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Plant Controller

Job ID 11352 Shreveport, Louisiana, United States; Long Beach, California, United States; Princeton, New Jersey, United States; Houston, Texas, United States;

Solvay is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of €10.2 billion in 2019. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels (SOLB) and Paris and in the United States, where its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a Level I ADR program. Novecare develops and produces formulations that alter the properties of liquids. It offers solutions to the oil and gas industry using an extensive range of surface chemistries combined with applications expertise. Novecare also provide specialty solutions for certain industrial applications, agricultural, and coatings markets.

Job Overview and Responsibilities:
The Role: Plant Controller 

We are currently seeking an experienced Plant Controller to provide financial leadership and support to three of our manufacturing facilities. The position can be located in any of the following locations: Long beach, California, Lock haven, Pennsylvania, Shreveport, Louisiana, Princeton, New Jersey or Houston, Texas. The Position reports to the Global Manufacturing Controller and North America Controller for our Novecare Business.      

The Plant Controller role will partner with the plant management teams by providing current and forward looking reliable and timely economic information and analysis used to facilitate decision-making. This role will provide plant management with suggested recommendations for improvement based on the financial results. These improvements should be in the form of cost reductions and improved service to customers. The Plant Controller should be familiar with manufacturing processes as well as supply chain processes to ensure an accurate translation into costing and financial reporting. The Plant Controller acts as liaison with the GBU Finance team and SBS, and will guarantee compliance with and adherence to the standards and procedures defined by Solvay Corporate Finance.

  • Organize and coordinate the forecasting process and create annual budget with cross-functional teams in the plants,
  • Provide the GBU Controller with information relevant for the preparation of the GBU budget and rolling forecasts (mainly fixed costs, possibly variable costs, capex, inventories and other performance KPIs)
  • Ensure the reliability of cost accounting key figures and P&L reporting
  • Perform performance monthly reviews (labor and maintenance cost, material costs, manufacturing overhead, distribution cost, returns and inventory levels) with plant management, including analysis & recommendations aiming at enhancing the financial performance & optimizing assets.
  • Analyse potential NPI inventory items monthly.
  • Participate in development CAPEX projects and, once implemented, monitor performance on an ongoing basis. Report to management.
  • Attend plant production meetings and perform walkthroughs of the plants with the Plant Manager to discuss production and costing issues.
  • Perform internal controls at the plant for finance. Assure adherence to Group Finance standards and procedures, and deploy internal controls and messages on site, raise awareness within site team.

Education and Experience:
  • B.S in Accounting or Finance Degree CPA with 2+ years public accounting (audit) preferred
  • 3 years of manufacturing accounting experience. - Strong analytical capabilities – Project management and cross-functional communication skills.

  • Ability to analyse financial data and prepare financial reports and projections with a strong attention to detail in accordance with the Group management cycles calendar.
  • Ability to analyse financial results and suggest a plan for improvement where needed.
  • Must have strong technical and analytical skills with solid cost accounting background.
  • Ability to monitor budget vs. actual and implement monitoring through appropriate cross functional teams.
  • Deliver timely accurate financial information, challenge & advice to plant management team for decision making.
  • Proactive involvement in compliance and audit.
  • Strength with Office software : extensive use of Excel; Excellent PC and related systems skills; SAP, Business Objects and Business Warehouse knowledge a must
  • Demonstrated ability to make solid, objective, ethical decisions.
  • Able to maintain strict confidence in financial sensitive information, and demonstrate a high level of integrity.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse environment and interact effectively with other groups and departments, clients and partners.
  • Ability to multitask and function in a matrix organization a must.
  • Willingness to continuously learn and be open to feedback to improve individual performance.


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