Controller at CSS Farms LLC

Posted in Management 20 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Kearney, Nebraska

Job Description:

Position Summary

The Controller is responsible for managing the general accounting activities of the business, and compiling and analyzing data to provide management with accurate financial analysis which will be utilized in decision making and performance monitoring.  This position plays a key role in the establishment of and adherence to accounting policies and procedures as well as analytic support for financial reporting. 

Company Overview

With operations in 11 states, CSS Farms is one of the largest growers of chip potatoes, seed potatoes, and specialty potatoes in North America.                    Founded:  1986                                Location:  Kearney, NE

Type:  Privately held company                    Industry:  Agriculture                      Size:  300+ employees

Mission Statement:  Growing Great Together.


The position reports to the Chief Financial Officer to effectively maintain and control the general ledger accounts and business transactions of the organization, applying the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) that includes analytical work and thorough review of financial records. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

The essential duties include managing the accounting activities of the business, assisting management with development of tools and reports, process documentation and ad-hoc analysis. Provide objective insights, timely reporting, effective analysis and overall finance support to ensure productive management reviews, financially based decisions and proactive responses to identify and mitigate risk.

  • Lead the preparation of monthly, quarterly and year-end financial reports including analysis and evaluation of the data

  • Manage the month-end close process, and ensure timely execution of month-end close

  • Recommend and administer implementation of changes to accounting procedures and reports in an ongoing effort to continuously improve the quality of information and services provided

  • Evaluate financial implications of specific business decisions/opportunities and advise management accordingly to ensure achievement of targeted financial performance

  • Provide analytical support on cross-functional projects as requested

  • Gather, compile, analyze, prepare and summarize data for complex financial projects/subjects such as planning, formulating and conducting financial studies to define performance plans for short and long-range business goals

  • Evaluate financial implications of specific business decisions/opportunities and advise management accordingly to ensure targeted financial performance achievement

  • Exercise judgment to determine appropriate course of action and prepare business recommendation based on sound financial analysis

  • Manage the financial planning, budgeting and forecasting processes

  • Compile data to determine insightful analysis that anticipates change and drives decision making

  • Provide effective and timely financial information, thoughtful business insights/analytics and business performance evaluations to ensure that business leaders are effective in creating and executing the business segment’s strategy and operating plan

  • Provide concise and effective communication of financial results in a timely manner

  • Maintain well-organized and efficient departmental files to provide easy accessibility to pertinent information

  • Lead preparation of GAAP internal financial statements by gathering and analyzing information from the general ledger system and from departments

  • Review and/or prepare general ledger entries and review and/or prepare account reconciliations by maintaining accurate records and files

  • Manage year-end audit requested data and provide any interface as needed

  • Review and/or prepare various tax and corporate reports on a timely basis, as needed

  • Lead corporate tax efforts with external tax firms

  • Research GAAP related issues and make recommendations, as needed

  • Manage the businesses’ insurance program

  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required

  • At least 7 years cumulative relevant experience (accounting operations and/or audit)

  • Strong financial acumen with demonstrated analytical ability accompanied by knowledge of GAAP and corporate finance principles – understanding of P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow dynamics

  • Ability to accumulate, organize and manipulate quantitative data to identify and explain trends, problems and their causes. Compare, contrast and combine information to determine underlying issues.

  • Demonstrate a proficient level of professional skill and/or knowledge in accounting and keep current developments and trends. Knowledge and ability to use applicable information technology and systems to meet work needs

  • Proficient skill with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Word)

  • Demonstrate initiative and independence of action in performing the responsibilities of the position to identify and implement solutions with team input

  • Ability to present information in a competent, efficient manner in dealing with the various levels of company personnel

  • Must be able to manage many projects simultaneously and prioritize workload appropriately using strong organizational skills with excellent attention to detail and accuracy

  • Ability to adapt quickly to new systems and a changing business environment

  • Ability to maintain confidential information

  • Demonstrated strong work-ethic, outstanding leadership ability and exceptional interpersonal skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to clearly communicate issues to all levels of Management

  • Candidates must be eligible to work unrestricted in the U.S. without company sponsorship

  • Ability to comprehend, read, write and communicate proficiently in English and interact with all levels of the organization

Preferred Position Qualifications

  • CPA certification strongly preferred.

  • CMA Certification and/or advanced degree strongly preferred.

  • 7+ years’ experience in an agricultural farming/packing environment

Work Authorization

  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.


  • Market competitive salary

  • Healthcare, Dental and Vision coverage as outlined in the company benefits overview.

  • Flex spending account for out-of-pocket medical expenses.

  • 401(k) plan options.

  • Short Term Disability Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, and Life Insurance.

  • A paid time off package.

AAP/EEO Statement

CSS Farms is an EOE.

CSS Farms expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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