Plant Controller

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Job Description

Job Title: Plant Controller

Department: Finance

Reports to: Corporate Controller



The ideal candidate will possess and live by Mercer Foods core values.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The Plant Controller is a business partner with the plant management. They are responsible for the financial activities at the plant and are accountable for the plant-level responsibilities. The plant controller will support both plant and corporate functions. Supervise and motivate staff, overseeing accounts payable and accounts receivable in Modesto. The focus will be on plant level reporting and activities, while supporting the Corporate Controller with key higher level corporate needs. Manage the plants month-end close procedures, ensuring their completion timely and accurately. Perform general account analysis and reconciliations, including bank statements, fixed assets, accruals, and prepaid expenses. 1099 filing, various government agencies filing, sales tax, property tax, exercise tax, and others. Assist in preparation of annual budget and periodic financial forecasting. Support the Corporate Controller in coordinating with external accountants to complete annual financial statement audit and tax return preparation. Partner with Controller, CFO, and business partners to ensure timely and accurate financial data is provided to support key business decisions. Drive process improvements. Other accounting related tasks will be assigned as needed.


Living Mercer Values

Demonstrates the characteristics and behaviors of an individual who is living Mercer's values. Mercer's values are accountability, continuous improvement, integrity, personal growth and wellness, teamwork, and work-life balance.


Attendance is essential in demonstrating dependability. A reliable team member is on time for all scheduled shifts and is present as scheduled. Any team member with two or more active steps of discipline for attendance does not meet expectations of position.


Demonstrates the skills and abilities to perform his or her job. Any team member with two or more active steps of discipline for any combination of disciplinary actions does not meet expectations of position.


Good judgement is demonstrated at all times to maintain a safe work environment. Any team member with two or more active steps of discipline for safety related incidents does not meet expectations of position.


Current training is an indication of job preparedness from a safety, job skills, and food safety perspective. An employee that has completed all training expectations throughout the year as it pertains to his or her job requirements demonstrates that he or she meets the expectations of his or her position. A person that has past due trainings does not meet the expectations of his or her position.


Provides strong leadership, sets a good example, skilled decision maker, motivator, encourager.


Strives to eliminate errors, accurate work is a priority, seeks opportunities to improve product/services.

Problem Solving

Strives to understand contributing factors, works to resolve complex situations.


Communicates well (written and verbal), delivers presentations, has good listening skills.


Accounting Operations Knowledge of accounting operations including A/R, Credit and Collections, A/P, GL, Cost Accounting, Fixed Assets, Inventory Accounting and Revenue Recognition to ensure accuracy.

Attention to Detail Completes tasks efficiently and accurately while paying close attention to detail.

Audits Conduct and/ or assist with audits and inspections of performance and activities.

Communication Possesses strong communication skills and can explain complex concepts in ways everyone can understand. Is often seen as having strong interpersonal skills.

Customer Service Skills Works with patience, service, and dedication so that customers feel that they can trust the relationship.

Documentation Maintain proper documentation and records.

Employee Management Maintains accurate records and tracking of team absenteeism and time-keeping. Demonstrated responsibility for employee hiring and retention, performance reviews, departmental conducting of employee training and development, and discipline.

Lead Organize team to accomplish daily tasks and communicate directly with supervisor.

Microsoft Office Ability to use all MS applications such as Excel, Power Point, Outlook and Word.

Month End / Year End Ensure month end close and year end close is completed in accordance with timelines, including completion of monthly journal entries, account analysis and account reconciliations.

Performance Management Manages departmental performance measures, priorities, including visual controls and provides regular progress.

REQUIREMENTS: B.S. in Business, Accounting or Finance. Proven working experience as Accounting Manager, Assistant Controller, or Controller. Strong knowledge of MS Excel and familiarity with accounting software (Business Central preferred). Excellent data analysis and problem-solving abilities, strong attention to detail, and familiarity with inventory cost environment is highly preferred.


  • Place high priority on food safety, quality, and sanitation by understanding and executing Mercer Food’s food safety and sanitation policies and procedures.
  • Hold self and others accountable to Mercer Foods food safety & sanitation guidelines and policies by communicating any food safety incident, observation, or opportunity to your leadership team or teammates.
  • In the absence of Controller, serves as back up to ensure all food safety, quality objectives and SQF system requirements are met.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: rare lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; rare stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and frequent fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires the following percentages of time committed to physical activity: 70% or more sitting, 20% or more walking, and 20% or more standing. The job is performed under some temperature variations and in a food manufacturing office environment. Unrestricted visual and audio abilities are required for the safety of all employees. The ability to lift to 40 lbs. is required.


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