Plant Controller - (JJ11994)
**Job Requisition ID:**
The Plant Controller position is responsible for planning and coordinating plant budget and business planning activities in alignment with corporate policies and practices. The Plant Controller will provide financial direction to the plant and provide recommendations to improve site performance. This role is responsible for internal controls, month-end close, and supporting the management team with information and analytics on plant costs, inventory management, and continuous improvement opportunities. Key areas of responsibility will include; spend analysis, material & labor variance analysis, forecasting, KPI (key performance indicators) management and reporting, asset safeguarding, and evaluating/tracking cost out opportunities.
Support the Plant Manager, Business Unit Controller and VP of Fianance and Corporate Controller in all their financial reporting and analysis needs
Month-end Close - Responsible for monthly accounting close and reporting cycle, including balance sheet account reconciliations, key statistical entries, manufacturing variances and other financial reporting requirements.
General Accounting - Ensure compliance with Spartan policies and procedures in accordance with U.S. GAAP with respect to period recognition of costs, capital vs. expense, accruals, etc. Implement Standard Operating Procedures and make recommendations to improve them for potential adoption across all plants.
Cost Accounting - Responsible for monthly journal entries. Overhead analysis and reporting; including labor and overhead. Participate in plant problem solving and Continuous Improvement (CI) teams as finance subject matter expert by providing manufacturing support and analysis in such areas as process performance, line efficiency, capital spending, inventory management, customer service objectives, production costing, and cost reduction.
Data Integrity - Ensure that plant activity for production, shipments, plant expenses, and inventory adjustments are recorded timely and accurately so that information in the systems can be relied upon for accounting, financial reporting, supply chain execution, and analysis.
Internal Controls - Monitor and implement plant internal controls (in conjunction with corporate policies) as necessary to ensure reporting integrity, safeguard company assets, and identify risks
Planning & Forecasting - Coordinate the plant annual planning with preparation of the plant budget, monthly forecasts, and ongoing reporting and analysis of actual costs vs, budget, key drivers of variances, and identifying opportunities for cost management. This includes certain weekly spend and KPI reporting.
Spend Analysis and Control - Help investigation in weekly/monthly dashboard of spending, highlighting opportunities for improvement.
Support analysis and commentary of drivers behind variances, month to month vs. prior year, and forecast and budget.
Review production variances (materials & labor) with management and help drive to root cause.
Collate labor straight time and overtime daily and review with plant management.
Ensure correct codifications of expenses are in line with company standards
Monitors spending on key categories to include maintenance, supplies, and consumables, and support company initiatives to reduce spending.
Perform inventory cycle counts inter-month and period-end physicals in-line with Company instructions, document results, and suggest improvements.
Support working capital improvement plans.
When required, participate in capital expenditure development, and post spend audit
Key member of team identifying and driving implementation of cost out opportunities
Special Projects - Lead or assist special projects from time to time as part of the Corporate Finance team.
Estimate product costs to support quoting activities
Other tasks as assigned
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field.
At least 5-7 years' experience in a similar position
Strong cost accounting and inventory control experience within a manufacturing environment.
Comfortable walking the manufacturing floor daily and participating in plant operational meetings.
Knowledge of budgeting and forecasting techniques as well as proficiency with financial statement analysis and projection
Strong knowledge of US GAAP
Demonstrated expertise in MS Office, advanced knowledge in Excel
Good planning and organizational skills
Strong analytical skills
Experience in handling multiple concurrent tasks and meeting strict deadlines
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports and legal documents.
Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries from the business.
Ability to effectively communicate with management, public groups, peers and staff.
Must demonstrate the highest standards of personal and professional integrity and character and promote ethical business behavior throughout the organization
Excellent written and oral communication
Ability to look for new ways for the company to improve
Ability to lead and motivate teams to reach a common goal
Demonstrate strong and pragmatic business acumen
Strong team player
Demonstrated problem solver
Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision
High degree of initiative and flexibility
Understanding of computer driven process controls and enterprise resource systems in a manufacturing facility
Knowledge of data collection, data analysis, evaluation, and scientific method
Strong and consistent attention to detail
Willing to improve self / area / company (including pursing additional training, if needed)
The desire and ability to plan, organize and provide analysis in all phases of the accounting process to assure the facility has the tools needed to operate in an efficient & profitable manner
Sound judgment with the ability to make timely decisions
Able to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
Versatile, flexible, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities
Spartan Motors Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status or disability.