Financial Analyst

Maple Leaf Foods - Illinois

A High Growth, Entrepreneurial Plant Based Protein Company
We are a newly formed division of Maple Leaf Foods, the largest protein company in Canada, which we can trace back over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. We formed this division after the acquisition of two leading brands in the refrigerated plant protein category – Lightlife Foods (located in Turners Falls, MA) and Field Roast Grain Meat Company (located in Seattle, WA). As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we advance our strategic agenda in the plant protein space, remaining agile and quick to react to change. Our focus on growth is laser-like, riding the fast growing plant-protein movement.

Our job is to make great food
Greenleaf Foods, located in Elmhurst, IL embraces a strong, values-based culture, where dedicated employees take pride in doing what’s right for our consumers, our customers and our communities. Our 400+ employees thrive in an engaging, open and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and responsibility. Each Greenleaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement.

Senior Financial Analyst, Innovation

The Opportunity:
As a member of the Greenleaf Foods finance team the Senior Financial Analyst will be responsible for owning all financial aspects of the new product launch for all items at Greenleaf Foods. In this role the SFA will be a critical business partner to the Vice President, Sales, the Vice President, Marketing and the Vice President, Finance by providing strategic analytical support to new product development. The position requires a highly motivated individual looking for progressive growth within the Greenleaf Foods finance team. The successful candidate must have exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills and have past experience supporting commercial teams. This person will need to take total ownership for the financial aspects of Greenleaf Foods innovation projects and will act as a CFO to the product launch team.

.A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will do:
Plan, Analyze & Recommend
Create, update and own the financial model for all Greenleaf new product Innovation
Work with sales and marketing to develop pricing & promotion strategies for new item launches
Lead all revenue management aspects of innovation and leverage IRI and Nielsen data to develop a deeper understanding of Greenleaf promotional performance and key profit levers
Use analytics to drive category insights
Work with plant finance to analyze standard costs and determine effect on profitability
Work with Product development and assist them in understanding costs as they work to rapidly develop new products.
Financial Operations
Assist with setting up new items and programs in SAP
Assist marketing to ensure new product development costs are appropriately captured and accrued for during monthly close.
Monitor and analyze advertising and promotion expenses related to new item launches

Report & Educate:
Communicate variances that will impact company results (volume variance, inventory adjustments, plant variances) to senior management and teach cross-functional teams the meaning and impact of these variances
Regularly report on status of new product development portfolio

What we have to offer you:
Career development opportunities. Your career will not stop at this role, this is just the beginning
Competitive Health and Wellness benefits
401K plan
Commitment to Learning – courses, resources and tools provided to all employee
Employee Assistance Program

What you will bring:
Superior computer skills on Microsoft Excel
Passion for learning on the fly and ability to solve problems independently.
SAP experience an asset
College degree in Accounting or Business required
Accounting Designation or MBA accreditation is preferred
2 to 5 years of value-added analytical experience (previous experience supporting sales and marketing a must)
Must possess strong business acumen and critical thinking skills
Must have excellent analytical skills and be a detail-oriented person
Exposure to IRI and Nielsen data an asset
Excellent planning and organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated personal leadership

We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position.

Maple Leaf Foods is committed to Employment Equity and maintaining a diverse workforce. Job applicants with a disability who require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can contact our Talent Attraction Team at Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis and your request will be responded to as soon as possible.