Plant Controller

Arvin, CA 93203

Posted: 05/22/24 Industry: Manufacturing / Plant Job Number: 1796857

Job Description

Join Our Team as a Plant Controller

Are you passionate about driving financial excellence within manufacturing operations? We're seeking a dynamic and experienced Plant Controller to join our team and play a pivotal role in our company's success.

Position Summary

The Plant Controller is a key member of both the Plant and Accounting leadership teams. The person in this position is expected to provide strong financial leadership which drives effective decision making in all areas of the Plant. This person will also be responsible for costing all activities down to the SKU and customer levels in order to produce gross margin analysis that can be used to drive decision making. This person will be a key point person in designing the future standard costing system to be used at the Plant. This person will also be responsible for planning and coordinating the annual Plant Budget.


The Plant Controller will report directly to the Corporate Controller and works closely with the

Department Managers throughout the Plant. This position also interacts heavily with other accounting, payroll, data and operational specialists and analysts.

Company Description

located in Arvin, California, is a specialty potato company whose mission is to delight the consumer with great-tasting, easy-to-prepare, inspirational potato products.

Position Details:

Report to: Corporate Controller

Employment Category: Full-Time Regular

Pay Range: $100, 000 - $150, 000

Location: On-site


Understand, track, and report direct and indirect plant cost drivers, labor productivity, and

associated overheads. Update standard costs and costing model as appropriate.

Analyze core accounts and key performance indicators for all areas of product and plant costs.

Assist accounting team with monthly book close process and partner with plant management to

explain favorable and unfavorable variances to historical actuals, plan (budget and forecast), and

benchmarks monthly.

Partner with Plant Operations on monthly inventory roll-forward exercises and year-end audited

inventory observation. Analyze results and make any recommendations to management who will

certify results.

Embrace Lean Six Sigma and support a continuous improvement culture. Collaborate with Plant

Management to identify inefficiencies and implement proposed solutions.

Help build annual plant budget and mid-year forecast with documented assumptions, department level

detail and full operational partnership.

Partner with FP&A team and sponsoring managers to prepare financial business cases for plant

capital project requests. Reconcile CIP and in-service assets with accounting team monthly to

ensure fixed assets are accurate. Update capital tracker to report spend-to-plan, report variances,

compare NPV, IRR, ROA/ROI, ROE, Payback and other capital metrics to expectations and

benchmarks. Perform post implementation analysis to determine whether plant projects meet the

pro forma expectations.

Provide data for and participate in quarterly gross margin reviews. Analyze information and provide

recommendations to management for decision making purposes.

Identify inefficient, non-value-added processes or performance improvement opportunities within

various plant departments, and partner with operational teams to seek solutions and develop

corrective action as needed.

Maintain well organized financial records and repositories with high attention to accuracy and detail.

Be mindful of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and statutory financial regulations.

Prioritize workload to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.

Exhibit excellent communication skills, written and verbal, with the ability to clearly communicate

with all levels of management and staff while maintaining confidentiality as appropriate.


5-10 years of relevant experience preferably in an agricultural or manufacturing environment

Extensive experience with product costing models in and outside of an ERP platform

Ability to lead and influence others with a results driven mindset and strong project management.

Experience in positions that require analysis and reporting financial results

Advanced skills with the entire Microsoft suite and ERP systems

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to assess complex situations, develop

actionable plans and successfully execute under stressful conditions.

Able to engage cooperatively and constructively with co-workers, staff, and operations management

Able to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information.

Strong organizational skills.

Able to work independently and handle multiple demands simultaneously.


Must have a 4-year degree with concentration in Cost Accounting or Operations Management

CPA, CMA or MBA a plus


Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills. Company has a complete benefits

package, including health, dental, vision and life insurance, company matched 401(k) and bonuses.

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