Plant Controller

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Date: Jun 21, 2024

Location: Shuqualak, MS, MS, US

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: Huber Engineered Woods 

J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest privately held, family-owned companies in the United States. Established in 1883, we are a diversified, global supplier of specialty and commodity chemicals, hydrocolloid solutions, engineered wood products and natural resources to customers spanning a wide variety of industries. With approximately $3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary

Responsible for the internal controls, management, and direction of the day-to-day operation of the accounting systems; provide accounting, planning, tax, and financial reporting services; make decisions concerning accounting treatment of site financial transactions; provide analysis of operations, budgets, and major investments.  Act as a consultant to the plant on all financial aspects of the plant operations.  Provide site leadership on annual operating plan & budget, month-end and year-end closings, and monthly reporting requirements.  Ensure all Capital Appropriation Requests for the plant have appropriate accounting treatment and are well written, financially justified where appropriate and auditable.  Responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of all incentives for the plant start-up and required quarterly reporting.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

1.Manage and coordinate the monthly financial closing. Promptly review and resolve all financial issues during close. Monitor the status of various accrual accounts for the mill.  Prepare or review monthly reconciliations of balance sheet accounts. Prepare or review the reconciliation of the maintenance sub-system (Tabware) to the General Ledger. 2.Provide Operations, the CFO, the Plant Manager, the Sector Controller in Charlotte, North Carolina, and other plant staff. Prepare monthly variance analysis. Break out raw material variances into base components of volume, mix, usage, and price using the variable variance module. 3.Responsible for leading the physical inventory process at the mill. Monitor plant inventory levels, including wood (stumpage and log yard), finished goods, and spare parts. 4. Responsible for updating product cost standards in Oracle ERP system. 5. Establish site accounting policies and procedures. 7. Provide ad-hoc analysis during the month on spending, material, and resource variances so there is a limited amount of surprises at the month's end.Budgeting and Forecasting:1. Assist the Plant Manager with the OP&B and five-year Forecast. Work closely with managers to correlate financial aspects with business sector strategy and implementation. 2. Coordinate the development of the plant's monthly forecasts. Track expenses and inform managers of major expenditures. Revise plant financial and operational forecasts monthly in Host Analytics. 3. Coordinate the preparation, management, and control of normal budgetary expenses for the plant. Meet with department managers at the beginning of the OP&B process, justify requests for increases in budget spending, and update Host Analytics. Update all product specs in the Variable Cost model, build a production volume budget, and update pricing and usage components. 4. Build a labor rate model, and establish inherent overtime. Capital Projects: 1. Assist with the preparation and analysis of appropriation requests for capital expenditures and major repair projects. Review all plant capital project requests and provide an analysis of cost and benefits. 2. Lay out monthly capital cash flow using a critical project list and update the investment schedule on SharePoint monthly. 3. Initiate project close-out form, review spending and outstanding POs, and initiate post-project review.Project Teams/Cost Accounting: Report weaknesses to the HEW Controller or CFO and suggest improvements, best practices, and remedies.  Perform internal audits of plant processes.  Watch for violations of separate duties in critical areas and recommend ways to redivide duties.  Ensure secure storage of spare parts and monetary assets. Assist the Corporate Internal Audit Department by participating in internal audits of other sectors within J M Huber Corporation, as necessary. 1. Prepare the year-end audit work papers and interact with internal and/or external auditors in the year-end audit of the accounting records. 2. Review the tax returns for property, sales & use, etc., at the mill to ensure that the company is in compliance with state and local laws. 3. Monitor the status of the “Invoice on Hold” report weekly to ensure that invoices put on payment hold are resolved and removed from the report in a timely manner.

Key Competencies


Specialized/Technical Knowledge or Required Skills

  • Individuals should be thoroughly knowledgeable in all areas of finance, general accounting, managerial and cost accounting, manufacturing operations, local and state taxation, auditing, capital budgeting, financial analysis, business reporting, economic value added, information technology, and all corporate policies and procedures.
  • A four-year degree in Accounting from an accredited university or college and 3-5 years experience in cost accounting in a process manufacturing environment are required. Prior Plant Controller experience is preferred. Strong analytical skills and the ability to communicate effectively with those without a financial background are also required. 


Bachelors in Accounting or Finance

Total Rewards

J.M. Huber Corporation complies with all local/state regulations requiring salary range transparency.

Any offered salary is determined based on relevant factors such as an applicant's skills, performance, job responsibilities, prior relevant experience, certain degrees and certifications and market considerations. 

In addition to base compensation, individuals may be eligible for an annual discretionary bonus and profit-sharing payout.

Huber also offers a comprehensive, competitive benefits package as detailed on the Huber Benefits Hub

Our employees are our strongest asset, and their safety, health, and well-being is our highest priority. We respect the individual by providing opportunities for professional and personal development. Our Principles drive us to create an inclusive workplace where employees share core values, show dignity and respect toward others, and work hard to achieve their best performance.  

J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO / AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required


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