Plant Accountant

ID: REF4966W
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Raleigh, NC
Post Date: 10/6/2020

Job Description

The Plant Accountant is a financial leader at the location supporting the Controller and the Division/Regional Controller. This individual is directly responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the general ledger and associated sub ledgers, inventory records, inventory valuation, sales recognition/invoicing, payroll processing, and internal controls at this location and providing back up support as needed for similar functions at other locations.  This position also provides support to the Controller and Division/Regional Controller in developing location forecasts and budgets primarily focusing on manufacturing costs.   Reports utilizing this information are used by upper management for business planning and feedback to shop floor and production control personnel to measure efficiency.

Key actions, outputs, and deliverables:

General Ledger - Ensure accuracy of financial records.  This position is responsible for monthly account reconciliations ensuring balances agree with appropriate sub ledger detail. Discrepancies between general ledger and sub-ledgers are identified and resolved quickly with focus on causation identification and implementation of appropriate procedural or system changes to avoid recurrence.

Inventory Control and Valuation - This position is responsible for the auditing the accuracy of inventory sub-ledger quantities working with operations to identify any process or system weaknesses contributing to inaccuracies and creating standard costs for new items consistent with Division policies and procedures.

Sales Recognition/Invoicing - This position insures sales are recognized per contract terms after shipment, that invoices are prepared consistent with any special pricing or billing instructions, and that invoices are generated and sent to customers in a timely manner.

Payroll Processing – Ensure accurate and timely processing of hourly payroll.

Internal Control Responsible for audits and analysis of location internal controls and available to assist EPI with internal audits of other locations as required.

Key Accountabilities

Reconcile general ledger accounts to sub-ledgers, correct discrepancies, and complete analytical review comparing current balances with prior month, prior year, and budget to understand differences.

 Analyze variances to standard cost compared to prior year actual and budget for materials (purchase price and usage), labor (efficiency and rate), and overhead (asset utilization and overhead spending).  Summarize variance for management review and corrective action with emphasis on identifying operational weaknesses and potential corrective actions.

Conduct independent inventory counts to confirm accuracy of inventory management processes/procedures and review adjustments in relation to overall inventory levels.   Coordinate planning and execution of annual physical inventory (if required) and ensure that all inventory tags are returned and processed through SAP system.  Report results of independent counts/physical inventory to Controller and Regional Controller with inventory management and process improvement recommendations as appropriate.

Generate and mail customer invoices daily insuring any special billing instructions and contract terms of sale are followed.  Reconcile shipments to invoices daily correcting discrepancies.

Supervise processing of hourly payroll.  Review pay related maintenance of payroll records by HR for accuracy.  Manage remittance of special withholdings such as union dues and ensure timely posting of payroll related journal vouchers.

As a resource within a center of excellence (Finance), this position is frequently called upon to advise and provide direction and information to management teams, up to and including being a permanent member on one or more teams. In this capacity the Plant Manager will advise on all financial matters within the team.

Key Challenges

·       The external environment, including technology, competition, markets:

The primary challenge is maintaining consistent and accurate costs in the face of constantly changing variables whether internal or external. Frequently changing costs and sources can result in significant rapid changes in actual cost and create large variances.  A thorough understanding of the SAP costing system and Microsoft Office is required to optimize efficiency insuring timely and accurate reporting.

·       The internal environment, including interaction with others, (both inside and outside the company) policies/practices:

Developing new financial reporting metrics focusing more on multiple views of financial and operations data vs. the traditional cost of production (CPT) reports based upon the needs of the target audience will demand a complete understanding of accounting principles, operations, and the ability to communicate effectively to all audiences.

·       The work itself, e.g., problems, opportunities, change:

Maintaining an accurate standard cost system that will support enhanced metrics such as customer profitability, purchase price variance, asset utilization, etc. will require changes and, more important, the ability to explain the new measures and their importance will be a significant challenge in an organization that has seen few changes over the past several years.. 

Scope: Provide data that describes or measures the position’s scope and impact on the business.  Limit the data to those areas which the position/role influences or impacts in a measurable way, e.g., expense, budget, output measures, quantity, quality, headcount responsibility (direct and/or indirect).

·       Product costing. Primary responsibility for costing of new items with an overall cost of $60.0 plus million.

·       Physical inventory.  Primary responsibility accounting for and reconciling $5.0 plus millions of raw material, finished goods and work-in-process.

·       Internal Control – Responsible for audits and analysis of location internal controls and available to assist EPI with internal audits of other locations as required.

·       Variance Analysis.  Review, report, and investigate unusual variances (purchase price, efficiency, usage, utilizations).

·       Actively involved in all budgeting and forecasting supporting location and Division activities

·       Responsible for accuracy of location’s general ledger preparing account reconciliations monthly and investigating/correcting any discrepancies.

Insures primary and accurate hourly payroll processing.




Knowledge and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance minimum

Five - seven years of experience in a manufacturing standard cost environment or a similar background in general accounting, with exposure to forecasting, budgeting, inventory management, and pricing.

Solid PC skills are necessary with heavy use of spreadsheet and database tools.

Experience working with SAP a plus but not required.

Ability to work with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

Action and detail oriented with a willingness to learn

Additional Information

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. 

Evergreen Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics protected by an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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