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Become A Plant Controller

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Working As A Plant Controller

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $132,370

    Average Salary

What Does A Plant Controller Do

A Plant Controller is responsible for the performance of plant accounting and financial reporting activities. They prepare financial reports and present findings and recommendations to top management.

How To Become A Plant Controller

Financial managers typically have a bachelor’s degree and 5 years or more of experience in another business or financial occupation, such as an accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst.


A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration is often the minimum education needed for financial managers. However, many employers now seek candidates with a master’s degree, preferably in business administration, finance, or economics. These academic programs help students develop analytical skills and learn financial analysis methods and software.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Professional certification is not required, but some financial managers still get it to demonstrate a level of competence. The CFA Institute confers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification to investment professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of work experience, and pass three exams. The Association for Financial Professionals confers the Certified Treasury Professional credential to those who pass an exam and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Financial managers usually have experience in another business or financial occupation. For example, they may have worked as a loan officer, accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst. 

In some cases, companies provide formal management training programs to help prepare highly motivated and skilled financial workers to become financial managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial managers increasingly are assisting executives in making decisions that affect their organization, a task which requires analytical ability.

Communication skills. Excellent communication skills are essential because financial managers must explain and justify complex financial transactions.

Detail oriented. In preparing and analyzing reports such as balance sheets and income statements, financial managers must be precise and attentive to their work in order to avoid errors.

Math skills. Financial managers must be skilled in math, including algebra. An understanding of international finance and complex financial documents also is important.

Organizational skills. Financial managers deal with a range of information and documents and so they must stay organized to do their jobs effectively.

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Plant Controller Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Russian

  • Swedish

  • Bulgarian

  • Norwegian

  • Serbian

  • Maltese

  • Japanese

  • Macedonian

  • Carrier

  • Urdu

  • Korean

  • Italian

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Real Plant Controller Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Plant Controller II Covidien LP Crystal Lake, IL Jan 18, 2016 $120,000
Plant Controller Reckitt Benckiser LLC Hillsborough, NJ Nov 14, 2011 $105,000
Plant Controller Avery Dennison Corporation Peachtree City, GA Nov 14, 2010 $100,000
Plant Controller Avery Dennison Corporation Mentor, OH Nov 01, 2010 $100,000
Plant Controller Avery Dennison Corporation Peachtree City, GA Jan 26, 2011 $100,000
Assistant Plant Controller Corning Incorporated Harrodsburg, KY Jan 05, 2015 $97,398
Plant Controller Celanese Corporation Narrows, VA Feb 20, 2012 $96,375
Plant Controller Celanese Corporation Narrows, VA May 31, 2012 $96,375
Assistant Plant Controller Covidien LP North Haven, CT Jul 01, 2013 $96,000
Plant Controller Thomas & Betts Corporation Ormond Beach, FL Sep 03, 2013 $91,869
Group Leader-Plant Controls Flsmidth Inc. Bethlehem, PA Oct 12, 2015 $90,815
Plant Controller Eaton Corporation Columbia, SC Aug 02, 2010 $90,108
Manager Plant Controller Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. Fort Mill, SC Jun 15, 2015 $90,000 -
Plant Controller Thomas & Betts Corporation Ormond Beach, FL Nov 20, 2015 $87,422 -
Plant Controller Kerry Inc. Lakeland, FL Dec 01, 2013 $87,400
Plant Controller Maxion Wheels (F/K/A Hayes Lemmerz International Akron, OH Nov 01, 2012 $87,000 -
Plant Controller Reckitt Benckiser Inc. Brandon, MS Nov 06, 2009 $85,000
Plant Controller Schneider Electric USA, Inc. El Paso, TX Sep 09, 2015 $85,000 -
Plant Controller Maxion Wheels Akron LLC Akron, OH Aug 13, 2015 $85,000 -
Manager Plant Controller Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. Fort Mill, SC Jun 15, 2012 $81,393 -
Plant Controller Johnson Controls, Inc. Shelbyville, KY Mar 01, 2014 $79,331 -
Plant Controller Square D Company El Paso, TX May 02, 2010 $78,360
Assistant Plant Controller Corning Incorporated Wilmington, NC Apr 16, 2012 $75,837
Assistant Plant Controller Corning Cable Systems LLC Winston-Salem, NC May 06, 2013 $75,636
Plant Controller Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc. Worcester, MA Sep 27, 2010 $75,400 -
Plant Controller-Glass Mat Saint-Gobain Adfors America, Inc. North Charleston, SC Apr 06, 2013 $75,377
Local Plant Controller Firmenich Saint Louis, MO Jun 05, 2016 $71,885
Plant Controller, Projects & Services Schneider Electric USA, Inc. Nashville, TN Mar 31, 2015 $70,400 -

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Top Skills for A Plant Controller


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Top Plant Controller Skills

  1. Monthly Financial Statements
  2. Payroll
  3. Assets
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare monthly Financial Statements and provide variance analysis.
  • Managed Accounts Payable, Payroll, Production Reporting, Cost Accounting, and Purchasing.
  • Analyzed internal controls to ensure assets were adequately safeguarded and were accurately reported.
  • Developed cycle counting process for facility and trained personnel.
  • Presented results with variance analysis to executive group monthly.

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