Plant Controller - Accounting Manager

Date: Feb 13, 2024

Location: Horse Cave, KY, US

Company: Dart Container

Key partner in multi-technology manufacturing operations through monitoring financial performance measures, providing financial analysis to management, and providing financial consultation.    Responsible for the integrity of all financial information originating within assigned manufacturing location(s) including understanding complex monthly allocation processes and guiding the plant on appropriate cost center utilization.  Calculate and analyze product costs, perform regular audits of costs and related master data, and complete month-end controlling processes. 


Day-to-Day Role:

  • Support creation of annual operating plan for plant controllable operating expense and capital expenditures 
  • Maintain variance analysis to plan and reforecast plan during the plan year 
  • Perform the annual product cost standard setting process, periodic updates as required, and daily development of the product costs 
  • Prepare all journal entries and account reconciliations on a monthly basis, including complex correcting journals or analytical schedules that support reserves 
  • Analyze plant financial data, including cost center reports, activity rates, variances and inventory valuation.  Prepare flux analysis and complex ad hoc financial analysis. 
  • Complete the timely and accurate completion of month-end, year-end and ad hoc financial reporting and analysis 
  • Perform error resolution/root cause analysis and implement process changes 
  • Identify and implement strategic initiatives to improve efficiencies and customer service 
  • Create accurate and concise verbal and written communications to internal departments and external business partners about accounting-related information 
  • Manage special projects individually or as part of a cross-functional team, ensuring timely decision making and completion 
  • Manage, perform and interpret data analytics to assist in business decisions 
  • Support accounting policy implementation and training of plant accounting personnel.  Enforce, support and seek to enhance the procedures around internal controls through cooperation and collaboration with the Internal Audit Department. 
  • Maintain secure control of accounting-related documentation such as invoices, checks, journal entries and financial statements 
  • Maintain accurate job aids for all duties assigned 


Core Skills and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate must possess all of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in accounting or finance 

  • Eight (8) years of experience in accounting or finance  

  • Six (6) years of experience working in a manufacturing environment with plant managers and other business partners with an emphasis on cost analysis 

  • Experience in assisting with development of financial justifications for capital expenditures and performance improvement projects 

  • Knowledge of query, reporting and data analysis tools 

  • Microsoft Excel skills to include the ability to create spreadsheets (e.g., formulas such as V-lookup, graphs, pivot tables) 

  • Excellent verbal and written skills necessary in order to communicate intricate job-related processes to internal customers 

  • Proven analytical problem solver 

  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy 

  • Ability to think strategically and creatively to develop new ideas and solutions 

  • Organizational skills including the ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines 

  • Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision 

  • Works well in a team environment, working towards the common goal of the department as a whole 

  • Must be able to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment 


Preferred Skills and Qualifications:


  • Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) or Certified Management Accountant (“CMA”)

  • SAP experience

  • Supervisory experience with strong leadership and management skills

Overview: Dart makes everyday products that give people the freedom to enjoy the food & drinks they love, wherever they are. From to-go containers and dinnerware to tamper-evident food packaging and even the red Solo cup, Dart products have been keeping people on the go and having fun for more than 50 years. Dart is a family-owned, family-focused company of 13,000 employees united by a shared set of values. Headquartered in Mason, MI, Dart has 30 locations in four countries.

Benefits: Dart Container full-time employees enjoy great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company matching contributions, paid vacation, paid holidays, short-term disability, tuition assistance, product discounts and more.

Dart Container is a drug-free workplace.  Candidates are subject to a drug test (excluding THC*/marijuana/cannabis) and background check at the time of offer.

*THC testing ONLY when such testing is required by law.

Dart Container is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access this website or for the application process, you should call Dart at (800) 545-3278 Ext 3370 or email us at Relay calls can be made by dialing 711 or the relay number for your state.

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