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Category Controller in Atlanta, GA at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 1/10/2019

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    Atlanta, GA
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Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


GA Atlanta

Job Type:

Finance Plant Accounting

Job Posting Title:

Category Controller

Job Description:

As the Category Controller, this is a financial leadership position for a multi plant business unit. This position will partner with the GM and key business leaders within the Category. This position will provide strategic financial and business leadership to the division. This person will be responsible for providing financial and business oversight for month end closing, plant variance analysis and reporting, monthly consolidated forecasting, financial and non-financial business process review, business strategy initiatives, capital investments, information technology, and special projects. This position will support the Plant Leadership Team at the main plant with responsibly and oversight for the sister plant in the business unit. The position will report to the Division Controller with a heavy dotted line report to the Plant Managers of the facilities.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Function as the plant controller for the main facility, and as category controller for the Dressings category
  • Have full responsibility for the business P&L and Balance Sheet
  • Provide insightful financial and business oversight to the Category team
  • Provide product cost analysis and decision support to our internal customers on new business proposals and rationalization of existing customers / products
  • Communicate financial ramifications of management decisions by plant and consolidated business as at product category level and cost drivers
  • Ensure accountability of cross–functional teams to financial results, including accountability to departmental budgets and expenses
  • Develop future business models to allow the business to understand impact from both current cost and future cost aspects
  • Preparation and presentation of annual budget for the category
  • Coordinating with various cross-functional areas to review and understand cost changes in purchased components, labor, overhead, production plans, warehousing and capital projects
  • Provides career development and supervision to Finance Department team members
  • Ensure there are appropriate month end close processes and procedures in place resulting in accurate financial statements
  • Review and improve month end close process and procedures
  • Directing and coordinating internal controls over financial reporting to ensure compliance to Sarbanes- Oxley and other requirements
  • Ensure a strong controls environment for 3 PL Managed Warehouses housing raw, pack and aging finished good materials
  • Review, manage, and control distressed inventory levels and bring awareness and accountability to plant teams in order to reduce distressed inventory level
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Skills, Experience and Education:

  • Prior manufacturing experience and exposure to inventory/cost accounting required
  • Knowledge of Accounting Concepts including but not limited to Cost Accounting
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office
  • Ability to effectively present information in verbal exchanges with various departments and employees
  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions using excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated with strong multitasking, analytical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills
  • Ability to lead multiple facilities and teams
  • Creates a climate that not only serves to motivate and empower other, but also provides self-motivation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • SAP experience a significant plus


  • Bachelor's Degree Required - Type: Business or related field
  • Certification/License: CPA/CMA strongly preferred

Minimum Experience Preferred:

Bachelor’s Degree required, and a minimum of 5 years of experience in both General and Cost Accounting within a manufacturing environment, preferably food. Preference for prior experience in a plant controller role.

Travel Requirements: 20%

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.