Plant Accounting Manager

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Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: Channahon, IL -Illinois, US, 60410

Company: Bunge

Location : Channahon IL 

City : Channahon 

State : Illinois (US-IL) 

Country : United States (US) 

Requisition Number : 30319 

The Plant Accounting Manager role will support the local plant manager and their team ensuring
data integrity, a strong control environment, operational analysis, and data-based decision support.
Primary responsibilities include cost accounting related items to include providing accounting
inputs for month end close to the accounting hubs, Loss over NOL analysis, and supporting
other local plant administrative and accounting processes.  In addition to supporting the local 
management team, this position will be responsible for managing financial and accounting
activities. The position will also provide business analysis to Senior Management for routine
and strategic business decisions. The Plant Accounting Manager will report to the local plant manager.

Core Functions:
·         Monitor the settlement of work orders in the proper accounting period
·         Review plant expenses and work with plant management to provide explanations
·         Assist STL accounting team with allocations (creation. Training, trouble shooting)
·         Assist STL accounting team with work order settlements (training, trouble shooting)
·         Assist STL accounting team with Cost Center standardization questions
·         Provide local management support for financial audits (Internal, outside, etc)
·         Provide support to the NA regional and the Global PQSE teams.  
·         Direct facility accounting processes, practices, and policies to promote timely, accurate,
and reliable financial results in alignment with GAAP, company policies, and other federal,
state, and local requirements
·         Coordinate monthly plant management reporting statements and schedules
·         Evaluate and ensure that proper management and accounting controls are in place
and adapted, as systems and processes change and to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley and protect company 
·         Manage day-to-day plant functions such as commodity positions, accounts payables,
production reporting, inventory control, and plant cost centers
·         Assist STL accounting staff with the monthly plant closing process
·         Prepare responses to periodic requests for information from parent company
and external auditors 
·         Act as liaison and resource on a variety of accounting policies and procedures
and general ledger posting issues
·         Plan and perform physical inventory observations (bulk oils, ingredients, packaging), establish clean
·         month end cut-offs, and compute inventory volumes that support the accounting close consistent
with BNA’s physical inventory policy.
·         Plan and perform other periodic inventories that support production planning and scheduling
and ensure accurate data for customer service and supply chain management.  
·         Assist with ensuring local key internal controls are properly and effectively executed with respect
to receiving and shipping, scale system integrity, as well as internal measures of inventory
transfers and product flows
·         Facilitate education and disciplines to support management controls including procure
to pay (VIM), travel and expense reporting, P-Cards, and Sarbanes-Oxley key control executions
·         Investigate material usage variances (MUV’s) in excess of standards, identify root cause,
and recommend corrective action (e.g. recipe shrinks, inventory accuracy, etc.) that narrows 
monthly shrinks and provides reliable data to measure and monitor plant performance
·         Monitor rework inventory and scrap oil and ensure SAP records are correctly recorded
·         Collect and report daily, weekly, and monthly production data and KPR’s in an efficient,
accurate, and timely manner to support monthly scorecard development.
·         Provide various inputs to monthly forecasting for plant expenses and variances – e.g. special
maintenance, utility usage, known inventory variances
·         Support local continuous improvement activities through preparation and participation
on kaizen events, identification of productivity opportunities, and fostering a strong CI culture
·         Support the plant manager and production management with data accuracy and analysis
for operational decision support of packaging activities, where applicable:
·         Bill of material (BOM) accuracy – e.g.  Labor hours, overtime, line speeds, packaging efficiencies,
shrinks, etc.
·         Understanding and investigating variances to standard
·         Assumptions and DCF inputs for investment analysis
·         Assist the plant manager with inputs and preparation of the annual plant budget, understanding
spending variances, reviewing/communicating plant expenses and interpreting data
·         Assist with the implementation of new systems and processes and support training
of new employees with an emphasis on data integrity to facilitate accurate and timely
reporting and analysis
·         Local power user of SAP for plant specific functions
·         Assist with special projects, as required
·         Other duties as assigned 


Skill/Experience Requirements:
·         Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a similar related field
·         10 years related experience in a manufacturing environment
·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
·         Ability to work in a team and collaborative environment
·         Exposure to using enterprise business applications such as SAP or comparable system
and capability to become a power user
·         Experience with end-user tools – e.g. MS Excel, Word. Lotus Notes
·         Versatility, flexibility, and analytical skills are essential
·         Must be able to work overtime, as required

Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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