Business Planning Controller in Portland, OR

$80K - $100K(Ladders Estimates)

Mars Inc   •  

Portland, OR 97201

Industry: Food & Beverages


5 - 7 years

Posted 33 days ago

A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there's more to being in business than just making a profit. That's the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it's never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It's about how you can grab everything that's within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It's about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we'll all be a little better off. It's that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world's best-loved brands: M&M's®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN'S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Kinship, Mars Petcare's newest division, is a hotbed for future innovation, data science and analytics, and at the forefront of emerging technology for pets, pet owners and veterinarians. At Kinship, we move quickly to create a better world for pets. We are optimistic, purposefully inquisitive, open to all, and passionate about what's possible. We're a coalition of bright minds, big ideas, and bold businesses united by our love of pets and our enthusiasm for the future.

Part of Mars, Incorporated, a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love, the 85,000 Associates in Mars Petcare are dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. With 75 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world's pets and The WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through a network of over 2,000 pet hospitals. We're also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry.


At Wisdom Health we analyze pets' DNA to provide insights into their breed, ancestry, and to determine whether they are at risk of developing genetically associated diseases. Through our own research and numerous collaborations we are constantly searching for new markers of genetic health and disease to enable personalized nutrition and precision medical care for the life of the pet. Wisdom Health is the global category leader in pet genetics and started its deployment from the US to Europe, before expanding to other markets. It is a fast growth tech enabled start-up selling to pet owners in direct to consumer channel, e-retail, and through veterinarians. At Wisdom Health, one of our differentiators is the efficiency with which we deliver leading-edge products and support to those we serve. We're proud to set the standard for success in our industry.


The Controller will report directly to the Wisdom CFO, manage one Senior Accounting Analyst, and serve as the company's primary accountant. Unlike many corporate Controller roles, this is not a roll-up of others work, but rather direct business and accounting support as a working manager to the leadership team of Wisdom Health and in collaboration with Kinship and Mars business partners.

You will help create a better world for pets through:

  • Your knowledge and attention to detail will help ensure reporting of accurate financial data
  • Your leadership of financial accounting and control activities will ensure transactions, policies, procedures, and systems help us meet short and long-term financial objectives
  • Collaboration with key partners in Kinship and Mars will ensure compliance with requirements and help guide accounting policy and structure to support global growth
  • Using your keen financial insights, you will provide clear and informative reporting to drive better understanding of the business
  • Your curiosity and tenacity to drive accounting understanding, improvements, and simplifications will enable our global growth
  • Your ability to think strategically and tactically by creating processes and tools to improve our financial planning, budgeting, and analytics capability creates higher value decision support


We strive to hire people who are passionate about our mission: creating a better world for pets. For all of our Kinship roles, we look for candidates who exemplify our attributes through consistent behaviors. We believe what we do is just as important as how we do it, and we aim to hire people who are:

  • Optimistic. Those who's boundlessly energy and enthusiasm for what's next shines through in everything they do. We seek to work with people who are intrinsically happy, and who will drive our vision and purpose while managing the complexities of our businesses.

  • Purposefully Inquisitive. Those who are courageous and use their deep business insights to cultivate innovation. We want the trailblazers in tech. Those who are entrepreneurs at heart, ask the tough questions, adapt quickly to new situations, and analyze data in new ways to push our big ideas forward.

  • Open to All. Those who are inclusive leaders, committed to learning, and leveraging our differences as strengths. We hire people who are naturally collaborative and thrive in a flat and flexible organization. Those who are thoughtful communicators, and seek to foster meaningful relationships across our community of diverse partners.

And for this role, we hope you have the following skills we require to round out our team:

  • Bachelor's Degree in business, accounting, economics, or finance, required
  • CPA or equivalent experience/certification required
  • 5-7 years of progressive experience in similar roles of financial control and responsibility
  • Must immediately manage all aspects of financial accounting and reporting ensuring:Efficient and effective period close process that delivers accurate information
  • Identification and resolution of complex accounting matters
  • Development, review and advice on key accounting performance indicators to identify insights and areas of opportunity or concern
  • Compliance with all Mars Finance Manual policies, recurring reports manual, and other guidance/practices including compliance to local GAAP/statutory and local legal/regulatory requirements
  • Manage and create a secure internal control environment
  • Role model ethics, integrity and trust in all areas including ensuring identification of and appropriate responses to fraud and theft
  • Savvy with accounting systems, strong desire for continuous learning, and tenacity to overcome obstacles
  • Great collaboration skills, critical thinking skills, and ability to conceptualize and solve business/accounting problems employing both tactical and strategic thinking
  • Outstanding attention to detail, advanced Excel and Powerpoint skills
  • Strong ability to translate numbers into compelling and clear narratives

If you also had these experiences, you'd knock it out of the dog park:

  • Controller experience in a start-up, fast-paced, sometimes ambiguous environment
  • System experience in Navision and/or SAP By Design (SAP By Design highly preferred)
  • Experience supporting a global ecommerce business
  • Improving controls environments to make more productive and efficient
  • Tax and treasury management or collaboration with these areas


We offer our associates a unique opportunity to have a completely customizable career within pet care. Through Kinship you will work with and learn from a community of industry executives, pet partners, entrepreneurs, and fellow associates across our startup investment companies, outside partners, and in Mars Petcare. Our nimble and flexible approach to work allows you to make an immediate impact across businesses, while learning new skills at every stage. The diversity of our work opens doors to big opportunities and unlocks enormous potential for countless career experiences in pet care. Join us in our mission to chart the future of pet care, alongside the industry's brightest minds.

Kinship's offices are global, and so are our associates. We are located in NYC, San Francisco, Portland, London, Helsinki, Shanghai, and in Moscow. Many of us flex between our dog-friendly hubs and our home offices. Today, Kinship offers exceptional benefits for you, your family, and your pets, generous paid time off, exponential opportunities to build a career within pet care, and progressive reward packages. Interested? Let's take big strides, together.

Valid Through: 2019-11-12