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Operations Controller

Company: Morgan Advanced Materials
Location: Augusta
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Overview

Morgan Advanced Materials is a world leader in advanced materials science and engineering of ceramics, carbon and composites. We operate in a series of well-defined markets where our applications expertise offers our customers a valuable differentiator, engineering high-specification materials, components and sub-assembly parts that solve their challenging technical problems.

The Thermal Ceramics division designs, manufactures and installs a broad range of thermal insulation products that significantly reduce energy consumption and emissions in a variety of high temperature processing applications. Our product offering is extensive and covers application needs from Industrial to Commercial markets and is organized into the following categories, with available product forms, typical of the high temperature insulation industry.

Group Key Figures: Revenue 1b, ~9,000 employees, manufacturing in 30+ countries, and customers in 100+ countries. A UK PLC with head office located in Windsor, Berkshire UK. Listed on London Stock Exchange; Member of the FTSE 250 Index.

Responsibilities

The Operations Controller serves as the finance business partner to the Americas Director of Operations and leadership team, the US Plant Managers and their management teams, providing financial leadership in the planning and execution of business goals and objectives.

This hands-on leader manages the financial performance of 4 US plants, driving results through management of operational and financial performance metrics, planning, forecasting, reporting, analyzing business drivers, risks & opportunities.

The controller will engage regularly with others within the plant, coaching, and developing financial acumen of the management team and their staff members. The ideal candidate is a result driven individual, action-oriented, strong business acumen with a tracking record of driving process improvements, leading and developing teams, and ensuring that adequate internal controls are in place, consistent with accounting practices and procedures in order to safeguard company assets.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Provide direction to operations and leadership teams in pursuit of business goals and objectives. Proactively identify, quantify, and manage risks & opportunities.
  • Develop and lead plant profit plan and monthly forecasts, including development and alignment of plant objectives.
  • Assist in the annual budget preparation that includes preparation/distribution to all overhead and manufacturing departments, business unit allocations and capital plan.
  • Provide various information required for external and internal audits.
  • Manage, analyze, evaluate and interpret plant financial forecasts and operating results. Inform management of results and recommend corrective actions to address unfavorable trends and variances.
  • Review, analyze and evaluate financial data and information for accuracy, consistency, and transparency. Maintain integrity of financial reports prepared by the plant.
  • Manage the deployment of cost saving projects and other programs to drive cost out, improve productivity, reduce working capital, increase profitability and operating cash flow.
  • Establish strong relationship and collaboration with peers across all functions.
  • Responsible for cost accounting processes, including standard cost updates, physical inventory verification, periodic cycle counts, etc.
  • Manage and provide guidance to financial accountants in areas of general ledger, fixed assets, product costing and inventory.
  • Oversee month-end closings to ensure all journal entries are completed and various accounts are analyzed on a timely basis.
  • Develop and review designated plant balance sheet account reconciliations.
  • Monitor plant inventory (raw material, packaging material, finished goods, spare parts, etc.) movements and position to identify and resolve potential financial exposure or process issues (significant variances, obsolescence etc.)
  • Analysis of accrual accounts, manufacturing variances and overhead account variances. Process adjustments as needed.
  • Responsible for preparation and review of financial statements - internal P&L, Balance Sheet, Business Unit statements etc. used by local management.
  • Responsible for management reporting including input and meeting all close and reporting deadlines.
  • Proactive and insightful support, metrics, trends and analysis leveraging management reporting system and JDEdwards.
  • Capital projects support; economic justification and reporting. Monitor and report purchase commitments and spending for all capital programs. Conduct follow-up audits to ensure compliance for all significant capital investments.
  • Responsible for ensuring proper accounting and reporting of leases in compliance with IFRS 16.
  • Must be knowledgeable of all JDE modules and how they impact the financials. Provides support and assistance in resolving JDE system issues for all JDE modules.
  • Review personnel performance, recommend promotions, transfers or terminations. Interview candidates for position openings and recommend new hires. Promote good working relations and communication among employees.

The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required. Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications

Key Success Factors

  • Leadership and sense of urgency: ability to drive to positive results in a complex environment.
  • Data-driven, disciplined, objective, and detail-oriented.
  • Acts as a business partner; sees the big picture and works through ambiguity and change.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and deliver results under tight deadlines.
  • Superior analytical thinking skills; intellectual rigor and curiosity; problem-solving capability.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with a customer centric mindset and ability to interact with senior leaders, managers, and other stakeholders.

Education and experience - Minimum level of education and experience required

  • BS/BBA degree with major in Accounting management courses, financial controls, PC-data processing Essential. MBA is highly desirable. CPA preferred.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years' experience in all phases of manufacturing accounting, with strong cost accounting knowledge and experience.
  • The ability to manage multiple responsibilities, good time management and organizational skills and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong leadership and team development skills
  • Fully understand JDE functionality as it impacts Finance and must be knowledgeable of JDE files, PCs, and other operating systems to link and extract data
  • Possess superior organization, communications, presentation skills, critical thinking, EQ, and the ability to communicate comfortably at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment and be a self-starter who works with integrity while also being a strong team player.
  • Advanced MS Office, Word, Excel (very strong in MS Excel (pivots, lookups, logical functions, etc.), PowerPoint and, good report writing and data analysis skills

Physical Requirements: Must be capable of sitting and using a computer for a considerable portion of an 8-hour workday. Must be capable of walking throughout the facility and property to check on employees and equipment. Must be able to physically wear personal protective equipment such as, but limited to, hard hat, safety glasses, respirator, and steel toe boots. Must be capable of traveling within the US, Canada and Mexico.

Competency framework - Skills, attitudes & behaviours necessary to be competent in the role

Strategic capability: Makes the connections to see the underlying trends - "the big picture".

Problem analysis: quickly discerns key facts, and differentiates between relevant and irrelevant information.

Judgement: demonstrates a sound process for weighing options and making decisions. Prepared to challenge the status quo and take calculated risks.

Creative thinking: generates unique and appropriate solutions, when required.

Drive and resilience: demonstrates motivation. Is flexible and able to adapt styles to deliver results. Is comfortable with ambiguity.

Execution: can demonstrate a proven ability to deliver on programs and projects. Is a self-starter with a can-do attitude.

Morgan Advanced Materials is an EEO/AA/M/W/D/V Employer

Responsibilities The Operations Controller serves as the finance business partner to the Americas Director of Operations and leadership team, the US Plant Managers and their management teams, providing financial leadership in the planning and execution of business goals and objectives. This hands-on leader manages the financial performance of 4 US plants, driving results through management of operational and financial performance metrics, planning, forecasting, reporting, analyzing business drivers, risks & opportunities. The controller will engage regularly with others within the plant, coaching, and developing financial acumen of the management team and their staff members. The ideal candidate is a result driven individual, action-oriented, strong business acumen with a tracking record of driving process improvements, leading and developing teams, and ensuring that adequate internal controls are in place, consistent with accounting practices and procedures in order to safeguard company assets. Essential duties and responsibilities - Provide direction to operations and leadership teams in pursuit of business goals and objectives. Proactively identify, quantify, and manage risks & opportunities. - Develop and lead plant profit plan and monthly forecasts, including development and alignment of plant objectives. - Assist in the annual budget preparation that includes preparation/distribution to all overhead and manufacturing departments, business unit allocations and capital plan. - Provide various information required for external and internal audits. - Manage, analyze, evaluate and interpret plant financial forecasts and operating results. Inform management of results and recommend corrective actions to address unfavorable trends and variances. - Review, analyze and evaluate financial data and information for accuracy, consistency, and transparency. Maintain integrity of financial reports prepared by the plant. - Manage the deployment of cost saving projects and other programs to drive cost out, improve productivity, reduce working capital, increase profitability and operating cash flow. - Establish strong relationship and collaboration with peers across all functions. - Responsible for cost accounting processes, including standard cost updates, physical inventory verification, periodic cycle counts, etc. - Manage and provide guidance to financial accountants in areas of general ledger, fixed assets, product costing and inventory. - Oversee month-end closings to ensure all journal entries are completed and various accounts are analyzed on a timely basis. - Develop and review designated plant balance sheet account reconciliations. - Monitor plant inventory (raw material, packaging material, finished goods, spare parts, etc.) movements and position to identify and resolve potential financial exposure or process issues (significant variances, obsolescence etc.) - Analysis of accrual accounts, manufacturing variances and overhead account variances. Process adjustments as needed. - Responsible for preparation and review of financial statements - internal P&L, Balance Sheet, Business Unit statements etc. used by local management. - Responsible for management reporting including input and meeting all close and reporting deadlines. - Proactive and insightful support, metrics, trends and analysis leveraging management reporting system and JDEdwards. - Capital projects support; economic justification and reporting. Monitor and report purchase commitments and spending for all capital programs. Conduct follow-up audits to ensure compliance for all significant capital investments. - Responsible for ensuring proper accounting and reporting of leases in compliance with IFRS 16. - Must be knowledgeable of all JDE modules and how they impact the financials. Provides support and assistance in resolving JDE system issues for all JDE modules. - Review personnel performance, recommend promotions, transfers or terminations. Interview candidates for position openings and recommend new hires. Promote good working relations and communication among employees. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required. Other duties may be assigned.

Keywords: Morgan Advanced Materials, Augusta , Operations Controller, Other , Augusta, Georgia

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