Financial Analyst

Maple Leaf Foods - Elmhurst, IL3.5

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.

Financial Analyst

The Opportunity:
As a member of the Greenleaf Foods finance team the Financial Analyst will work closely with the sales and marketing teams to provide analytical support and strategic planning for the commercial operations of the business. The position requires a highly motivated individual looking for progressive growth within the Greenleaf Foods finance team. The position is required to provide top quality, value added analysis and insight. The successful candidate must have exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills. It will be the responsibility of the Financial Analyst to support the Sales and Marketing teams with all the necessary analysis and business acumen required to make the optimal business decision.

.A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will do:Responsibility for developing annual operating plans:
Responsible for working with the Sales and Marketing team to assist in development financial business plan and tracking / explaining variances on an ongoing basis
Active participation in annual Budget process
Issue the required weekly & monthly reports, analysis and reconciliations – recommend corrective action
Responsible for understanding and challenging weekly customer and category variances and communicating them back to the Finance, Sales, and Marketing teams.
Assist with analyzing pricing discrepancies to ensure accurate pricing and promotional activity are reflected in customer billing.

Profit & Loss Statement Understanding:
Use data to understand Pricing, Cost of Product, Plant & Distribution costs by customer and category and use this information to identify Product / Customer/ Mix opportunities to maximize gross profit
Will conduct ad hoc analysis to improve business performance for the customer and Greenleaf which would increase shareholder value
Leverage IRI and Nielsen data to develop a deeper understanding of Greenleaf promotional performance and key profit levers
Support financial month-end close process as needed

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:
College degree in Accounting or Business required
Accounting Designation is preferred
1 to 3 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
Superior computer skills on Microsoft Excel
SAP experience an asset
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.