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Controller

Reference Number: 5737-SMB
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Function as a business partner with plant and financial management to effectively manage and control the local business. Lead the financial staff at the plant and be accountable for plant level responsibilities including general accounting, payables, order entry, billing, cost accounting, bill of materials, business analysis, financial reporting, sales management, and computer operations. Will also liaison with corporate financial staff, as required.
Manage the timely completion of the month-end financial close. 
Prepare all post-closing plant financial analysis, performance reports, and meaningful commentary 
Prepare and coordinate the annual budget at the plant level. 
Prepare, maintain and analyze product FIFO costs 
Support the analytical needs of the Corporate Controller and all other groups financial management 
Partner with plant management to increase plant efficiency and profitability 
Prepare analysis to understand the financial ramifications of current and proposed business actions 
Identify issues and proactively initiate analyses/solutions to plant issues 
Ensure compliance with company policies and procedures 
Oversee and reconcile inventory cycle counts and conduct annual physical inventory 
Assist in preparation of capital appropriations requests 
Track cost reduction projects and maintain required reporting 
Ad hoc analysis as needed by local or group management 
Support six sigma by auditing results and suggesting new projects.
Prepare monthly reports of results, monthly forecasts, annual operating plan, and strategic planning. 
Responsible for internal controls at the plant for operations, sales, and finance. 
Analyze and accurately report current month’s financial results to the plant, sales, and corporate management in accordance with corporate format and time requirements. 
Submit all financial transactions, transmissions, and reporting on a timely and accurate basis. 
Ensure accuracy of the physical inventory and reported results. Investigate and explain the book to physical adjustments. 
Perform audits of bills of materials to ensure product costs are accurate and accounted for properly. Report audit results monthly. 
Ensure timely and accurate input of bill of material and price code changes. 
Ensure bill of material and costing accurately reflect production operations. 
Maintain a perpetual inventory for finished goods and reconcile this perpetual to production, shipping, and returns on a daily basis. 
Attend daily plant production meetings. 
Perform daily walkthroughs of the plant with the General Manager to discuss production and costing issues. Review labor reporting and cost, material costs, manufacturing overhead, distribution cost, returns and inventory levels. 
Conduct formal meetings with manufacturing, finance, and sales management personnel to discuss all plant issues. Develop and publish a formal agenda and recap with actions to be taken. 
Document and understand ERP/MRP systems, hardware, and reporting conventions and serve as the on-site IT expert. 
Analyze potential excess and obsolete inventory items monthly. 
Reconcile all inter-company accounts monthly. 
Analyze internal controls to ensure assets are adequately safeguarded and results are accurately reported. 
Assure adherence to Generally Accepted Accounting Policies. Resolve questions of GAAP and internal controls with corporate financial management. 
Assist in the completion of special projects as needed.

 

Requirements
B.S. in Accounting or Business Administration. 
5-10 years as plant controller or cost manager in a manufacturing environment, reporting and variance analysis. 
Demonstrated leadership as part of a cross-functional plant management team. 
Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
Sound planning and organizational skills. 
Skills in Excel, Access, IQMS, Crystal Reports, and database creation and management
High level of proficiency in PC spreadsheets and ERP/MRP systems. 
Manufacturing and plastics experience is required.