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Plant Controller/ Cost Accounting Manager - Aurora, CO


Kärcher is the world's leading provider of cleaning solutions with around 13,000 employees in 70 countries and an innovative product offer for commercial and domestic customers alike. Renowned for our innovation, over 90% of our products have been developed in the past 5 years. We owe this success to our employees, their skills, dedication, ideas and commitment. Constant investment in R&D, quality, marketing and design make us a well-known brand and a most attractive employer to develop your career with. Do you want to be part of our growth story?

Plant Controller/ Cost Accounting Manager- Aurora, CO 


The Plant Controller is the key leader on the plant leadership team responsible for provide strong financial leadership and supporting all activities in the Finance Operations group. This role is responsible to manage the end to end standard cost process, annual budget, monthly forecast and provide recommendations to improve site performance.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Plant Controller reports to the VP Finance, Manufacturing and Supply Chain of Kärcher North America and is responsible for supporting activities of the this team including but not limited to:

  • Standard Costing - Responsible to manage and understand the company's standard costs (end to end) as well as the annual cost rolls and processes. This includes partnering with operations, planning and engineering to understand variance drivers and calibrating proper costing. Perform cost and production analyses. Review/analysis of MRP, job costs, work order processing/posting, Bill of Material updates and Routings. Analyze work order transactions. Support and manage KNA's cost improvement project. Develop a cycle counting process and reporting monthly for the plant.
  • Management Reporting - Develop metrics and reporting that enables business partners to more effectively manage their cost centers. Reports may include but are not limited to production and efficiency analytics
  • Budgeting and Forecasting - Assist with developing the plant's annual budget and monthly forecasting including analysis and presentations as needed
  • Inventory Control - Review and support monthly and ad hoc reporting of inventory. Provide recommendations related to process improvements related to inventory
  • Monthly Close - Support month-end close as requested
  • Special Projects - Represent finance on cross functional projects and initiatives. Enhance and/or develop, implement, and enforce company policy via systems that improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the company
  • Other - Ensures proper accounting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and statutory requirements. Monitor and implement plant internal controls (in conjunction with company policies) as necessary to ensure reporting integrity, safeguard company assets and identify risks





  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related degree is required
  • CPA or CMA certification preferred



  • 6+ years of Plant Controller experience including managing processes and people. 
  • 6+ years of Cost Accounting experience including analysis of BOMs, Routings, Purchased and Manufactured items, Material Masters and Costing. 
  • SAP experience in a manufacturing company is required. 
  • Ability to drive and initiative to manage and own tasks/projects including annual Physical Inventories is required.  
  • Large international or multi-site manufacturing business preferred. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal communication with the ability to work well within a team setting as well as with internal and external customers. Able to develop and maintain positive working relationships
  • Excellent experience and understanding of Microsoft Excel using tables, pivot tables, advanced functions and compound functions
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks and meet strict deadlines
  • Demonstrate appreciation of and sensitivity toward a wide range of cultural and personal differences
  • Ability to review processes and identify improvements to develop best practices
  • Disciplined work ethic and the capability to handle multiple projects
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Integrity, humility, ability to multitask, prioritize responsibilities and complete work timely


This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job.  These may be added, removed, changed or reassigned as needed to accommodate business requirements.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer – M/F/Disabled/Veteran

Base Salary
$90,000-$120,000 DOE 


Kärcher has competitive benefit offerings for all full-time employees, which include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, dental and vision plans
  • Employee, spouse, and child life insurance
  • HSA and FSAs for health care, child care, and commuting
  • 401k matching up to 4%
  • Paid holidays (11 per year)
  • Flexible PTO for exempt employees; generous PTO for non-exempt employees


  • Paid sick time
  • Short and long term disability Insurance
  • Employee purchase program for all Kärcher retail products
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Headquarters location equipped with onsite cafe and fitness center



Fabiana Valbuena

Talent Acquisition

Kärcher North America, Inc.

6398 N. Kärcher Way

Aurora, CO  80019

M: (303)375-5432

C: (303)881-8937





Nearest Major Market: Denver