Farmington Hills MI

Job Type:

Direct Hire

About the Role

Our Tier 1 automotive client is looking to hire a Controller. * Works directly with the Plant Manager & local management team to ensure the company is an Employer of Choice by helping maintain an environment where employees are engaged in our business & know we value them. 

Other responsibilities include: 

  • Directs budgeting and forecasting functions for the plant

  • Ensures effective strategic and financial planning, standard and ad hoc reporting and daily operations analysis for the plant

  • Actively manages risks and opportunities to ensure the achievement of business plans

  • Provides responsible managers with feedback on financial performance, and actively engages with the management team to develop and track action plans

  • Leads, manages and develops the capability of direct reports and supports the development of other colleagues

  • Develops controlling function team through establishing appropriate development plans, goals, and objectives

  • Provides feedback and coaching to team members, actively supporting them in the achievement of their goals and objectives

  • Inspires and engages with operational and functional managers to understand and achieve Business Unit objectives

  • Interfaces with all functions in the organization to ensure the financial concepts are well prepared and well understood

  • Leads management reporting for the plant including cost center performance to budget and product profitability. Provides responsible managers with feedback on financial performance and actively engages with the management team to develop and track action plans

  • Actively partners with the Plant Manager and the Site Leadership team to identify and implement continuous improvement and cost optimization activities

  • Actively participates in Regional and Global initiatives for Controlling, Finance, Accounting, and Tax including standardization, process improvements, consistency of practices, and data accuracy

  • Works directly with project leaders to develop business cases for strategic and improvement projects, including capital expenditures. Supports and actively participates in the preparation of business cases, ensuring all major impacts are considered

  • Controls working capital and capital expenditures and establishes effective, well-documented procedures and internal controls to ensure compliance with all relevant government and company regulations

Required Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field from an accredited four-year college or university is Required; MBA or professional accounting certification is Preferred

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience with increasing management and supervisory responsibility required, 5 years of experience in a Plant Controller role; knowledge of company or experience in a complex manufacturing setting required

  • Must have knowledge of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and experience managing foreign trade operations

  • Experience with product cost, including standard costing, in a manufacturing environment (preferable automotive)

  • Knowledge of German Generally Accepted Accounting Principles is desired

  • Experience sophisticated ERP environment required, experience with SAP strongly preferred

  • Global or multi-national business experience required

  • Ability to handle projects with multiple workstreams, with proven leadership success over a wide variety of business problems

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills to influence and build credibility

  • Proven planning abilities, including the successful execution of such plans

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment

  • In addition to work in a great team, we encourage you to reach your personal potential and through outstanding learning and development opportunities

  • Exciting assignments and personalized support for your career are available to you