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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Financial Analyst

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Dec 28, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 118203 - Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

Position summary:

We invite applicants for the position of Financial Analyst at Bowling Green, Kentucky, a global strategic pet food manufacturing site. The Financial Analyst is responsible for providing valuable reporting and analysis to achieve budget goals and supporting continuous improvement activities relating to Finance. This position focuses on Material Variances, Inventory, Fixed Assets, and Accounts Payable.

The position reports to the Plant Controller.


Core responsibilities:

  • Assist Plant Controller in the coordination of the Budget, LE, and MRE process by ensuring adherence to timelines and data submission requests. Analyze and verify budget cost changes vs. prior periods.
  • Provide support in driving FTG field; validate potential savings, track results, and ensure implementation of savings projects.
  • Analyze and support continuous improvement projects including but not limited to Absolute Material Loss and Production Yield Reporting. Engage with the Operations Team to understand and explain material variances.
  • Collaborate with the Plant Controller and Engineering Team on the Capital Management program.
  • Engage with the Engineering Team for monthly spend discussions, project status, and asset updates.
  • Review capital spend for appropriateness and reconcile cost tracking worksheets to the general ledger monthly.
  • Prepare capitalization files for monthly review and submission.
  • Coordinate, perform, and document Fixed Asset physical count, and validation of results (e.g. potential write-offs, idles).
  • Assist with the development and validation of Financials supporting the Capital Program.
  • Assist in month-end close activities: preparing and booking journal entries; working with budget owners to develop accruals; preparing expense and balance sheet account reconciliations; and preparing detailed spending reports and variance analysis (overtime, temps, etc).
  • Drive improvement activities in Accounts Payable to reduce transaction costs and increase valuable reporting capabilities to the Plant.
  • Engage with Plant personnel to ensure timely resolution of invoices in MRBR/GRIR query resolution.
  • Supervise purchase order reports in SAP to ensure timely and accurate goods receipts and PO closure.
  • Create purchase requisitions and convert them to purchase orders after approval as requested.
  • Maintain and reconcile petty cash.
  • Work with the Finance Team Leader to make deposits and complete reconciliations as needed.
  • Participate in full physical inventories and assist in researching inventory variances.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley audit testing, as it pertains to all internal control SOPs.
  • Understand and comply with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identify and report Food Safety issues to management
  • Participation on cross-functional teams and special projects, as needed.


Basic qualifications:

  • 2 year degree in Accounting / Finance required.
  • Very strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Google Suite.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting or Finance.
  • 5 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, in an accounting or financial role.
  • Experience with ERP (SAP, Oracle).
  • Experience in cost accounting, preferably in the manufacturing industry.
  • Ability to multi-task and work efficiently to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to research and resolve invoice issues, while working with different parties (vendors, budget owners and Corporate Accounting).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with cross-functional areas in a collaboration environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and customer service orientation.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Work that matters, fueled by passion for pets!  At Hill’s we have a purpose.  Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. 

HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill’s is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries.  To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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