Manager, Accounting & Reporting


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role: 


Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BC’s Values and of course loving chocolate.


The individual will be responsible for reconciling account balances, maintaining general ledger, preparing month-end close adjustments and compiling financial statements. This role requires excellent analytical skills with a thorough knowledge of accounting principles to analyze financial reports.

The ideal candidate will be able to work effectively across functions, possess excellent communication skills and collaborate with team members in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines. A successful candidate will be a self-starter, results-oriented and adaptable with the ability to take on added responsibilities within the accounting organization as the company continues to grow. 

Key responsibilities include: 


●    Execute and review day-to-day accounting and month-end closing activities related to cost of goods sold, inventory, accruals, etc. Understand variances in these areas and maintain accurate accounting records. 
●    Manage standard prices updates, finished goods costing and inventory valuation
●    Analyze fluctuations in inventory and expenses related the price difference, scrap, production order variance and be able to explain drivers of material usage variance (MUV)
●    Reconcile intercompany transactions with related parties across the Group
●    Prepare and submit financial statements and ensure accuracy of the financial reporting
●    Liaise with the external and internal auditors during the financial statements and other audits
●    Manage the internal controls over financial reporting
●    Identify, plan and implement key projects to improve quality and increase efficiencies
●    Work closely with other departments of the organization to ensure transactions reflect economic reality. Other departments this role will interact with are FP&A, Finance Business Partners, Treasury, Tax, Credit, AP, HR, etc
●    Lead ad hoc projects as necessary, including the multi-year Finance Transformation Project and implementation of new IFRS standards

About you: 


●    Bachelor or Master Degree in Accounting or similar 

●    6+ years of experience in accounting, financial reporting, month end close; public accounting background a plus 
●    SAP experience is strongly preferred (if not, significant ability to pick up on systems quickly) 
●    Strong excel skills 
●    Experience in a manufacturing organization in Finance or Accounting roles for multinational companies, preferably B2B/food industry 

What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

●    Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
●    12 paid holidays, generous PTO, plus your birthday off
●    Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility 
●    An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
●    Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
●    Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products.  


At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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