Plant Controller - Mishawaka, IN << Back to Careers

WellPet is home to the family of premium pet food and treat brands including Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, Eagle Pack®, Holistic Select®, Sojos® and WHIMZEES®. For more than 100 years, WellPet has delivered on the promise of doing whatever it takes to make the healthiest natural products for the pets that depends on us. Within the last decade, we officially have become the #1 independent, 100% family-owned natural pet food company in the United States and remain focused on delivering great products and innovation that will continue to differentiate and drive growth for the pet specialty channel.


Through careful oversight and an unwavering devotion to quality, we are proud to produce natural pet food that is safe, wholesome and beneficial to pets’ health and wellbeing. We consider the environment in which our diets are being produced as critical, which is why we have brought the vast majority of our production into our own facility to directly control the stringent manufacturing standards and rigorous testing procedures that ensure the quality of our food. If you want to be part of a dynamic growing company with strong values and a commitment to strive for excellence in all we do, then come and join the WellPet team!

Position Summary: Our Plant Controller is primarily responsible for working closely with the Director of Plant Operations to ensure operating efficiency and achievement of key performance indicators which drive plant performance and profitability.  This role is a key business partner to our Director of Plant Operations and, as such, broad business acumen and operational experience is required.  This individual is also responsible for the accuracy of the manufacturing facility’s financial statements and preparation of related reporting.


Position Description (Responsibilities):

  • Forecast manufacturing facility financial results monthly
  • Lead annual budgeting process and related ongoing variance analysis
  • Design and implement KPI dashboards; perform monthly variance analysis
  • Prepare and lead monthly presentations of financial results to Corporate Management
  • Prepare ROI analyses associated with material capital spending requests
  • Design and implement internal controls and procedures related to inventory management and operational activities.  Oversee and maintain the cycle counting program
  • Work with plant leadership team to identify and drive opportunities that will fuel plant growth, efficiency, and profitability
  • Work with managers in understanding, interpreting, and optimizing departmental P&Ls
  • Perform special projects and ad hoc analysis as needed
  • Manage one direct report, a Financial Analyst, in support of the above
  • Lead corporate financial audits at the site level
  • Lead end of year inventory and external auditor engagements
  • Lead tax abatement efforts for capital projects
  • Track and maintain tax deductible plant activities  
  • Interpret contracts and terms and conditions to reduce exposure and risk for WellPet
  • Live the WellPet values and culture and doing whatever it takes for the pets who depend on us


Position Requirements: Our Plant Controller will hold a BA or BS in Accounting and have experience in a manufacturing environment and cost accounting. Ideally, this individual will have had 10 years of progressive experience with costing, general ledger and operational analyses. In addition, candidates should have:

  • Proven experience in driving process improvement
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent project management abilities, capable of prioritizing and handling multiple projects simultaneously, under tight time constraints and within budget parameters
  • Well-developed written and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to coach and communicate with non-accounting professionals
  • Ability to collaborate and influence cross-functionally
  • Demonstrates positive attitude and takes a proactive approach
  • Sees challenges as opportunities and translates them into actionable tasks
  • Displays grace and presence at all times
  • Energized by fast-paced environment
  • Great relationship management abilities
  • MS Office and ERP system proficiency required
  • 10% Travel



To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to and include “Plant Controller” in the subject line.


WellPet LLC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We celebrate diversity and are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.

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