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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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19 May 2023
Lesaffre is a key global player in fermentation for nearly 170 years, we are established on all continents with our 11,000 employees and 90 nationalities.

Position summary:

The North America Controller is a vital role within the Finance leadership team. Reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer, this position is responsible for all areas relating to financial reporting, accounting operations and financial systems for Lesaffre North America legal and Business Unit Reporting. This position will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial results. Success in innovation and team building are critical to this role.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to the following:

Financial Reporting, Analysis & Compliance
Timely and accurate preparation, analysis and review/presentation of monthly financial statements/results in accordance with IFRS, Corporate (GROUP) and local management.
Timely and accurate preparation and submission of Consolidation reporting and monthly reporting requirements for the Lesaffre Global Group; utilizing Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) and Oracle ERP System.
Oversees and reviews monthly financial analysis & reporting and coordination of the mid- year and annual audit with the external accounting firm.
Assists in the preparation of annual budgets and financial forecasts, including financial and business analysis.
Coordinate with the CFO and the executive team on long-term strategic planning; including analysis, financial reporting and monitoring
Key contributor to coordinate and provide information for preparation of income tax provisions and for US Income Tax reporting and compliance.
Accounting Operations
Manage and develop the General Ledger/Reporting, Cost Accounting, Accounts Receivable & Accounts Payable teams.
Develop and oversee reporting of operating & financial metrics (KPIs) that ensure optimal financial performance
Monitors and analyzes accounting department work to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while maintaining a high level of accuracy.
Maintain accounting policies, procedures, and internal controls
Manage the integrity of the ERP system and implement enhancements to overall collaboration of financial workflows with sales, supply chain and operations.
Participate in the implementation of new systems business process systems and procedures and on-going maintenance.
Other special projects or necessary duties as required for harmonious business and working relationships.


Financial Accounting Managers & Operational Accounting Supervisors
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


These are the primary internal and external constituents an individual works with and/or supports on a regular basis in performing the essential duties and responsibilities of their role:

Chief Financial Officer
Finance team members including direct reports
North America Executive Team
North America Business Unit Directors (BM & N&H; excluding BSNAC & Envera)
Human Resources
IT Department
Sales & Operational Teams
The PWC audit team
Corporate Group Finance Team
Financial counterparts in all of the Lesaffre Affiliated Companies

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education, Experience, Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Accounting or Finance from a four-year college or university.
Manufacturing and food processing experience preferred
Advanced competency in financial management and accounting software (minimum of five years of experience)
CPA and/or CMA certification preferred.

Language Skills

English proficiency required; second language a plus - Spanish or French preferred.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills

Working knowledge of personal computers, including the Windows operating system.
Proficiency in desktop software applications such as Microsoft Office (spreadsheets, word processing, presentations, project management).
Working knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems (Oracle & SAP preferred, or another large ERP system).
Advanced knowledge of General Ledger system software
Experience with other business software including CRM tools, Travel & Expense (Concur), Automation & Interface Tools, depreciation software (BNA), research software, and other applications deemed necessary to perform the essential functions.
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  • Job Reference: 1010170275-2
  • Date Posted: 19 May 2023
  • Recruiter: lesaffre yeast corporation
  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Accounting
  • Job Type: Permanent