General Purpose of the Plant Controller:
The Controller shall hold responsibility for managing the overall financial operations, and will provide accurate information to the Business Team, including analysis, budgeting, forecasting and preparing financial reports. The Controller will be responsible for directing and managing the company’s accounting functions, including establishing and maintaining accounting principles, practices, and procedures as well as the preparation of financial statements and reporting to top management and externally. The Controller also maintains the company’s accounting systems and implements changes as required. Domestic travel is required.

Essential Functions of the Plant Controller:

Responsibilities that are requirements in order to perform the job:

  • Manage the accounting operations including the review of journal entries, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and statutory reporting
  • Responsible for accuracy of all inventory and fixed asset values in the accounting system
  • Maintain and analyze the company’s cost accounting system
  • Develop and update standard costs in the bill of materials and for inventory valuation
  • Planning, studying and collecting data to determine costs of manufacturing activity such as raw material purchases, inventory and labor
  • Work closely with plant personnel to ensure they are following company inventory procedures
  • Coordinate cycle counts and annual physical inventory including the investigation of major variances to determine root causes
  • Validate the cost of goods sold as part of the month-end close
  • Participate in bill of material set up, maintenance and review for manufactured items and assist in making estimates for new and proposed product costs
  • Establish and monitor internal controls to ensure that accounting activities are in accordance with established legal regulatory and company policies and procedures
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Prepare, analyze and present monthly, quarterly and annual operating results for each department
  • Work with operations to define, measure, analyze, improve and control current processes which impact customer quality and influence internal operating efficiency
  • Provide strategic analysis as required to drive improved decision making
  • Work with external auditors, and internal business teams
  • Prepare and present financial information for quarterly and annual reports
  • Work with sales team on product pricing, costing and margins
  • Good project management skills and the ability to motivate teams to produce quality work within tight time frames
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent leadership, communication, presentation, problem solving and organizational skills are essential
  • Ability to adapt to and learn new software
  • Able to work efficiently as a part of a team as well as independently
  • High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis, and/or reasoning to identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts
  • Able to work well under pressure and meet set deadlines
  • Good organizational, time management and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to interpret and implement company policies and procedures
  • Attention to detail in all areas of work
  • Responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of financial information
  • Implementation and management of internal controls with respect to financial policies, processes and procedures
  • Provides advice and guidance on all accounting matters including financial systems, record keeping, analysis, and reporting
  • Coordinating the year-end audit and preparation of audited financial statements
  • Responsible for the preparation of monthly financial statements and external reporting to financial institutions, ensuring that all reporting requirements are met
  • All other financial reporting to various companies and agencies
  • Generation of reports of performance against budgets
  • Supporting new systems or project selections and implementation from a strategic finance and internal control perspective
  • Ensures rapid and consistent collection of receivables by refining and implementing control mechanisms
  • Assigns and authorizes checks, purchase orders and invoices
  • Promotes and maintains positive corporate relations with the financial community
  • With input from the Corporate Finance Manager, responsible for the formulation of accounting policies, procedures and controls
  • Interact and support other accounting staff as necessary

Supportive Functions:

In addition to performance of the essential functions, this position may be required to perform a combination of supportive functions based on business needs:

  • Other related duties and required or assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Thorough knowledge of all relevant Federal, State, and local requirements regarding financial records, pension, profit sharing, and the like is essential
  • Proficient communication, interpersonal and organizational skills are vital to the role
  • Knowledge of accounting principles, practices and applications
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and analysis techniques
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office and Excel
  • Ability to attend and conduct presentations
  • Ability to work overtime, if necessary

Education/Experience Guidelines:

  • Degree in Business/Accounting, with advanced degree or professional accounting designation (such as CA, CPA, CGA, CMA, CMT) preferred
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of corporate accounting and financial management
  • Experience overseeing audits performed by external audit firms
  • Financial analysis, budgeting and some strategic planning experience

Physical Demands:

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions:

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and color vision. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk and stand, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

This job description is a summary of the typical functions of the job, not a comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties. The responsibilities, tasks and duties of the individual performing the job may differ from those outlined, and other functions, as assigned, might be part of the job.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Statement:
Sumitomo Bakelite North America Holding Inc., and all its affiliate companies, is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination. We do not discriminate based on race, color, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, age, military or veteran status, genetic information, height, weight, familial status or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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