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Plant Finance Manager


Elk Grove Village, IL, US

Job ID:  16796
Estimated Travel:  0 - 25%
Contract Type:  Permanent
Talent Area:  Finance, Legal, and Tax

Ardagh Group is a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading food, beverage, and consumer care brands.

We believe that the success of our business depends on the success of our people. We strive to create working environments where our employees feel valued, can work to their full potential, and where their achievements are celebrated. We are creating an exciting future for Ardagh that is built on our core values of trust, teamwork and excellence and we have opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines across our organisation.


Role Description:

Financial management responsibility and member of management teams for $6.4M+ job shop facility with 24 employees, $1.0M+ Graphic Arts SGA facility with 11 employees, $3.0M+ R&D SGA facility with 19 employees, $5.2M+ Operations Engineering SGA facility with 24 employees.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Financial/management accounting and reporting, with an emphasis on accurate, timely information every month.
  • Support plant management with financial tools, job cost information, profitability analysis, and hours worked supporting jobs / capital projects
  • Development and monitoring of cost management/cost reduction strategies with plant management
  • Variance analyses; including identification of business and cost trends, and recommendations for cost control, operational changes, etc.
  • Team leader for annual capital and operating budget preparation/submission for (1) profit center and (3) SGA centers along with appropriate variance analyses and other supporting details as may be required
  • Coordinate the posting of job related expenses and hours for all cost centers
  • Project / job profitability analysis and review
  • Journal entries, purchase requisitions, invoice receipt / goods receipt analysis
  • Inventory control management including coordination of physical and cycle counts, resolution of problem areas and maintenance of procedures
  • Support the capital asset request process including submission of request, expenditure tracking, development of return on investment, and completing asset creation request
  • Establish and maintain effective internal accounting controls over all plant assets, customer pricing, and SAP process within the Technical Center facility in accordance with corporate standards
  • Fixed asset, spare parts, and job cost accounting
  • Close coordination with various functions within the facility, other Ardagh locations, and customers for job close out and financial reviews
  • Training of Best Practice processes for SAP, job costing, and hours reporting
  • Assist Tax with all requests related to tax mitigation, including but not limited to sale tax exemption, MA10000, R&D project reporting, etc.
  • Manage and develop Plant Accountant
  • Special assignments and/or projects as assigned
  • Oversght of non-exempt Payroll



  • Job based costing background a plus
  • Excellent computer skills including Excel, Word, Powerpoint and ERP applications, SAP a major plus
  • Kronos use and management a plus
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Proactive, hands-on, results oriented management style
  • Strong service orientation and ability to work as a team with local management.
  • Thorough, highly organized and efficient work habits
  • Ability to proactively address and solve problems
  • Ability to challenge the status-quo while effectively working in multiple team-based environments
  • Balance detail orientation with “big picture” understanding of the business
  • Ability to travel as needed to plant/corporate locations.
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • MBA, CPA or CMA preferred, not required, with minimum 10 years overall experience
  • Minimum 3 years successful experience in high volume job shop manufacturing with a solid cost accounting background.


Our Vision and Values
The people that make up Ardagh Group share much more than a strong brand and an excellent reputation. We each share a common vision: to be the preferred packaging partner to the world’s leading brands. We will achieve our vision by delivering customer innovation, providing an inspirational environment for our people and creating sustainable value for our business through its growth and development.

Ardagh Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

For more information on Ardagh Group, visit www.ardaghgroup.com.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago