Job Info
Job Title: Plant Controller
Location: Castroville, CA
Job Number: 11137
Posted Date: 1/2/2020
Job description

The Plant Controller leads all finance and accounting functions for Ocean Mist Foods. This key leadership role partners with plant management team to provide strong financial advice and assistance to ensure decision making is made on a sound financial and operational basis. 


Headquartered in Castroville, California, Ocean Mist Foods is the value-added operation of Ocean Mist Farms, a leader in the fresh produce industry. This wholly-owned subsidiary, Ocean Mist Foods, will expand on the award-winning Season & Steam line and develop new convenient items for our consumers.


You are an accomplished accounting and finance leader in agriculture or food manufacturing who is interested in building the accounting and finance function for Ocean Mist Foods. You are detailed, diligent and strategic. You are energized by working in a start-up environment.

If you want to build a function integral to the company’s growth, this is the right opportunity for you.


  • Reporting to the VP of Operations, the Plant Controller will lead all finance and accounting activities for Ocean Mist Foods. The Plant Controller will prepare quarterly general ledger accounting and financial statements for Ocean Mist Foods.
  • This position will be responsible for analyzing and reviewing variances from plan, forecast, and standards.


  • Maintain the general ledger, review the monthly close and prepare and publish account reconciliations.
  • Manage and ensure accuracy and productivity of day-to-day activities of accounts payable/cash disbursements, payroll, fixed asset accounting, inventory integrity, invoicing/billing, accounts receivable, departmental and cost accounting.
  • Prepares balance sheet, P&L statements, management reports and Analysis.
  • Develop and monitor annual profit plans and quarterly forecasts.
  • Collaborate with Corporate Finance, Accounting, and IS teams regarding audits, tax, treasury/cash management, and related matters.
  • Review and present profit by pack style reports at the monthly Value-Added meetings.
  • Maintain a strong partnership with Operations, identifying cost-saving opportunities, process improvement and automation.
  • Lead, mentor and develop Finance & Accounting team for Ocean Mist Foods.
  • Prepare, publish and monitor forecast.
  • Provide financial and operational analysis support for management; perform cost analysis for new product lines, margin analysis for products, and any other necessary analysis.


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in accounting/finance in agriculture or food manufacturing.
  • Minimum of 3 years in a Controller role.
  • Working knowledge of Famous and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including proficiency with MS Excel and familiarity with other accounting software systems.
  • Master’s degree in Business, Accounting or Finance.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation highly desired.

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