Ajinomoto Foods North America

  • Plant Controller

    Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/29/2018 6:08 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Field
    Production Management
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    First Shift
  • Overview

    The primary responsibility of the Plant Controller is to direct all plant accounting functions in accordance with corporate guidelines; prepares financial reports and renders advice/assistance to management regarding the plant’s financial affairs. Works directly with the general manager to drive operational financial performance. Provides oversight over plant financials. Prepares financial reports and renders advice/assistance to management regarding the company’s financial affairs.


    • Directs and has functional responsibility for accounting activities; provides technical guidance, leadership, and direction to subordinates and management staff regarding the financial management of the business.
    • Oversees communication, implementation, and administration of accounting policies and procedures essential to the maintenance of adequate internal control of operations; implements internal systems to improve efficiency of operations
    • Prepares and administers department budget; exercises general direction over the preparation of the plant’s annual budgets and capital expenditure plans; monitors performance against budgeted targets; formulates and recommends specific courses of action to resolve problem areas.
    • Directs the preparation and presentation of the plant’s financial information to general manager; ensures all data is accurately and uniformly recorded and reported to properly represent the plant’s financial position.
    • Conducts studies and analyses of internal financial data; interprets and reports to management significant events and practices having an impact on business operations.
    • Participates in the formulation of short-term and long-range financial goals and objectives; analyzes financial aspects of strategies and plans and makes specific recommendations which will result in cost reductions and profit improvements
    • Supervises maintenance of ledgers, inventory records of raw and package materials and related accounting reports, files and documents; ensures all accounting functions are performed accurately and on a timely basis.
    • Special/annual projects will require longer than normal business hours.
    • Represents the Company in dealings with vendors or government agencies as assigned.


    Accounting and Finance Functions:

    • Monthly Closing:
      • Responsible for the preparation of timely and accurate monthly/quarterly and annual financial statements and maintain accurate records.

    o   Provide the explanations of accounting reports and records when management and Corporate requests

    o   Responsible for the accuracy of all plant financial reports.


    ·       Financial Reconciliation and Analysis

    o   Review and publish the daily JDE CVR report. Review for accuracy and completeness

    o   Coordinate and oversee Product Cost Router responses from the plant for new products and product changes per Corporate requests

    o   Monitor and maintain the adequate AP accrual balances in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices

    o   Reconciliation of plant raw material and FG inventory on a monthly/quarterly basis

    o   Monitor and maintain balance sheet reconciliations for accuracy and completeness

    o   Support the preparations and the review of budgets, forecasts and related reports


    ·       Compliance

    o   Establish or recommend to management administrative accounting principles and directives

    o   Coordinate the audit/review of the plants financial reports

    o   Support JSOX compliance

    o   File local and state property taxes

    o   Prepare reports as required by regulatory agencies


    ·       Management/Supervision

    o   Provide and coordinate staff training, work with staff to correct any deficiencies in their work

    o   Supervise all plant accounting/finance personnel


    ·       Performs other duties as required.


    ·       Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting or related field.   MBA preferred.

    ·       7+ years of experience in Manufacturing, with cost accounting experience preferably in the Food Industry.

    ·       Broad business experience especially on the cost side.   Understanding of Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss statements and Cash Flow.

    ·       Excellent written and communication skills with the ability to interact with Business Unit executives in a professional manner.

    ·       Strong leadership skills, with the ability to self-direct their activities and work schedules.

    ·       Highly proficient in Excel, PowerPoint and business intelligence applications. Knowledge of ERP systems and JD Edwards preferred.

    ·       Ability to analyze data and provide recommendations.

    ·       Knowledge of federal and state business laws a plus.


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