Plant Controller - international market leader - driving sustainability in packaging solutions

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What do you do?

We are looking for a pragmatic, hands-on Financial Controller to join Scholle IPN. In this position you report to the CFO EMEA, have exposure to the EMEA MT and work closely with the Business Controller EMEA & your accounting colleagues in Tilburg. In this role you are responsible for the Bags Plant in Tilburg and for several Group entities. Due to the decentral organizational model of Scholle IPN, this is a very broad role combining accounting, financial and business control responsibilities.

As the Financial Controller you are responsible for the accounting, periodic closing, statutory reporting and fiscal responsibilities for several Group and Holding entities and you will assist in the external audit. This includes managing and optimizing the transfer pricing. You make sure all accounting & reporting processes are in line with all regulations (US GAAP and IFRS) and updates. Together with the EMEA Finance team you will be contributing in several improvement projects such as simplifying the entity structures, automation of the reporting processes and the transition & bridges from US GAAP to IFRS.

Furthermore for the Bags Plant in Tilburg you are the finance business partner for the Plant Manager and responsible for managing the accounting & management reporting process. You work closely together with your accounting colleagues, who manage the group sub-ledgers such as AP & AR. You validate the transactions done by the team, manage the more complex (GL) accounting topics yourself and make sure everything is accounted for. You are end-responsible for the management reporting of the plant to the EMEA MT and Plant Management, with whom you will be having periodic business reviews. Together you discuss plant performance, actuals vs. budget & forecast, KPI’s like Capacity Utilization, Overall Operating Efficiency, Inventory Turns, First Pass Yield, Scrap and On-Time Delivery. You look at Working Capital, monitor capital projects or other capital initiatives. You prepare the budget & forecast, focus on process optimalizations and perform ad hoc analyses when necessary, i.e. the (financial) impact of maintenance on production capacity.

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You are the financial expert to manage topics such as closing, transfer pricing, corporate tax and VAT of several Group entities and contribute to the transition from US GAAP to IFRS. Next to this you will focus on all (financial) aspects of the production process of your Plant. Not only to be able to determine and deliver the actuals, but also being the financial business partner for Plant Management.

Who are you?

We are looking a pragmatic Financial Controller with a deep interest in financial processes, accounting & reporting. A true financial; somebody who takes ownership for their numbers, is accurate and knows how to prioritize. But supplemented with business curiosity, an analytical and future looking approach and able to drive continuous improvement.

“Working on-site at the Tilburg Plant isn’t your typical office. Your view is the production site & trucks coming in and out. That is why we need a strong, but also down-to-earth financial. Who is able to communicate and build trust on all levels; from the operators, plant managers up to EMEA management.

Being privately owned there is a strong focus on quality and there is a lot of regional ownership because of the decentralized structure. This makes Scholle IPN a very dynamic, entrepreneurial environment where you can make a strong impact on the business. There is a lot of room for initiative, we can respond quicky to change & opportunities and encourage our people to take ownership & develop within Scholle IPN.”

  • Bachelor/Master degree in Finance, Economics or Accountancy; RA, AA or QC qualification is a plus
  • 5-10 years of experience as (plant or financial) controller or external accountant; experience in a manufacturing environment is a big plus
  • Very strong technical accounting and reporting knowledge (IFRS/US Gaap)
  • Strong system knowledge incl. Excel
  • Strong communication skills in English and preferably Dutch
  • Ability to build trust and gain support of different stakeholders
  • Accurate, structured, able to prioritize
  • Grounded, pleasant personality, critical yet constructive and positive approach

More about Scholle IPN

In 2014, Scholle Packaging (est. 1947) and Innovative Packaging Network (est. 1995) came together in a merger that combined the leading expert in aseptic packaging and the leading designer of unique flexible packaging fitments. Scholle IPN engineers films, fitments, and equipment for bag-in-box and pouches that help to go-to-market simply and quickly with a total flexible packaging solution tailored to each manufacturers specific needs.

Their mission is simple; to help the world’s leading brands deliver their products in the best way possible. And you might not have heard of them before, but as a consumer you have most likely already interacted with their products several times since they’re active in soda, smoothies, and coffee to motor oil & cleaning chemicals. They work for many global A-brands and through them find a way into our everyday life.

Total Flexible Packaging Solutions all starts with the core products in film, fitments, and equipment. These three, combined with their knowledge and leadership in processing compatibilities like aseptic, form the core of all solutions regardless of what channels they’re engineered for.

Their packaging ends up in one or more of these four channels: Industrial, Institutional, Retail with Bag-in-Box, and Retail with Pouches. Each has their own distinct package needs including sizes, barrier capabilities, fitments, and equipment.

In the past 60 years they have grown significantly and established businesses at a total of 19 locations in 13 countries across 5 continents, covering a global network of partners. There are 2000 people active worldwide and 450 in the EMEA region. Scholle IPN has a decentral structure. This enables them to offer redundant supply opportunities to make sure that their clients can count on the flexible packaging solutions at the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost.

The packaging industry plays an important role in the sustainability. Much of the world’s CO2 production comes from the production of food. Growing or raising what we eat is only about 20% of the energy used in the lifecycle of food products. The other 80% is handling the food, processing it into its final form, and moving it around. This is where packaging can help and where Scholle IPN plays a key role. Reducing the amount of resources needed to package, transport, and store products along with maximizing shelf life throughout the supply chain—and certainly once opened—are key advantages of their packaging formats.

Part of their strategy is the Circular Economy or engineering products and systems that help their customers and the consumers make the best possible decisions about their package at the end of its life. They continue to develop recyclable packaging solutions, engineer lightweight fitments and films, and design systems for their customers that conserve resources and lower carbon output throughout their product’s lifecycle. The focus is re-use (recycled materials) and/or reduce (use of less plastics due to new technologies).



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