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Plant Controller

Requisition ID 31287
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Accounting/Finance 
Recruiter #LI-LS2
Posting Type LI


Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Where you´ll work


This position will be on site in our plant located in Crossville, TN. This location is involved and committed to giving back to the community multiple times throughout the year through our Kerry Employee Engagement Program volunteering with various organizations. These plants are part of the Smoke division business, and have nearly 100 employees combined.

What you´ll do


The Plant Controller will lead one site accountant. Some of the responsibilities include:


  • Partner with all members of the site leadership team to ensure ownership and accountability of financial performance, while identifying process improvement and cost reduction opportunities across all plant related cost categories (materials; labor; equipment; indirect purchases; and inventory).
  • Present plant financial analysis and scorecard to plant and business unit management, with emphasis on operational performance
  • Preparation of all daily, weekly, period end operational performance reports with recommendation for corrective action.
  • Partner with the Plant Manager in the monthly presentation of operating results to business unit management, and future strategic decisions for the plant.
  • Responsible for Month End period closing, and associated balance sheet management, accruals and purchase order reconciliation.
  • Be hands on to ensure process adherence across the plant for all relevant metrics including, but not limited to Inventory Control and Risk Management, Cycle Counting Accuracy, Inventory Obsolescence, Vendor Payment Management and Customer Billing (AP and AR are centralized, but the plant processes are key to a smooth operation).
    • The plant controller is expected to understand the processes sufficiently to support the operation of them, and whilst not responsible for day to day completion, they are the site gatekeeper to ensure compliance.
  • Capital Projects Performance Reporting (linking in with Smoke Divisional Capital resource);
  • Budgeting, Forecasting and Financial Planning.
  • Kerry Best Practice Implementation; and participate in Gemba walks.


What you´ll need to be successful

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Accounting required
  • CPA, CMA or equivalent is desired but not required
  • Proficient knowledge of Excel, SAP and Accounting Systems and experience with performance-based measurement highly desired. Good knowledge of Excel and associated systems is essential. ERP/SAP and Company specific systems training will be provided as required.
  • Exceptional analytical mindset with attention to detail, good communication, organization, prioritization and time management skills while handling multiple ongoing projects in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Prior experience with long term strategic planning, investing analysis, acquisition, capital, cost management, capital reporting, budgeting, forecasting, profitability analysis, financial reporting, managing fixed assets, closing the books, processing accounts receivable and accounts payable, budgeting, intercompany allocations, year-end audit and technical accounting are all highly desired
  • Experience in commercial and manufacturing (food, chemical or Pharmaceutical industry) very beneficial, but not required.
  • Experienced in leading people.

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .  

Nearest Major Market: Cookeville
Nearest Secondary Market: Nashville

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