Plant Controller

Ascend Elements
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Dec 08, 2023
Jan 02, 2024
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
Ascend Elements is revolutionizing the production of lithium-ion battery materials by establishing a clean and sustainable supply chain using recycled feedstock. Its patented Hydro-to-Cathode technology directly synthesizes new cathode materials from spent lithium-ion cells more efficiently than traditional methods, resulting in reduced cost, improved performance, and lowered GHG emissions. The results are lower cost, better performance batteries with fewer discarded in landfill, a cleaner manufacturing process, and a truly sustainable closed-loop circular battery economy. Ascend Elements is taking the lithium-ion battery industry to a higher level.

We are hiring a Plant Controller for our Hopkinsville, KY facility who is responsible for providing financial support to the Manufacturing facility to enhance profitability through detailed understanding and review of plant costs.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Responsible for the accuracy of the standard costs starting with the bill of materials and item costs, labor routings, labor rates, as well as overhead assignments.

• Reports variances to set standards in a manner that supervisors and managers can understand and takes corrective action. Accountable for the performance of the plant, explaining all production variances on a weekly / monthly basis as well as participating in the proactive measures to reduce variances from standard cost.

• Analyzes and models changes in product design, raw materials, overhead, manufacturing methods, etc., for effects on production costs.

• Analyze and report manufacturing efficiency variances and determine corrective action requirements. Ensures items are correctly classified and all reporting is prepared in accordance with GAAP

• Assists with estimating, tracking, and reporting costs associated with new product development and contract manufacturing partners.

• Assists in developing, installing, and maintaining cost accounting methods and procedures. • Carries out with appreciable latitude for actions and decisions all aspects of difficult projects that are broad in nature and require originality and/or ingenuity.

• May oversee the completion of projects including planning; assigning, monitoring and reviewing progress and accuracy of work; evaluating results, etc.

• May serve as technical resource to others in the resolution of complex problems, and orient, train, assign, mentor, and review the work of others. Acts as subject matter expert in understanding and interpreting accounting principles.

• Support plant/corporate (cost savings) programs toward driving YoY productivity improvements.

• Reviews control procedures over accounting and financial activities. Provides guidance to ensure that internal accounting controls are in place to protect company assets. Ensures an adequate system of internal control is maintained, and that general ledger accounts are correctly stated, maintains SOX compliance.

Education and Other Requirements-

• Bachelor degree in Accounting, Masters Preferred

• 5+ years' experience in a manufacturing environment -

• Good working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

• Good understanding of process standard cost accounting.

• Must have a proven record of success as a strategically oriented financial manager with knowledge of cost accounting, production planning and operations analysis

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to seek resources as needed

• Collaborative interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships at all levels of the organization.

• Results-oriented focus and approach.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and Access).

• Ability to drive process improvement.

• SAP experience preferred

• CPA or CMA is preferred


Ascend Elements is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.