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Finance Manager



Accounting & Finance
Chester, VA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2023

About Plenty

We are on a mission to grow plenty of fresh food for everyone, everywhere. We are building the world’s largest, most technologically advanced, indoor vertical farms. Using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need, our farms are designed to secure our food future.

Our people and teams are how we make our mission possible. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Join us as we rewrite the rules of agriculture, and we’ll bet our berries you’ll be rewarded with innovative and collaborative teammates, a supportive environment, diverse career opportunities and meaningful work.

About the role

Plenty is looking for a Finance Manager to join our Finance team. The Finance team is responsible for overseeing financial operations, strategic planning, and analysis to help drive the company’s growth by partnering with business leaders and refining a scalable financial and operating infrastructure. In this role, you will primarily support our R&D (Research & Development) function (Plant Science, Engineering, Product Management, and Software/Data), providing financial insights, driving cost optimization, and ensuring compliance with financial regulations. Plenty is at the forefront of ag-tech, dedicated to improving and transforming indoor farming, and you can have a direct impact on our success.

What you'll do

  • Support both operational and capital project financial forecasts for Plenty’s R&D organization
  • Work closely with project managers and engineers to ensure accurate project accounting, including tracking capital expenditures, project milestones, and associated costs
  • Develop and maintain financial models to evaluate the financial feasibility and profitability of R&D projects, including cost-benefit analyses, ROI calculations, and scenario planning
  • In collaboration with business leaders, ensure accurate and timely preparation, review and consolidation of budgets. Track spending against budget and provide regular reports to leadership
  • Identify opportunities for cost reduction and efficiency improvements. Analyze project costs, identify cost drivers, and implement strategies to optimize spending while maintaining high quality research
  • Prepare regular financial reports, including monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements
  • Provide financial insights and guidance on resource allocation, investment decisions, and business strategy to key stakeholders and senior management. Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including Accounting, Legal, People, and Operations to drive financial success and alignment with Plenty’s OKRs (Objectives & Key Results)
  • In collaboration with supply chain and project managers, create and manage cost codes and approval limits in Plenty ERP systems, including implementation of project change control processes and decisions
  • Collaborate with the finance team to develop financial forecasts, annual budgets, and long-term financial plans for the R&D department
  • Stay updated on industry trends, market conditions, and emerging technologies that may impact the financial aspects of R&D projects
  • Others duties as assigned

What you'll bring to the table

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Finance, Accounting, or related field
  • Proven experience throughout 8+ years in finance management, preferably in a technology-focused organization
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel and Financial (operational) modeling skills; Netsuite a plus
  • Deep knowledge of financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes Proficiency in financial analysis, cost optimization, and variance analysis
  • Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to translate financial information into actionable insights
  • Willingness to travel up to 10%

Type of role

Full-Time; Hybrid

What we can offer

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive salary, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off; we know you’ll do your best if you’re taking time to recharge, so we don’t cap the amount of days you can take off per year in addition to the paid holidays we observe
  • Parental leave; 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition

Food & Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply