Plant Controller


Plant controllers are the captains of industry. They oversee the operation of factories and manufacturing plants, ensuring everything is running smoothly, despite the chaos that sometimes comes with a non-routine environment like manufacturing.

Plant controller jobs are excellent for people who like a challenge and want to work in fascinating, fast-paced industries.

What is a Plant Controller?

Plant controllers are responsible for managing their company's accounting and financial reporting processes. As a Plant Controller, you're responsible for overseeing the finances of the whole plant. Overall, you will play a key role in helping your team meet operational goals within budget constraints by monitoring and finding solutions to any deviations from these goals.


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Plant Controller Job Description

Plant Controller Job Overview

As a plant controller, you will oversee the daily accounting activities required to maintain the company's general ledger and produce accurate financial statements. You will also ensure the timely issuance of accounts payable checks, employee expense reports, and payroll. Your duties will also include assisting with periodic inventory counts, reconciling inventory and cost of goods sold on the general ledger, and resolving inventory discrepancies.

Responsibilities of a Plant Controller

  • Prepare monthly financial reports for the Plant Manager, Plant HR Manager and Plant Operations Manager
  • Review and analyze expenses for the plant and makes recommendations for cost improvements
  • Assist with the annual budgeting process
  • Maintain a cost accounting system to track production costs and manufacturing variances
  • Oversee general ledger accounting, including maintaining fixed asset records
  • Manage banking and cash flow activities
  • Ensure that internal controls are in place to safeguard financial assets
  • Comply with government requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; filing financial reports; advising management on needed actions
  • Prepare monthly financial statements for internal stakeholders
  • Analyze variances between actual versus budgeted expenses
  • Manage external audit processes

Plant Controller Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance
  • 5-7 years of experience in a financial leadership role
  • Strong ability to interpret and explain financial data to non-financial staff members
  • Knowledge of accounting systems and database management
  • Experience with accounting software
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as well as lead others


The ideal candidate for this position has excellent organizational skills, can work well under pressure, has strong attention to detail, is accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment and meeting tight deadlines, and has extensive experience with Microsoft Excel. The ability to prepare clear financial statements and communicate that information with non-accountants is also required. Familiarity with QuickBooks and Sage 100 accounting software is preferred but not required.

If you're looking for something that will keep you on your toes, a plant controller job could be perfect.

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