Thursday, April 19, 2018

WineTalent Classifieds: Financial Controller in St. Helena, CA

WineTalent is working with our client, Long Meadow Ranch, on an exciting opportunity to join the finance team as a Financial Controller.

Long Meadow Ranch is a family owned and operated producer and purveyor of world-class wine and food that is economically successful and socially responsible using diversified, sustainable, and organic farming methods. We produce award-winning wines, handcrafted extra virgin olive oils, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables.

Long Meadow Ranch has a unique opportunity for a Financial Controller to join our administration to provide quality customer service to our ranch and winery management team, our business partners, our customers and our vendors. Reporting to the VP of Finance, the Financial Controller will be responsible for review and forecasting of cash flow, implementation and monitoring of policies and procedures, recommendations for continuous improvement, and general accounting functions for Long Meadow Ranch Partners, L.P. and LMR Wine Estates LLC in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This position requires ethical conduct and thoroughness, along with critical thinking, attention to detail and time management.


Implement, maintain, and follow a comprehensive set of policies and procedures, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
Prepare journal entries and perform reconciliations in support of monthly and year-end close
Manage daily accounting tasks including: accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, bank reconciliations, and daily banking tasks
Supervise farm production periodic inventory counts and maintain perpetual inventory system for non-financial inventory reporting (tons/lbs./etc.)
Assist with the budget/re-forecasting and cash forecasting processes
Approve and monitor billing activity as processed by the Accounts Payable Specialist, ensuring accuracy of accounts payable coding by departmental managers
Ensure accuracy and completeness of LMR Wine Estates LLC direct-to-consumer sales in financial accounting software, reconciling monthly
Record royalty revenue and other intercompany accounting transactions as deemed necessary
Monitor, track and report on all required external compliance, including organic certifications, water system compliance, etc.
Participate as a team member on key business initiatives, including cost accounting, workflow management, and customer correspondence protocol
Evaluate, recommend and implement policies, procedures and systems related to company efficiency, productivity and internal controls
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Perform other duties as assigned

Education, Experience and Requirements

Minimum of 5 years of experience in accounting and finance
Wine, consumer beverage product or manufacturing accounting experience, a plus
Farming and livestock specific accounting experience, a plus
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or related discipline
In-depth knowledge of accounting software, QuickBooks experience a plus
Experience with ecommerce and POS systems, WineDirect preferred
Proficient in MS Office including PowerPoint with advanced MS Excel skills
Sharp attention to detail with good oral and written communication skills
Able to work in a team environment as well as operate independently
Able to lift 40+ lbs.
Valid driver’s license and maintain a safe driving record
A pre-employment background check is required
Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, salaried position.
Competitive compensation depending on experience plus benefits including medical/dental insurance, paid vacation and 401(k).

All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential
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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Great Article about the Future of Automation: Are Robots Coming to the Workplace

Will automation kill or create jobs?  John Hawthorne reached out to me after seeing some of my posts about automation taking over jobs.  He recently wrote this informative article for IQS Directory, a Manufacturing Industry Website.  If you want some insight into what robots are doing and how you can prepare for your career, take a look at this article: