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Assistant Plant Controller, CLS Kennebunk

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Date: Dec 1, 2022

Location: Kennebunk, ME, US, 04043

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 58559


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.

Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

As a leading developer, manufacturer, and global supplier of scientific laboratory products for 100 years, Corning’s Life Sciences segment collaborates with researchers seeking new approaches to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and compress timelines in the drug discovery process. Using unique expertise in the fields of materials science, surface science, optics, biochemistry and biology, the segment provides innovative solutions that improve productivity and enable breakthrough discoveries.


This Assistant Plant Controller will be responsible for financial processes for our Kennebunk manufacturing plant. Including:

  • Close books monthly
  • Analyze actual results
  • Prepare business forecasts and long-term financial plans
  • Analyze and seek approval for capital investments
  • Work with plant personnel to identify and quantify cost reduction opportunities
  • Maintain plant cost accounting systems
  • Support tax and insurance filings
  • Maintain internal control systems and compliance to Sarbanes Oxley requirements
  • Ensure compliance to US GAAP and Corporate Accounting Policies
  • And participate as a leader in setting and managing the direction of the plant.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Assists the controller by leading the monthly financial closing, reporting, and forecasting processes.
  • Responsible for the coordination of team journal entries, reconciliations, and accuracy of the general ledger
  • Executes and supports business unit compliance with internal and external controls, GAAP accounting principles and Corning policies and procedures
  • Ensures that required reporting is completed accurately and on a timely basis
  • Provides ongoing Finance expertise and decision support to the plant management to enable the achievement of plant goals and objectives
  • Provides ad-hoc financial analysis for plant controller and staff
  • Assists the controller in the development and maintenance of planning budgeting systems, preparation of financial and management reports, procedures, and presentation of findings
  • 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
  • Monitors daily operations of the business unit and actively assists to resolve issues, escalating as appropriate
  • Monitors spending and works with department managers to control costs
  • Researches and provides detail on expense variances
  • Supports the function and business unit to drive process improvement
  • Ownership of the financial analysis related to capital projects. Including maintenance of the Planview system in conjunction with the Plant Engineering Manager.


Travel Requirements:

  • Occasional travel as needed for meetings and training; Less than 10%



Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration
  • 5-10 years of relevant experience


Required Skills:

  • Strong computer skills (Advanced Excel, Access)
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and link to business implications
  • Good analytical skills, presentation skills and problem- solving capability


Desired Skills:

  • Working experience with PeopleSoft/SAP/Khalix


Soft Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills to build relationships with finance team and business customers/suppliers at all levels of the organization
  • Comfortable challenging supplied inputs and questioning existing processes
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and work proactively and independently in a fast- changing environment
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)


This role does not provide immigration support


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: Portland Maine