Smithfield Assistant Plant Controller in Wichita, Kansas


The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.

This position supports the plant controller in directing the accounting support to the production facility. Responsibilities include cost accounting, inventory control, accounts payable, payroll, billing, and preparation of plant financial and other control reports. Supports the maintenance of manufacturing, inventory and finished goods ledgers and cost accounting activities. Compiles and analyzes operating performance reports. Prepares and analyzes unusual items on financial reports.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

Operations Teamwork

  • Participates in plant management meetings as well as core product review meetings; assists plant management in preparation of quarterly review graphs and routine items; assists in preparing materials for meetings; assists plant management in operations improvement activities; provides SAP, ADC and other related system training and support; proactively identify opportunities that can make a contribution outside traditional sphere of influence; works actively with purchasing and maintenance departments to reduce inventory balances and free up capital.


  • Responsible for the protection of company assets (meat, packaging, maintenance supplies, fixed assets, etc.); ensures inventory results and balances are reconciled and valued accurately per corporate policy; ensures compliance with SOX and annual internal auditing; responsible for Internal Order (IO) administration (capital and expense projects); adheres to GAAP; audit payroll distribution and routinely reviews general ledger accounts to ensure consistency and accuracy (at least monthly).

Cost Accounting

  • Administers the bill of materials audits and corrections as well as creating and deleting and BOM’s; distributes material and labor variances to plant personnel on a daily basis; reports variances to plant and corporate personnel monthly; reports monthly to corporate slow moving inventory; spends time on production floor in order to enhance understanding of processes; reports general ledger entries by 1st preliminary cutoff.

Human Resource Management

  • Effectively communicate with staff; manage staff performance; develop staff and cross train; and manage overtime.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field and 5+ years of professional accounting experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum of 2+ years’ experience in a position of leadership to include team development and management, required.

  • Knowledge of Accounting software, Contact Management systems, Inventory software, manufacturing software, and Microsoft Office, specifically advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel including use of Pivot Tables and analytical tools.

  • Strong leadership skills and solid understanding of cost accounting concepts.

  • SAP experience, preferred.

  • Solid mathematical and analytical skills.

  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

  • Requires flexibility and willingness to work as part of a team.

  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Accounting Department.

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

  • Frequently required to sit; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.

  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The majority of the time is spent in an office setting outside of the production plant. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.

  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

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Job LocationsUS-KS-Wichita



FLSA StatusExempt

Shift1st Shift