Head of Controlling

03_Professionals (commercial)
BU2 Filtration & Eng. Peripherals


This role is a key member of the Plant Leadership Team, serving as a true business partner to the Plant Manager.  Responsible for strategic planning, controlling and reporting, product costing, risk management, and corporate governance.  Mission is to drive our financial performance and attainment of the budget and strategic plan commitments.




  • Embrace the MAHLE Leadership Principles:
  • Empower with accountability: Own mistakes and practice continual learning. Foster autonomy and development.
  • Trust each other: Practice collaboration and communicate in an honest and authentic way. Utilize differences to make us stronger.
  • Inspire for change: Create enthusiasm for MAHLE’s future by establishing an environment that supports innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Lead by example: Make and keep commitments. Receive feedback before giving feedback.
  • Strive to create an inclusive environment in which employees are valued and respected.
  • Take ownership of talent management practices within your team. This includes, but is not limited to, diversity, equity and inclusion, learning and development, performance management, and succession planning.
  • Directs budgeting and forecasting functions for the plant. Ensures effective strategic and financial planning, standard and ad hoc reporting and daily operations analysis for the plant. 
  • Actively manages risks and opportunities to ensure achievement of business plans.  Provides responsible managers with feedback on financial performance, and actively engages with the management team to develop and track action plans.
  • Leads, manages and develops the capability of direct reports and supports the development of other colleagues.  Develops controlling function team through establishing appropriate development plans, goals, and objectives.  Provides feedback and coaching to team members, actively supporting them in achievement of their goals and objectives.
  • Inspires and engages with operational and functional managers to understand and achieve Business Unit objectives. Interfaces with all functions in the organization to ensure the financial concepts are well prepared and well understood.
  • Leads management reporting for the plant including cost center performance to budget and product profitability. Provides responsible managers with feedback on financial performance and actively engages with the management team to develop and track action plans.
  • Actively partners with the Plant Manager and the Site Leadership team to identify and implement continuous improvement and cost optimization activities.
  • Actively participates in Regional and Global initiatives for Controlling, Finance, Accounting, and Tax including standardization, process improvements, consistency of practices, and data accuracy.
  • Works directly with project leaders to develop business cases for strategic and improvement projects, including capital expenditures. Supports and actively participates in the preparation of business cases, ensuring all major impacts are considered.
  • Controls working capital and capital expenditures.
  • Establishes effective, well documented procedures and internal controls to ensure compliance with all relevant government and company regulations.
  • Monitors and controls expenses in the plant, holds the management team accountable to ensure that costs are flexed to activity levels.
  • Ensures all matters related to Controlling, Finance, Accounting, and Tax for the plant are properly addressed.
  • Collaborates with the BU2 North America Controlling, BU2 North America Plant Controllers at other locations, and Shared Services Finance and Controlling on all Controlling, Finance, Accounting, and Tax matters to ensure consistency of practices and efficient use of MAHLE resources. 
  • Prepares and presents comprehensive financial information at a level of detail suitable for the audience for plant management, North American leadership and MAHLE Executive Leadership.
  • Primary interface with MAHLE North America Finance, internal and external auditors, and governmental bodies related to finance, controlling, and local tax matters.
  • Actively collaborates across functions and locations on projects that will improve financial results, controlling efficiency, accuracy of available information, or other topics.
  • Other duties as assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to ensure the team achieves satisfactory performance of each essential duty.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field from an accredited four-year college or university required; MBA or professional accounting certification preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience with increasing management and supervisory responsibility required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a Plant Controller role; knowledge of MAHLE or experience in a complex manufacturing setting required.
  • Experience with product cost, including standard costing, in a manufacturing environment (preferable automotive).
  • Knowledge of German Generally Accepted Accounting Principles is desired.
  • Experience sophisticated ERP environment required, experience with SAP strongly preferred.
  • Global or multi-national business experience required.
  • Ability to handle projects with multiple workstreams, with proven leadership success over a wide variety of business problems.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills to influence and build credibility.
  • Proven planning abilities, including successful execution of such plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.



Fluency in English is required.  Ability to write and present executive level reports & business correspondence including responding to questions from groups of executives, managers, vendors & customers.



Must have the ability to work with basic mathematical concepts and apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.  Individual must have the ability to research & analyze data for the purpose of delivering recommendations.



Superior analytical and problem solving skills.  There will be the necessity to define problems, analyze root cause, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.  The ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form is required as well.



None required



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear up to 95% of the day.  The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus. 



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


It is a typical office work environment with moderate noise level. Occassional exposure to higher noise levels in the manufacturing area may be required.



Employees must be able to work additional hours and/or additional days during the payroll week, which can and will be in excess of forty (40) hours per payroll week.  This includes off shifts and weekends.



Domestic/international travel with/without overnight stay will be required.

*No Sponsorship Available*




Facts about the job

Entry level:  Management
Part- / Full-time:  Full Time
Functional area:  Finance Accounting & Controlling
Department:  BU2 Filtration & Eng. Peripherals

Murfreesboro, TN, US

Company:  MAHLE Filter Systems North America Inc.

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