Plant Controller

Plant Controller

Position/Title: Plant Controller
Reports Too: Operations Manager
Finance Function: Finance  
Area: South Africa (Cape Town)
Number of Reports: 5

Overall Responsibility:
The Plant Controller is responsible for the strategic financial direction to the plant. As an effective business partner to the Plant Manager provides strategic direction and recommendations to improve the sites performance within a well established risk framework. Responsible for coordinating plant budget and business planning activities in alignment with corporate policies and practices. Ultimately the custodian of the Plant financial heath by way of a sound control environment and implementation or adherence of minimum internal controls governance framework.

Focus Area 1: Financial Leadership and Business Partnering
Be the main financial advisor on short, medium and long term decisions affecting the plant
Offer commercial orientation and perspectives to the business leadership to drive value creation throughout the plant
Coordinate the strategic plan development and support the business leadership to evaluate ideas and options in that endeavour
Focus on key strategic imperatives and priorities by creating capability within the team to effectively drive and support initiatives that will enhance those imperatives
Provide the business leadership with key financial measures to monitor and track performance to targets 
Drive ownership of good cost management practices and provide cost effective and efficient account and financial management services to the plant

Focus Area 2: Accounting and Finance
Design and implement sound accounting processes and systems which ensures operational best practices
Maintain a competent finance team that provides up to date and accurate information to the business at all times
Ensure good record keeping and ensure that IT systems are adequate to support the current and future needs of the business 
Custodian of all Budgets requirements and performance management to targets 
Promote good capex management practices and reporting in line with group approved budgets and spend mandates
Lead supplier management drive to ensure efficiency and promote continues production
Ensure efficient working capital practices are entrenched  Work closely with tax authorities to ensure full compliance and minimize exposure to the business

Focus Area 3: Governance and Control
Promote good corporate governance practices and ensures the company has a sound internal control operating environment
Promote key external stakeholder engagements which are necessary to enhance healthy 
Month end inventory reconciliation to General Ledger Monitor and review inventory provision in line with slow moving, expired and obsolete items
Review and approval of Inventory ID set up and stock items master data management
Produce various daily/ weekly/period/quarterly production analysis and variance reports for Management review.

Focus Area 4: Fixed Asset Management
Raising and Receipting of Purchase Orders for Supply function.
Generating Production Tickets, Capturing Production Tickets to reflect production plans and actual material used
WIP and staging counts, verification and reconciliation of Inventory balance report to general ledger
Inventory ID set up and stock items master data management
Month end production inventory counts confirmations and reconciliation of variances

Focus Area 5: Reporting, Budget, Forecast and Planning
Produce various daily/ weekly/period/quarterly production analysis and variance reports for Management review.
Perform WIP Variance Analysis and WIP Balance sheet Inventory reconciliations  
Collaborate with the Leadership team to determine the true cost of process inefficiencies and establish data analysis tools for effective reporting
Establish actual cost using standard/job cost methods
Compile and prepare variance report data comparing standard costs to actual production costs
Participate in the monthly close process.
Prepare month end general accruals and account reconciliations and perform a variety of other routine accounting tasks that support forecasting, budgeting, and internal control activities.
Provide a variety of routine office and clerical support as required including the preparation of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, or other communication as well as providing back-up support to the Accounting department as required.
Perform all other duties/special projects as assigned.

Focus Area 6: Governance and Control
Produce various daily/ weekly/period/quarterly production analysis and variance reports for Management review.
Perform WIP Variance Analysis and WIP Balance sheet Inventory reconciliations  
Collaborate with the Leadership team to determine the true cost of process inefficiencies and establish data analysis tools for effective reporting
Establish actual cost using standard/job cost methods Compile and prepare variance report data comparing standard costs to actual production costs
Participate in the monthly close process.
Prepare month end general accruals and account reconciliations and perform a variety of other routine accounting tasks that support forecasting, budgeting, and internal control activities.
Provide a variety of routine office and clerical support as required including the preparation of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, or other communication as well as providing back-up support to the Accounting department as required.
Perform all other duties/special projects as assigned.

Focus Area 7: Business Partnering
Produce various daily/ weekly/period/quarterly production analysis and variance reports for Management review.
Perform WIP Variance Analysis and WIP Balance sheet Inventory reconciliations  
Collaborate with the Leadership team to determine the true cost of process inefficiencies and establish data analysis tools for effective reporting
Establish actual cost using standard/job cost methods
Compile and prepare variance report data comparing standard costs to actual production costs
Participate in the monthly close process.
Prepare month end general accruals and account reconciliations and perform a variety of other routine accounting tasks that support forecasting, budgeting, and internal control activities.
Provide a variety of routine office and clerical support as required including the preparation of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, or other communication as well as providing back-up support to the Accounting department as required.
Perform all other duties/special projects as assigned.

Requirements of the Role
Formal tertiary accounting qualifications
Proficient knowledge of accounting principles and cost accounting principles
Understands operations process flow with basic knowledge of financial analysis
Strong analytical and communication skills required with ability to support continuous Improvement and other cost savings initiatives.
Proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
Work requires continual attention to detail in composing, typing, and analyzing materials with an emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.
Must be detail-oriented, have strong research, problem-solving, and analytical skills, and have the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, vendors, and management. 
Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.
Familiarity with ERP systems

Preferred Skills/Competencies
Good communication and interaction skills with people on all levels in the organization
Strong ability to multitask and prioritise
Willing to be challenged and work well within a team
Excellent planning and organizing ability
Strong Analytical Capability

NB: Specific duties/responsibilities will vary from time to time: the above list is intended to indicate the general nature of the post and is not exhaustive. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in supporting the business by undertaking any other responsibilities which are aligned with this job level

Job Department: Finance
Job Location: Western Cape

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