Louisville, KY

Job Description

CONTROLLER , Direct Path to CFO

Summary:  Our client is a large, international manufacturer.  They are known for their state-of-the-art manufacturing processes.  In this role, you will be the right-hand person for the CFO, with a direct path to the CFO position within a few years.  This role will interact closely with the Plant Manager, will manage budgets and make sure variances are understood.  We are looking for someone from a large, capital-intense manufacturing operation.

The ideal candidate would be a Controller with a strong manufacturing background and with a strong background in Cost Accounting. The purpose of this position is to manage all facets of cost accounting, finance, and costing to ensure: accurate cost center allocations, appropriate controls are in place, manage the data integrity of the SAP system, and perform period and year end closings.

Note:  This position is a nationwide search and is being advertised across the country.  The actual location may be different than the location it is being advertised in.


  • Financial reporting and projections.
  • Evaluate accounting operations and improve systems where needed.
  • Develop and follow-up on budgets of all Manufacturing & Manufacturing Service Cost Centers.
  • Establish and maintain internal controls.
  • Building a comprehensive detailed analyses and reporting structure (especially on the cost of goods manufactured portion) of the P&L.
  • Assist cost center managers in their recurrent cost center analyses, ensuring BOMs and Routings are accurate and meaningful.
  • Ensure Standards for material, labor & overhead rates are accurate and meaningful.
  • Perform monthly analysis of variances (Labor, PPV, Overhead).
  • Ensure the appropriate controls and structure are in place for scrap and cycle count reporting.
  • Participate in coordinating the annual budget process.
  • Review monthly reconciliation of accounts.


  • BS in Accounting or Finance. – CPA/CMA strongly preferred
  • 5 years experience in manufacturing cost accounting.
  • 15 years of total accounting experience, with 5+ of that in cost accounting, the rest as a Controller in manufacturing.  
  • Ability to identify and analyze business issues; developing and recommending solutions.
  • Assertive personality and very dead-line oriented.
  • Strong cost accounting understanding.
  • Very strong presentation skills, and comfort presenting to executive team.
  • Detailed and team oriented.
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