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Assistant Plant Controller, CET Blacksburg

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Date: Jun 4, 2021

Location: Christiansburg, VA, US, 24073

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 46681


Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

Scope of Position:

Ensures entity compliance with local regulations, GAAP accounting principles, and Corning policies and procedures. Participates in plant closing process and ensures reporting is timely and accurate. Responsible for preparation of reconciliations and the analysis of expenses to ensure financial accuracy. Assists Plant Controller in plant forecasting and long-term analysis. Key resource for plant personnel on operating expenses, inventory transactions, and the capitalization of assets. Responsible for key financial and internal control processes, such as inventory and asset physicals.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and update plant standard costs, work with multiple department managers to maintain accurate usage rates and labor hours.
  • Perform duties for month end closing including journal entries and variance analysis.
  • Assist Plant Controller with completion of the month end reporting package.
  • Prepare, review, and maintain monthly account reconciliations.
  • Support internal and external audits.
  • Perform Inventory reconciliations.
  • Inventory management: ensuring physical inventories and SLOB processes are performed in timely manner
  • Assist Plant Controller with annual plant budget process and 5-year plan.
  • Assist and support plant management to enhance their understanding of plant spending, resolve issues, and correct errors.
  • Ad hoc financial analysis in support of plant operations and division
  • Division SOX SME and coach
  • Capricorn BCV co-SME for plant location

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 7 years of manufacturing experience


  • MBA
  • CPA

Required Skills:

  • Proven knowledge of financial and management accounting, including systems, compliance and reporting requirements (US GAAP, SOX)
  • Ability to develop influential relationships with business leaders (business partnership) and be creative in providing financial solutions to them
  • Ability to challenge decisions and provide alternative recommendations
  • Cost Modeling
  • Inventory control and management
  • Proven ability to embrace and drive change
  • Good listener with strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills. Adept at interacting and communicating with all aspects of the business, including US and international managers
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Ability to act under pressure in fast-paced environment
  • Culturally sensitive and savvy
  • Ability to prioritize
  • Quick learner
  • Team player
  • Self-motivated; ability to act on initiative

Soft Skills:

  • Ambitious and aspires to grow professionally
  • Able to work and communicate with individuals at all many levels to accomplish objectives
  • Able to lead accounting/finance-based projects
  • Able to manage through ambiguity and perform in fast past environment

This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Blacksburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia