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  • Finance Manager

    Tenzing Wine & Spirits
    # of Openings
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Tenzing is a Chicago-based wholesale distributor of wine, spirits and sake.  Tenzing is inspired by the Sherpa guide and the Nepali word for balance, or equilibrium.  Founded in 2010 by a group of passionate wine & spirits professionals including Master Sommeliers Ken Fredrickson, Douglas Marello and Fernando Beteta, the company’s philosophy combines education, customer service and high-quality wine and spirits products. Our core values are represented in our HIWIRE acronym: Humility, Innovation, Will-to-prepare, Integrity, Respect and Excellence. Now one of the premier small distributors in the country, Tenzing is a leader in the fine wine and craft spirits segments of the market. The offices contain a kitchen and multipurpose workspace for client education and entertainment, which also houses the Tenzing Bar Lab—where Chicago’s foremost mixologists come to experiment and invent.


    The Finance Manager acts as the lead finance resource for Tenzing Wine & Spirits. This role reports to Tenzing’s Founder and General Manager, and works directly with Tenzing’s management and functional teams, as well as the primary financial interface with Breakthru IL and Breakthru Corporate teams. The Finance Manager is responsible for all aspects of Tenzing financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, the annual budgeting process, as well as oversight of supplier pricing and price support systems, liquor tax compliance, and local accounting, accounts receivable, and accounts payable processes.


    This position is a full-time position based at our Tenzing offices in Chicago, IL and will report to Tenzing’s Founder and General Manager. This position will manage one direct report, Business Analyst.


    • Monitor key financial metrics and drivers; develop tools and processes to understand and resolve anomalies.
    • Create, manage and maintain the monthly financial reporting package for Tenzing, as well as detailed gross margin and expense reporting, and analysis and commentary on results vs. budget and prior year.  
    • Manage the monthly financial close process.
    • Compile, review and analyze sales and gross profit data to identify trends and highlight drivers of variance vs budget and prior year.
    • Lead the annual budget process, including coordination with Tenzing sales and operations leadership, to ensure timely and accurate completion.
    • Manage the supplier AR process and reporting. Conduct monthly review meetings with management to ensure supplier AR balances are current and reconciled on a timely basis.
    • File all state liquor taxes and work with BBIL to ensure all city and county taxes are paid.
    • Assist in resolving insurance claims/issues
    • Highlight and track inventory progress and issues; and work with sales and trade development to ensure inventory levels are appropriate.
    • Monitor and resolve MRBR issues (FOB Pricing on Purchase Orders); monitor and evaluates A/P disbursements; ensure inventory costing is accurate.
    • Manage price support systems and process internally (SAP & off-line trackers).
    • Manage T&E expenses and approve all expenses.
    • Review and analyze OpEx and other expenses. Identify and address inefficiencies.
    • Perform ad hoc analysis and modeling for Tenzing leadership, Trade Development, Sales, and Corporate Finance as needed.
    • Assist in coaching and developing personnel within the department.


    • BA/BS in Accounting or Finance preferred.  
    • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Finance or Accounting.
    • Strong knowledge of Excel is required.
    • SAP experience a plus.
    • Strong communication and presentation skills – verbal, listening, and written.
    • Ability to proactively problem solve, develop process efficiencies and exhibit initiative.
    • Comfortable with presenting information to upper management.
    • Strong attention to detail and well organized.

    EEO Statement

    Beverage Group is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available Here, if you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please call (708) 298-3536 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.


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