Director Of Finance - Supply Chain
THE PEOPLE AGAINST DIRTY STORY
method sold its first product on February 28th, 2001 - we mark this as the day we became people against dirty®. But why did two twenty-something guys start a cleaning product company? Well, we're not exactly big fans of cleaning, but we are passionate about cleaning up a dirty business. We recognized that household cleaning, which includes laundry and hand wash, was a massive category in desperate need of a little disruption.
We also had questions. Why do we pollute when we clean? Why do we use poison to make our homes healthier? And why do cleaners have to be so ugly that you hide them away or smell so bad that you hold your breath? The answer: we can do better.
Leveraging two major cultural shifts in health + wellness and life styling of the home, we disrupted every aspect of the category and grew method into a green cleaning leader. Along the way, we hit #7 on the Inc. 500 list, were named the #16th most innovative company in the world by Fast Company in 2008 and became PETA persons of the year for developing the first vegan laundry products.
method products can be found in Target, Lowe's, Safeway, Whole Foods and most grocers nationwide, along with growing distribution in the UK, France, China, Japan and Australia. And the party is only getting started.
In 2012, method merged with Belgian green cleaning giant Ecover, and together became the world's largest green cleaning company. Our two brands are committed to inspiring generations of happy, healthy homes by making non-toxic products that work—for you and the planet. And we've built a LEED-Platinum certified manufacturing plant to prove it, the first of its kind in our industry. We even formalized the name of our joint enterprise: People Against Dirty (PAD) Manufacturing. Of course, this is more than a company name, it is one of our founding principles. By pioneering a cleaner clean, we believe we can make a difference.
That's why our work environment is creative, brand-savvy, entrepreneurial, fast-paced, solutions-focused, irreverent but disciplined, team-oriented and fun. Piqued your curiosity? Keep reading.
Based in San Francisco and reporting to the VP of Finance, North America, the Director of Finance, Supply Chain, will provide strong leadership to our broader Accounting & Finance team. This person will collaborate with the VP of Finance, Controller, supply chain team and internal partners across our North American organization to manage and deliver accurate and timely financial information.
Key responsibilities include all aspects of cost accounting (standards creations, variance analysis, month-end activities), inventory management and reconciliation, and analytical projects in all aspects of product costs (freight, warehousing, product cost, driving ERP systems + process improvements) as our business grows in complexity, managing working capital. In addition, this role will be a vital strategic and analytical partner to our supply chain team for gross margin enhancing initiatives. This position manages Cost Accounting Mgr, Plant Controller, and Cost Accountant.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
- Be the "air traffic controller" for the cost & inventory areas, ensuring all monthly, quarterly, and annual work streams are well-planned and coordinated, consistently on time and completed with impeccable accuracy.
- Be a proactive thought leader to prepare for upcoming challenges as we grow in volume and complexity, including our in-house manufacturing.
- Work with the accounting staff, IT and other functional groups to identify, recommend and implement streamlined and automated processes, SAP process implementation; Syspro system improvements.
- Partner with cross functional partners to ensure monthly results are well-understood, appropriately assessed for improvement opportunities and in-line with forecasts; provide accounting guidance as needed to broad audiences.
- Provide financial leadership and insights for supply chain team around infrastructure and cost savings initiatives including; the ROI on our manufacturing plant, network optimization projects, warehousing consolidation, optimization / rationalization of the company's SKU portfolio
- Partner with direct reports, cross functional team, outsource providers to develop sustainable, accurate, efficiency inventory reconciliation process across all locations
- Drive delivery of a consistent cycle count process that facilitates moving away from wall to wall physical inventory over time
- Manage the cost team and plant controller to deliver quality, timely monthly close reporting and analysis
- Partner with the South Side Soapbox (our manufacturing plant) to ensure they have tools, processes, metrics, and systems as they continue to scale and grow.
- Provide thought leadership for annual standards creation process and ensure it is executed with excellence in partnership with IT
- Partner with Controller on ensure a flawless annual audit for the areas of responsibility
- Ensure team is providing investigation and explanation of variances to Plan and Forecast for all accounts within responsibility
- Proactively deliver insightful analysis on gross margin by assessing trends in warehousing, freight, product, and customer mix.
- Partner with VP of Finance on 3-yr strategic planning topics related to gross margin
- Work closely with financial planning + analysis in developing annual and quarterly forecasts for all components of product cost
- Inspire and develop the team through great direction and coaching, performance reviews and growing individual skills and knowledge
- Work reception once every other month*
*we are not joking. at method, everyone in San Francisco takes a spin as receptionist. costumes welcome.
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned leader with deep cost, inventory, and manufacturing experience. They should be passionate about solving complex problems, partnering cross functionally, and motivating their team to deliver results. Ideally, they will have broad knowledge across all dimensions of manufacturing and deep capabilities helping businesses find and drive cost improvement opportunities. We're looking for someone who's flexible, nimble, doesn't have an ego and is ok with getting down and dirty … a positive outlook and sense of humor will serve you well.
QUALIFICATIONS + EXPERIENCE
- BA in accounting, MBA a plus
- 7-10 years accounting experience in a manufacturing or consumer product company
- Strong knowledge base in inventory and cost accounting
- 2-3 years (minimum) cost accounting experience
- FP&A experience in manufacturing or logistics related projects
- Must have experience as a member of a team or a leader implementing internal control and process improvements
- Experience working in a fully-integrated MRP/ERP/GL system within a manufacturing company; SAP experience preferred
- Professional and positive communication skills; ability to clearly explain accounting concepts to non-accounting people
- Demonstrated ability to work and lead cross-functionally
- Need to be REALLY good at the basics, but you also need to be willing to speak up and lead change
- Experience in companies that are growing quickly and facing scaling challenges a plus
LOCATION: San Francisco
HOURS: full time, exempt (salaried)
REPORTS TO: VP of Finance, North America
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