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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries and territories under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Plant Controller

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Dec 9, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 156224 - Canelands Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!


Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions! If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be! 

Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day. 




As the Plant Controller you will lead the overall responsibility of financial activities at the plant including budgeting, product costing, reviewing capital expenditure, inventory controls (stock count of materials and engineering spares), process controls & compliance (SOX and internal controls). You will drive for the Funding the Growth initiatives of the plant through providing your insights on cost reduction and waste elimination initiatives. This role is critical to the financial management at the plant. More than maintaining systems and processes within the plant as aligned to the established financial procedures and policies, you will also interact and work with various external regulatory bodies. 




Cost Controlling


  • Provide accurate and meaningful financial information on production activities, production costs, overhead costs, and productivity.
  • Manage the costing process including analyzing BOM’s, making recommendations on how to improve the overall cost effectiveness, ensuring BOM’s and Routings are accurate through continuous investigation and monitoring of variance accounts, and adjust routings as and when required.
  • Review BOM formulation are up to date reflecting the current production in SAP
  • Control and maintain the accuracy and validity of material product costs and material master data, and ensure accurate allocation of costs relating to the production environment.
  • Perform production variance analysis in terms of value and volume; investigate errors and detail recommendations and corrective actions.
  • Perform material variance analysis, material purchase price analysis, monitoring and reporting on stock adjustments and scrapings, have oversight of monthly stock takings and analyses and report on results, and implement and develop action plans accordingly.
  • Perform overhead analysis and reporting by general ledger account, including analysis of labor, overhead recovery to product produced, and quarterly adjustments of activity rates.
  • Review stock cycle counts documentation and enquire with warehouse and third parties
  • Management of the consignment stock  for accuracy; completeness i.e. slow moving and obsolete  and expired stock management
  • Weekly meetings with Production Managers.
  • SKU involvement
  • Attend production meetings regularly.
  • Presentation to the production team of Variable overheads usage
  • Presentation of monthly plant performance
  • Educate procurement process.
  • Maintenance planned; preventative and adhoc cost management.
  • Effective use of AEM module.
  • Managing and following up of valid purchase orders.
  • Ensure GRN is done timeously by following up on open orders
  • Overtime cost management follow up
  • Cost center budget review
  • Provide standard costs of the product to the business when required.


Reporting, Budgeting and Forecasting


  • Managing costing and reporting run process, including preparation, analysis of stock revaluation and BOM components, impact of raw materials, consignment stock settlement, reviewing sub-contractors accounts, analysis of labor and overhead recovery to product produced and quarterly adjustments of activity rates.
  • Preparation of monthly management packs, external audit packs, profit and loss, activity report, journals, annual budget and quarterly forecasts with full absorption recons to ensure balance sheet recons is accurate and complete.


General Accountabilities

  • Adherence to CFP policies affecting the plant
  • Costing and inventory procedures to be reviewed and up to date.
  • Sox testing
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and standards




  • A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance, Honors an advantage 
  • CIMA or SAICA 
  • Minimum 4 years in a matrix environment
  • Minimum 5 years FMCG or Manufacturing Costing experience
  • Minimum 3 years in sales analysis
  • Strong systems skills - SAP or other ERP- Excel / Google Sheets
  • Strong analytical, conceptual and problem solving skills
  • Able to work autonomously in FMCG environment
  • Knowledgeable in cost accounting techniques
  • Digital native with a strong curiosity on automation
  • Customer focused mindset
  • Ability to effectively communicate at senior management level
  • Confident, assertive, with the ability to build relationships and manage expectations in a credible manner within a challenging business environment;
  • Analytical with the ability to assess and resolve risks and issues and deliver and quantify business benefits;
  • A challenging mindset, continuously looking for opportunities to improve the costing process



Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.


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