Plant Finance Controller

Ref: J2351

Salary: Market related

Location: Croydon, Surrey, England

Type: Permanent

Market: Commerce & Industry

Grafton Banks Finance Ltd is pleased to be working with a well known manufacturing business in the Croydon area. Our client is keen to recruit an experienced Plant Controller.

This position will involve the following key responsibilities:

•             Support the manufacturing team in designing and producing monthly cost reports.

•             Identify meaningful cost variances/Financial KPIs and create cost reports.

•             Monitor key cost variances, highlight trends, analyse causes of unexpected variances and recommend improvements accordingly.

•             Provide analysis in both verbal and written form, both accurately and eloquently.

•             To manage and maintain the Company’s costing system, updating costs where appropriate and allocating/absorbing fixed overheads so that the costing system provides a reliable basis for management decision making.

•             Evaluating and advising the financial and cost implications of new product development.

•             Ad hoc financial analysis and project work such as product profitability or capital investment appraisals.

•             Management of the financial element of the stock system, including stock valuation, monitoring stock usage, calculation of stock provisions and financial management of stocktakes.

•             Perform the monthly cost and stock analysis and deliver reports on time and to a standard that enables effective decision making.

•             Support the wider team in delivering the manufacturing budget and forecast.

•             Ensure compliance to the internal control processes as defined in the controller’s manual owned by the Group Controller.

•             Maintain the fixed asset register. Work closely with the engineering manager to track cashflows on Capex projects.

•             Be the main point of contact for manufacturing personnel with regards to all financial matters.

To be suitable for the role your profile will be similar to the following:

•             3-5 years’ experience in manufacturing, ideally as a cost accountant or cost controller.

•             Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles relevant to manufacturing.

•             Experience in deriving meaningful analysis from complex and plentiful data.

•             Excellent knowledge of cost accounting, investment appraisal, budgeting and forecasting.

•             Advanced Excel skills, experience with integrated ERP/MRP systems. Exposure to Microsoft AX is a plus.

•             ACCA/ACA/CIMA qualified.

•             Articulate, with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

•             Excellent work ethic and a productive and reliable team member.

•             Ability to deliver under tight deadlines.

The role pays a competitive salary and benefits package.

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For further information please contact Ryan Leggett on 01622 584 334, or email

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