Financial transition amid cultural barriers
The clientA Japanese-owned food manufacturer with a 200+ year heritage acquired two large food brands from a U.S. food manufacturing conglomerate, instantly tripling its annual sales and adding over 150 employees. This acquisition positioned the manufacturer as the largest U.S. market share leader in its food category.
- Our JBS team quickly identified cultural and language gaps between the parent company and the new company. Our experts acclimated the two companies with the business customs of each other’s cultural environment to remove barriers in the areas of: language preferences, written communication, oral presentations, and the other interoffice norms.
- After the implementation of a new ERP system, specific gaps in the new system were discovered. When more granular user-acceptance testing of the new system was performed, large gaps between its system capabilities and enterprise needs were identified. Our experts helped fill in the gaps and troubleshoot all scenarios to provide updated IT-related configurations, allowing the new system to provide management with accurate financial reporting.
- While the company’s due diligence had confirmed the assets purchased, its management team quickly discovered a lack of detail on the exact nature of the fixed assets and the composition of its book values. To comply with the Japanese parent’s accounting policies, and to ensure it had appropriate insurance coverage, we developed a physical inventory of fixed assets at their most critical manufacturing facilities.
- The employee benefits package of the U.S. entity included a 401(k) plan as part of the compensation package. We reviewed the plan for compliance with U.S. laws and quickly addressed the need to complete an annual audit, keeping the plan in compliance.
- We performed an audit of the client’s $250 million in trade spend promotion marketing. Leveraging our advanced data analytics capabilities, we analyzed trade promotion data from multiple disparate systems. Our analysis supported a sample audit of the client’s trade promotion activity which resulted in detailed, actionable recommendations to strengthen internal controls and improve data quality.
A smooth, quick, financial transition for the food manufacturer provided several benefits, including:
- The assembly and transformation of a new financial and accounting function.
- Ongoing, timely, and accurate monthly accounting services.
- Established accounting policies, internal controls, and procedures for the new entity.
- SAP user acceptance testing.
- Financial reporting functional transformation and improvements.