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Finance Plant Controller - COC Hickory Area

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Date: Nov 13, 2021

Location: Hickory, NC, US, 28601

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50583


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.
  • Ensures the plant receives the appropriate type and level of Finance expertise and support to best inform financial and operational decision making and the achievement of strategic and operational goals.
  • Ensures the successful implementation of global Finance business programs, processes, and procedures in support of corporate, function, and plant goals and objectives.

Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Lead the finance function for the Plant and be a key member and decision maker of the management staff.
  • Analyze and report on key plant operational and accounting metrics (recurring and ad-hoc). Present plant financial performance in various forums as required. Make recommendations for continuous improvement in both reporting and financial performance.
  • Conducts audit programs (e.g. inventory cycle counts) and leads efforts to implement corrective actions that resolve issues identified in audits/assessments to ensure plant financial compliance.
  • Provides ongoing Finance expertise and decision support to the plant management to enable the achievement of plant goals and objectives.
  • Serves as member of the cross-functional team (Plant Manager, HR, Operations, Engineering, Quality, IT) to ensure decisions made are in alignment with plant’s financial & operational goals and objectives.
  • Manage the department to ensure timely and accurate completion of accounting activities, including fixed asset management, inventory valuation, product costing, period closing & reporting, budgeting/forecasting, and overall asset and liability control.
  • Ensure appropriate support of divisional requirements and Corning Finance functions to include SEC and tax reporting.
  • Ensure a strong internal control environment. Comply with GAAP and Corning accounting policies. Maintain documentation in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404.
  • Responsible for the continued professional development of finance staff; also responsible for raising the financial awareness and understanding of key (non-finance) plant personnel.
  • Serves as consultant/financial expert to plant leadership on matters pertaining to policy, plans, projects (capital, PEx, etc.) and objectives. Conducts reviews, provides analysis and makes recommendations as required.
  • Other functions and projects as assigned in support of plant and business objectives.
  • Proactively and regularly monitors and identifies budget and forecast variances for the plant (and potential implications) and provides plant leadership (i.e., GM and staff) with insights and perspectives on appropriate actions required to address variances. Identifies when plant may miss financial targets and recommends actions to mitigate unfavorable variances.
  • Ad hoc plant and division level projects

Required Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or other technical degree
  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Manufacturing/Cost Accounting experience
  • Experience with Sarbanes Oxley

Desired Education & Experience:

  • MBA
  • Assistant Plant Controller Experience (within or outside of Corning)
  • Supervisory Experience
  • Inventory control and management
  • Cost modeling
  • Lean/Six Sigma background

Other Skills:

  • Knowledge of financial and management accounting, including systems, compliance and reporting requirements
  • Ability to display adequate communication and presentation skills
  • Adept at interacting and communicating with all aspects of the business, including plant staff and senior managers
  • Strong computer skills (Excel, SAP, Khalix)
  • Team player
  • Self-motivated; ability to act on initiative
  • Customer focused
  • Business partner
  • Proven ability to embrace and drive change
  • Clear dedication to excellence and advancing beyond the current state  

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: Hickory