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Plant Controller

Date:  10-May-2022


Type of work:  Hybrid





Plant Controller



Position Snapshot

  • Type of Contract: Permanent
  • Full-time
  • Location: Zaventem


Our company


Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of tires and other rubber products. We employ over 140,000 people around the world, operate 3 technical centers and 178 manufacturing plants and sell products in more than 150 countries. "Serving Society with Superior Quality” has been our mission since Shojiro Ishibashi founded Bridgestone in 1931 and we look for individuals who share our passion to fulfill this mission.


Facilities & Resources


Bridgestone EMEA operates in more than 60 countries and employs over 16,000 employees in its offices and plants:

  • 9 Sales Regions with offices in Birmingham, Warsaw, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Bad Hamburg, Moscow, Johannesburg, and Dubai
  • 14 plants in France (Bethune), Belgium (Lanklaar and Liege), Italy (Bari), Poland (Stargard and Poznan), Hungary (Tatabanya), Spain (Bilbao, Puente San Miguel and Burgos), South Africa (Port Elizabeth and Brits), Russia (Ulyanovsk) and a joint venture in Turkey with two plants (Izmit, Aksaray)
  • A raw materials plant in Spain (Usansolo)
  • A leading R&D facility in Italy
  • A state of the art proving grounds in Italy and Sweden
  • The EMEA headquarters in Zaventem, Belgium.


Sales & Products


  • With its leading materials technology, the company focuses on high-performance tyres: A major supplier of original equipment to car manufacturers (including VW/Audi group, BMW, Mercedes, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan- Renault, etc.)
  • A pioneer in Run-Flat Technology tyres and major supplier to car manufacturers
  • A leading manufacturer in the agricultural market
  • A leading manufacturer in the motorcycle market
  • A leading brand in the truck & bus replacement market and a leading supplier to vehicle manufacturers (Mercedes, Renault, Volvo, Scania, MAN, DAF, Iveco, etc.)


Our tyres are sold under the Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton and other brand names for:

  • Passenger cars, 4x4 vehicles
  • Trucks and buses
  • All types of commercial, construction and off-the-road vehicles
  • Tractors and agricultural machinery
  • Motorcycles and scooters
  • Motor sport
  • Aircraft


In addition to our Products, we also provide integrated fleet solutions as well as repair and maintenance services through our extensive fleet network.

For more information on our company please visit and To experience more about life at Bridgestone, check out the following link



Job purpose

Holding the Plant Controller role of Bridgestone Lanklaar plant.

Support EMIA Finance, managing director achieving Company’s targets.

Ensure that this objective is achieved in compliance with legal / tax regulations as well as BSEU guidelines and policies. Assure internal controls are in place.

Contribute to optimize company profits through the protection of assets, cash flow generation, keep operating expenses and factory costs under control and within budget.

Manage finance and costs activities in the company, in order to provide to top management with information, tools and results in all Manufacturing operations.

Develop personal skills in order to offer internal and external customers with the highest quality of support and services. Implement most efficient administrative organization.



Main responsibilities

  • Accountability: Customer/ Client interaction & Business partnership
    • The Plant Controller is a key member of the management team and is the owner of continuous plant financial analysis using facts, data and financial analysis tools to ensure plant profitability is constantly being maximized
    • Provides insight and input to plant manager in managing relationships with cross-business managers on P&L close, review and analysis of information, budget preparation
    • This position is the “financial eyes and ears” of the factory working closely with the Operations Management team to understand, analyze and challenge the operations from a financial perspective
    • Monitors relationships and may work closely with sales, supply chain, and other business/product managers to ensure strategies are accomplished
    • Keep live communication with group finance function (dotted line dependency) to ensure strategic & tactic alignment
  • Accountability: Accounting processes & Procedures/ Compliance
    • Actively participates in and provides insight into controls activities related to compliance for internal and external accounting laws. Responsible for onsite coordination of all plant audits
    • Ensures adequate financial controls are in place for all plant financial reporting including inventories and fixed assets
    • Executes internal/external controls (eg. J-SOX requirements)
    • Responsible for local & group accounting (IFRS)


  • Accountability:  Analysis & Reporting
    • Ensures all monthly manufacturing variance forecasting and reporting and the annual budget preparation are done accordingly to the expectation.
    • Responsible for extracting plant shop floor data to ensure manufacturing variances are understood and actionable based on the collection and analysis of data.
    • Responsible for accurate product costing and to ensure accurate valuation of inventories.
    • Responsible for bringing financial insight to all plant capital spending requests to ensure accurate financial analysis and appropriate expenditure of funds.
    • Provides guidance in the creation of standard financial and non-financial reports/packages. May assist team in creating moderately complex reports/packages when needed. Interprets and compiles results and key financial measures. Examples of reports: Month-end, Budget requirements, P&L preparation,  Reviews and closing reporting, Corporate Tax, Plant profitability among others.
    • Develops and reviews moderately complex financial models and scenario planning business strategies. Prepares execution plans linked with group strategy
  • Accountability: Systems & Data management
    •  Coordinates new set-up and changes in existing financial applications to optimize effectiveness. Communicates with supervisors and accountants, ensuring all activities within their respective teams are being executed timely and effectively
    • May participate in the new set-up process when needed


  • Accountability: People, Talent & Resource management  
    • Accountable for direct performance management, talent development, succession planning and engagement.
    • Ensures recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, and development of the finance team Is done effectively.
    • Manages and provides coaching and/or training to team, including coaching Bridgestone core values, personal safety, environmental stewardship and CSR
    • Participates in selection of direct reports and other employees; determines resource need, plans for future workforce needs.


Bridgestone BEHAVIORS


Qualified candidates for this important position will therefore need to demonstrate the following:

  • Agility – to work in a matrix and complex environment where change happens at a rapid pace
  • Courage – to share ideas, think out of the box
  • Ownership – to see the bigger picture and take ownership by thinking and acting beyond the role




Qualified candidates for this important position will therefore need to demonstrate the following:

  • Establishes strategic direction and effectively communicates the vision:  Communicates a clear and inspiring vision for the business; drives competitive and innovative strategies and is able to generate alignment against the strategic direction
  • Demonstrates business acumen to achieve results through others:  Understands, educates and applies the fundamental business concepts by which a company operates in order to deliver results and create a climate that fosters personal commitment to excellence
  • Promotes and enhances company culture:  Champions the organization’s shared values and beliefs
  • Effectively manages across cultures: Achieves effective collaboration, alignment, and communication across multiple dimensions of cultural diversity
  • BOSS focused - serves the customers having the end users in mind:  Makes BOSS (end users) and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; develops and sustains productive relationships with BOSS; leverages BOSS intimacy in the development of new products, services and competitive advantage
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and emotional intelligence:  Recognizes one’s personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and limits.  Understands emotions and their effects
  • Intellectually curious in support of learning agility:  Actively identifies new areas for learning; regularly creates and takes advantage of learning opportunities; uses newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learns through their application
  • Embraces and leads change and innovation:  Encourages different and innovative approaches to address problems and opportunities; facilitates the implementation and acceptance of change within the organization
  • Identifies and develops organizational talent:  Attracts high calibre diverse talent , leads and guides others to accomplish organizational goals and objectives through on-going development and collaboration


Key Competencies


  • Undergraduate Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration
  • Critically evaluates and advises to management on: cost spending, investment projects
  • Applies appropriate leadership strategies to effectively deliver business objectives
  • Acts proactively and thinks strategically, in anticipating organisational needs, recognising the wider business environment and dynamics
  • Demonstrates strong and pragmatic business acumen
  • Demonstrates ethical behaviour and group values
  • Analytical skills


Required capabilities


  • Handling multiple concurrent tasks and meeting strict deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, internally and with clients (English and Dutch is must)
  • Ability to build relationships with colleagues, clients and staff in charge
  • The role might be based anywhere in Belgium or southern Holland, but at least 2 days of work at the plant is required and at least 1-2 days visit to the HQ in Zaventem per month.



  • 8-10+ years’ working experience with min 3 years in plant controlling
  • CMA or MBA preferred
  • Strong knowledge of IFRS, local GAAP and good knowledge of tax regulation
  • Experience with ERP financial software (eg. SAP)
  • Demonstrated expertise in MS Office



If you can demonstrate the skills we are looking for and would like to make a difference in a Pioneering company dedicated to shaping a sustainable future of real-world mobility solutions, join us at Bridgestone!


Process Next Steps: All applications will be reviewed. Our HR team will contact those applicants who we would like to invite for the next stage of the recruitment process.


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Diversity and inclusion are a central part of Bridgestone EMIA’s values at the highest level. This is key for our people to show a passion for excellence for improving society connected to the world in which we live. Our commitment to diversity, is linked to our founders mission of ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’, which is essential in shaping and creating the organization, serving all people, respectfully, connected to our business. We recognize that everyone is different and that attracting, developing and retaining our employees will create a sustainable working environment which is essential to our success. This means that all job applicants and members of staff will receive equal treatment and that we will not discriminate in particular on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

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