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United States of America
Manufacturing and Operations

Trident Seafoods was founded over 40 years ago and we are proud to have grown to be the largest vertically integrated seafood company in North America. We are a family-owned company with over 9,000 employees worldwide. Trident Seafoods is based out of Seattle, but has processing plants across the United States, Europe, Japan, and China. The real heartbeat of Trident Seafoods, however, is its access to the natural resources in the remote coastal communities of Alaska. We have a unique heritage, talented employees and a company culture founded on the “can do” spirit. Trident believes that our employees are the most foremost reason for our success, allowing us to be the leader in the Seafood industry.





The Controller – Motley Plant will be a key player supporting selected Trident plant management teams. The Controller will provide key analysis and insights to guide decision making.  The individual selected will take a leadership role driving assigned locations to improve financial performance. The individual selected will provide strong leadership and partnership to local plant teams to ensure the financial accounting and reporting objectives are met. The Controller will also provide financial insight and support management teams to meet their goals and objectives. The Manufacturing Controller will ensure all plant accounting/reporting is done in a timely and accurate manner and in accordance with Trident policies.  This position will be located at Trident’s Motley, MN plant.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides financial decision support to the Motley management team to ensure sound financial and operational decisions.
  • Provides frequent, accurate and timely operational performance reporting to the plant and company level management teams.
  • Uses analytical techniques and metrics to identify and make recommendations to improve operational performance and lower unit costs.
  • Provides financial leadership for Lean Manufacturing initiatives at the plant level.
  • Instills strong cost control and planning discipline to assist plant management in controlling manufacturing costs.
  • Leads the monthly forecast process for the plant.
  • Leads the annual business planning process for the plant, including preparation of the financial manufacturing business plan and product standard cost inputs.
  • Participates and/or leads strategic planning initiatives.
  • Assists plant management team with capital planning, including calculating and evaluating financial payback, for all capital expenditure proposals.
  • Works with divisional business units on various initiatives including:
    • Providing cost estimates for innovation and cost reduction projects.
    • Identifying cost/performance improvement opportunities.
  • Ensures the accuracy and integrity of the plants accounting systems and records, as well as strict compliance to all company policies, procedures and controls.
  • Exhibits necessary ERP system proficiency for both finance and other plant functions (JD Edwards or SAP experience preferred).
  • Leverages available systems to enhance data access, analytical information and management reporting.
  • Key focus areas include: materials cost and usage management, labor cost and utilization, asset utilization, overhead expenditure control and zero loss analytics.
  • Follows plant safety policies, food safety policies and industry best practices.

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Establishes and monitors accounting controls, including maintenance and review of all Bills of Material.
  • Accumulates and records defined period plant costs. Monitors cost and inventory variances and reports to management for the plant.
  • Ensures the accuracy of monthly closing of books, including preparation of month-end journal entries and maintaining the general ledger. 
  • Performs analysis of all plant costs and variances; prepares plant cost statements.
  • Acquires knowledge of Trident’s Environmental and Safety Policies by completing required training programs and performing designated work activities in accordance with training and procedures/work instructions
  • Notifies designated personnel of any environmental or safety incidents or risks not previously documented, in accordance with Environmental Awareness and/or safety trainings
  • Performs other similar or related duties as requested or assigned.

Minimum Requirements




  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience in Cost and Inventory accounting to include 2+ years of controllership in a manufacturing facility.
  • Food industry experience preferred.
  • JD Edwards or SAP experience preferred. 
  • Lean Manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.


  • B.A. in Accounting and/or Finance or equivalent combination of education and experience

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • CPA or CMA preferred.

Special Training/Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook 
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence, and speak effectively before groups of customers, employees and senior management of the organization.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and able to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Trident Seafoods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age and genetic information.

Trident Seafoods has adopted a zero-tolerance and drug-free workplace policy. Pre-employment drug examinations are required for all employees.

Any employment offer from Trident Seafoods is contingent upon the candidate maintaining valid immigration status and work authorization throughout employment, without any need for immigration sponsorship by the company.