Christensen Farms
  • Administration-NPL
  • Sleepy Eye, MN, USA
  • Competitive salary and great benefits
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health, dental, life insurance, short & long term disability, employee assistance program, flexible spending account, 401K, and vacation


Christensen Farms is one of the largest, family-owned pork producers in the United States, marketing approximately 3 million hogs per year. Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, the company operates throughout the Midwest with facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota. Christensen Farms owns four feed mills, manages 145,000 sows on 44 farms, and oversees more than 350 nurseries and grow-finish sites. The company employees nearly 1,000 people and maintains 1,500 contract partnerships.

The company is vertically integrated with a strong presence across the pork value chain from farm to fork. Christensen Farms is the largest shareholder of Triumph Foods LLC, a producer-owned primary pork processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. In turn, Triumph Food members own 50 percent of Daily's Premium Meats, a specialty pork processor bacon and other premium pork products. Triumph Foods also holds a 50 percent partnership in Seaboard Triumph Foods, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa, a primary pork processing plant.

 

Position Overview & Responsibilities:

The position of Finance Leader will direct and coordinate all day to day activities of the analysts department, business planning and projections and the integration of technology reporting and benchmarking tools into the organization. This position will also support but will not be primarily responsible for the company's corporate development and commodity risk management programs.

Responsibilities and duties include reporting on both financial and operational trends; along with budgets, forecasts, monthly financial management reports, ad hoc analysis and special projects as assigned by the leader.  This position ensures a timely accounting close, prepares board reporting packages, preps the executive team and answers strategic questions.

 

Major Areas of Accountability: 

  • Manage and oversee the development of monthly forecast and the annual business planning process.
    • Support the development of key performance indicators with individual business units; along with recommendations for the measurement and reporting of these KPI's.
    • Build and lead processes to engage all levels of the organization to contribute effectively to developing accurate forecasts.
    • Coordinate with each department head in understanding key assumptions, cost reduction opportunities, capital requirements, etc.
  • Identify production performance opportunities as well as cost reduction and/or revenue enhancement and provides actionable options/alternatives to management
  • Performs due diligence on acquisitions
  • Create and maintain standardized management reports, including weekly KPI report to be used by all departments for analysis and decision making.
  • Use Agri-Stats and other comparative data to provide financial metric information and analysis as well as make recommendations for operational changes to help drive the organization to achieve targeted results and profitability.
  • Present business unit financial results and key organizational metrics to senior management in a clear and concise manner, calling attention to material variances to budget/forecast.
  • Support all aspects of financial planning, organizational performance review and management reporting; to include annual budgeting, monthly forecasting and reporting.
  • Collaborate with finance, accounting and business unit leaders to ensure accuracy of financial results.
  • Proactively develop methods and procedures to gather, validate, track and maintain data.
  • Develop and maintain financial planning models which incorporate relevant business drivers.
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis on variances, trends, risks and opportunities, key business drivers and sensitivity of operations to current market conditions.
  • Represent the organization at external industry events; to both present and gather information to report on emerging trends.
  • Performs root cause analysis to identify and distinguish between operational/financial symptoms and business problems. Determine user requests from the underlying true needs.
  • Prepare fact-based analysis and management reports which foster a deeper understanding of industry trends and best practices within the organization.
  • Conducts Ad Hoc analysis to analyze complex financial actions and prepares analysis and conclusions with reports.
  • Train other departments to utilize analysis tools at an appropriate level for them to effectively and efficiently perform their jobs.

Education, Training and Experience Requirements:

  • Accounting, Finance, along with Agri-business or business management with seven + years post graduate experience
  • Financial Management experience preferred
  • Agri-business or peripheral industry background preferred
  • Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience in database querying skills, ERP experience preferred
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations
  • Ability to produce reports and business correspondence
  • Highly intelligent with excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Results focused individual that thrives on organizational progress
  • Ability to produce results in a fast paced environment
  • Must have a bias toward action; be highly motivated
  • Ability to adapt to change of responsibilities and additional duties demanded by the business environment
  • Must possess a high degree of business acumen; along with a strong focus on low cost while maintaining quality
  • Must possess strong negotiating skills and strong presentation skills
  • Ability to clearly communicate information and respond to questions from business leaders, managers, producers and subject matter experts
  • Must maintain flexibility regarding tasks undertaken and have the ability to prioritize tasks to meet exacting deadlines
  • Must have a highly team oriented approach

 

 

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