Plant Controller - Holton


Holton, KS, US

Shift:  First Shift
Requisition ID:  51128

At Johnsonville, our members are responsible for everything! If you're passionate about making a difference, we want you to help make our products, our processes, our communities and each other better. Since 1945, Wisconsin-based Johnsonville has proudly made our products in the U.S.A.! Our family-owned company has grown from a small butcher shop to the No. 1 national sausage brand. We employ 3,000+ members. Johnsonville products are enjoyed in 45 countries and served in 130 sports stadiums throughout the U.S.


Johnsonville, LLC

Plant Controller – Holton, KS


Position Overview:

Johnsonville, LLC, a strong, high-growth company, has an excellent opportunity for an outstanding individual to join us as Plant Controller at our Holton production facility. This position will play a key role within the Holton leadership team, which is committed to member development, manufacturing excellence, and continuous improvement. A successful candidate will be poised to act as the copilot to the Plant Director, leveraging their financial and analytical expertise and leadership skills in setting strategic direction, identifying financial opportunities, and leading key improvement initiatives.



  • Provide thought leadership and insight on achievement of plant key performance metrics with a strong focus on cost reduction and improved operating efficiencies
  • Build Relationships at all levels of the plant including Core Team, Team Leaders, & Floor Members; Earn a seat at the table for both formal and informal meetings
  • Take a hands-on approach to the business of making sausage, understanding all aspects of plant operations and drivers of our success
  • Turn data into insight, leveraging our data-rich environment to shine a light on areas of opportunity. Turn insight into action, leveraging relationships and influence with operational partners to create positive change
  • Bring numbers to life using clear & concise dashboards, translating operational metrics and financial numbers to a message, relating the message to themes people relate to and understand easily
  • Lead the Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and annual operating plan process for the Holton facility, linking operational metrics to financial outcomes. Coordinate efforts with those of the central cost accounting team
  • Deliver for Results; take a leadership role in ensuring that the facility cost per unit meets expectations for the current and future years, course correcting where needed
  • Guide the Commercial teams in developing meaningful and reliable product cost estimates for new products by leveraging operational expertise from project team members
  • Critically evaluate new business opportunities; Participate and provide insight for proposed capital (IRR, cost savings, post-mortems) & cost reduction initiatives
  • Drive the development of procedures and controls that ensure meaningful and reliable product costs and accurate inventories
  • Coach and develop direct reports



  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance required
  • CMA, CPA, and / or MBA preferred



  • Six or more (6+) years of accounting and finance experience required, including management experience
  • Strong working knowledge of manufacturing operations and product costing
  • Proactive self-starter with excellent analytical, leadership, and communication skills
  • Extensive practical systems knowledge (SAP preferred)
  • Demonstrated Project and Change Management abilities



  • Demonstrated track record of strong critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks within a fast-paced business
  • Natural curiosity and ability to understand manufacturing process flow and the financial implications of operational performance and process changes
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to build relationships, influence and instill confidence and trust
  • Understanding of internal controls and ability to implement proper controls within the plant environment to protect assets and the integrity of data


Location:                           Holton, KS

Coach:                               Manufacturing Controller

Member Status:              Full Time, Salaried

Travel:                               Not a ton, less than 10% of your time


Benefits:                           Members have potential for a monthly bonus, 401k with a company match and profit sharing. Members also have access to terrific benefits including affordable medical, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; disability and life insurance; and fertility and adoption assistance. Johnsonville also offers competitive paid time off, including paid parental time off and tuition reimbursement! 


About our Company

Since 1945, our family-owned band of sausage-makers has invented better ways to make, eat and prepare crave-able sausage. Today, we are 3,000 Members strong. We sell our famous sausage in all 50 United States and more than 40 countries. We have a culture built on the idea that if we make developing your talents our top priority, great business results will follow naturally. We call it The Johnsonville Way. It has been our secret sauce for decades, and we hope you get to experience it for yourself!


How to Apply:  

External candidates: Apply on-line only at:


We value the diversity of our workforce and we embrace the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment.  M/F/Vet/Disability

Johnsonville values the service Veterans and their family members have given to our country.  We support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.