Operations Bookkeeper (Natural Food / CPG) - Chicago, IL

  • Simple Mills, Inc.
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Mar 15, 2019
Full time Accounting

Job Description

Company Description

Simple Mills is a rapidly-growing Chicago-based company on the forefront of the clean food movement, transforming center store grocery aisles with products made from simple, whole food, nutrient dense ingredients.  In the company’s short four-year history, Simple Mills has become the #1 bestselling natural baking mix, the #1 bestselling natural cracker, and the #2 bestselling natural cookie

Distributed in 12,000+ grocery stores nationally from Whole Foods to Target and Meijer, the brand has also earned broad recognition ranging from a Chicago Innovation Award and a “Fab Five” rating on Instacart as one of the top trending food products in 2017, to product awards from Good Housekeeping, Prevention, Self, Clean Eating, Delicious Living, Paleo Magazine, Yoga Journal and more.  In addition, company founder and CEO Katlin Smith has been recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, and Progressive Grocer Top Woman in Grocery competitions.

The company’s mission is to provide simple, wholesome, convenient foods that taste great; eliminate processed, artificial, GMO, high-carbohydrate, nutrition-empty ingredients; and both support and encourage healthy eating habits. It’s that Simple.

Role Description

The Operations Bookkeeper will be a critical role in helping to scale Simple Mills Accounting & Operations functions. The role will report to the Finance Manager and responsibilities will include:

  • Responsible for tracking all inbound raw materials including pricing, order amounts, date received, etc.
  • Responsible for tracking production of finished goods
  • Calculate month end raw material & finished goods inventory balances as well as monthly COGS by SKU
  • Review/approve operations invoices
  • Manage customer invoicing
  • Support our staff accountant with accounting tasks (AP, AR, bank reconciliations, etc.)
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or 2+ years of experience in accounting role
  • Understanding of key accounting concepts (FIFO, AR, AP, accrual-based accounting, etc.); Experience with accounting for inventory is a plus
  • Self-starter with ability to figure out tasks with minimal direction
  • Very strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple mission-critical tasks on a day-to-day basis. Candidate must thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Mastery of Microsoft Excel
  • Willingness to be flexible, adaptable, and proactive in a constantly changing industry and company
  • A passion for natural food and healthy eating as well as a desire to change the way we think about ingredient labels

Benefits of Working at Simple Mills

  • Have a direct impact on a brand experiencing explosive growth
  • Gain exposure to areas of the business beyond your functional area as everyone on our team wears many different hats
  • Be a part of a talented team driven by a mission to make healthy, tasty food broadly available, positively influencing the way America eats
  • Enjoy competitive employee benefits including health, dental, vision, disability, FSA/DCA account options, Commuter Reimbursement Plan, and a 401(k) plan

We are seeking high-energy individuals who are motivated by challenges, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and have a desire to make a positive impact on the food industry.  Compensation will be competitive for the ideal candidate. The position is for an immediate start in Chicago. In your cover letter, we’d like to know why you want to join Simple Mills, any relevant skills for the position, what foods we would find in your house if we paid you a surprise visit, and two food brands you admire most (and why).

Simple Mills is an Equal Opportunity Employer.