Plant Controller

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Date: Nov 14, 2023

Location: Painesville Township, OH, US, 44077-1234

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

About Lubrizol  
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is committed to enabling a sustainable future. Our unmatched science unlocks immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Our solutions are used by people every day, improving billions of lives around the world. 

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life. 

Lubrizol's Operations Finance team has an immediate need for a Plant Controller, based in Painesville, Ohio.


What you will do:

  • Responsible for monthly financial closing and reporting for Painesville in compliance with GAAP and company policies
  • Review and analyze production variances, purchase price variances and inventory adjustments on a monthly basis
  • Reporting and communicating key plant financials and performance metrics through public reports and personal communication
  • Lead the annual operating expense budget process and complete forecasting requirements, establish annual labor and overhead rates, and assist with the annual capital budgeting process
  • Ensure that internal controls and measures on spending, production, working capital, and fixed assets are in place, and functioning appropriately while safeguarding company assets
  • Ensure compliance with internal control checklists and Sarbanes Oxley requirements
  • Inventory reporting and control, cycle counting and annual physical inventory
  • Accurately calculate inventory costs by conducting routine review and analysis of standard costs, including the costing of new products throughout the month
  • Create and maintain production recipes for the Painesville plant
  • Evaluate inventory for Non-Working Slow Moving (NWSM) or otherwise impaired material for adequacy of reserve balances
  • Function as capital project administrator, ensuring that proposed capital projects include all appropriate documentation as to justification, classification of capital vs. expense, asset write-offs, and MIRR calculations where required
  • Collaborating with plant manager and plant/project engineers
  • Support sales and marketing by completing ad-hoc product cost estimates for new products and various plant loading scenarios
  • Providing additional ad-hoc projects and analysis as required
  • Assist in the improvement of SAP reporting and new measurement criteria leading to improved decision processes and overall improvement of plant performance
  • Ability to frequently travel (a few times a month as needed) to the Painesville plant in order to provide support and meet with management
  • Participate in 3rd party audits as required by the Global Supply Chain team


What you need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, or other business related field(Accounting degree preferred)
  • 7 + years’ experience in manufacturing accounting and/or varied financial/analytical accounting positions
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and change management skills
  • Proven self-starter with a desire to achieve; strong team focus
  • Strong computer skills, especially Microsoft Office
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work with a broad range of internal customers ranging from plant management, plant engineering and production operators


What will put you ahead:

  • CPA and/or MBA or equivalent
  • Familiarity with absorption accounting
  • Experience using SAP in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience in a variety of financial software packages, especially Excel, SAP, Analysis for Microsoft Excel (SAP add-in)

If you’re interested in the position, we encourage you to apply. Lubrizol is always looking for candidates who embody our cultural beliefs in everything they do. If you’re All In, Lead Decisively, Take Action, Think External, and can Be Courageous, Lubrizol could be the place for you. #LI-HD1

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