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Plant Controller, Minster


Date: Aug 6, 2019

Location: Minster, OH, US

Company: DANONE


Danone North America is the largest Benefit Corporation in the world. Our mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Danone North America is looking for a Plant Controller, Minster in our Minster, Ohio manufacturing facility.


We are looking for Plant Controller to lead the finance team in our largest yogurt manufacturing facility based in Minster, Ohio.  This role will have a focus on raw material accounting, loss & labor analysis, inventory control, fixed asset accounting, spare parts, controllable cost control, utility tracking, and internal controls in a continuous improvement environment.  Execute efficient monthly close process with rolling forecast & annual strategic plan.

Additional duties/responsibilities include

  • Input/learn/report weekly key performance indicators and insure their accuracy, understand and communicate impact of these measures to the business.
  • Quickly analyze data, identify variances and benchmark information against other locations.
  • Perform/lead plant cost accounting functions with emphasis on month end close, material loss and labor variance analysis, spare parts, fixed assets and report preparation for use by Corporate HQ and local plant management
  • Ability to find gaps in financial controls & analysis and develop effective processes, which close the respective shortfalls.
  • Review and approve monthly reconciliations for submission to corporate consolidation.
  • Ability to multi task and effectively prioritize in a Continuous Improvement manufacturing environment.
  • Proficiency in extracting data from SAP downloading in Excel for a clear analytical review
  • Create SOPs and conduct reviews & request changes as necessary
  • Establish, optimize, and maintain lean system, world-class, and continuous improvement programs
  • Aid Operations to identify, document, and implement solutions for issues within the production process
  • Effectively communicate with several plant departments (e.g., packaging, processing, maintenance, etc.)
  • Manage and assist with special projects
  • Lead annual strategic business plan & rolling forecast for expenses based on forecasted volume
  • Perform all other assigned tasks/duties



  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or related field required.  MBA or advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of plant accountant/controller experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Prior experience on a plant leadership team strongly preferred
  • Strong Computer skills including proficiency in MS Office products (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).  ERP Systems experience (SAP preferred)
  • Strong communication skills (verbal, written).


Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. For more information, please visit 

Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion. #LI-NORAM

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