Accounting & Finance Manager

Valley Queen
Valley Queen Cheese Factory converts high-quality milk into a variety of natural cheeses, dried lactose, dried whey, and anhydrous milk fat that is marketed and utilized by private label and nationally branded consumer food companies. Valley Queen was founded in 1929 and is located in Milbank, SD.


Position Summary 
This position is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the financial functions of the company in accordance with business management techniques and best practices of a premier, privately owned dairy manufacturer. Areas of primary responsibilities include financial statement preparation, market-based risk management administration, milk pooling, milk pricing support, budget management, production and financial data analysis and collaborative support within the accounting and finance team.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the Accounting and Finance team by cultivating a high-performance environment and establishing clear roles, priorities, goals and holding people accountable for achieving results.
  • Establish, monitor, and enforce accounting policies and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial records are maintained at all times.
  • Monitor and confirm financial condition by conducting audits; providing information to external auditors.
  • Prepare departmental and companywide budgets by establishing schedules; collecting, analyzing, and consolidating financial data; recommending plans.
  • Assist company leaders to achieve budget objectives by scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions.
  • Create accurate and timely corporate financial statements by collecting, interpreting, and reporting financial data.
  • Prepare assigned reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
  • Comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements by enforcing adherence to requirements, filing financial reports and advising management on needed actions.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications and establishing personal networks.
  • Protect operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential.
  • Act as subject-matter expert, in the primary areas of responsibility listed above, by providing a high level of service and support to management and company leaders.
  • Attract and develop the necessary talent to ensure the Accounting and Finance team is preprepared to meet future company needs.
  • Work directly with CFO to arrange financing to meet the working capital and long-term capital needs of the company.
  • Analyze company operations for opportunities to employ risk management practices, using futures markets, forward pricing or other risk management tools.


  1. Financial Management
  2. Detail Oriented
  3. Communication Proficiency
  4. Problem Solving/Analysis
  5. Accounting Software Proficiency
  6. Strategic Thinking
  7. Business Acumen

Supervisory Responsibility
This position manages direct reports and subordinate managers who supervise employees and is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the Accounting and Finance department.

Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment and technology.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position.  Base hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.   Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

This position requires up to 10% travel.


Physical Demands
The physical demands for this position are mainly able to do sedentary work.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to talk or hear.   The employee frequently will need to sit, stand, walk.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance or a related field.  10-15 plus years in various management/leadership roles. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).

Preferred Education and Experience
Working knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics accounting software. At least five years of experience in a similar role. Master’s degree in Accounting or related field. Bilingual in English/Spanish.

Job Details

Posted Date
September 7, 2022
, SD
Expiration Date
October 7, 2022