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Champion Pet Foods Operations Controller in Acheson, Alberta


Changing the World, One Kibble at a Time

Champion Petfoods is expanding! We are excited to announce we are looking for an Operations Controller to join our rapidly growing company.

Champion Petfoods is an award-winning pet food crafter with a reputation of trust spanning 35+ years. From our humble beginnings, founded in a small town in Alberta, Canada, Champion – with its ORIJEN® and ACANA® brands – is a key player in the global premium pet food industry. Our purpose, To Earn Pet Lover Trust Every Day so Pets Thrive for a Lifetime , provides the foundation for our highest aspirations as a company. Being a partner to the communities that surround us – and the environment that sustains us – are top priorities.

We would love to hear from you if you are passionate about personal and professional growth and see yourself as a key player contributing to our continued success as an award-winning company.

Here’s the scoop - Summary

The Operations Controller will lead and report on financial activities for Champion Petfoods Operations facilities and distribution center. The Operations Controller is a key business partner to the site leadership and related internal departments to Champion Petfoods. This position is responsible for providing analytical and strategic support to Champion Petfoods Operations Management, Finance leaders, and sites functions, as well as implementation of agreed-to programs and plans aligned with Champion’s vision and values. The Operations Controller will also be responsible for working with internal departments to Champion cost control initiatives that will strengthen internal controls at the site.

The Operations Controller works out of our Acheson operations facility office and reports to the VP, Commercial and Supply Chain Finance.

What a typical day looks like:

  • Plan, study and collect data to determine costs of actual business activity such as raw material purchases, inventory, by- products, waste, labor and overhead at the kitchens.

  • Develop standard costs, update and create new bill of materials and routing within ERP system, complete with appropriate and timely reporting of PPV's, Kitchens/Machine efficiencies and waste reporting etc.

  • Financial analysis and forecasting to provide the leadership team and site management proactive information, guidance, and tools.

  • Make recommendations based on results from analysis of the operational scorecard, performance reporting, and site KPIs, and provide direct actions to achieve strategic goals through operational trends. Create dashboard and tracking tools to report KPI’s.

  • Create the site AEP (Annual Execution Plan) and quarterly forecasts. Create budget presentations, present to ELT the volume impact to budget.

  • Conduct reporting weekly, by period, and yearly, and conduct related closing activities, such as performing variance analysis, assessing and reporting KPIs, cost analysis for materials and inventory, and operating expense analysis.

  • Work with site leadership to ensure capital policy is followed, quotes are validated and complete.

  • Recommend financial policies in conjunction with the goals and objectives of the company and ensure internal controls are in place.

  • Manage period-end activities, variance analysis and monthly reconciliations including reconciling monthly inventories both at kitchen and 3rd party warehouses.

  • Prepare and manage the location financial budget and forecasts as required by corporate.

  • Utility variance analysis and forecast.

  • Assessment of continuous improvement with projects and processes, measure and report progress toward planned objectives.

  • Review general ledger accounts to ensure consistency, accuracy, and adherence to GAAP.

  • Kitchen Obsolescence reporting, analysis and contribute to improving obsolescence results at Supply Chain Material Review meetings.

  • Lead the site component of year end external audit.

  • Management and goal / review process completion for your departmental staff.

  • Perform other related functions as required.

What are we looking for?

  • University Degree in Finance/Business (CGA/CMA/CA/CPA preferred with manufacturing experience).

  • Minimum 7+ years of professional experience in accounting and cost control in a food manufacturing environment.

  • Proficient in inventory costing methodology, components of raw materials (treatment by products, freight, taxes, duties), direct labor and overhead pools.

  • Current knowledge of accepted accounting standards, practices, tax laws, and reporting requirements.

  • Computer literacy, including strong skills in MS Office, Excel, Great Plains, and ERP with ability to quickly adapt to, or to learn, new software.

  • High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis, and/or reasoning to identify underlying principles, reasons or facts.

  • Strong organizational abilities, including planning, prioritization, and execution skills.

  • Solid time management skills and ability to work well under pressure and to meet set deadlines.

  • Good judgment and decision-making abilities, including strong problem identification and problem resolution skills.

  • Self-directed, with ability to work successfully both independently and as a team member and team leader.

  • Strong leadership skills and high energy level for team success in a small team environment.

  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, and good interpersonal skills, with ability to develop and maintain successful working relationships with diverse individuals or groups.

  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken.

  • Work environment is in a pet food production facility office, with exposure to noise, odors, machinery, etc.

  • Travel and/or extended hours of work may be required.

  • Overtime as required.

What can you expect from Champion?

  • Safety: a strong commitment to ensure all people are provided with a safe, healthy and respectful environment.

  • Earnings: Competitive Wages that give financial peace of mind, RRSP with Company, and donation matching.

  • Industry Competitive Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision and Employee Assistance Programs to meet your individual or family needs.

  • Continuing Education: In House & Online Learning & Development, as well as an Education Assistance Program.

  • Quality: a dedication to uphold the highest standards of authenticity, nutritional integrity, and food safety, to earn the trust of Pet Lovers everywhere.

  • Other Perks: Free Bag of Premium Pet Food each month, Free Parking and more!

What are you waiting for? Join the pack!

Come as you are.

We value diversity in all forms and know the power it can bring. Workplace equality allows for creative ideas to bloom, diverse points of views to be heard, and increases overall happiness. That sounds pretty good to us.

Champion is an equal opportunity employer. Regardless of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, veteran status, or any other creed, you are wanted here.