Plant Controller

Smithfield Foods
July 20, 2021
Sioux Center, IA
Job Type



This position provides accounting support to the production facility including cost accounting, inventory control, accounts payable, payroll, billing, and preparation of plant financial and other control reports. Supervises the maintenance of manufacturing, inventory, and finished goods ledgers and cost accounting activities. Compiles and analyzes operating performance reports. Prepares and analyzes unusual items on financial reports. Sets standards for the conduct of accounting work and required performance and also supervises compliance with such standards. Supervises the preparation and distribution of hourly and salary payrolls, including the maintenance of required earnings, deduction records, and applicable labor performance measure reporting. Supervises the preparation of shipping documents, raw materials, supply, and production inventory accounting.


Operations Teamwork

  • Participate in plant management meetings as well as core product review meetings; assist plant management in preparation of quarterly review graphs and routine items; assist in preparing materials for meetings; assist plant management in operations improvement activities; provide SAP, ADC, and other related system training and support; proactively identify opportunities that can make a contribution outside traditional sphere of influence; work actively with purchasing and maintenance departments to reduce inventory balances and free up capital.


  • Responsible for the protection of company assets (meat, packaging, maintenance supplies, fixed assets, etc.); ensure inventory results and balances are reconciled and valued accurately per corporate policy; ensure compliance with SOX and annual internal auditing; responsible for Internal Order (IO) administration (capital and expense projects); adherence to GAAP; audit payroll distribution, and routinely review general ledger accounts to ensure consistency and accuracy (at least monthly).

Cost Accounting

  • Administer the bill of materials (BOM audits and corrections as well as creating and deleting and BOM's); distribute material and labor variances to plant personnel on a daily basis; report variances to plant and corporate personnel monthly; report monthly to corporate slow moving inventory (MRO and Pkg); spend time on production floor in order to enhance understanding of processes; reporting general ledger entries by 1st preliminary cutoff.

Human Resource Management

  • Effectively communicate with staff; manage staff performance; develop staff and cross train; and manage overtime.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions .

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field and 7+ years of professional accounting experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ years experience acting as a lead by providing training, guidance or mentoring to less experienced staff or managing processes and projects.
  • Knowledge of Accounting software, Contact Management systems, Inventory software, manufacturing software, and Microsoft Office, specifically advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel including use of Pivot Tables and analytical tools.
  • Solid understanding of cost accounting concepts.
  • SAP experience, preferred.
  • Solid mathematical and analytical skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Requires flexibility and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.


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