Cost Manager / Plant Controller

Requisition ID
Job Location(s)
Limerick Ireland
Cook Ireland
Position Type
Full Time


This role provides financial leadership to the manufacturing site as an integral part of the operational management team.

The Successful Candidate will need to have a strong understanding of the operational and financial performance of the plant and will partner with leadership to identify and drive improvements.  He/she will also need to manage and drive improvements in the financial systems, including planning, product costing, and operational controlling. 


Reporting to: Global Cost Manager


  • Plays a key role in establishing the financial direction for the site, coordinates, consolidates, and analyses financial results, plans, and forecasts.
  • Prepares complex financial analysis for various business opportunities and continuous improvement initiatives, accesses associated risks, and makes recommendations.
  • Leads the month end close process, analyses and interprets actual results/cost trends, explains key variances, and makes recommendations for action.
  • Actively engages and works with the operations team and IT team to suggest and implement system improvements in order to deliver accurate product costs for all items manufactured.
  • Works together with business partners in order to determine reporting needs and delivers clear and effective reports, KPIs, and presentations, utilizing a variety of software packages.
  • Provide and analyse financial information in support of annual external audits.
  • Partners with Procurement and Operations to maintain accurate and efficient inventory and coordinates periodic inventory counts and variance reconciliations.
  • Ability to work in collaborative and independent work situations and environments with minimal supervision.
  • Contributes as a strong member of the global cost team that works to drive consistency and continuous improvement across the organisation.
  • Manage cost team, including training, development, & performance management.
  • Perform backup duties for cost team members as required.
  • Ensure that Cook’s Code of Conduct is considered in all business matters carried out on Cook’s behalf.


  • Professional Accounting qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIMA).
  • 10 years operations finance experience with strong working knowledge of financial and non-financial metrics, lean manufacturing practices, and product costing.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to clearly communicate a vision, educate individuals and teams, and influence decisions.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven problem solving skills.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • High level of self-motivation.


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