Global R&D Finance Manager

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Finance
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0004586
  • Experience Years: 5-10 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular

About the Opportunity

Do you want to influence significant value creation at Driscoll’s? Come join Global R&D as the Finance Manager where you’ll collaborate with experts around the globe to support our research scientists. You will lead the accounting, reporting and budgeting function of R&D Finance and Business Intelligence. Success in the role requires passion about producing financial reports and analysis for key decision makers as well as collaboration with global accounting functions across the globe. You will be responsible for coordinating with the global accounting and FP&A on behalf of the regional finance teams. You will have ownership to how the organization plans and forecasts annual operating and capital expenses on a global basis. You will be the finance expert responsible for budgeting, variance analysis, and driving key financial metrics. You will partner across finance and non-finance teams to drive forecasting, financial analysis, reporting, and key financial decisions. You will also define and maintain internal finance controls for transactions and processes. This role will also support ad-hoc analysis and reporting related to financial implications of all R&D functions. This is a highly visible role as your outputs are included in month end packages that go to R&D leadership and decision makers. You will be a model, mentor and inspiration to three direct reports - finance analysts for three key regions: United States, Mexico and EMEA. The team you lead manages the financial rhythms of the business including the annual operating plan (“AOP”), strategic plan, regular forecast process and analytical support to key regional decision makers. This team establishes the pace of the finance team to ensure delivery of actionable insights on a timely manner.


  • Lead collaboration with all R&D cost center and global controllership offices to produce accurate and timely monthly financial statements requiring end to end consolidation and reconciliation.
  • Ensure Global R&D complies with all policies, controls and standard operating procedures in alignment with Global Controllership direction.
  • Provide monthly financial reporting analysis including explanations and insights of key drivers of variability of actual to budget for each cost center, region (US, EMEA, Mexico), all of Global R&D and by function.
  • Consistently and proactively drive process improvements identify issues and implementing solutions.
  • Apply strong business acumen and experience to the role guiding collaborators and stakeholders on efficient and effective processes.
  • Partners with R&D stakeholders on problems taking a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions and develop methods and techniques related to the activities in breeding nursery, genomic science and research farming.
  • Work independently, with guidance only in more complicated situations related to optimizing and aligning financial expenses to operational activities to ensure accountability and ownership for decision-makers.
  • Lead financial aspects of departments planning or provide financial guidance and advice to farming teams, chemistry, molecular, entomology, pathology, etc. including leading others to solve problems.
  • Clearly communicate multi-faceted concepts and negotiate with others to reach agreements.
  • Contribute to the Business Unit’s people priorities and objectives regarding: people leader effectiveness, engaged employees, and enabling others to perform.
  • Domestic and international travel required up to 15%.
  • Represents Driscoll’s in an ethical and business-like professional manner in all interactions with growers, co-workers, suppliers, customers and the business community at large.

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Business Administration and/or Accounting
  • 7+ years of progressive finance, accounting or related analytical field
  • PREFERRED: Experience in agriculture, life sciences or research and development business units
  • Strong understanding of U.S. GAAP
  • Strong analytic skills and knowledge of general ledger accounting
  • Strong collaboration/ interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to meet stringent deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Tools, Tableau, contemporary reporting tools
  • Demonstrated ability to map transaction flow processes to implement process improvements, coupled with experience in continuous improvement essential
  • Experience with intercompany transactions and consolidations
  • Experience working on large-scale, global systems implementations (ERP or similar)
  • Proven track record of strong project management skills
  • Bilingual English/Spanish communication skills a plus
  • A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions are also required
  • California driver’s license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program
  • A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.