Berry People LLC

Job Info
  1. Job Title: Controller
  2. Location: Hollister, CA
  3. Number: 10722
  4. Post Date: 4/15/2019
Job description

About Berry People: 

Berry People is a year-round, full-line shipper of organic and conventional berries and avocados, and owner of the Berry People® and Avo People® brands.  Headquartered in Hollister, California, the company’s ownership and key alliance partners hold important production assets in California, Mexico, Chile, and Peru.  All product is graded and allocated by pallet, and all growers are fully compliant with USDA and FDA regulations on Food Safety and organic practices.  Berry People operates with a strong company ethos along its entire supply chain that emphasizes complementarity, stewardship, and empathy. 


We have a new opportunity for a qualified, talented, and motivated individual to lead our accounting team.  As part of the Senior Leadership Team, the Corporate Controller will build upon the Company’s initial administrative foundation, establishing a platform for substantial projected growth.  They will oversee all accounting functions and personnel, and will be responsible for financial reporting, audit facilitation, transaction system/accounting integrity, fully establishing US GAAP practices and procedures, internal controls and risk management, strategic planning, period-end financial closing, as well as budgeting, rolling financial forecasts, and KPI reporting.  As part of a young and fast-growing company, the Corporate Controller will also have the hands-on experience and “grit” to “do the work” while developing their accounting team.  


  • Oversee all accounting functions including AR, AP, GL, Cost & Inventory Accounting, & Revenue Recognition
  • Develop, manage, and lead the accounting team
  • Implement & maintain US GAAP practices and procedures
  • Establish Internal Controls
  • Establish Policies, Procedures, & Work-Flow Systems
  • Budgeting & Financial Forecasting
  • Chart of Accounts Maintenance & Control
  • Research & Resolution of Accounting Issues
  • Compilation, Analysis, and Presentation of Financial Statements
  • Define, Calculate, and Report on Operational & Financial Key Performance Indicators
  • Review Reports for Variances, Trends, & Financial Position
  • Facilitate Internal & External Audits
  • Statutory Audits
  • Regulatory Reporting
  • Advise Company on Technical Accounting Issues and Compliance
  • Monthly, Quarterly, and Year-End Close Management
  • Provide Accounting/Financial Insight on Company Strategic Plans
  • Risk Management
  • Establish & Manage Company Filing & Record Keeping (Virtual & Physical)
  • Management of Bank Accounts, Credit Lines, & Loan Payments
  • Integration, Automation, and Integrity of Accounting and Transaction Software Systems & Processes
  • Tax Compliance (Domestic & International)
  • Oversee Journal Entries (Standard, Recurring, & Adjusting)
  • Oversee Bank Reconciliations, Grower Accounting, Trade Assessments, Grower Financing, Grower Expense Recoveries, Lot Liquidations, Payroll, Employee Reimbursements, Insurance, Licensing, Permits, and Certification Payments

Skills & Abilities:

  • Expert level Excel for Accounting and Financial Modeling
  • Strong Technical Accounting
  • Strong Mathematical Ability
  • Full Spanish-English Biliteracy Required
  • Strong Reasoning/Problem Solving Ability
  • Data Interpretation & Trend Recognition
  • Extensive Transaction/Accounting Systems Experience
  • Ability to Focus Amidst Multiple Shifting Priorities
  • Outstanding Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Strong Presentation Skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels, from Members to Junior Staffers


  • Impeccable Integrity
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Confidence, Patience, and Humility
  • Self-Starter
  • Multi-Tasker and Agile Prioritizer
  • Rigorous Detail
  • Discrete in Managing Confidential/Sensitive Company Information
  • Analytical and Passionate About their Work
  • Personable and Multi-Cultural

Experience & Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required
  • Deep Knowledge of US GAAP Required
  • Current CPA License Required
  • Big 4 Experience Required
  • Foreign Currency Accounting
  • LLC Capital Accounts Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Audit/Assurance
  • Fresh Produce/Perishables Industry
  • Growth Company Experience
  • Min 10 Years Accounting, 5 Years People Management
  • Hands-on (ground-up) experience in all areas of accounting

Working Relationships:

  • Reports to President/CEO as part of the Senior Leadership Team
  • External party interaction with Growers, Buyers, Material & Service Providers, Regulatory Bodies, Trade Associations, Auditing Firms, Attorneys, etc.
  • Internal Interaction with Management, Members, Sales & Accounting Teams, Operations & Logistics Teams, and Quality Assurance and Compliance Teams

Job Type:  Full-Time

Location:  Hollister, CA

Compensation & Benefits:   Competitive fixed and variable compensation as well as premium health, dental, & vision package.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

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