• Stores Business Unit Controller

    Work Location US-MI-WYOMING
    Job ID
    1300 GEZON PKWY SW
    Job Category
    Nearest Metro Area
    MI-Grand Rapids
  • This senior leadership role brings financial insight and decision support to the Gordon Food Service retail business division.  As a partner to the Business Unit President and his leadership team, you’ll be directly involved in the development of business goals and objectives, measurement of business performance, and identification of financial and operational opportunities.  



    Prof - 2 women



    Finance & Accounting

    We rely on financial data to make decisions on all aspects of our business.  Helping our stakeholders make better business decisions through accurate, solid financial data and value-added analysis is as important in our privately-held, family run company as it is in a publicly traded company.  

    Let your love for numbers, analytics, communication, and organization skills flourish as you become an integral part of our organization.


    This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and takes frequent direction from both the CFO and the Retail Store Business Unit President. With primary responsibility for the Gordon Food Service Store Business Unit, you’ll also collaborate with other financial teams and the North American Shared Services group to ensure meet the needs of the business and also comply with the financial policies and guidelines of
    the organization.


    Among your responsibilities:



    • Contributes business insight  in the development of overall strategic direction of Gordon Food Service Store, including analysis of business, economic, and competitor trends and market dynamics
    • Assists in the development of specific business strategies and objectives
    • Creates accountability through the creation, development, and measurement of key performance indicators


    • Oversees annual budgeting, forecasting, capital spending and long-range planning for the division
    • Monitors budget, including analysis of variances and action planning for productivity improvements


    Accounting & Controls

    • Manages ongoing financial reporting and ensures integrity of all business unit financial reports
    • Provides support to the technology leader as to appropriate needs and priorities of technology solutions for the business
    • Collaborates with GFS Credit department to ensure compliance with policies and procedures
    • Safeguards Store assets through robust inventory control procedures and oversight of the Stores Asset Protection team


    People Leadership

    • Hires, trains, motivates, develops and serves as a resource to team of financial professionals
    • Serves as a liaison for all centralized and business unit accounting functions and ensures compliance with all company and business unit policies and procedures



    Does this look like you?

    • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s preferred
    • CPA certification preferred
    • Minimum of 8 years CFO/Controller type experience in a corporate or public accounting environment.
    • 3 years of previous management experience
    • Professional knowledge of the retail industry required
    • Must have knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and ability to interpret financial information
    • Strong math aptitude and ability to analyze and interpret a variety of data and business performance relationships
    • Knowledge of strategic planning, resource allocation, human resource modeling, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources
    • Broad business acumen that includes principles and processes related to customer service, marketing strategy, and sales techniques
    • Familiarity with technology used in financial analysis -- Google Apps/MS Office, plus finance and budget related software

    Be part of an amazing culture where what matters to you, matters to us!


    Gordon Food Service values our customers and understands that their success is largely dependent upon their workforce.  To demonstrate our commitment to our partnership, we will require any candidate who works for a Gordon Food Service customer to provide a letter of support from their management if they are selected for the interview process.  



    We take care of each other at Gordon Food Service.  Employees love our competitive benefit plans, which include all the things you would expect and a few that you might not! 
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    Gordon Food Service is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants and employees will receive consideration for employment, or in terms or conditions of employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.   The EEO is the Law poster is available here: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf

    If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, please submit your request to talent@gfs.com and use the words “Accommodation Request” in your subject line. Please keep in mind this method is reserved for individuals who require accommodation due to a disability.

    All Gordon Food Service locations are tobacco-free.

    Gordon Food Service is a drug-free workplace and drug tests all employees.  


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