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Plant Controller

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.


About the role


The Operations Plant Accountant principal role is to provide financial reporting for their plant and provide financial support to the Site Manager and business through finance business partnering.  Works collaboratively with Site Manager and the business to ensure costs are optimised and managed and implements plant finance best practices within their Plant.


Key responsibilites

  • Product/Process costing – ensuring that yields, labour and direct overhead standards reflect the true cost of manufacture.  Working with the Plant, Business and Process teams to resolve any differences.
  • Ensuring that actual costs are recovered within reported product costs and that variances are identified, investigated and actioned with the Plant team.
  • Provision of weekly detailed and top level KPI reports for the plant.  Review of KPI data with operations to identify performance improvement opportunities.
  • Stock management and reporting including stock reconciliations and control of stock write-offs.
  • General ledger reviews - review and control of postings to plant cost centres.
  • Capital control – evaluate proposals, monitor spend and review with the Plant team to ensure projects are delivered within the approved value.
  • Budget and projection cost preparation – working with the Plant team to establish a robust bottom up budget including documented profit improvement plans.
  • Proposing and evaluating cost saving / profit enhancing, continuous improvement or system enhancement opportunities.
  • Ad hoc projects/ reporting.


Qualifications and skills


  • Primary degree in accounting or a related subject or Qualified Accountant
  • Approximately 5 + years’ experience within a manufacturing/operations accounting field.


Key Success Factors:

  • Business and Performance management
  • Communication and Knowledge Sharing
  • Technical and Functional Excellence
  • Drive and Determination
  • Relationship Building



  • Able to manage own work load, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • English language (written & spoken) at a competent level is essential
  • Some experience managing other people would be an advantage
  • Experience of influencing a team is essential.
  • Has good attention to detail.


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