Zingerman's Community of Businesses (“ZCoB”) is an organization managed under the philosophy ofOpen Book Management. This means that we work hard to teach our staff how to understand the numbers and we share the numbers lavishly. The main responsibility of a Zingerman's Accounting Manager is to support their designated business with the day-to-day accounting, monthly financial reports/reviews, quarterly and annual planning, teaching financial literacy to our staff, and more. Join our team where Great Food, Great Service, and Great Finance are our three bottom lines and where we love to learn and have fun!
This position at Zingerman’s Service Network (“ZSN”) will primarily be focused on financial support of the shared services group. ZSN has professionals in different departments: Financial Services, Intentional Technology, the Department for People, Creative Services, and Admin and Community Partnerships. Members of each department support all of the businesses in the ZCoB, providing essential shared services.
This position is typically 40-45 hours per week at an annual salary of $60,000 - $70,000, depending on experience.
Performance Expectations - Essential Functions
Able to perform or supervise all accounting functions for the business including invoicing, printing checks, active management of A/R and A/P, assisting with payroll processing, inter-company transactions, financial reporting, and all other day-to-day functions
Perform month-end closing activities, including account reconciliations and journal entries
Produce financial statements, internal reporting, and analytical commentary within established timeframes
Forecast P&L results on a weekly and/or monthly basis
Manage cash flow and forecast cash requirements over both short- and long-term
Provide insightful and supportive business counsel and financial analysis to ZSN’s Leadership Team
Prepare special financial analyses and reports as requested
Quarterly and annual coordination with external accountants for tax filings and compilation
Completion of governmental reporting, including 1099s, sales tax returns, personal property tax returns, censuses
Primary business contact for managing insurance policies and related payments with external insurance broker
Lead annual planning (budgeting) process, work closely with ZSN’s Leadership Team and other team members
Works proactively with others to prevent problems, resolve financial issues and encourage cooperation toward achieving organizational goals
Active, on-site presence at business (currently working mostly remotely due to Covid-19)
Understands the operational nature of the business
Attends, participates and sometimes leads weekly and monthly huddles with staff
Attends monthly huddles with Zingerman's Great Finance Group and complies with deadlines and procedures established by the group
Completes Training Passport within the stated timeframes and lives the Guiding Principles
Actively supports open-book management techniques and a finance culture throughout the business, collaborating with other Zingerman's businesses and accountants to promote common practices and standards whenever possible
Establishes and maintains good communication and positive working relationships throughout the Zingerman's Community of Businesses
Act as central clearinghouse for 20+ expense allocations throughout the ZCoB; create and maintain supporting documents for those expenses, including presentations to the Great Finance Group throughout the year on major components
Other responsibilities, as assigned
Skills/Experience Needed for this Position
BA/BS or MBA in Accounting or finance
3-5 years of relevant professional experience
Experience with Sage (formerly Peachtree) a plus
Working knowledge of tax-related terminology and concepts; more advanced knowledge of tax rules and practices a plus
Food industry experience a plus
Planning and organization skills
Ability to analyze financial data and relate analysis to business operations
Exceptional customer service skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Google Apps
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Desired Personal Characteristics
High level of personal energy and strong interpersonal skills
Quick learner who can work independently and also as part of a team
Discreetly handles confidential information
Trustworthy, reliable and enthusiastic
Ability to perform routine daily tasks, requiring close attention to detail and accuracy, as well as analysis from a broader, higher-level perspective
Works effectively in a fast-pace environment with frequent interruptions in a shared office space with a variety of activities around you
Ability to set priorities and follow-through and deliver results on time
Passionate about giving great service to others
Enjoys teaching and sharing information
Sense of humor/likes to have fun at work
Able to go up/down stairs
Able to lift 25 pounds (record retention boxes)
WHAT IS ZINGERMAN’S ANYWAY?
The question seems simple. But the truth is, it’s just not that easy to answer.
I can tell you that since we opened our doors in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1982, Zingerman’s Delicatessen has become one of the country’s leading specialty food stores. With an emphasis on education, flavor, tradition and integrity of ingredients, we’ve worked to create a living, breathing, active culinary laboratory where one can experience everything from corned beef and noodle kugel, to hand-picked Kalamata olives, to hand made croissants and pretty much everything in between. And in the process we’ve gained a reputation for sourcing unique, full flavored, traditionally made foodstuffs from all over the world.
In essence, and with due modesty, Zingerman’s has become an Ann Arbor institution. In building on that success, the standard model would dictate opening dozens, or even hundreds, of additional Delis all over the country. Instead we decided to pursue a more unusual plan, one which we felt would allow us to build on what we’d successfully started while establishing positive growth opportunities for people within our organization. We chose to create what we call the... Zingerman’s Community of Businesses—a collection of Zingerman’s businesses, each with its own food specialty, all located in the Ann Arbor area, each working to help make the shopping and eating in every aspect of Zingerman’s more flavorful and more enjoyable than ever. In each business we’ve sought out a managing partner or partners so that there will be someone to bring the day to day passion and persistence that it takes to be really good at anything into play on a day to day basis. Paul and I are there to provide guidance, support, leadership and whatever else we need to do, which includes everything from writing this essay to lots of tasting, tracking down great food, contributing to the community, providing plenty of training classes, leadership work at all levels all the way through clearing tables and emptying the trash.
On any given day, as I write, the Zingerman’s Experience is now made and delivered by nearly six hundred people—partners, managers and staff in ten different businesses in addition to the Deli—to the tune of roughly $60,000,000 in annual sales. There’s a great deal more detail available on the various Zingerman’s websites and you can click here for a quick guide to the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.