Assistant Plant Controller in St Johns MN

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Assistant Plant Controller
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St Johns MN
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Job Types:
Accountant, Controller, Cost Accountant

Assistant Plant Controller

Supervisor s Title: Plant Controller

Department: Accounting

Exempt Status: Exempt

Job Summary

The assistant plant controller provides support to the plant controller and operations management; collaborating across cross-functional teams regularly. This role is responsible for financial planning, reporting and detailed analysis that drive managerial decisions and provide transparency on past and future plant performance. The assistant controller assists in ensuring that controls and processes are compliant with both industry standards and regulations; this role helps to identify areas for process improvements and drives action teams based on those findings.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for weekly, monthly, annual, as well as ad hoc operational and cost performance reporting for assigned areas. Able to analyze and interpret reports, as well as articulate results to others, including plant management.
  • Assist plant controller in closing monthly and yearly accounts; reviews balance sheet and income statement accounts and work performed by others; completes detailed variance analysis and reporting.
  • Responsibility for preparing complex models which explain key drivers of monthly Gross Margin performance v Budget/ Forecast and Operational KPI s such as Throughput, Yield, & Cost of Quality, as well as preparation of Budgets/ Forecasts for Gross Margin.
  • Prepare and analyze annual budgets and forecasts for assigned areas/departments of the plant.
  • Able to identify questionable results, investigate root cause, report findings and suggest solutions as necessary. Guide direct reports in researching and solving found discrepancies and issues in their own work, and assist them in implementing appropriate resolutions.
  • Manage physical inventory procedures, controls and analysis for finished goods, ingredients, packaging, cleaners, plant supplies, etc.
  • Oversee plant petty cash processes and controls.
  • Responsible for supervision and development of accounting staff, including execution of salaried and salaried non-exempt PDP processes and continuous performance feedback.

Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance; or a minimum of three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to define problems, collects data, establishes facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Proficient personal computer skills including electronic mail, record keeping, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, and handle multiply projects simultaneously.
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to supervisor and/or Human Resources
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals. Participates in special projects/ action teams.
  • Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge/skill.

Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, sitting, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Frequently involves reaching with hands and arms, standing and walking.
  • Occasionally involves crouching, stooping, kneeling, and/or climbing or balancing.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 10 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, work with the fingers, and perceive attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves sedentary physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of a primarily administrative nature.
  • Should be able to identify and distinguish colors, and see clearly at 20 inches or closer.

Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to loud noise levels (i.e. manufacturing equipment).
  • May be exposed to fumes and toxic chemicals.

Travel Requirements

    • Minimal overnight travel (up to 10%) by land and/or air.


Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

This is an accurate description of the essential functions of my position.

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