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Sr. Analyst, Finance-Bakery 1


West Columbia, SC, US, 29172

Shift Type:  Accounting & Finance

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 13 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



Key Accountabilities

This position is responsible for supporting the Supply Chain Finance activities at a bakery. A close working relationship with the Bakery Management team and in particular, the Bakery Controller, must be maintained in order to provide financial analysis and business insight on a daily basis.


  • Support the Bakery Controller in a multitude of areas including but not limited to: 1) process order reporting; 2) inventory management; 3) process/continuous improvement; 4) cost control and containment (including involvement in variance analysis); 5) project tracking/management; 6) ad-hoc analysis to support the Bakery Controller’s role.
  • Promotes a strong internal control environment within the bakery.  Identifies possible weaknesses and develop (in conjunction with Bakery Controller) systems/processes to close any gaps in conjunction with the financial policies of the company and IFRS.
  • Identify opportunities for improving the efficiency and/or effectiveness of bakery operations, with the ultimate goal of increasing bakery profitability.
  • Assist with month end, reporting and internal and external audits.
  • Participate in the Capital Expense Requests process as required.  Monitor project progress and ensure that closing notices are prepared and processed in a timely manner.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget and periodic forecasts.   
  • Support the bakery asset disposals and transfers process. Perform fixed asset inventories as directed.
  • Complete special projects as assigned.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships and two-way communication with peers and other personnel throughout the company.


Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of related finance experience in a Manufacturing environment and/or training (Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in Accounting or Finance); or equivalent combination of education and experience.  CPA (or candidate) preferred.
  • Strong SAP and Microsoft Excel skills, knowledge of Microsoft Powerpoint and Outlook email software
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced culture; must be able to re-prioritize tasks on short notice and adapt to a dynamic work atmosphere.
  • Strong understanding of standard costing methods and concepts
  • Good people and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly understand complex business issues and develop and communicate sound analyses with moderate direction
  • Team orientation with ability to work well across all levels of the organization
  • Ability to analyze performance trends across multiple periods of time, including price-volume-mix analyses.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Maintain a focus on proactive and consistent process improvement.  Be a self-starter that is dependable and requires minimal supervision.






Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.