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Springfield, Illinois, United States

Plant Controller

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Job ID 59278

Location: Cortland, Illinois


The Plant Controller provides financial leadership to the manufacturing facility. The Plant Controller is expected to be a dynamic leader on the plant leadership team by contributing to all areas of plant management.  The Plant Controller will be responsible for building and creating processes in all major areas of accountability, ensuring the environment complies with the Company’s internal control policies and Sarbanes Oxley. This individual will also be responsible for leadership of non-financial plant administrative processes such as sourcing, shipping and receiving, security, and warehouse (Raw Materials and Finish Goods).

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.). 

Reports toThis position reports directly to the General Manager with strong reporting accountability for driving results to the segment financial leader.

Span of ControlIndividual Contributor


Live the Safety Stand, adhere to the safety responsibilities

  • Practice safe work activities and lead the plant RIR to 0
  • Participate in plant safety programs
  • Monitors and hold self and other accountable for safety

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 facility financial results and shareholder value is optimized

Financial and Operational Controls

  • Implement OC internal controls framework at site, using management of change best practices and effectively working with WHQ Teams (internal controls, audit, business manufacturing finance, and Business FP&A)
  • Ensures that there is an effective and efficient system of internal controls 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.)
  • Drives a robust representation letter process that provides assurance and visibility to a sound internal control environment.
  • Leads the Continuous Sign-off process to ensure that accountability for internal controls is clear and that processes are documented

Reporting and Analysis

  • Creates and manages financial planning, budgeting and forecasting processes
  • Prepares and delivers the plant financial forecasts and projects
  • 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 to contingency planning

Driving Plant Profitability

  • Leads actions in line with achieving targets, mitigating risk and prioritizing resource needs
  • Leads proactive development of contingency plans, productivity improvement and corrective actions to ensure facility financial results and shareholder value is optimized.
  • 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

Cross-functional leadership and team contribution

  • 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 procedures changes.
  • Aligns teams and resources in order to solve problems and drive results
  • Provides support to team members at plant, segment and corporate level



  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or relevant discipline required. MBA, CMA, CPA preferred
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a manufacturing operation


  • Quick Books and Fishbowl  working experience and knowledge
  • Providing leadership to organizations within manufacturing operation(s) – leading operations planning, savings, forecasting and investment analysis
  • Operating in a range of economics 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
  • Attracting, developing and retaining outstanding talent – growing talent and succession planning
  • Demonstrated high growth in previous experience


  • Ability to communicate with and engage employees at all levels of the organization
  • 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 bases 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 decisions
  • Conduct themselves with the highest ethical and moral standards.
  • Intelligent, creative, analytical
  • Highly motived 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, encourage teamwork and effective communication
  • Makes decisions and commits to a course of action with appropriate information and recognizes uncertainty of success; weighs and manages risk in decision making; able to make decisions
  • Must be willing to relocate to the current or future locations for growth and development  #LI-KJ1 #LI-Onsite

About Owens Corning  

Owens Corning is a global building and construction materials leader committed to building a sustainable future through material innovation. Our three integrated businesses – Composites, Insulation, and Roofing – provide durable, sustainable, energy-efficient solutions that leverage our unique material science, manufacturing, and market knowledge to help our customers win and grow. We are global in scope, human in scale with approximately 20,000 employees in 33 countries dedicated to generating value for our customers and shareholders, and making a difference in the communities where we work and live. Founded in 1938 and based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, Owens Corning posted 2021 sales of $8.5 billion. For more information, visit

Owens Corning is an equal opportunity employer.

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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