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Plant Controller

Salem, IL · Manufacturing

We seek a hands-on, experienced Plant Finance Manager to join the leadership team in this manufacturing operation.


If you are looking for a dynamic and challenging work environment, with the opportunity to expand your influence across the organization, grow personally and professionally with long-term goals, this position has much to offer.

This position requires a financial leader, who will partner with Operations Management to provide decision support, drive cost and process improvements, as well as taking a leadership role in challenging the plant to improve financial performance in support of the vision for manufacturing excellence.

The Plant Finance Manager will be a key player in the plant management team, providing key analysis and insights to guide decision-making and challenge the plant to improve financial performance. Also, ensure the financial accounting and reporting needs are met.  Two direct reports.


Compensation: Base 95K - 104k+ 10% bonus + 9% 401K match + excellent relocation


Location: near Salem, IL which is 60 min from St. Louis, MO



Direct Business Partnering:

  • Develop and leverage relationships with Operations and corporate functions to achieve manufacturing and related finance KPI’s and goals.
  • Develop and implement business plans aligned with enterprise strategy.
  • Provide leadership with a physical presence on the production floor, driving continuous improvement.
  • Provide financial advice, along with accurate and timely operational performance reporting, to the plant management team to ensure sound financial and operational decisions
  • Be a trusted adviser and expert to the Plant Manager and others.

Decision Support:

  • Articulate actionable data-driven insights by leveraging BI tools and storytelling techniques.
  • Formulate innovative ideas and map steps that will clearly accelerate the organization toward its goals.

Budget/Forecasting/Action Planning:

  • Assist plant management team with capital planning, including calculating and evaluating financial payback on all capital expenditure proposals
  • Understand all cost drivers in order to provide accurate and challenging budgets and forecasts.
  • Prioritize activities and align with stakeholders to deliver results with a high degree of predictability.
  • Analyze industry trends and evolving technology to proactively identify improvement opportunities, minimize risk, and protect the continuity of supply.
  • Develop necessary ERP system proficiency for both finance and other plant functions (SAP experience preferred).
  • Key focus areas include materials cost and usage management, labor cost and utilization, asset utilization, and overhead expenditure control.
  • Coordinate activities with corporate accounting to ensure accurate financial results and other financial closing activities.



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • CPA or CMA, a plus.
  • 5+ years’ experience finance/accounting experience
  • 3 + years in a manufacturing environment.
  • 2+ years of Leadership experience.
  • Experience with Excel.
  • ERP systems (SAP preferred).
  • Experience with Financial Modeling.
  • Continuous improvement experience and/or cost reduction recommendations.

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