Site Controller - Houston

PQ Corporation Houston , TX 77020

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

For almost 200 years, PQ Corporation has envisioned the future of performance materials, chemicals and catalysts through collaborative innovation, making products that touch all of us, every day.

  • Cleaner Emissions
  • Our Catalysts and Refining Services products and solutions help companies produce vehicles with improved fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions.
  • Safer Travels
  • We produce highly engineered Performance Materials that help make highways and airports safer for drivers, pedestrians, pilots and passengers
  • Better Care
  • Our products are critical ingredients in consumer applications that help make teeth brighter and skin softer
  • Carbon-Free
  • With inorganic and carbon-free products, we contribute to improving the sustainability of our planet.

We are a leading global provider of specialty catalysts, materials, chemicals, and services that enable environmental improvements, enhance consumer products, and increase personal safety.

Position Description

The Site Controller provides financial support and directs the financial activities of the Houston plant and the Baytown plant. This position acts as a liason between the plant, corporate finance and corporate accounting. The Site Controller will report to the Eco Central Controller and be located at the Houston plant.

More specific responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with plant management to prepare the annual operating plan

  • Compile, analyze and support the fixed cost and turnaround forecasts (monthly and full-year)

  • Perform month-end closing for two plants including inventory verification, journal entries (i.e. accruals) as needed, cost center reviews and variance analysis

  • Prepare monthly variance reports for fixed, turnaround and MUV actual costs as compared to budget and forecasts

  • Coordinate and review the annual fixed asset audits

  • Coordinate and review the annual Q4 spare parts physical

  • Administer and calculate the Exxon service billing at the Baytown plant

  • Work with plant leadership to identify cost savings and implement cost controls

  • Support the site managers and proactively contribute to the plant leadership teams

  • Review and provide financial approval for plant capital projects

  • Ensure capital projects are executed and closed in a timely manner and compliant with capitalization policies and procedures

  • Promote financial best practices and efficiency in processes; continuously identify and implement opportunities to improve

  • Ensure that an effective control environment is maintained through compliance with both internal and external standards (SOX)

  • Support the quarterly and annual audit process through the provision of supporting documentation as requested

  • Provide training and guidance as necessary to plant supervisors to ensure proper and accurate transactional entries in SAP

  • Generate ad hoc reports as requested by plant and corporate management

  • Participate in special projects as requested by Eco Central Controller

Job Requirements

Position Requirements

In addition to the necessary skills and experience to perform the responsibilities outlined above, there are a number of traits that a successful candidate will possess.


The Site Controller will be an accomplished finance professional with proven finance skills, solid business acumen and an ability to adequately manage their time to ensure all work is completed in a timely manner. Additionally, the candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance

  • MBA preferred but not required

  • CPA preferred but not required

  • Sarbanes Oxley experience

  • Minimum 7-10 years' experience with increasing responsibilities in business/financial support roles in a manufacturing environment

  • Strong knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

  • Experience with financial accounting software; SAP strongly preferred

  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills, particularly data extraction, table and query experience

Personality and Cultural Success Factors

The Site Controller must also possess the following traits:

  • Ability to work independently, prioritize and attain deliverables

  • Demonstrate leadership capability

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well with the Plant leadership teams and corporate finance

  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel and a focus on internal "customer" satisfaction

  • Strong aptitude for process improvements required

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and take initiative in resolving problems and making recommendations

  • Must be highly disciplined, results-oriented and self-motivated

  • Strong organization skills. Ability to organize complex projects, manage multiple tasks, and meet established deadlines

  • Detail oriented

  • Highest level of integrity


This position offers the right candidate an exciting and challenging opportunity to be involved in all facets of the Refining Services business. As outlined above, PQ Corporation has undergone a great deal of growth and change by not only the development of new products, but also by joint ventures and acquisitions as well. The Company strives to develop a culture in which all employees feel ownership in what they do, and continually work to improve the business. PQ is looking for a hard-working, hands-on finance professional to join its team and contribute to its continued success while also providing the right candidate with opportunity for professional growth.

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