Job Info
Job Title: Controller of Cost Accounting
Location: Heber, CA
Job Number: 11275
Posted Date: 4/21/2020
Job description

Location: Heber, CA

Job Type: Full-Time/Year Round

Position Type: Salaried

Schedule: Varies

Travel: Ability to travel 25% to 35% of the time

Position Summary:

The Scaroni Family of Companies is seeking a self directed, experienced Cost Accounting Controller to undertake all aspects of cost accounting, financial reporting, budget and job costing preparation, as well as development and oversight of internal control policies and procedures.

Oversee the month-end financial close of all job costing and reporting process; financial planning and analysis, budget comparisons, etc. Reconciling various reports and financial data, journal entries, and accounting staff supervision.

Requires thorough knowledge of cost accounting procedures in the agriculture industry including but not limited to growing, harvesting, cooling, & transporting; Extensive Excel and General Ledger systems knowledge; FAMOUS software knowledge a plus; ability to perform in a fast paced high pressure environment, and manage long-distance functions and personnel; direct work of accounting staff to successfully meet financial deadlines; strong verbal and written communication skills. Bilingual preferred but not required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage cost accounting department for a premier Agriculture company; develop policies, procedures and controls to ensure the integrity of the financial results including the planning, budgeting and reporting of operations.
  • Supervise cost accounting, including financial planning and analysis, cost and grower accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. This individual will be responsible to ensure that all policies, controls, and process improvement activities are successfully completed to support operational requirements.
  • Partner with operations, to ensure accurate and effective inventory control and cost accounting processes, systems and procedures. The Cost Controller should have an operations focus, tailoring financial reporting to support decision making. Financial information and reports should be relevant and timely.
  • Provide weekly accurate job cost reports and compare to budgeted amounts analyzing and reporting any variances.
  • Provide analytical and well documented reports for management team on weekly/monthly and end of season basis.
  • Participate in the development of and support the company’s strategic plans.
  • Present job cost information in “dashboard” format to Owners and Managers.
  • Maintain cost accounting staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.
  • Maintain cost accounting staff job results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Protect operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential.
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Substantial accounting and 5+ years in direct cost accounting.
  • Proven track record of increased responsibility in a cost accounting department.
  • Energetic, knowledgeable, and respectful management style.
  • Strong organizational development skills.
  • Solid understanding of cost accounting, margin analysis and the ability to develop a system of management cost reports.
  • Knowledge and expertise in FAMOUS (Payroll & Accounting software)
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize responsibilities, meet deadlines and work well under pressure.
  • Proficiency in the English language, verbal and written and ability to communicate with team members and inter-company personnel.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, electronic mail, FAMOUS, Google Apps, Smartsheet, Evernote and other word and spreadsheet programs.
  • Proficiency in the English language, verbal and written, and ability to communicate with team members and inter company personnel in Spanish.
  • Knowledge and proficiency of Word, Excel, electronic mail, FAMOUS, and Google Docs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to set priorities, coordinate multiple tasks and organize tasks.
  • Ability to exercise independent professional judgment.
  • This role will require travel to the company's areas of operations up to and including overnight travel as needed (travel 25% to 35% of the time ).

Education Requirements:

  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Proven working experience as a Cost Controller.
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting principles and procedures.
  • Experience with creating job costing spreadsheets
  • Experience with general ledger functions and the month-end/year end close process.
  • Excellent accounting software user and administration skills
  • Field of Study: Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or equivalent is required
  • Experience: 5+ years of overall combined cost accounting and finance experience.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. The role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Job Type: Full-time

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