• Cost Accounting Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-Bakersfield
    Job ID 2018-1067
    # of Openings
  • Overview


    We're Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the plant-powered food and beverage company of the future. Our mission is to innovate delicious plant-powered foods for mindful nourishment. We're led by beverage visionary Greg Steltenpohl, crafting, concocting and cold-brewing beautifully bottled goodness from the San Joaquin Valley. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of warrior Queen Califia, the goddess of bounty and abundance who ruled over the mythical island of California. We make our daily decisions using these five core values: Do, Learn Improve; Act Like an Owner; Challenge the Status Quo; The Bottle is Half Full; and Using our Sixth Sense (being conscious of our impact on others and the planet).

    In a snapshot:

    • Founded in 2010
    • 250+ full time staff and contracted employee
    • Headquarters in Downtown L.A. Arts District and Manufacturing in Bakersfield, CA
    • We believe in Shared Leadership where team members are heard and leadership is broadly distributed
    • We are committed to our people and to our communities' sustainability



    To provide leadership and technical accounting direction to financial and operational teams at the Califia Farms’ Bakersfield facility.  The Cost Accounting Manager ensures the accuracy and integrity of finished goods, all inventories, cost of goods manufactured, and comprehensive production and operational/financial reporting.  Also providing management with timely, relevant and useful information to allow for cost-effective decisions. The position manages a team of cost accountants and inventory control professionals.



    • Work with management to establish and maintain accurate reporting of product costs and margins and similar management reports to improve operations
    • Provide high customer service and financial analysis support to various departments to assist with the improvement of company operations and the launch of new products
    • Assist in the preparation of financial statements in the areas related to inventories and cost of goods sold and conduct financial reviews with management
    • Monitor daily manufacturing variances and related exception reporting to promptly identify key variances from standard costs
    • Identify root causes and review recommendations with operations management on a daily basis to eliminate key variances
    • Establish and maintain necessary internal controls to protect company assets and ensure the accuracy of monthly financial reporting
    • Evaluate internal controls and conduct value added audits to improve the productivity of company operations.
    • Oversee timely and accurate maintenance of company bills of materials and routings
    • Assist in the preparation of annual budgets, lending technical and analytical expertise for the development of labor efficiencies, production rates, overhead and raw materials
    • Document policies and procedures, and educate employees
    • Train and develop staff to boost their understanding of company operations and provide internal teams with excellent financial analysis and problem-solving support
    • Perform walkthroughs of the plant to identify and report on production and costing issues


    • 5 years of in-depth experience in process cost accounting in a multi-plant environment
    • Management experience of accounting staff in a high-growth environment
    • BS degree in Accounting or Finance
    • CPA and/or CMA certification preferred
    • Knowledge and proficiency of MS Office required
    • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
    • Detail oriented, with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Must have initiative, be a self-starter, and able to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment balancing multiple priorities and deadlines
    • Experience with Ross a plus


    Califia Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Califia Farms is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


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