Plant Controller

DESCRIPTION

The Plant Controller is responsible for plant financial reporting. Coordinates the preparation of annual budgets and monthly forecasts. Prepares the financial reporting for internal and corporate use. Monitors and reports variances versus budget; proposes alternatives to minimize variances impact. Works with Engineering and Production on bill of material (BOM) accuracy to ensure inventory valuation accuracy. Provides strategic recommendations for improving operational performance. Properly applies internal control and accounting practices and policies in the factory.

This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to work in a business group and to evaluate current policies and procedures and make recommendations. We’re looking for a person with innovative and creative ideas to increase the impact and efficiency of the group. High energy levels, superior intellect, and extensive cost comprehension skills will enable the candidate to succeed in a professionally rewarding and growing business environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepare/manage the strategic planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes
  • Prepare/ensure that financial reporting processes comply with GAAP and the company’s financial procedures, with an emphasis on manufacturing and inventory accounting issues such as product costing and FIFO/LIFO valuation
  • Maintain controls throughout the business unit to safeguard the assets of the company and to identify potential risks in a timely manner
  • Work with Plant Manager and Operations Manager to prepare monthly forecast and weekly tracking against the forecast
  • Work with Operations Manager on direct labor reporting/management and efficiency improvements. Analyze material yields, operating outputs, and departmental spending.
  • Develop (train) and instruct administrative staff (Customer Service, Purchasing, Accountant)
  • Prepare all daily, weekly, and period end operational performance reports with comments and recommendations for corrective action (KPIs)
  • Assist plant manager in presenting monthly operating results to top management
  • Maintain proper internal controls over all factory assets, including accounts receivable, raw materials, supplies, machine parts, capital equipment and petty cash
  • Perform spot audits of all accounting systems and internal reporting
  • Provide guidance in the use and maintenance of IQMS
  • Provide follow-up to corporate on payable discrepancies
  • Work with internal personnel to ensure they’re following proper controls and procedures
  • Perform periodic internal audits to verify internal controls
  • Coordinate with engineering and operations to ensure proper documentation of amounts, savings justification, and follow-up of expected results, expenditure tracking, and retired asset disposition documentation
  • Assist with completing Capital Expense Requests (CERs); review all requests for proper ROI and justification
  • Drive business goals such as cost reduction initiatives, working capital management, and return on capital employed to ensure that they are adequately measured, managed, and achieved
  • Provide management with daily, weekly, and monthly strategic tools; monitor and report to drive business results
  • Drive excess expense and capital out of the business
  • Implement best financial and accounting practices in all locations and benchmark external and internal operations
  • Reconcile accounts in a timely and complete manner
  • Understand manufacturing operations (walk the floor)
  • Partner with the Plant Manager and supply information to inform decision-making
  • Coach the non-financial members of the plant team on the basics of finance to ensure the whole business team understands the cost drivers of their operations
  • Provide financial advice to constituencies in a matrix environment, including Plant Managers, Product General Managers, and the Sales organization

REQUIREMENTS

  • 7+ years of progressive accounting management experience including cost accounting, finance, or general accounting
  • Manufacturing focus and/or experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical skills
  • Computer proficiency
  • Must be a self-starter able to handle difficult reporting situations

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s degree; MBA preferred
  • Professional designation such as CPA or CMA preferred
  • Strong supervisory experience in managing clerical personnel
  • Strong computer skills, with experience using spreadsheets and budgeting models

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.

VISUAL ACUITY

  • Worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as:
    • Preparing and analyzing data and figures
    • Transcribing
    • Viewing a computer screen
    • Extensive reading
    • Visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operating machines
    • Using measurement devices
    • Assembly or fabrication of parts at distance close to the eyes

CONDITIONS

  • Worker is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work)

Position location: Grand Rapids, MI

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ABOUT VIANT

At Viant, we focus on providing end-to-end solutions for medical device OEMs. Our deep materials expertise—combined with our experience in engineering, manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and sterilization—allows us to bring our customers’ healthcare solutions to market. We have facilities across the U.S. and around the world, including low-cost facilities in Costa Rica, China, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Viant provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Viant complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.