Kerry Group

Plant Controller

Kerry Group
Seattle, US
Not disclosed
27 Jun 2022
27 Jul 2022
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment

About the role

The Plant Controller will work closely with plant management on all aspects of the financial operations of the plant for example, explaining and managing the plant costs, the product costing, the plant working capital and cap ex; part of the role will be the identification of cost savings and efficiency opportunities, for Management to make timely and informed decisions concerning business financial performance and enhance profitability.

What you´ll do

  • Partner with all members of the site leadership team to ensure ownership and accountability of financial performance, whilst identifying process improvement and cost reduction opportunities across all plant related cost categories (materials, labor, equipment, indirect purchases, inventory)
  • Partner with commercial finance on product costing and new product introduction to support the strategic pricing process
  • Partner with Supply Chain to help aligning Supply & Demand and enhance productivity together with working capital management
  • Present plant financial analysis and scorecard to plant and business unit management, with strong emphasis on Operational performance linked to Productivity and Loss Management
  • Preparation of all daily, weekly, period end operational performance reports with comments and recommendation for corrective actions
  • Partner with the Plant Manager in the monthly presentation of operating results to business unit management, and future strategical decisions for the plant
  • Responsible for Month-End period closing and associated balance sheet management, accruals and purchase order reconciliation
  • Accountable for strong process adherence across the plant for all relevant metrics including, but not limited, to Inventory Control and Risk Management, Cycle Counting Accuracy, Inventory Obsolescence, Vendor Payment Management and Customer Billing (AP and AR are centralized, but the plant processes are key to a smooth operation)
  • The plant controller is expected to understand the processes sufficiently to support the operation of them, and whilst not responsible for day-to-day completion, they are the site gatekeeper to ensure compliance
  • Capital projects submission, ROI calculation (if needed) and performance reporting
  • Budgeting, Forecasting and Financial Planning
  • Kerry Best Practice Implementation
  • All other duties as assigned
  • Reports directly to the Operation Finance Direct for the business unit, dotted-line into the Plant Manage

What you´ll need to be successful

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Accounting required
  • CPA, CMA or equivalent is desired but not required
  • Proficient knowledge of Excel, SAP and Accounting Systems and experience with performance-based measurement highly desired. Good knowledge of Excel and associated systems is essential. ERP/SAP and Company specific systems training will be provided as required
  • Strong analytical mindset with attention to detail, good communication, organization, prioritization and time management skills while handling multiple ongoing projects in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Prior experience with long term strategic planning, investing analysis, acquisition, capital, cost management, capital reporting, budgeting, forecasting, profitability analysis, financial reporting, managing fixed assets, closing the books, processing accounts receivable and accounts payable, budgeting, intercompany allocations, year-end audit and technical accounting are all highly desired
  • Experience in commercial and manufacturing (food, chemical or Pharmaceutical industry) very beneficial, but not required
  • Experienced in leading people and working in matrix management environments

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here 

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below. 

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