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Plant Controller at Howmet Aerospace in Dover, New Jersey

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Howmet Aerospace, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. The Company's primary businesses focus on jet engine components, aerospace fastening systems and titanium structural parts necessary for mission-critical performance and efficiency in aerospace and defense applications, as well as forged wheels for commercial transportation. Howmet Aerospace is transforming the next phase of more fuel-efficient, quieter aerospace engines and sustainable ground transportation. For more information, visit . Follow @howmet: Twitter , Instagram , Facebook , LinkedIn and YouTube .

Plant Controller


  • Effectively resources for the Dover site and ensure those resources satisfy production schedules and customer expectations while meeting the needs of the site.


  • Expected to assist in the implementation of Alcoa/Howmet's EHS value and policy statement and its accompanying principles.
  • Comply with all department, facility, Corporate and Regulatory EH&S regulations.
  • Wear all required personal protective equipment.
  • Report all job-related illness and injuries. (Per employee handbook).
  • Report all Safety, Health & Environmental concerns to your supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Attend all EH&S training.


Essential Job Functions

The purpose of this position is to act as a business partner to the Plant Manager, directing the finance function at a manufacturing facility. This position reports to the Plant Manager with a strong dotted line to the Business Unit. Key responsibilities include direct the operation of Information Systems, Procurement and Accounting to provide adequate manufacturing systems, with additional responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Compliance

    • Full ownership of the P&L and Balance Sheet
    • Complying with Howmet and business unite financial reporting requirements.
    • Ensuring completion of Howmet's Sarbanes-Oxley requirements for internal controls.
    • Act as an authority on GAAP related accounting matters for the site, including areas such as revenue recognition and cost accounting
    • Act as primary interface to external auditors with respect to site matters.

  • Leadership

    • Supervising department employees.
    • Developing Finance team members
    • Set goals and evaluate team members against the goals

  • Business Partnering

    • Identify key levers to drive business improvement and providing leadership to ensure implementation for business improvement opportunities.
    • Determining in conjunction with the plant management, targeted goals for performance measures of quality, productivity, delivery, cycle time, inventory optimization and profitability.
    • Coordinate and administer an adequate plan for the control of operations including; profit planning an analysis, sales forecasts, expense budgets, cost standards, saving opportunities, and capital investing
    • Deploying business unit initiatives.
    • Coordination of the capital appropriation process and post-project reviews.
    • Forecast short- and long-range cash requirements and obligations as a basis for maintaining adequate funds.
    • Keep Segment Corporate controller informed of the site's performance and provide advice on all financial matters, including desirable operational adjustments.


  • Enterprise minded--understands the needs of the business and how decisions affect P&L, balance sheet and future capabilities, influences capital expenditures based on broad business case
  • Responsive expertise--prepared with information to help guide decision making both upon request and future planning based
  • Compliance--organized and aware of legal and local ramifications to decisions and practices; proactively prepared for audits
  • Data-oriented--anticipates and solves problems from a data-informed perspective; forecasts accurately and tracks closely; intervenes in ways that influence numbers
  • Involved and curious--spends time on the shop floor to understand business in greater detail; seeks to make improvements and strengthen partnerships through relationship and comprehension; understands operational consequences of decisions
  • Analysis--reviews decisions and data ex post to glean increased understanding; incorporates learning into future decision-making
  • Accountability--compares business case to actual performance and collaborates with other leaders to ensure success of investments
  • Interpretation and translation--able to tell a story with the data; brings life to the numbers through observation and familiarity with the business
  • Prioritization--understands market and organizational conditions and prioritizes efforts accordingly; manages tension between revenue and costs, etc.
  • Communication--proactively provides information about data, forecasting and financials to enable best possible decision-making for individual leaders and the organization; seeks information from others and disseminates accordingly as a conduit or hub
  • Coach--formally and informally develops others and contributes to talent factory strategy

  • This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder')
  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • BS or BA in Business Administration and/or Finance Accounting from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of 7 years related financial/controllership work experience in a manufacturing environment.


Relocation benefit may be offered for this position.


  • MBA, CMA and/or CPA
  • Plant Controller experience for a manufacturing facility with at least $150 million in annual revenues.
  • At least 2 year's supervisory experience with the ability to manage and develop Staff (Financial and Operational)
  • High proficiency in using MS Office software, experience with Oracle, Hyperion, or similar systems, project management, multi-tasking and developing/executing data queries.
  • Strong analytical and decision making skills.
  • Strong organizational skills in relation to managing multiple projects with tight deadlines in a high pressure/high intensity environment.
  • Strong cost accounting skills - Multi level Routing and Bill of material Cost Accounting Experience.
  • Ability to dig for details and work on challenging projects.
  • Ability to communicate complex financial information in an easy to understand manner to non-finance personnel.
  • Outstanding communication, leadership and teamwork skills
  • Experience in using queries, including Essbase, Hyperion, Oracle or similar systems
  • Experience in a job order/discrete manufacturing environment


  • The controller position requires frequent sitting in an office environment and occasional walking and standing in a manufacturing environment.
  • No PPE required for in office, however, employee is expected to observe all PPE requirements while out on the floor.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.