Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States

Plant Controller

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Job ID 53871


The Plant Controller provides financial leadership to the Fort Smith manufacturing facility and will be responsible for maintaining a control environment that complies with the Company’s internal control policies and Sarbanes Oxley. The Plant Controller will be a dynamic leader on the plant leadership team by contributing to all areas of plant management.  This is a hands-on role requiring successful candidate to work at both detailed task level and higher management support level.The position is an important part of the financial talent pipeline and serves as a feeder for larger plants as well as corporate roles (i.e. Mfg Financial Leader, Segment Analyst, etc.).  

The Plant Controller reports to the Fort Smith Plant Leader, with strong dotted-line reporting relationships to the Non-Wovens Finance Leader.


  1. Operations planning
  • Participates in the development of operational objectives for the plant that are aligned to Corporate and Division strategic objectives.
  • Leads proactive development of contingency plans, productivity improvement and corrective actions to ensure optimal facility financial results and shareholder value.

2.  Financial and Operational Controls

  • Ensures the internal controls environment is operating effectively in all areas including data integrity, asset protection, segregation of duties, budgeting, financial reporting, information systems and adherence to corporate policies and governmental regulations (GAAP, SOX compliance, etc.).
  • Leads and coaches Fort Smith plant Natural Leadership Team (NLT) to ensure that accountability for internal controls is clear and procedures are documented.
  • Leads the continuous sign off process, ensures processes are documented, and works with plant NLT to modify procedures for changes in policy.
  • Drives a robust representation letter process and provides assurance and visibility to the internal control environment.
  • Owns the representation as well as the financial return of plant assets.

3.   Reporting and analysis

  • Leads financial planning, budgeting and forecasting processes for Fort Smith
  • Prepares and delivers the plant financial forecasts and projections
  • Monitors the plant’s monthly closing process in conjunction with the Accounting team
  • Communicates results effectively to management and non-financial personnel
  • Provides in-depth analysis on variances to plan and forecast
  • Provides risk analysis for contingency planning

4.   Improve plant profitability

  • Leads actions in line with achieving TPM and cash targets, mitigating risk and prioritizing resource needs
  • Leads proactive development of contingency plans, productivity improvement and corrective actions to ensure optimal financial results and shareholder value
  • Provides insightful and competitive analytics that anticipate change and drive decision making
  • Provides investment analysis
  • Assists in contract evaluation and negotiation
  • Educates plant personnel on key performance metrics and financial results

5.  Cross-functional leadership and team contribution

    • Proactively participate in plant operations via internal meetings, interaction with staff and hourly employees, walking the floor, and being a safety advocate
    • Work across organization boundaries and all levels of the company to achieve plant, division or corporate objectives
    • Shares best practices across division, i.e. process improvements, financial modeling and procedural changes.
    • Aligns teams and resources in order to solve problems and drive results
    • Accountable to deliver functional leadership to team members at plant, segment and corporate level

6.   Leading and developing talent

    • Creates an environment where talent is developed through effective performance management, talent evaluation systems and utilization of people
    • Acts as a resource to the non-financial leaders of the business providing education and training on the key principles of Finance
    • Invests in the growth and development of their direct reports and other identified talent in their organization 
    • Ensures succession plans are executed for focus roles

  1. Plant process and administrative leadership
  • Assigns resources and provides support and direction as needed

  1. Leadership for the oversight and accountability of plant security
    • Ensures the delegation and successful completion of site security functions, including but not limited to: Managing/implementing OC Security Standards, quarterly assessment of security equipment, security capital project management, incident investigation coordination (contact for local authorities, communication with WHQ), talent management of security guards, site contact for security audits and visits, and monitor completion of WHQ required training.

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or relevant discipline a must 
  • 5-7+ years of manufacturing finance experience
  • Providing leadership to organizations within a manufacturing operation(s)—leading operations planning, savings, forecasting and investment analysis
  • Operating in a range of economic conditions, i.e. expansion, contraction, stable economic conditions—forecasting, scenario planning, risk analysis and contingency development
  • Delivering continuous improvement
  • Participating in the development of strategic plans
  • Negotiating, developing and evaluating customer and supplier contracts


  • MBA, CMA, CPA preferred
  • Demonstrated high growth in previous experience
  • Attracting, developing and retaining outstanding talent—growing talent and succession planning.
  • Experience working in a start-up operation is preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong financial acumen with demonstrated analytical ability accompanied by knowledge of corporate finance and manufacturing costing principles—understands P&L and balance sheet dynamics
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and communicate in simple, impacting terms
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and control costs—effectively develops business cases and enroll leaders at all levels in taking appropriate action
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and intimate knowledge of customers, competition, and the market and uses this knowledge to drive customer and product profitability decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and execute strategic directions
  • Conducts himself/herself with the highest ethical and moral standards
  • Intelligent, creative, analytical
  • Highly motivated and results-driven with a high energy level—has a bias for proactive action
  • Broad operating style, ability to adapt across cultures, environments and styles
  • Forward thinking leadership abilities, including the ability to motivate, lead by example, and encourage teamwork and effective communication
  • Passionate, charismatic personality; articulate, approachable and friendly
  • Makes decisions and commits to a course of action with appropriate information and recognizes uncertainty of success; weighs and manages risk in decision making
  • Behaves in a mature and appropriate manner.  Shows good judgment and does not allow feeling or biases to distract reasoning #LI-KJ1
Please note:Applications must be filled out completely—incomplete applications will not be considered. Resumes are welcome, but are not a substitute for completing the application.

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