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Graham Packaging Company Plant Controller in Cartersville, Georgia

Company Statement

Graham Packaging is a leading manufacturer of sustainable packaging. From the kitchen to the laundry room, Graham Packaging is part of your everyday life. They’re the kind of people you want as your friends and neighbors as well as your partners and suppliers. By building strong relationships and creating value for our customers, our employees embody the innovative spirit that’s inherent to Graham. We truly are people building a better tomorrow.


The Company

Graham Packaging Company is a global leader in the design, manufacture and sale of value added, custom blow-moulded plastic containers used for packaging branded food and beverages, personal care and household products, chemicals and lubricants. With annual sales of over $2 billion and over 80 manufacturing plants around the world, the company is a clear market leader in nearly every market segment in which they operate.

The Role

The Plant Controller will report directly to the Regional Controller and will have responsibilities for the XXXX plant location specifically:

  • Responsible for the monthly closing process, analytical review of plant financial statements as well as forecasting and budgeting at the plant level

  • Review and analyze data to identify actual plant manufacturing results versus established objectives

  • Provide support to develop and track additional cost savings opportunities and monitor progress of current initiatives

  • Collaborate with senior level business unit professionals to provide insightful, data-driven analysis and support

  • Other responsibilities as needed

This role is segmented into 3 main themes – Insight, Control and Planning & Reporting.


  • Identify key performance metrics that impact conversion costs and work with operations on reduction opportunities

  • Analyze conversion costs and productivity of the plant to drive operational improvement in focused areas; fully support A3 process and initiatives; drive A3 reporting requirements within the plant

  • Provide financial leadership for capital management, including working with the manufacturing organization to prepare financial analysis related to cost savings & maintenance projects (“AFEs”)

  • Drive team to utilize forecast data to drive actions in the plant with flexibility in spending, manning and overall structure

  • Key participant in other plant lead team support initiatives and other plant functions such as safety, quality, etc.

  • Evaluate and analyze plant profitability at a SKU or mold level

  • Educate and train staff on plant financials, spend tracking, and operational levers.

  • Assist Plant Managers when vacancies exist in other areas


  • External/Internal audit support

  • Monitoring of standard costs for accuracy

  • Assist in the management of the physical inventory audit process

  • Implement and ensure compliance of internal financial & operational controls and procedures and SOX related requirements (Building Blocks)

  • Inventory control focused on eliminating monthly physical count variances, reduction of slow moving/obsolete write offs; managing inventory on a FIFO basis; coordinating a successful annual tagged physical inventory

  • Control and maintenance of fixed asset inventory to include annual fixed asset audit

Planning & Reporting

  • Responsible for financial closing process for assigned plant manufacturing locations

  • Scorekeeper of Daily Trackers for labor and variable spend; ensure team has the tools and training to track their spend on a daily basis to optimize performance

  • Work with Plant lead team to develop annual plant operating budget and management presentation, monthly forecast updates and full year forecasts

  • Analysis of monthly operating variances with explanations to plant team and executive leadership

  • Provide day to day financial and operational support

  • Perform manufacturing variance analysis

  • Responsible for developing plant standard costing

  • Review and approve product standard costs reasonableness and correlation to plant operations

  • Assist management with financial analysis or special projects

Please be prepared to wear a mask at all times in our facilities unless you can provide proof of vaccination. This aligns with our commitment to take care of our employees and their families


Qualifications :

  • BS/BA Required preferably in Accounting or Business

  • 8+ yearsAccounting/Finance Experience, preferably in a manufacturing industry.

  • Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Applications

  • Experience with SAP, Business Information Warehouse and HFM desirable.

  • Excellent analytical, data-manipulation, problem solving, and communication skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Strong problem solving skills with the ability to seek resources as needed


EEO Disclaimer

Graham 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 law.

Job Locations US-GA-Cartersville

ID 2022-3483

Category Finance

Type Full-Time

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