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Sr Accountant

Posted Date:  Sep 6, 2023
Requisition Number:  119733

Job Location:  Robinson, IL




The Hershey Company Robinson plant is a non-union plant producing products such as PayDay, Heath, Skor, Milk Duds, Whoppers, Reese’s Pieces, and soon adding Mounds and Almond Joy, in a high-speed complex environment.


The Plant Accountant’s primary focus will be to understand and anticipate variance issues on the production lines and be the Line Performance Reporting (LPR) expert and champion for the plant. The Plant Accountant will also lead management in inventories, production analysis, profit plan development, & lead the training of accounting practices to the management team.


The Plant Accountant will be actively involved in providing support for the accuracy of data in LPR. The ability to work independently with many different Plant disciplines is a critical component of success as is the ability to ensure accuracy of reports and analysis under tight time deadlines. Additionally, being able to multi-task and working on projects with little direction is required.




  • Plant Performance Reporting: Support the Plant Controller in developing, analyzing, and reporting of performance, budgets, and outlooks, monthly close, and financial controls.
  • Assist in performing plant analytics and analysis of anomalies and variances to enable the plant to address issues and improve performance.
  • Assume responsibility for utilizing data analysis created above to determine causes of performance shortfalls. Issue performance reports that highlight performance shortfalls to applicable Plant users.
  • Work with Manufacturing and Plant Management to determine causes for significant long- and short-term performance shortfalls on Key Performance Indicators and focus efforts on overcoming any shortfalls.
  • Use outlooks and various performance analysis statistics. These statistics will include line mix and production pounds. Use this analysis to assist in various outlook submissions to Corporate Finance.
  • Assist plant in delving more deeply into financial concerns or controls as required.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance: Facilitate the development of the Plant’s quarterly SOX compliance reporting and annual testing of SOX process effectiveness. This includes maintaining the monthly SOX binder; directing the monthly cost center manager sign-off process; and follow-up resolution of aged GR/IR differences and aged open PO’s
  • Inventory Control: Support the Inventory & Accounting Analyst in managing plant raw material, packaging, work-in-process, finished goods, and MRO inventories, while ensuring the presence of an adequate system of internal accounting controls. This includes assisting with physical inventories, analyzing physical adjustments, controlling obsolescence, and resolving goods movement and workflow errors
  • Fixed Asset Control: Coordinate the annual fixed asset inventory process and facilitate the prompt disposition of fixed asset additions, deletions, and transfers in accordance with established procedures.
  • Company Store: Provide support to the Candy Store operations including ordering, inventory and other support as requested.
  • Ensure adequate back-up for Payroll.
  • Annual Budget and Standards Revision Process: (may be up to 50% of time during months of August-October): Assist in the annual plan process by coordinating the establishment of new product standards, direct labor and variable overhead rates, and common overhead budgets. In addition, this position will provide support through data input and assurance of earnings / expense balancing in SAP.
  • Linking of budget package, which provides summary of relevant profit plan details, to supporting detail. Provide to Management for review.
  • Completion of other budget analysis as necessary
  • Support plant purchases and community donations as requested.
  • Complete special projects as assigned and provide additional accounting support as required.


Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities:


  • Ability to lead a project to completion.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work collaborate with all levels and functions to deliver timely results.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and adjust priorities as necessary
  • Ability to lead by involving others in decision processes
  • SAP (preferred)
  • Power BI (preferred)
  • Advanced Spreadsheet Skills – Excel (required)
  • Advanced Accounting Systems & Practices
  • Advanced Analytical Ability
  • Periodic Flexible Work Hours (Physical Inventories, Month-end Close, Budgeting)
  • Ability to lead people


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:  


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Analytics, or related field required  
  • Minimum 3 years of related accounting experience
  • Minimum 2 years of manufacturing accounting or equivalent accounting experience preferred but not required



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