skills and experience required.

We offer an excellent benefits and compensation package to include: medical, dental, prescription, vision, 401K, short term and long term disability plans, as well as life insurance.

Interested candidates should apply on-line, mail or fax resume and salary requirements to:

Zentis North America Operating LLC
Attn: Robin Barnes
2050 North Oak Road
Plymouth, IN 46563
Fax: (574) 941-1198 phone calls.