Plant Controller

  • Location
    Carol Stream, Illinois
  • Category:
    Accounting & Finance - Accountant - General
  • Job Type:
    Direct Hire
  • Job reference:

Parker Lynch is seeking a hands-on Plant Controller with solid manufacturing industry and cost accounting experience. The Plant Controller is responsible for all aspects of financial administration within their respective manufacturing facility.  This includes responsibilities in G/L accounting functions, financial statement preparation, timely month-end and year-end close, prepare and review accounting entries in accordance with GAAP, balance sheet account reconciliations, audit support and providing guidance on technical accounting issues.  This company located in Carol Stream offers outstanding benefits, limited travel and one of the best work/life balances in the Chicago land.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Variance Analysis & Reporting of Plant Operating Metrics - combination of financial and manufacturing metrics including, labor, machine utilization, shift performance, cost controls, inventory management, etc.
  • Support the Plant Manager & Supply Chain in developing & updating monthly production Plan, and measuring actual performance to Plan on a daily, weekly & monthly basis.
  • Work with Plant Operating staff to understand and improve processes & workflow including, raw materials processing, inventory management, quality assurance, shipping, and customer service.
  • Assist in financial close and monthly forecast for Plant
  • Will have specific Journal Entry responsibilities to support monthly close
  • Will be responsible for analyzing Plant P&L’s and conducting review with leadership team
  • Work with Plant Manager & staff in developing annual Plant Budget 
  • Observe, analyze, develop and update actual labor cost per line & machine
  • Assist with ERP implementation at the Plant level, as needed
  • Capital expenditure tracking & cost improvement tracking
  • Work with Inventory Control to develop cycle counting process for raw materials and finished goods
  • Assist with corporate reporting and standard cost updates
  • Help drive and support a performance culture in a dynamic, fast paced environment
  • Other projects & assignments as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field. 
  • Minimum 5 years of cost accounting experience.
  • Hands on, often working on Plant Floor with the team to understand and improve cost, processes, etc.

Skills and Knowledge Required:

  • Knowledge of plant accounting practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong planning, change management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to solve problems, achieve results and foster strong customer service orientation.
  • High degree of initiative, team building and dedication to effective positive change.
  • Advanced computer skills.  Advanced Excel skills required.