Director Finance, External Reporting

ConAgra Foods (
Defense Contracting


  Full Time   Employee

United States

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Job Summary

This position is responsible for leading the tasks surrounding the financial accounting and reporting process. This includes the oversight for areas such as derivatives, debt, and other fair value instruments,  in addition to ownership of the cash flow statement. This position requires extensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and will be instrumental in the preparation of the SEC filings. This position will partner frequently with personnel at all levels within the Controllers Organization and throughout the Company. The consistency, accuracy, and timeliness of this communication are vital and must clearly convey all outstanding issues.


Position Responsibilities

  • Provide support for internal and external financial statements in compliance with GAAP and/or other regulatory requirements.
  • Participate actively in recurring and special projects involving accounting matters, such as policy updates, compliance support, and process improvement initiatives.
  • Research and provide financial analysis related to derivatives, cash flows, debt, and other complex accounting areas.
  • Participate in and review period-end close activities to ensure timely completion of assigned tasks, including identification and resolution of unusual items and issues in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Review monthly accounting schedules as support for the balance sheet account reconciliations and financial audits, and provide analytic support to business partners as required.
  • Preparation of the quarterly cash flow statement for the 10Q/10K reporting.
  • Review general accounting activities in the SAP general ledger related to derivatives and debt.
  • Become knowlegable about and oversee XBRL reporting.
  • Exercise judgment in financial, operational, or transactional analysis to identify and resolve issues.
  • Assist in internal and external audits.
  • Evaluate and maintain effectiveness of processes, procedures, and control environment.
  • Effectively communicate information impacting both internal and external customers.
  • Alert management of situations that may materially affect the company’s overall financial condition.
  • Successfully work in a team environment and across business groups within the company.
  • Ensure compliance with SOX Controls and Lamb Weston policies.


Principal Challenges/Complexity

  • Reviewing the closing of financial systems and identify and resolve unusual items and issues in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Prioritize multiple activities to ensure accurate and timely completion of both scheduled and extemporaneous tasks within a tight deadline.
  • Ability to reach out to various levels within the organization in order to resolve issues.
  • Ability to identify and promptly communicate situations that may materially affect the company’s overall financial condition.
  • Functional involvement in change management is frequent and eminent.


Latitude and Dimensions

This position handles/is responsible for accounting activities for their assigned business areas including derivatives and cash flow activity. This role will manage the External Reporting team of approximately 3-4. This position also has the authority to approve transactions to the general ledger for their assigned areas of responsibility and have regular access to confidential financial data.


Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance
  • CPA and/or advanced degree required
  • 10+ years of business experience in public accounting, corporate accounting, financial reporting, etc.
  • SEC audit experience strongly preferred; Derivative accounting knowledge a plus
  • Solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles required
  • Strong communication, organization, and planning skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and assignments at the same time to reach resolution
  • Ability to research problems independently and propose business solutions
  • Proficient PC and MS Office skills


Learning and Development Expected in Role

  • Detailed understanding of assigned areas and the correlation back to the business operations
  • Develop financial acumen and expertise associated with assigned areas of responsibility
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Actively take initiative and work independently
  • Build leadership and project management skills
  • Enhance understanding of Lamb Weston business
  • Participate in continuing education



This job description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation.  As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.






ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.


To apply for this job, contact:
Phil Ziolkowski

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