Plant Controller

  • Location
    East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Category:
    Accounting & Finance - Accountant - General
  • Job Type:
    Direct Hire
  • Job reference:
  • Salary:
    $ 100000 - $ 120000

Parker + Lynch has partnered with one of our best clients again to fill a Plant Controller job in East Brunswick, NJ.  We are looking for a Plant Controller that will be a business partner with plant and financial management to effectively manage and control manufacturing operations. The successful candidate will lead the financial staff at the plant and will be accountable for plant-level responsibilities including general accounting, payables, order entry, billing, cost accounting, bill of materials, business analysis, and financial reporting. This individual will also work on the close process with our corporate financial/accounting teams.
The focus of this specialized, technically oriented position is on meeting and exceeding high standards of accuracy and quality based on established systems, technologies and guidelines. Strength in problem solving based on expertise and experience, and a strong commitment to efficiently achieve high quality results is required. A thoughtful, persevering, self-disciplined approach to achieving accurate, detailed work is essential.
A key aspect of this job includes the ongoing identification of problems and the development of sound, carefully thought-out solutions. Problem solving focused on proven systems and technologies and established organizational relationships.
The candidate will be expected to deliver high quality, accurate results, while efficiently maintaining and enhancing existing organizational systems and standards.
Job Responsibilities include but not limited to:
  • Prepare monthly reports of results, monthly forecasts, annual operating plan, and strategic planning.
  • Responsible for internal control for the operations team and any other function within the plant.
  • Analyze and accurately report current month’s financial results to the President and corporate management in accordance with corporate format and time requirements.
  • Ensure accuracy of the physical inventory and reported results. Investigate and explain book to physical adjustments.
  • Perform audits of bills of materials to ensure product costs are accurate and accounted for properly. Report audit results on a periodic basis.
  • 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 periodic basis.
  • Perform wallkthroughs of the plant when requested to discuss production and costing issues.
  • Review labor reporting and cost, material costs, manufacturing overhead, distribution cost, returns and inventory levels.
  • Oversee the monthly closing and consolidation process for the plant, including review of journals entries, account reconciliations prepared as part of the close, internal controls and other closing related procedures.
  • Document and understand ERP/MRP systems, hardware, and reporting conventions.
  • Analyze and communicate 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.
  • Provide support for treasury, tax compliance and external auditors.
  • Assist in the completion of special projects.
  • Assist in the preparation and analysis of financial reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Job Requirements and Job Qualifications 
  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience in Accounting in a manufacturing environment and at least 5 years of strong cost accounting knowledge
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as the position requires direct interaction with external auditors, senior management and other accounting groups.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Prior experience and proficiency with Accounting systems and Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Good working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required. MBA and/or CPA highly desired.
  • Travel is required for this position (up to 25%)