Plant Controller

March 21, 2024
St. Louis, Mo
Job Type



  • Analyze actual manufacturing costs and generate periodic reports comparing standard allocated costs to actual production costs
  • Prepare estimates for new or proposed product costs
  • Classify labor, material, and overhead costs to calculate the unit cost of fertilizer products
  • Analyze changes in product formulation, raw materials, manufacturing methods, or services to determine their impact on costs
  • Report operational data and key accounting metrics to support management in controlling expenditures and preparing operating budgets
  • Ensure timely and accurate completion of accounting activities, including inventory valuation, product costing, period closing & reporting, budgeting/forecasting, fixed asset management, and overall asset and liability control
  • Participate in continuous improvement exercises related to reporting and financial performance
  • Establish and maintain processes, procedures, and reports for monitoring success in various areas
  • Manage day-to-day accounting functions, month-end close activities, internal and external reporting, and annual audits
  • Support invoicing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, procurement, and general ledger accounting as needed
  • Contribute to the timely and accurate issuance of financial statements and provide meaningful variance analysis on business performance
  • Engage regularly with internal and external stakeholders, demonstrating effective partnership skills and strong communication
  • Provide proactive unsolicited consultation, interpretation, and education on complex financial and operational matters to departmental leaders to support decision-making
  • Oversee and reconcile month-end inventory counts and plant cycle counts
  • Identify and investigate cost and inventory variances, resolving issues promptly
  • Analyze plant operating costs in detail and recommend actions to increase profitability, improve financial reporting efficiency, and enhance long-term return on investment
  • Advise plant operations and leadership on the financial implications of operating strategies and cost control actions


  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or business administration
  • At least 6-10 years of experience with high growth manufacturing company/inventory management, preferably as a controller with cost accounting experience
  • Experience with product cost modeling and internal control management
  • CPA, CMA certification is a plus
  • Self-motivated with the ability to apply and continually develop technical skills
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to utilize multiple sources of information to determine solutions
  • Highly Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Ability to analyze complex business problems and make sound business decisions
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