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Plant Accountant
Title:Plant Accountant
Location:Iola, KS

The Plant Accountant is the lead financial support role at our manufacturing facilities.  This individual is a key member of the Plant leadership team.  They function as a business partner with plant and financial management to effectively manage and control the local business. They lead the financial staff at the plant and are accountable for plant level responsibilities including cost accounting, inventory controls, manufacturing systems administration, financial reporting, and ad hoc projects related to factory performance improvements.  They also serve as the liaison with Corporate Finance.  This position reports to the Manager Operations Finance and works closely with the Plant Manager.

Key Responsibilities:                                                                                     

  • Standard Cost System Administration – Calculate and verify product costs within ERP system.  Develop production rate and labor standards for all manufactured items.  Perform periodic audits of bills of material and labor routings to ensure product costs are accurate and correctly reflect production operations.  Work with counterparts at other locations to ensure consistency and adoption of best practices across the manufacturing group.  Observe factory operations on a daily basis and communicate frequently with factory supervision to stay current on manufacturing process changes.  Provide financial advisement pertaining to the cost impact of operational alternatives.
  • Labor Analysis – Coordinate Labor Efficiency Program by working with factory personnel to ensure accurate labor tracking and address labor variance issues.  Provide continuous effort in promoting labor improvement opportunities.
  • Inventory Controls – Ensure that physical inventory and cycle counting controls are maintained and performed according to group internal control procedures.  Investigate, communicate, and resolve book to physical adjustments.  Analyze potential excess and obsolete inventory items monthly and report to Corporate Management. 
  • Manufacturing Variance Analysis – Maintain comprehensive understanding of material, labor, and spending variances to explain them to local plant and corporate management and recommend corrective action.
  • ERP System Administration – Administer daily order processing and troubleshoot production and inventory system issues on a timely and accurate basis.  Ensure that all order processing steps are completed according to company prescribed deadlines.
  • New Product Cost Estimates – Interface with corporate finance team to provide labor and production rate estimates for new products.
  • Assess internal controls to ensure assets are adequately safeguarded and results are accurately reported.
  • Attend daily plant production meetings to stay abreast of factory issues and to communicate opportunities for cost improvements.
  • Perform monthly walkthroughs of the plant with the Plant Manager and Corporate Manufacturing Analyst to discuss production and costing issues. Review areas such as labor cost, material waste, inventory controls and warehouse inventory levels.
  • Periodic reports to promote manufacturing cost awareness.  Publish factory performance measurement statistics in a timely manner as directed by the Plant Manager.
  • Identify and assist with ad hoc projects related to factory cost savings opportunities.

Basic Qualifications:                                                                                     

        · Minimum 3 to 5 years as a cost manager in a manufacturing environment with an emphasis on cost accounting, reporting and variance analysis.

· High level of proficiency with MS Office products and ERP/MRP systems (SAP experience a plus).

· Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration.

· Supervisory experience with a proven ability to manage and develop staff.

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Exhibits clear and concise written and verbal communication.

· Ability to work and communicate effectively at all organizational levels and across functional areas.

· Thorough attention to detail and accuracy.

· Sound planning and organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments.

· Maintains professionalism and reacts well under pressure.

· Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Company Description

Russell Stover Chocolates is the nation’s leading manufacturer of boxed chocolates. The company’s three brands – Russell Stover, Whitman’s and Pangburn’s - account for more than 60 percent of all boxed chocolate sales in the United States through 20+ company-owned retail stores and 70,000 wholesale accounts. After nearly 100 years in operation the company manufactures approximately 100 million pounds of chocolate candies each year in its proud tradition of being “Made in America” and “Handcrafted in Small Batches”.

In September 2014, Russell Stover Chocolates was acquired by Lindt and Sprungli, the world leader in premium chocolates. This was the largest acquisition in the history of Lindt and Sprungli which has operations in over 40 countries across the globe. Russell Stover Chocolates joins sister companies Lindt USA and Ghirardelli to form a powerful confectionery triad in North America.

Employment by Russell Stover Chocolates is contingent upon I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, passing the urinalysis drug screen, education verification, and satisfactory reference and background checks.

Russell Stover Chocolates is an EOE/MINORITY/FEMALE/VET/DISABLED employer.

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