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Date: Mar 9, 2019

Location: San Juan Bautista, CA, 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 in San Juan Bautista.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The Plant Controller is responsible for business partnership with Plant Leadership and managing the financial target. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Key financial business partner to plant leadership
  • Providing an accurate and timely month end accounting close
  • Ensuring proper reconciliations of plant balance sheet accounts
  • Prepare reports which summarize and forecast/annual budget business activity
  • Managing the control environment for the manufacturing location activities
  • Preparation of meaningful financial reporting and analysis and provides management with timely reviews of operation’s financial status and progress in its various programs and activities
  • Direct management of plant finance teams at both locations


    This position reports directly to the Director, Supply Chain finance with dotted-line responsibility to the Plant Manager


    Accounting/Control Environment:

  • Develop and modify accounting procedures and processes to ensure accuracy and timeliness in the month-end close as well as the month-end reconciliation of the balance sheet
  • Familiarity with Corporate policies.  Ensure plant policies and procedures are in place and consistent with corporate guidelines 
  • Administer internal control procedures and audits to provide reasonable assurance to management that transactions are properly authorized and recorded, that assets are properly controlled and accounted for and the business reputation and integrity of the Company are safeguarded
  • Responsible for communicating and correcting any breakdowns in the control environment 
  • Educate plant on importance of an appropriate control environment


  • Provide timely, accurate and meaningful reporting and analysis of results with the focus on delivering insights toward cost drivers within the business
  • Perform trend analysis and provide Operations information on potential financial risks or opportunities
  • Support Operations in the development and publication of financial Key Performance Indicators
  • Support ad hoc requests for cost estimates of new products/processes


  • Responsible for coordinating the annual and quarterly planning process for plant labor, overhead, product costing and inventory position
  • Enhance planning processes, templates and procedures for the plant 
  • Support periodic forecasting activities to re-align expectations based on trends and changes in the business outlook

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:


Education and Experience:

  • 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
  • ERP Systems experience (SAP preferred)
  • Prior experience on a plant leadership team strongly preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with standard cost accounting and variance analysis


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (especially MS Excel)
  • Solid understanding of manufacturing processes, preferably Consumer Packed Goods
  • Sarbanes-Oxley knowledge




Physical Demands: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs, balance; stoop, kneel or crouch; talk and hear.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a general office environment where the noise level is usually moderate.   Position also includes frequent exposure to plant floor operations where industrial hazards may exist and noise levels are high.

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.

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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