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  • Sterling, KS
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Manufacturing Controller

Bell & Associates

Manufacturing Controller

$125-150k plus 10% bonus

Sterling, KS – relocation assistance provided.

Bell & Associates has been engaged to help our client find their next Manufacturing Controller. Our client is a dynamic Manufacturing and Distribution subsidiary of a publicly traded company. They are seeking a Multi-site Manufacturing Controller. This position will be responsible for development and maintenance of the Company’s standard cost system for its manufacturing operations in the U.S., on-going monitoring of manufacturing costs and associated variances along with plant profitability. This position will be the principal resource to provide meaningful operations’ analysis to the plant managers and senior management team. The position will report functionally to the CFO and operationally to the plant managers.


  • Work with plant managers to coordinate and develop a “bottoms-up” annual operations budget by plant, detailed plant spends and conversion costs by month, capex plan and oversee standard cost updates.
  • Monitor plant spending and provide meaningful analysis of manufacturing variances. Assist operations management in development and deployment of plans to lower costs or improve productivity.
  • Work with plant managers to construct a periodic forecast of plant spend and conversion costs. Work with plant management to drive and deliver the forecast.
  • Actively participate in monthly operations reviews (MOR) and present plant performance results, with emphasis on helping plant management understand results and underlying causes of manufacturing variances. Recommend corrective actions aimed at performance improvement. MOR to include:
    • Develop a monthly reporting package of KPI’s for review with plant managers and senior leadership, to include conversion costs, capex, variances to forecast, and appropriate safety, quality, and productivity measures.
    • Oversee monthly review of inventory positions, working with procurement and plant operations to insure adequate but not excessive inventory levels are maintained. Monitor excess and idle inventories.
  • Prepare make vs. buy analyses and preparation and analysis of capital spending proposals.
  • As resident cost accounting expert, be a technical resource for sister companies as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from four-year College or University. An advanced business degree (e.g., MBA) and/or relevant professional certification (e.g., CMA, CFA, CPA) is preferred.
  • Must demonstrate comprehensive expertise in cost accounting in a standard cost environment.
  • Prior experience as a plant controller or operations controller preferred.
  • Advanced computer software skills to include Word, Excel, Outlook, and ERP knowledge as well as data presentations, charts, and graphs is required. Database skills (SQL / Access) a plus.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with all levels within the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and adapt quickly in an environment that is constantly changing and very fast paced while keeping a positive attitude and team spirit.
  • Excellent attention to detail, ability to create as well as review documents, procedures, and other pertinent data.
  • Flexible to travel as required.

Bell & Associates, Inc. was recently recognized by Forbes list of Best Professional Recruiting Firms in America –


Bell & Associates, Inc. is a recognized Executive Recruiting & Staffing leader based in Kansas City. We focus and specialize in the following practice areas – Accounting/Finance, Engineering, Executive Leadership, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Human Resources, Information Technology, Manufacturing/Operations Management. We provide top talent to our clients on a Direct Hire, Contract, and Contract-to-Hire basis.

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