Job Openings


Job ID: BH489765

Category: Controller, Assistant Controller

Specialty: Accounting & Finance

The Plant Controller is responsible for partnership with executive business group leadership to drive comprehensive understanding of cost performance and planning at multiple domestic manufacturing facilities.  This role will drive forecasted cost modeling allowing for strategic planning on capacity, make vs buy scenarios, and manufacturing footprint alignment.  The role will be both a strategic thinker and an individual tactical contributor comfortable with influencing and educating multiple levels within the organization to achieve results.  The role is a key partner with each plant operations manager, driving performance review and delivering recommendations for cost optimization strategies. This role will specifically work with the plants in Whitewater and Jefferson, WI. The individual can sit at our corporate headquarters in Waukesha with visits to the plants or sit in either of the plant locations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Prepare and present monthly costing KPI’s from the manufacturing facilities including but not limited to: variances in spend, labor efficiencies, material variances, and cost of goods produced

Understand and present monthly manufacturing variances in a manner which enables clear understanding, leading to driving performance improvements

Review monthly spend to budget, providing analytics and insight into deviations.

Utilize data mining techniques to research, model, and generate “what if” scenarios on facilities, production transfers, and component make / buy decisions.

Identify and drive common costing structure between domestic manufacturing facilities

Assist in annual budget and quarterly forecast process

Build and maintain forecasted labor and overhead rates to be used in strategic planning

Identify issues with system transactions creating variances and work with Operations team to implement corrective actions.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 5 years’ experience working in a manufacturing facility or similar environment
  • 2 years of ERP experience 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • SAP and BI experience 
  • Cost accounting experience
  • Experience working for a global manufacturing company
  • Experience with standard costing and manufacturing variance analytics
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills with the ability to create and maintain complex excel models
  • Able to influence others without direct authority and work effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Excellent interpersonal, management, motivation and analytical skills 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to translate financial information to a non-financial audience
  • Ability to convert metrics into meaningful information
  • Self-starter with initiative and vision; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, cross functional environment
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines while navigating conflicting priorities  

The Planet Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Type: Direct

Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin