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Date: Mar 13, 2018

Location: Portland, OR, US

Company: DANONE


USD - Dannon, a subsidiary of Danone, is looking for a Cost Analyst--DanoneWave in the United States (US) for their Portland, Oregon manufacturing facility. 


As the largest public benefit corporation in the US, DanoneWave is taking bold steps for social good in North America. DanoneWave's ambition is to produce healthful foods that create economic and social value and nurture natural ecosystems through sustainable agriculture. With famous brands like Oikos, Evian, Activia, Danimals, International Delight, Silk, Horizon Organic and many more, we are changing the way many of our foods and beverages are made by using fewer and more natural ingredients, incorporating and labeling non-GMO ingredients, and in some cases even feeding cows non-GMO feed. We're also committed to sustainable ingredient sourcing, water conservation, waste reduction, animal welfare and community engagement.

Danone is a global food company holding top positions in healthy food through its four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission, bringing health through food to as many people as possible, embodies commitment to human progress and business success. It gives meaning to the work of our 100,000 Danoners worldwide on an everyday basis.
For passionate people looking for autonomy and exciting career opportunities, Danone truly has something special inside.


Position Overview

We are looking for a dynamic, self-driven team member with experience working in a Manufacturing environment. The Finance Analyst will be an integral part of our plant finance team and will work closely with the plant Controller and other plant leadership team members.  The Finance Analyst will be responsible for developing and/or maintaining cost accounting and cost tracking activities. Furthermore, this position will develop financial metrics and reporting and will support our Manufacturing leadership in achieving and maintaining targets. This person will have the opportunity to develop his/her unique skills and innovate as well as take on expanded roles to capitalize on his/her potential.


Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Directly report to the plant Controller with ad hoc assignments from Plant Leadership team
  • Monthly responsibilities include covering cost studies, BOM variance analysis, overtime trends, Asset controls, Inventory.
  • Assist with preparation, processing, and quality of Month End Closing, including SAP transactions, Close Analysis, and corporate file updates
  • Be a visible financial leader in an active, factory-floor environment.
  • Daily investigation of key success indicators (Losses, Labor, Utilities) and trends.
  • Support annual Budget discussions, modeling, preparation, and trends analysis.
  • Develop and present Monthly Plant Cost by Cost Center for Area Ownership.
  • Monitor Spare Parts Inventory balances and aging reporting per Audit requirements.
  • Work cross-functionally with Inventory Coordinators and Operations to understand and mitigate materials losses resulting from manufacturing process.
  • Develop cost saving calculation models and present savings opportunities to team.
  • Support monitoring of internal controls and assess level of controls.
  • Manage Fixed Assets database and New Assets Identification process.
  • Improve Finance reporting capability, speed, and accuracy to send clear signals.
  • Be accountable for your work and investigate the details behind the analysis.
  • Seek opportunities to improve Plant accounting capability and processes


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor degree in Accounting, Business Management, or Finance
  • At least 2 years experience in Manufacturing-based financial analysis
  • Prior experience in a dairy and/or food manufacturing environment (preferred)
  • Ability to communicate complicated, complex activity in a clear, fluid manner
  • Patience with hectic schedules while driving teams to appropriate actions
  • ERP experience, preferrably with SAP.  SAP proficiency in FI, CO, MM modules preferred. 
  • Strong Excel (model development, Pivot Tables, function/formula understanding)
  • Strong analytical mind-set
  • Learning agility / comfortable in a fast-paced and highly flexible environment
  • Strong organizer who can handle constant interruption while keeping eyes on target
  • Ability to quickly summarize data and capture quickly changing assumptions
  • Passion for manufacturing activity and knowledge
  • Self-motivation and desire to progress to higher, more demanding roles within Finance


"Corporate responsibility does not end at the factory gate or the office door. The jobs a business creates are central to the lives of employees and the energy and raw materials we consume change the shape of our planet. [...] It is clear that growth should no longer be an end in itself, but rather a tool used to serve the quality of life without ever being detrimental to it." - Antoine Riboud, co-founder Danone 1972


For more information about Danone, its people and its business, please visit We have something special inside, do you?
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The Dannon Company is a US-subsidiary of Danone, a Fortune 500 company and one of the most successful health-focused food companies in the world with leading positions in fresh dairy products, water, baby nutrition and medical nutrition.  Danone’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Our core values foster individual professional growth. We reward entrepreneurialism and innovation. There truly is something very special inside our company. You can see it reflected in our people, our products and our culture. If you like what you have learned, we encourage you to apply and learn more.

Dannon is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

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