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Refresco Director, Operations Finance in Tampa, Florida


The Director, Operations Finance, provides comprehensive financial leadership to the Refresco North America Plant Controller and Inventory Control team for assigned manufacturing region(s) of responsibility. This role is a key to ensuring the Plant Finance team maintains integrity and accuracy of the company’s manufacturing operations financial results and safeguarding company assets. The Director, Operations Finance is a key member of the Operations Finance leadership team and supports the Plant Controller team in all aspects of manufacturing finance reporting and metrics, budgeting and forecasting, capital expenditure approvals as well as providing timely and comprehensive financial leadership to the Senior Directors, Operations responsible for the assigned manufacturing regions. The role is responsible for developing and managing direct reports and supporting development of indirect reports and works closely with the North American Business Unit Finance Team, Supply Chain, Quality, Procurement and Engineering functions. This position is the lead on critical systems and reporting related projects as assigned - projects may be to directly support plant reporting, operations improvements or company required.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Ensure accurate and timely financial reporting, forecasting and budgeting for manufacturing sites

  • Balance sheet reconciliation approval and oversight

  • Manufacturing Capital investment review and approval

  • Ensure manufacturing site compliance with internal controls and corporate policies

  • Completion of internal and external audit requirements for manufacturing sites

  • Support continuous operational and financial results improvement with focus on cost savings and operational processes to drive manufacturing site EBITDA improvement

  • Integrate new manufacturing operations into reporting, budgeting, forecasting and controls/compliance

  • Manage and develop direct reports and support development for indirect reports

  • Operations Finance lead or/and support for manufacturing-related systems and reporting improvement projects

Specific Accountabilities:

Financial Reporting and Controls/Compliance:

  • Overall responsibility for accurate and timely manufacturing site operations financial results and reporting in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and compliance with company processes/procedures and statutory regulations. Achieved by working closely with the Plant Management, across all Finance & Accounting functions, Quality, Supply Chain Inventory Management and Procurement teams.

  • Provide financial guidance and support to Plant Management with proactive communication of accounting/reporting issues and recommendations.

  • Provide guidance and cost analysis input to Plant Management for key business alternatives and decisions that enable effective and efficient operations and delivery of cost savings.

  • Provide guidance to Plant Management in the origination of capital expenditure requests. Prepare/review financial support for the capex requests ensuring compliance to Refresco policy and robust accurate projections of costs and savings generated by the project.

  • Ensure compliance with key control procedures and corporate policies and procedures at the local level plant management team to ensure the overall financial integrity of the plant financial information and safeguarding of assets.

  • Support and manage required weekly/monthly targeted manufacturing reporting as required (manufacturing cost targets, EBITDA forecasts, customer and company waste and scrap, inventory working capital impacts).

  • Maintain open communication with peers to foster a consistent approach in the financial management of the local operating units.

  • Provide support for external and internal audits at the operating facilities. Complete other ad-hoc reporting requests.


  • Manage the weekly/monthly/quarterly flash forecast process with the Plant Management team to deliver accurate forecasted results. Appropriate identification of risks and opportunities.

  • Lead the development of the Annual Operating Plan for the manufacturing sites

Business Analysis Support:

  • Collaborate with the Plant Management Team to identify and recommend process improvements that will deliver financial benefits or mitigate financial risks. Analyze financial data to facilitate decision making process at the plant management level.

Staff Management/People Development:

  • Manage up to 2 to 4 direct reports with responsibility for up to 12 North America Operations Finance personnel located in US and Canada and whose primary responsibilities are operations reporting and forecasting, safeguarding operations assets and supporting capital investment activities within operations.

  • Responsible for the personal development of the team members to ensure success in current roles and be considered potential candidates for future growth opportunities.

  • Continuously manage the team and team priorities to ensure prioritization and delivery of objectives while supporting the changing needs of the business and operations business


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting required. Seven to twelve (7- 12) years related work experience in plant manufacturing operations or industrial environment. Food and Beverage related manufacturing experience is a plus. Five to eight (5 – 8) years staff management and leadership. Remote team leadership preferred.

  • CMA/CPA or equivalent designation.

  • Experience working in an SAP environment.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Proven strong team leadership and people development experience. Experience with managing remote teams

  • Excellent time management skills. Experienced in multi-tasking with changing priorities with ability to work in an organized, detailed manner under limited time frames & tight deadlines.

  • Strong financial analysis (identifies information needed to prepare and validate analyses; interprets and draws conclusions from financial information; extracts meaning from data by recognizing trends and patterns).

  • Strong team player with a high level of accountability and ability to work across multiple functions

  • Proven strategic problem solving skills with ability to analyze and solve problems on a timely basis

  • Results oriented with a sense of urgency and the ability to work under deadline pressures.

  • Experience in adapting to change with proven ability to operate and consistently deliver in a changing environment

  • Self-starter with strong initiative and accountability with ability to work independently.

  • Strives for high performance and uses technical skills effectively with a demonstrated emphasis to detail and accuracy.

  • IT Literate (Microsoft Office) and ability to learn other software applications

  • Knowledge of financial accounting systems & ERP System experience (SAP preferred), controls and compliance procedures and industry practices.

  • Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills with the ability explain results, document processes and convey ideas.

  • Strong Business Ethics Commitment.

  • US GAAP/IFRS knowledge

Work Environment Demands:

  • Physical - Continuously standing or walking. Regular requirements to lift/handle/carry material or equipment of moderate weight.

  • Visual/Sensory - This position requires the regular need to give moderate attention with one or two senses at a time.

  • Work environment - Work and environment are very repetitive.

  • Mental Stress - There is pronounced pressure from deadlines, production quotas, accuracy or similar demands.

Refresco is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, national origin, color, religion, age, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.