Plant Controller

Elkhart, Indiana |$90-100K | Job ID: 83578

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Job Description

LaSalle Network is working with an innovative CPG and food manufacturing company, specific to the meat industry to hire a Plant Controller for their growing production facility. This is a unique opportunity to be in a start-up environment, with the backing of a global CPG powerhouse. This is a role for someone who is looking for an entrepreneurial challenge in a company with aspirations to be leaders within the CPG world. The position will have both strategic and tactical elements and the person may wear different hats.

The Plant Controller is responsible for managing and directing all the finance efforts of the plant as well as supporting other administrative plant functions, as needed. This role will be accountable for all financial aspects of the plant in collaboration with plant management, while ensuring compliance with company policies. The Plant Controller will be instrumental in bringing analytical analyses to the leadership team to enable decisions that directly impact business performance and outcomes.

Plant Controller Responsibilities:

  • Assist management with monthly/quarterly/annual reporting package
  • Perform explanation for key variances in Price, Mix, Volume, and Cost Drivers
  • Analyze current and past financial data and performance
  • Prepare reports and projections based on this analysis
  • Establish and evaluate profit plans
  • Identify trends in financial performance and provide recommendations for improvement
  • Provide financial models and forecasting
  • Prepare budgeting and forecasts including ZBB (zero based budgeting)
  • Maintain accounting procedures and documentation
  • Maintain internal finance systems
  • Drive performance measurements from a financial view and monitor key accounts
  • Responsible for providing the organization and its management with appropriate financial and operating information
  • Work with other department groups on problems involving financial reporting, controls, and performance
  • Prepare annual budget in accordance with corporate process and manage the budget and estimates monthly through the year
  • Work with the Plant Manager and procurement team to reduce the inventory balance at the plant level
  • Lead the effort to identify cost savings improvement ideas for the plant
  • Track the actual performance of these savings, while partnering with local plant management and divisional team for cost savings ideas
  • Participate in continuous improvement teams to help drive improvement and positive change
  • Conduct plant audits to review inventories of fixed assets, finished product, work in process, raw materials, packaging, and spare parts in the storeroom
  • Review/update and create standard cost for each SKU for finished goods or WIP
  • Ensure all plant personnel and supervisors are adequately trained in all required accounting procedures, audit and review as needed
  • Review the storeroom to ensure cycle counts are complete and inventory is accurate - assist in full physical inventory as needed
  • First line approver in the procurement process on all plant requisitions
  • Responsible for making sure that the proper general ledger account and cost centers are correctly being used, this includes classification of plant and capital expenditures
  • Prepare all capital expenditure requests in AFETS for routing approvals and ensure all proper supporting documents are attached
  • Ensure all accounts payable and supplier inquiries are responded to in a timely fashion and effective corrective action occurs
  • Coordinate with quality to ensure all non-conforming material is properly placed and released from quality hold and dispositioned correctly
  • Perform month-end reconciliation and accounting close processes
  • Heavy focus on internal controls
  • Identify financial risks and develop appropriate action plans
  • Supervise and motivate staff and ensure successful completion of accounting duties and reports
  • Monitor performance of direct reports
  • Review direct reports and approve performance appraisals

Plant Controller Requirements:

  • Minimum education requirement: BA or BS in Accounting
  • 5-7 years of manufacturing experience in a senior level finance or accounting position and a solid understanding of standard cost accounting
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and projections. Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles
  • MS Office proficiency, SAP proficiency strongly preferred
  • Excellent professional communication – both written and verbal
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Collaboration skills
  • A team player with a positive, can-do attitude and agility to flex multiple work streams fluidly


If you are interested in this Plant Controller role and qualify per the above requirement, please apply today!

Thank you,

Heidi Starck
Associate Director, Executive Search
LaSalle Network

Keywords and Related Terms: cpg , food production , manufacturing , plant controller , operations leader , finance

LaSalle Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer m/f/d/v.

LaSalle Network is the leading provider of professional staffing and recruiting services. LaSalle has worked with more than 10,000 companies, ranging from Fortune 500s to start ups. With units specializing in accounting and finance, administrative, marketing, executive search, technology, supply chain, healthcare revenue cycle, call center, and human resources, LaSalle serves companies of all sizes and across all industries.