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Date: Jan 2, 2019

Location: Johnson City, TN, US, 37601

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

About Us

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and more than 16,000 employees worldwide. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.


With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the global reach to serve customers worldwide. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees. 

Primary Function

Our Controller in Johnson City will lead the financial control function for over 1,000 employees, multiple sites and sales of $450M. As an integral member of the plant leadership team, you'll have immediate responsibility for the organization's accounting practices, the maintenance of its fiscal records, and the preparation of its financial reports. We will seek your expertise in appraising operating results in terms of costs, budgets, policies, trends and increased profit opportunities.

What is great about this opportunity?

  • Join a growing, stable organization committed to strong financial performance, strategic acquisitions and global expansion
  • Engage monthly with the broader AO Smith Controller's peer group - high visibility and ability to collaborate across the organization
  • Our persistent growth offers many opportunities for professional development and advancement

Role Specific Responsibilities

  1. Manage general cost, inventory and fixed asset accounting, accounts payable and month-end close process while accurately analyzing and reporting timely financial results.
  2. Ensure effective and efficient system of internal controls including data integrity, asset protection, segregation of duties, budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting and adherence to corporate policies and government regulations while supporting the internal and external audit process.
  3. Analyze product cost including materials, labor and manufacturing overhead and inventory / stocking valuation levels. (standards & variance analysis).
  4. Manage and develop finance team members; develop finance acumen in cross-functional plant leadership across multiple sites.
  5. Analyze and approve capital expenditures including payback and fit with strategic direction of the operation.
  6. Advise plant leadership team on business risk and opportunities, develop contingency plans and provide recommendations
  7. Support and/or lead strategic plant and company initiatives.


  • More than 3 years of experience leading the plant controllership function in a manufacturing environment.
  • Strong analytic skills, with ability to clearly link finical results to operational performance drivers.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex financial information in an easy to understand manner.
  • Demonstrated leadership as part of a cross-functional plant management team.
  • Proven ability to manage and develop your staff.
  • High level of proficiency in Excel and ERP systems. SAP & BPC/Hyperion experience a plus.
  • Advanced Knowledge of GAAP. SOX and other financial compliance standards is a plus.
  • Deep understanding and prior experience in cost accounting.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field.

We Offer

Great people make our organization great and because of that, we offer a competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short-term disability programs and tuition assistance.


Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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