Job Openings Plant Controller - Manufacturing

About the job Plant Controller - Manufacturing

Job Title: Plant Controller

Department: Finance

Reports To: Chief Financial Officer

FLSA Status: Exempt


The Plant Controller position functions as a business partner with plant and financial management to effectively manage and control the business. Reporting to the CFO, key areas of responsibilities include spend analysis, material & labor variance analysis, forecasting, management and reporting, asset safeguarding and evaluating/tracking cost out opportunities. Will also partner with corporate financial staff, as required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following

Financial Reporting/Forecasting:

  • Prepare monthly reports of results, monthly forecasts, annual operating plan, and strategic planning for Cost of Goods Sold items
  • Develop and/or review budget/forecast inputs such as component material cost, bills of material, labor & overhead rates, and expense budgets for manufacturing and service departments.
  • Ensure the bill of material and costing accurately reflect production operations.
  • Perform audits of bills of materials to ensure production costs are accurate and accounted for properly. Report audit results monthly.
  • Determine the appropriate inventory levels of finished goods and adjust the level based on production, shipping, and returns.
  • Ensure accuracy of physical inventory, investigate and explain variances.

Spend Analysis and Control:

  • Review labor reporting and cost, material costs, manufacturing overhead, distribution cost, returns, and inventory levels. Highlight opportunities for improvement
  • Cost analysis- review and understand major operational cost drivers, including reporting of key parameters
  • Labor analysis, including periodic reporting of key labor data/statistics
  • Develop cost estimates for new product initiatives
  • Review production variances (materials & labor) with management and help drive to root cause- in the particular review of scrap data by area
  • As needed, capture relevant material content, scrap, workforce, and throughput rates of the department for use in updating Standard to Actual.
  • Analyze potential excess and obsolete inventory items monthly
  • Work closely with Operations Management to recommend optimum factory planning


  • Responsible for internal controls at the plant for operations, sales, and finance
  • Attend daily plant production meetings.
  • Other Duties- Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.


  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or Business Administration
  • 5+ years as a Plant Controller or Cost Manager in a manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge and experience of accounting computer applications
  • Good technical computing skills, including high-level excel and the ability to work with data across multiple platforms
  • Experience using an ERP system
  • Inventory Management experience is a plus

Skills and Abilities:

  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to drive results
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Good problem-analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Investigative mind
  • Team player who can work well on a cross-functional basis with excellent communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and plan work activities. Uses time efficiently, develops realistic action plans

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Working in an office and factory environment, the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts, and vibration.

Our client is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace employer.