VP, Business Planning & Analysis

Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc Watsonville , CA 95077

Posted 2 weeks ago

About the Opportunity

This position will oversee two global finance sub-functions each with its own leader: Business Development & Strategy and Financial Planning & Analysis. Business Development & Strategy supports Driscoll's strategic planning process and provides targeted support for strategic projects, business development initiatives including mergers and acquisitions activity as applicable and the development of business intelligence capabilities. Financial Planning & Analysis is responsible for managing recurring processes such as the annual operating plan, annual valuation, quarterly forecasting, capital expenditure management and global management reporting.

Driscoll's is a privately held, global business headquartered in Watsonville, California with more than 100 years of berry production and marketing history. Today Driscoll's breeds, grows and markets fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries while partnering with independent farmers around the world to produce berries primarily from Driscoll's patented berry varieties.

Driscoll's is a large and rapidly growing global company with operations on six continents. The company consists of four geographic strategic business units (SBU) and one SBU that provides Genetics R&D support to the SBUs. The four geographic SBUs consist of:

  • Driscoll's of the Americas (DOTA) which covers North and South America. It is the largest

SBU at Driscoll's, and is headquartered in Watsonville, CA.

  • Driscoll's of Europe, Middle East and Africa (DEMEA) is headquartered in Breda,


  • Driscoll's of China (DOC) is headquartered in Shanghai.

  • Driscoll's of Australia and New Zealand (DANZ) is a joint venture with Costa (an

Australian company) and is headquartered in Melbourne.

Driscoll's is driven by its Mission, Vision and Values.

  • Mission
  • To continually delight Berry Consumers through alignment with our Customers

and our Growers.

  • Vision
  • To become the World's Berry Company enriching the lives of everyone we touch.
  • Values
  • The Passion to excel and accomplish great things; The Humility to respect and

learn from our colleagues and competitors; The Trustworthiness that transforms our

dependence upon one another into our greatest strength.


  • Advise the CEO, CFO, and Business Unit executives to ensure that financial and strategic goals are attained

  • Support business priorities with valued-added analysis and deep financial insights

  • Provide decision support or lead the assessment of Business Development initiatives including potential mergers and acquisitions, global expansion opportunities and the evaluation of new technologies and programs

  • Lead high-impact initiatives with a Global reach, such as helping to ensure the sustainability of the Company's independent grower-based Enterprise Business Model

  • Lead the Annual Operating Planning process, the Capital Expenditure management process, the quarterly forecasting process and the preparation of global financial reports for the CEO, the Executive Team (ET) and the Board of Directors

  • Lead the triennial Strategic Planning process and related activities

  • Drive business intelligence (BI) capabilities across the organization, including the execution and maintenance of a Balanced Scorecard. Leverage insights from this platform to provide data-driven decision support to the CEO and ET

  • Develop a Global Business Planning calendar and manage and monitor expectations associated with the deliverables in collaboration with Global and Business Unit finance leaders

  • Support the Chief Financial Officer in the development, review and finalization of the quarterly Board of Directors materials and make presentations to the Board as needed

  • Lead the annual independent valuation of the Company performed by Duff & Phelps

  • Support the annual independent audit led by the Chief Accounting Officer and performed by PwC

  • 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


  • 15+ years of progressive experience

  • 5+ years of leading management-level team members

  • Management experience at a consumer goods company

  • Values based management style that has mastered the art of active listening, high emotional intelligence, curiosity and the confidence to have a sense of humility.

  • An excellent academic foundation that includes a bachelor's degree in a relevant field

Preferred Qualifications & Leadership Competencies

  • MBA strongly preferred

  • Experience at a top-tier global consulting firm

  • Cultural Alignment: Maintaining passion, humility and professionalism in approach and interaction with colleagues and will have irreproachable ethical standards.

  • Strategic Mindset: Looks toward the future and designs a way to get there. Practice clear thinking and tolerate stress, delivering results while engaging others through effective internal and external relationships, active listening and learning by productive dialogue.

  • Cultivates Innovation: Finds, champions, and implements innovations; large or small.

  • Plans & Aligns: Establishes priorities and desired outcomes, and creates plans to achieve them.

  • Drives Results: Pursues everything with energy, resourcefulness, and the need to achieve desired outcomes. Conversant with leading concepts and best practices in finance, with particular expertise in the area of decision support and analytics in a global setting. S/he will be someone who is personally motivated to be involved in the whole spectrum of finance issues at the strategic and operational level and with an ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing complex business concepts.

  • Collaborates: Works with a variety of colleagues, inside and/or outside of Driscoll's, seeking win-wins solutions. Practice clear thinking and tolerate stress, delivering results while engaging others through effective internal and external relationships, active listening and learning by productive dialogue.

  • Drives Engagement: Creates a motivating work environment and empowers others.

  • Develops Talent: Actively seeks opportunities to develop one's self and others.

  • Courage: Tackles difficult issues timely with optimism and transparency.

  • A valid passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions.

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