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Controller & VP of Finance (Closed)

Date Posted: 1/31/2020

Job #1570662
Chicago, Illinois


Chicago-based Hispanic ethinic food brand is seeking a CONTROLLER & VP of Finance. In business for over 50 years, brands hold leading market positions among authentic ethinic foods. Unquie opertunity to report directly to the CEO with a dotted line ot the Private Equity firm. 

Position Overview:

  • Located on southwest side of Chicago.
  • Report directly to CEO and be part of a small senior management team.
  • Work in a small company environment (~50 employees) and be a hands-on team player, managing 2 clerical staff and an office manager.
  • Get involved in more than just accounting, including interacting with the company’s owners. lenders, external auditors, HR and IT.

Specific Responsibilities include:


  • Manage cash, A/P, A/R, inventory and production control and GL.
  • Manage process of providing the appropriate levels of credit to customers and ensure timely collection of accounts receivable.
  • Prepare timely bank and account reconciliations and financial reporting packages.
  • Develop a documented system of accounting controls, policies and procedures, such as controls around cash collections and disbursements.


  • Prepare annual budget and analyze variances, including profitability by product line and customer and propose actions to improve performance.
  • Analyze cost of sales focusing on direct material and direct labor.
  • Establish and monitor key performance indicators for the business.

Risk Management, Compliance, IT:

  • Comply with local, state and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings, including all employee-related matters.
  • Monitor and report debt payments and covenant compliance.
  • Prepare and lead external annual audit with CPA firm.
  • Negotiate and structure arrangements with vendors.
  • Manage human resource matters and employee benefit plans, payroll and insurance programs.
  • Manage and maximize use of the information systems.


  • A bachelor's degree in accounting or finance.
  • 7+ years of financial management experience.
  • Strong cost accounting experience within a multi-product manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with QuickBooks a plus.
  • ERP/MRP experience highly desired.
  • Fluency in Spanish desirable.