Plant Controller

Job Title: Plant Controller
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Yamagata, Japan
Industry: Accounting & Finance
Salary: 11000000 - 13000000
Reference: 11290
Contact Name: Simon Jelfs
Job Published 30 Jul 2019


Position Title : Plant Controller

Position Summary:
The Plant Controller provides strategic and financial decision support. The Controller is a key business partner to the Plant Manager, and other personnel in the Plant. The Controller’s priorities are to provide operational/cost accounting analysis to support operations and supply chain functions. The Controller’s activities include, but are not limited to, long term strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, periodic reporting and analysis, ROI/investment analysis, process improvement and standardization projects.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

Decision Support

  • Works with plant operations to identify optimal cost, assists in capital spending evaluations, and acts as a financial advisor to the plant management team.

  • Provides performance analysis of the plant results, identifying opportunities for improvement and corrective actions if required.

  • Support to prepare and review the financial justification of capital requests.

  • Provides cost analysis support for cost reduction opportunities in the plant operations and supply chain management.

  • Provides financial education and guidance to non-financial personnel in plant operations and BU as appropriate.

Plant Planning/Budgeting/Forecasting

  • Lead and provide support for the annual planning and quarterly forecasting process for the plant operations, relating to

    development of manufacturing volumes and operating rates, cost center budgets, inventory levels and capital

    spending requirements.

  • Ensures the Plant’s financial analysis, plans and forecasts are aligned with Plant goals and initiatives.

  • Communicates the Plant budget and forecast to the appropriate personnel.

Costing Standards

  • Support annual standard cost setting in SAP, following corporate policies and procedures.

  • Establishes standard costs for new materials and monitors the change in master data as bills of material, routings,

    Costing Lot Size and components’ purchase cost, etc. through review and/or approval process.

  • Establishes and communicates annual standard manufacturing overhead/work center rates and monitors actual rates


  • Partnering with plant operations in master data update to be consistent with HQ and other plants.

Cycle Counts

  • Prepare and distribute Weekly or Monthly Cycle Count Report to management.

  • Periodically monitor and perform a sample audit on cycle count work to verify it has been properly completed.

Financial Close Process (Month-end, Quarter-end, Year-end)

  • Perform monthly cost accounting close, including reconciliation work on reserve, inventory, etc.

  • Provides monthly reports/metrics to plant management.

  • Participates in year-end audit and annual report processes by preparing inventory and cost schedules.

Qualifications (Education, Training, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, Physical Requirements): Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Cost Accounting knowledge

  • Ability to utilize Microsoft Office and ERP system (e.g. SAP)

  • Interpersonal and team management skills

  • Language skill: English - Fluent, Japanese – Fluent


Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
Required Experience: 5 years cost accounting experience, working with ERP systems (SAP, etc.) in a manufacturing environment function. A minimum of one year of supervisory experience.

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