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Sr. Plant Accountant - 2 plants - based in West Chester, PA Job

Date: Aug 16, 2019

Location: West Chester, PA, US

Company: Arkema

Req Id 30725 - Posted 06/19/2019 - Finance and Accounting - West Chester. Pennsylvania. US


Job Title:  Senior Plant Accountant – West Chester, PA and Chatham, VA plants
Location: West Chester, PA


Directly reports to:  Accounting Manager - Sartomer and Thiochemicals

Other matrix reporting (indirect) – Plant Manager – West Chester, PA and Chatham, VA


Direct responsibility for all financial aspects of 2 manufacturing facilities:  West Chester, PA and Chatham, VA


  • Provide financial leadership and support to all levels of plant and corporate management by providing timely and accurate reporting and analysis for actual results, budget and forecast needs concerning plant financial data. Provide trend, key data, statistical or other ad-hoc analyses as requested.  Update plant and corporate management regularly to ensure that any significant financial issues or areas for concern are raised and addressed timely.
  • Ensure the timeliness and accuracy of the monthly close including an understanding of all plant variances, impacts of inventory counts on results and cost center charges.  Provide support to production in the analysis of these variances and in the development of product costs.
  • Control all plant financial functions pertaining to inventory and the production operation in order to accurately state the plants financial position. Provide support and guidance to the plant staff to ensure that the “true” cost to manufacture products is captured; Bills of Materials regularly reviewed and maintained, absorption rates and methodologies verified, costing updated as needed.
  • Organize, develop and manage plants’ annual budget activities (variable and fixed costs), to include total cost to manufacture.  Validate appropriateness of allocation of costs to produced products. 
  • Involved actively in plant operations to observe and communicate meaningful financial impact of plant activities along with results; provide recommendations to improve performance and enhance strategic decisions.  Advise and provide guidance to plant staff on the management of plant spending.
  • Safeguard the plant assets by maintaining accurate plant balance sheets and reconciling timely.  This includes physical observation of inventory and fixed assets, as required by company policy.
  • Ensure compliance with sales/use tax and property tax activities. Develop and implement systems to ensure prompt and accurate audit completion.  Support plant safety goals and objectives. Assist in internal and external audits.


This position faces many challenges due to context and environment:

  • Travel estimated at 15% to Chatham, VA plant (with minimum of 6 weeks per year) and for accounting team meetings/trainings in King of Prussia or elsewhere, as required.
  • Requires working additional hours outside of normal work day/work week to meet certain deadlines throughout the year.
  • Serving various internal customers’ needs including, Plant, Finance, and Business Management, without compromising the integrity or timeliness of accounting responsibilities.
  • Ensuring the continuity of the financial close and high quality standards at all locations. 
  • Ensuring that all financial data for the business is accurate and timely reported to all customers.
  • Successfully handling the workload relative to the available resources.
  • Continuing to add value to the business.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 5+ years of progressive accounting experience, manufacturing/cost accounting experience preferred
  • In Depth knowledge of general accounting principles
  • Some experience in a manufacturing environment; Process Manufacturing a plus
  • Experience using SAP or other ERP system a plus
  • Ability to create ad-hoc and moderately complex analyses
  • Proficient with Excel - pivot tables/more complex functions
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision


  • Keep information confidential; Engender trust and respect.
  • Conduct work in accordance with all applicable rules and policies.
  • Looks for opportunities to strengthen presentation skills; oscillates easily between high level and details depending on audience
  • Participates more Independently with Leadership - minimal to moderate support from management, pending newness to business; Developing Leadership Team Expertise
  • Prioritizes tasks and provides appropriate level of response timely; consistently and accurately meets deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Able to evaluate options and make appropriate decisions; Seeks counsel on more complex issues; Understands business drivers and risks.
  • Problem solver - Identifies root causes and provides solutions; Implements improvement ideas
  • Maintains high expectations for self & colleagues; accepts feedback  and addresses performance issues quickly
  • Willingly shares knowledge across team; Develop to mentor others on basic concepts.  May assist in training peers.
  • Proficient in knowledge of Organization, Processes and Customers; Able to identify and drive SAP/Finance Process improvements; Participates on project teams and developing toward lead
  • Discerns what information should be elevated and does so appropriately and timely.  Shares subject matter knowledge with other groups to ensure the success of Arkema.

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties and Coating Solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.3 billion in 2017, we employ around 20,000 people worldwide and operate in some 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation. 

Arkema Inc.  provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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