Plant Controller

Date: Mar 21, 2024

Location: Plant City, FL, US

Company: Dart Container

Dart is searching for a Plant Controller dedicated to supporting our Plant City, FL facility as part of a much larger Global Plant Accounting Organization. You will be a key partner to the local Plant Manager to help maintain appropriate control over their spending. This position is critical in supporting Dart’s Strategic plan by supporting the development of a plant spending budget, analyzing and explaining the actual results compared to the plan, enhancing internal controls and standardized procedures. 


Our selected Plant Controller will be a tech-savvy, team player with the ability to explain financial scenarios in a clear and concise manner regardless of the audience. We are looking for a naturally inquisitive candidate that is prepared for a new challenge in a fast-paced, continually evolving environment.


We know you want more out of your career than just a paycheck, right? We’ve got you covered! We offer a tuition assistance program and access to corporate training, volunteer opportunities, and wellness incentives, just to name a few. If you are looking for a new place to call your second home, come join us, where we are friends and neighbors dedicated to safety, quality, service and efficiency.


Day to Day Role:

  • Support creation of annual operating plan for plant controllable operating expense and capital expenditures
  • Maintain variance analysis to planned expenses and support efforts to reforecast costs 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:

  • 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


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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