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Plant Controller

Company: Tenneco
Location: South Bend
Posted on: May 12, 2024

Job Description:

Tenneco is one of the world's leading designer, manufacturers and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with approximately 78.000 team members working at more than 300 sites worldwide. Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Ride Performance, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.

The Plant Controller position reports to the Group Controller with a dotted line to the Plant Manager for the Tenneco South Bend, Indiana location. This is a staff level position, Manager for a team of four (4) Salaried team members. They direct the financial affairs of the organization and prepares financial analyses of operations, including interim and final financial statements with supporting documentation for the guidance of management. The Controller is responsible for the plant's financial plans, controls, and policies, its accounting practices, the maintenance of its fiscal records, and the preparation of reports. This position is also responsible for contributing to a safe workplace and minimizing negative impacts by complying with the EHS policies, procedures, and work instructions outlined in the EHSMS Training Assessment for this position.

Our recruiting team is ready to act immediately. You'll first hear from someone in Talent Acquisition to schedule a phone screen, and then the next step will be a personal interview with our Hiring Manager. We pride ourselves on moving through the process quickly, and you can be sure of transparency and prompt communication.


  • Acts as business partner to the Plant Manager. Responsible to collaborate with staff members to make plant level decisions.
  • Development, analysis, and interpretation of statistical and accounting information in order to monitor operating results in terms of profitability, performance against budget, and other matters dealing with the fiscal soundness and operating effectiveness of the organization.
  • Manages the preparation of weekly flash, monthly forecast, annual profit plans, and maintains surveillance on inventories and plant performance in relation to established objectives including analyzing and reporting variances.
  • Manages all accounting activities involved in billing, accounts payable (handled through shared services), payroll, capital assets, general ledger and standard costing systems and ensures that all activities are in compliance with SOX and company established plant, group, and corporate policies and procedures.
  • Manages the department by setting goals and objectives, determining action within policies required to meet goals. Determines personnel needs and takes action to meet those needs, conducting training, development, counseling, and performance evaluation of department team members.
  • Initiates and maintains procedures, records, and reports relating to the financial management and methods of the plant and assists in the interpretations and analysis of reports to Plant Manager and their staff.
  • Manages internal and external audit requests.
  • Maintain the accuracy of the financial analysis of the AR submissions.
  • Maintain standard costing.
  • Support corporate requests to ensure company's ability to comply with GAAP and Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • Support operations/manufacturing activities to achieve production output, productivity and employee satisfaction goals.
  • All other duties as may be assigned.


    • Work safe, smart, and effectively.
    • Do your best.
    • Support teamwork.
    • Respect fellow Team Members.
    • Continue learning.
    • Be on time.
    • Abide by our values.
    • Demonstrate high standards of performance, integrity, and ethics.
    • Have a positive attitude.
    • Focus on quality.
    • Keep your work area clean and organized.
    • Take ownership, responsibility, and accountability for your actions.
    • Initiate continuous improvement.
    • Treat the business as if you own it.
    • Ensures compliance with all EHSMS policies and procedures.
    • Instructs on safe work practices and promotes safety consciousness while practicing safety procedures, enforcing policy regarding safety and making recommendations when needed.
    • Sees that company policies and programs are effectively made known; cooperates and assists in the development of effective communications.
    • Promotes a positive employer-employee relation.
    • Maintains departmental efficiency regarding timeliness and quality of reports and procedural requirements.
    • Maintains inter-departmental relationships of such a caliber as to promote confidence, integrity and cooperation.
    • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must have the ability to maneuver around plant machinery, work near moving mechanical parts and work in an environment with varying temperatures. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
    • Each employee has the authority to initiate action to prevent the occurrence of non-conformities relating to the product, process and quality system and has the authority to stop further work on non-conforming suspect product until the deficiency or conditions have been corrected.
    • All employees will abide by their location's EH&S policy endorsed by the local management, comply with the legal and other requirements and operational controls established under its EHSMS, work toward achieving established objectives and targets, and conform to procedures consistent with the ISO 14001 standard. All employees will also understand all the environmental aspects of his/her job. An employee should report, and if necessary, stop any activity that does not conform to the policy or may injure himself/herself.
    • Strives for maintaining LEAN principles and Continuous Improvement and updates project status.
    • Other duties as assigned.

      EDUCATION: Bachelors' Degree in accounting, finance, or business related field. CPA and/or MBA preferred but not required.


      • Seven (7) years' experience in financial accounting in a manufacturing environment with at least three (3) of those years in a supervisory position.
        • Reflects reading, analytical, interpersonal and other knowledge levels, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of the job.
        • Knowledge of manufacturing/packaging/distribution processes.
        • Detailed knowledge of financial and cost accounting principles.
        • Working knowledge of Sarbanes - Oxley 404.
        • Analytical abilities necessary to plan and prioritize own work and complete work on schedule while maintaining appropriate documentation.
        • Ability to prepare detailed financial reports.
        • Interpersonal skills necessary to exchange information with variety of staff.
        • Ability to establish and manage multiple priorities in a dynamic environment.
        • Experience in guiding and directing a team towards a common goal.
        • Able to apply interpret and utilize Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
        • Demonstrated skills in the operation of various computer programs including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
        • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive issues and documents.

          An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

          Nearest Major Market: South Bend

Keywords: Tenneco, South Bend , Plant Controller, Professions , South Bend, Indiana

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