Manufacturing Controller

Ardo supplies its continuously growing markets around the world with high quality frozen vegetables, herbs, and fruit with 4000 employees and 17 production sites in 8 countries. The family business sells in more than 100 countries and has a turnover of more than 1.4 billion euros. Ardo's mission is to preserve the gift of nature as pure as possible. Ardo achieves this goal thanks to an integrated network of growing areas, production units, freezing units, packaging equipment, appropriate logistics and thorough quality control. The group's know-how and flexible structure ensure that it can respond quickly to new trends and that innovative products can be brought onto the market quickly. More info on

We are looking for a Manufacturing Controller to take the lead in the financial budgeting & controlling for several plants. You will report into the Manufacturing Director and you will work closely with regional management (e.g. plant directors). This position requires ownership and initiative, so to create a direct impact on the further development of our organization. You will have contacts with diverse stakeholders within the firm (Finance, Sales, Supply Chain, corporate & local management, etc.)

You will work from our head office in Ardooie.

Your key focus areas are the following:

  • Responsible for all closings, supervising & challenging the financial budgets, KPI reporting in a uniform way over half of our plants;
  • Business partnering with plants and sales in order to give correct insights & support the push for continuous improvement;
  • Contribute to the strategic financial decisions of plants within your portfolio and coordinate the developments of financial plans (e.g. CAPEX projects) to ensure that our strategic goals can be realized;
  • Advise line management regarding short- and long-term budgeting to ensure that management has sufficient information to take decisions;
  • Draw up, check and follow up financial reporting procedures in order to guarantee high quality reports at all times and that we meet the applicable criteria in terms of service, quality and processing time.
  • Lead a team of minimum 4 plant controllers. Coach and work on the development of your employees to ensure their competencies, skills and know-how are used and developed to the best advantage and to work as a well-functioning department.
  • Act as a project team member to actively support the development of new systems and continuous improvement projects such as new reportings in SAP, costing manuals, energy efficiency improvement etc., to ensure that the best possible implementation can be guaranteed.
  • You have a Master’s degree in Economics or Finance
  • You are a senior expert with 5-10 years relevant experience in budgeting & controlling. Experience in a production environment is a must
  • You have excellent collaboration and communication abilities since you work closely with internal and external stakeholders, you are a sparring partner to the business, able to explain your consolidated insights to non-financial profiles
  • People management skills are a plus
  • You have proven analytical skills with a high focus on delivering quality and improving the status quo
  • You are hands-on, you have a can-do mentality and a heart for continuous improvement
  • You are an advanced Excel user; knowledge of SAP and BI tools is an asset
  • You speak Dutch fluently and have a good knowledge of English. French and German are a plus.

We offer you the opportunity to be part of an authentic and sustainable international company, with real growth opportunities and the freedom to actively participate in shaping the business and the opportunity to develop professionally. You will receive a full remuneration package in line with the level of this position. We care for our people and create family-friendly surroundings by offering you the flexibility to work 2 days/week from home.

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Why work for Ardo?

Global Impact, Local Touch

With 17 units across 8 countries, a turnover of 1.4 billion, and products exported to over 100 countries, your work at Ardo impacts people worldwide. Be a part of an international team that retains a close-knit, local feel.

Career Growth in a Thriving Industry

In our team of around 4000 employees, every individual matters. We offer various opportunities for career growth and skill enhancement in a robust and thriving industry, ensuring you evolve as we grow.

Diverse and Inclusive

Embrace the opportunity to work with diverse teams from around the globe. At Ardo, we celebrate different cultures, ideas, and innovations brought in by our international family of employees.