The Plant Controller is responsible for planning and directing all financial & accounting operational functions, including budgeting, forecasting, reporting, compliance, and more. The controller works with cross-functional teams at the Winona plant, and with finance partners at the corporate office in Columbus, Ohio.
Duties and Responsibilities
BUDGETING & FORECASTING
Weekly, monthly, and annual reporting pertaining to costing, forecasts, and operations.
Be an active leader and participant in cost improvement projects, including tracking of target savings.
Participate in new business quote reviews. Provide financial analysis to determine the pricing of the project.
ACCOUNTING & REPORTING
Analyze and accurately report the current month’s financial results to the plant and corporate management following corporate format and time requirements.
General accounting, AP submission to corporate office, cost accounting, etc.
Reconcile all inter-company accounts monthly.
Reconcile accounts for the plant every month and complete the month-end closure process.
PURCHASING & INVENTORY
Responsible for approvals of all material purchases and is a backup for materials purchasing individual
Leader of physical inventory processing and reporting, including investigating variances.
Maintain a perpetual inventory and reconcile this to production, shipping, and returns.
Lead the physical (wall to wall) inventory process.
Work with plant operations team to ensure accurate perpetual inventories are maintained.
Analyze potential excess and obsolete inventory items.
Adherence to Generally Accepted Accounting Policies (GAAP).
Oversight of internal controls for local plant operations, ensuring adequate safeguarding of assets and reporting accuracy.
Perform walk throughs of the plant with the Plant Director, as needed, to discuss production and cost issues. Review labor reporting and costs, material costs, manufacturing overhead, distribution cost, returns, and inventory levels.
Conduct formal meetings with manufacturing, finance, and sales management personnel, both at the plant or with corporate, to discuss plant issues, as needed.
Evaluate capital expenditure projects, including appropriate need and cost along with return on investment analysis where necessary.
Champion and train plant staff on business systems, including ERP/MRP and reporting conventions.
Serve as the on-site business systems expert.
Audit bills of materials to ensure accurate production costs.
Ensure timely and accurate input of bill of material and price code changes.
Ensure bill of material and costing accurately reflect the operations of production.
Calculate and set standard costing rates.
Required Education, Skills, and Experience
5-10 years as Sr. Accountant or similar role in a manufacturing environment, emphasizing cost accounting, reporting, forecasting, and variance analysis.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
Advanced Microsoft Office proficiency and experience with MRP systems.
Professional communication skills and ability to build strong working relationships across cross-functional teams.
Heightened organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills
Ability to critically think and solve complex financial and accounting challenges.
Preferred Education, Qualifications, and Experience
Master’s degree in Accounting or Finance, with relevant working experience in a controller or similar role
10+ years experience in a plant controller role