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Plant Controller

Auburn, Indiana


Job Description

Eaton’s Vehicle Group division is currently seeking a Plant Controller to join our team. This position is based at our Auburn, IN facility.

The Plant Controller is responsible  for managing financial performance including analysis of forecasts and actual performance, business drivers, and operational metrics.  This role will develop forward-looking insights to drive management decision, actions and improve operational and financial results.  The Plant Controller provides proactive leadership around issues and opportunities. This position is responsible for building organizational capability within the finance function by hiring and developing finance personnel. 

Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours. In this role, you will:
  • You will develop and coordinate profit plans, monthly forecasts, goals & objectives, financial reconciliations, reports and analysis for plant management, including variance analysis and cost control reporting and recommendations
  • You will manage, analyze and interpret plant financial forecasts and operating results.  Inform management of results and recommend corrective actions to address unfavorable variances
  • You will review, analyze and evaluate financial data and information for accuracy, consistency and transparency.  Maintain integrity of financial reports prepared by the plant
  • You will interpret, implement and monitor corporate policies and procedures, ensure financials are reported in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and local statutory requirements
  • You will develop and implement budgeting and financial reporting systems to provide timely and relevant information to plant, region/division and corporate management and cost control.  Control and maintain adequate product costing systems for valuation and cost estimating activities.
  • You will be the owner of account reconciliation process to maintain integrity of plant general ledger and its supporting sub-systems.  Access adequacy of reserves and overall financial reporting.  Provide leadership and support for the balance sheet review process
  • You will establish, monitor and maintain a system of internal controls that safeguards company asset and provides for integrity and propriety of financial transactions and activities.  Compliance with corporate policy including SOX
  • You will evaluate and approve plant capital appropriation requests prior to region/division and corporate management approval.  Monitor and report purchase commitments and spending for all capital programs.  Conduct follow-up audits to ensure compliance for all significant capital investments.
  • You will manage hiring, training and development of plant financial staff (3 direct reports). Establish a work environment that encourages individual career development and growth in order to provide adequate and qualified financial professionals opportunity for advancement
  • You will manage the deployment of cost saving and other programs to provide operating economies and improve profitability.  Monitors and provides opportunities to support continuously improving plant productivity/gross utilization.  Support other operations initiatives via management of environmental, safety, security & health (MESH), Eaton Lean/Six Sigma (ELSS) and other continuous improvement efforts
  • You will provide leadership to ensure adequate cost accounting processes are in place, including standard cost updates, physical inventory verification, periodic cycle counts etc.
  • You will lead ad hoc projects as required including appropriate ERP implementations, business development initiatives such as new business opportunities and union contract strategy analysis
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Required (Basic) Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Finance or Accounting
  • Minimum five (5) years of accounting and/or finance experience
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • CPA/CMA preferred or equivalent local professional qualifications
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience as a manager of people
  • Experience with Oracle and advanced in Microsoft programs
  • Experience working with Cost Accounting Standards and Federal Acquisition Regulations
Position Criteria:
  • Sound working knowledge of GAAP, Sarbanes Oxley and local statutory requirements
  • Knowledge & understanding of Corp, region/division and plant reporting policies
  • Technical capability to prepare, analyze and interpret financial and operational data/reports
  • Superior analytical and thinking skills; intellectual rigor and curiosity; problem-solving capability
  • Strong communication skills for interaction with all levels of the organization

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Finance/Accounting

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: VEH NAT North America Truck

Job Level: Manager
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: Relocation from within hiring country only
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Requisition ID: 061581