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Plant Controller

Position Id: MJB4805
Plant Controller
Summary:
The Plant Controller will be a critical Accounting & Finance role that will be a part of the plant leadership team in its brewery in Glendale, Arizona. This role is responsible for financial leadership at the facility, ensuring a well-controlled environment for operations. In partnership with the full plant team in Glendale, as well as with the team in Chicago, the plant controller will lead and execute the development of standard product costs, month-end close activities, budgeting and forecasting processes, and ERP/General Ledger control assurance. Providing financial support to key operational initiatives will also be a critical function of the role including overseeing plant TTB compliance processes.
Job Duties:
1. Operational Support (25%)
• Partner with plant operations to ensure the accuracy of production records
• Develop labor costing model for brewing, blending and packaging operations
• Partner with plant leadership and operations to develop a continuous pipeline of productivity initiatives and support with financial valuations
• Provide financial analysis in support of ad hoc plant and corporate initiatives

2. Process Management & Controls (25%)
• Oversee plant TTB compliance processes and controls
• Develop, maintain, and ensure adherence to financial and operational controls
• Manage audit control testing protocols and procedures
• Create and manage cost routings for key activities (e.g. labor, overhead, utilities)
3. Month End Close (25%)
• Review P&L accounts, providing critical insights on changes vs budget, forecast and prior year
• Calculate and process necessary journal entries in ERP system
• Ensure accuracy of inventory and associated sub-ledger transactions
• Develop management reporting on various timeline cycles for review with plant and corporate leadership
• Prepare month-end balance sheet account reconciliations
• Lead year-end financial activities
• Other activities as necessary in support of the monthly general ledger close

4. Budget and Forecast (20%)
• Lead the process of creating standard costs and variance planning for annual budget and periodic forecasts
• Develop cause of change analytics and reporting
• Create budget standards and manage standard costs for all WIP and finished good items

5. Team & Leadership Functions (5%)
• Continue to develop and provide training to team members
• Ongoing assessment of resourcing needed to support the business and meet our objectives
• Build and update resource contingency plans

Background Requirements:
Qualifications, Education, & Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Master’s degree in Accounting a plus.
• Minimum 7 years of accounting and finance experience
• Minimum 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment
• Cost accounting and standard product costing experience with complex bills of materials
• Experience in the CPG industry, particularly food and beverage, preferred; Experience in alcohol industry highly preferred
• Experience building labor costing models
• Demonstrated expertise using ERP systems and Microsoft Excel

Skills & Abilities
• Comfortable handling large amount of data, with the ability to see the big picture to prioritize workload effectively
• Exceptional communication skills (oral and written)
• Adaptable and flexible to changing business needs but also laser-focused at being able to execute standard daily and monthly responsibilities
• Strong analytical, problem solving skills
• Possess a “can do” attitude and believes anything is possible with the right focus
• Able to work independently and “roll up your sleeves” to make things happen
• High intensity team player who thrives in a fast paced, high intensity, dynamic environment
• Results-oriented individual with a desire to manage change through to fruition
• Effective business systems thinker and a good understanding of business processes

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