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Plant Controller
LocationSouth Chicago Packing LLC
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Position Description:
The Plant Controller leads finance and accounting for a growing, family owned business with a rich history in Chicago. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated, self-starter capable of being the strategic business partner to the Division President, Operations, and Sales teams. Must have a proven track record of financial leadership and process improvement in a manufacturing environment.

Primary Responsibilities:
+ Prepare or review monthly journal entries in order to provide an accurate representation of financial performance; participate in month-end and year-end accounting close processes
+ Prepare various components of the monthly financial statement package, such as the balance sheet, income statement, cash flow; include comparison to plan/budget and prior period actuals where requested
+ Oversee inventory management procedures such as cycle counting, monthly physical counts and weekly raw material utilization report
+ Analyzing cost data related to contribution margin results; focus on inventory consumption, utilization of manufacturing processes, and direct labor absorption

+ Actively participate in the pricing process with Sales, Operations and Procurement teams by analyzing costs, margins and trends
+ Identify and evaluate pricing, margin, and purchasing opportunities and assist in developing and executing sales strategies
+ Update bill-of-material and labor routings as needed; include yearly standard updates tied to the plan/budget
+ Lead Finance/Accounting, Sales, and Operations team members as appropriate; this includes participation in meetings, becoming a more informed and valuable member of teams, and therefore the organization overall
+ Work with Cost Accounting to develop various analytics along the lines of business segment, center, channel profitability, or other aspects deemed insightful
+ Support the Sales, Operations, or Finance/Accounting areas with any special analysis or projects, as needed
+ Assist in maintaining fixed asset records and analyzing capital requests
+ Assist in the creation and vetting of the annual plan/budget process, working with Cost Accounting, Sales and Operations on contribution margin items
+ Conduct financial evaluations for new business opportunities and projects
+ Support the updating of the SKU-profitability/Activity Based Costing (cost drivers, activity drivers) models for SCP
+ Update the financial model monthly with actual results and new forecasts on an as needed basis to establish financial projections
+ Serve as back up to the South Holland Financial Analyst in maintaining and refining the financial model used for budgeting and forecasting; this includes the income statement, balance sheet, cash flow, debt schedule, bank information, and other pertinent data points
+ Performs other functions as assigned
Supervisory/Management Responsibilities:
+ Ability to simultaneously lead and manage multiple projects
+ Manage accounting and finance functions related to the business
+ Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related area
+ High computer proficiency; specifically, with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, worksheet functionality and use of graphs and charts
+ Experience and knowledge of an ERP system
+ 2 – 3 years of supervisory, management or project management experience
+ 3 - 5 years General Ledger Accounting experience and exposure to manufacturing financial analysis or a standard cost accounting environment
+ Strong business acumen with continuous improvement mindset
+ Strong accounting and analytical skills needed to verify the integrity of data being used
+ Demonstrated working knowledge of Internal Controls and GAAP
+ Strong organizational skills; detail-oriented with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness
+ Able to work independently and in a team environment
+ Effectively communicate with all levels of the team; excellent oral and written communication skills
Preferred Skills/Knowledge
+ Food manufacturing experience a plus
+ Experience conducting financial analysis, planning, and modeling
+ Highly detailed orientated: Must have a passion for accuracy, doing things right and following policies
+ Problem solving: Able to identify problems and use logic, judgement, and data to evaluate alternatives and recommend solutions to achieve the desired results.
+ Highly collaborative:Must support all areas of the business and work closely with all stakeholders and departments.
+ Communication: Able to use a broad range of communication styles, chooses the appropriate style, and effectively communicates to an audience.
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