Assistant Controller

Vital Farms

Vital Farms

Accounting & Finance
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Finding the right place to grow your career isn’t (over) easy, so we’re here to help by sharing a few reasons why the grass is greener at Vital Farms. We think you’ll appreciate our focus on Conscious Capitalism, which drives business decisions that benefit all our stakeholders (leading to even better business results). You might be drawn to our innovative approach and refusal to settle for the “way things have always been done.” Or you could find it exciting to grow your skills while working for an industry-leading brand. Whether you’re into our values, our brand, or our egg-cellent puns, we hope you’ll join our Crew and help us change the world 108 square feet at a time!

Your Role:

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic Assistant Controller at the Director level to join our team. Reporting to the VP, Corporate Controller, the Assistant Controller will play a critical role in overseeing the company's financial operations, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and efficiency in accounting processes. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership skills, technical expertise in accounting principles, and a strategic mindset to drive continuous improvement initiatives. As a key member of the finance leadership team, the Assistant Controller will collaborate closely with the Controller and other stakeholders to support decision-making, optimize financial performance, and drive organizational growth.

What You’ll Do:

  • Lead the preparation and analysis of accurate and timely financial statements, including balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements, in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee day-to-day accounting operations, including general ledger management, accounts payable, fixed assets, SEC filings (10-K, 10-Q & 8-K) and payroll, ensuring completeness, accuracy, and compliance with internal policies and controls.
  • Provide insightful analysis of financial results, variance analysis, and key performance indicators to senior management, highlighting trends, opportunities, and risks for informed decision-making.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor internal control processes and procedures to safeguard company assets, mitigate risks, and ensure compliance with SOX and other regulatory requirements.
  • Collaborate with business unit leaders to develop annual budgets, forecasts, and financial plans, providing guidance and support to ensure alignment with strategic objectives and financial targets.
  • Partner with FP&A team to drive financial planning processes, including long-range planning, scenario analysis, and sensitivity modeling, to support strategic initiatives and investment decisions.
  • Coordinate external audits and examinations, serving as a primary liaison with auditors and regulatory agencies, ensuring timely and accurate completion of audit requests and addressing any audit findings or recommendations.
  • Provide leadership, coaching, and mentorship to the accounting team, fostering a culture of accountability, collaboration, and continuous improvement, and promoting professional development and career growth opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities to streamline accounting processes, automate manual tasks, and enhance efficiency and effectiveness, leveraging technology and best practices to drive operational excellence.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams and senior management on special projects, strategic initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, and other ad-hoc analyses as needed.

What You Bring to the Table:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field; CPA certification preferred.
  • 8+ years of progressive experience in accounting and finance roles, with at least 3 years in a supervisory or managerial capacity and 2+ year in a public company
  • Thorough understanding of accounting principles, financial reporting standards, and regulatory requirements
  • Strong leadership and people management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate a high-performing team.
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex financial data and communicate insights effectively to stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of driving process improvements, implementing best practices, and delivering results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, ERP systems, and financial reporting tools.
  • Strategic mindset with the ability to think critically, solve problems, and make sound decisions in a dynamic business environment.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and influence stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Passion for ethical and nutritious food and purpose-driven brands
  • Ability to travel 20-30% for meetings, company trainings, and events required
  • You are flexible, adaptable, and bring an appropriate sense of urgency to your work.
  • You’re no hero – You know the power of teamwork and celebrate the work of others before your own.
  • You give a sh*t – You believe in acting like an owner and making Vital Farms a place to be proud of.
  • You raise the standards – You know growth can be hard, but you strive to improve yourself and others each day.
  • You can walk in someone else’s boots – You seek to understand other’s viewpoints and think that you get to better answers by sitting on the same side of the table.
  • You don’t walk on eggshells – You’re not afraid to leave the bullsh*t behind and have honest conversations.

What We Bring to the Table:

  • A fast-paced, energetic, remote environment with passionate people who are leading a movement to bring ethically produced food to the table.
  • Competitive pay and benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, and Paid Parental Leave, just to name a few).
  • Generous retirement contributions: 401(k) + 3% Contribution from Day 1.
  • Free eggs and butter, along with friends and family discounts.
  • Fun team SWAG that will make you the talk of the town.
  • Professional development opportunities and an amazing team dedicated to your growth.

Who We Are:

Vital Farms, a Certified B Corporation, offers a range of ethically produced foods nationwide. Started on a single farm in Austin, Texas, in 2007, Vital Farms became a national consumer brand that works with over 300 family farms and is the leading U.S. brand of pasture-raised eggs by retail dollar sales. Vital Farms’ products, including shell eggs, butter, hard-boiled eggs, and liquid whole eggs, are sold in over 24,000 stores nationwide. Vital Farms’ ethics are exemplified by its focus on the humane treatment of farm animals and sustainable farming practices. In addition, as a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation, Vital Farms prioritizes the long-term benefits of each of its stakeholders, including farmers and suppliers, customers and consumers, communities and the environment, crew members, and stockholders. In short, we exist to improve the lives of people, animals, and our planet through food.

Next Steps:
Shortly after you complete your application, you'll receive a follow-up email elaborating on any potential next steps in our process. If you don't immediately receive said follow-up email, we would highly encourage you to check your spam filter!

In order to fulfill Vital Farms mission to “bring ethically produced food to the table,” we seek to build teams that leverage diverse perspectives to create a welcoming and innovative environment that is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities.

To that end, we make employment decisions based on qualifications, merit, and business need. Vital Farms does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender and gender identity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Notification to Agencies:
**Vital Farms is not accepting unsolicited third-party recruitment agencies in the hiring process for this role. If you are a potential candidate interested in a role with Vital Farms, please submit an application directly. If you have any questions about the application process or the role itself, please reach out to a member of our Talent Acquisition team at .