Multi-Site Plant Controller

Position Description

Job Summary

If you want to reshape the world and discover your greatest potential, Saint-Gobain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for innovative problem solvers.

We're one of only two companies in the world that is consistently recognized as both a top Global Employer and a Top 100 Global Innovator, but Saint-Gobain's remarkable story and culture of innovation begins with a team of nearly 200,000 creative, diverse and passionate team members collaborating across the globe.  We are committed to our mission to improve lives because, every day, we witness the enormous impact of our efforts on the world around us.  

The Plant Controller will be responsible for the adherence to financial policies and ICRF controls, improving internal business processes to support Saint-Gobain Life Sciences' growth/profitability model.  The Controller is a critical member of the site/plant leadership team, serving as the plant manager’s “right-hand".

The Controller provides financial analyses and recommendations to ensure the site is aligned to strategic objectives; and is a proactive business partner/advisor, aiding the decision-making process of management on corrective actions/countermeasures, and enforcing ownership & accountability.

The Site Controller position will:

  • Lead the annual RF1/3 forecast, budget, plan process at the site, providing accurate explanations of significant variances, including analysis of actual vs. budget and/or forecast.
  • Focus on timely month-end results/reporting with a keen eye on strategic planning to ensure the business is growing profitability. 
  • Lead the processes of the month-end close to ensure alignment of the HPS/LS deadlines.  Prepare, approve general entries/reconciliations (as needed/required),
  • Ensure accuracy/integrity of the balance sheet (quality of working capital, changes in fixed assets, etc.).
  • Lead the annual standard cost development process for the site to ensure transparency of cost/margin.
  • Ensure all plant accounting activities comply with the processes outlined in the ICRF, IFRS, HPS/LS policies, and sound business practices.
  • Lead the annual completion of the ICRF gap analysis & ensure the execution of action plans, adherence - Segregation of Duties, system/access controls are in place. Evaluate site internal controls (review of HPS/LS policies, purchasing authorities, etc. to ensure alignment with internal controls along with the 6 essentials).  Assessing current accounting processes, offering recommendations for improvement, and implementing new innovative processes.
  • Support LS & Operations Controller with the AD HOC requests, annual plan, budget & standard cost development process.  Proactively researching issues – anticipating opportunities and providing answers & insight to key questions before they are asked. 
  • Support CI/WCM initiatives (participation in Kaizen’s, problem-solving events) ensuring countermeasures, projects are defined with clear financial objectives & results are tracked and reported accordingly.
  • Co-manage along with the project manager the capital process & provide guidance/assistance.  Creation of forward-looking financial models and “what-if” modeling capabilities, cost/benefit, margin impact (make vs. buy, etc.) enhancing the decision-making process.



Required Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree - in Accounting/Finance; Required.

Master's Degree - in Accounting/Finance; Preferred.


3+ years of experience within a Cost Accountant / Controller Role within a Manufacturing setting; Required. 

3+ years of experience within a Financial / Operational Analyst function; Required.

Experience & assessment knowledge utilizing an ERP system (SAP, QAD, ORACLE); Required.

Strong fundamental “know-how” in accounting/finance/business related topics.

Solid verbal & written communication, analytical, strategic/systemic thinking & leadership skills.

Strong business advisory and proactive partnerships skills.

Company Summary

Saint-Gobain’s innovations touch almost every major industry around the world. Within its Life Sciences division, teams are solving critical problems for customers who are getting life-saving medical devices to the frontlines of healthcare, discovering essential medications, and nourishing and connecting the world through consumer, industrial and electronics applications. As one of the world’s leading producers of high-performance polymer products, we improve lives by making simple experiences better and being there in life’s critical moments.

Our team members recognize that we all create the environment for people to succeed, with a culture built on respect, open and honest communication, and honoring our commitments to our customers and each other. And at the heart of our culture, we’ve learned working together makes good ideas, great ones.

With a legacy dating back more than 350 years, Saint-Gobain offers employees the stability and security of a leading Global 500 corporation while operating like multiple small and agile start-ups, where entrepreneurial spirit, pioneering teamwork, and bold, forward-thinking ideas pave new paths.

Every team member is encouraged to develop and leverage their unique expertise and strengths to make the greatest impact on the company and our end users. At Saint-Gobain, you’re empowered and equipped with countless opportunities and resources for professional development. You will find the support you need to create a vision and roadmap for your career, and make that vision a reality.

Invent yourself at Saint-Gobain Life Sciences; and together, we’ll create a better life.

Legal Statement

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.


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Multi-Site Plant Controller

Location: Clearwater, Florida

Posting Date: 01/03/2023

Job Code: USA03876

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