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With more than 1,600 employees at 16 locations and in 13 countries we are one of the market-leading manufacturers of innovative coating technology. We bring colour, protection and functions to surfaces. Our customers are industrial enterprises, crafts enterprises and do-it-yourselfers. The enthusiasm for perfect surfaces unites us. We are not simply looking for employees. We are looking for people who share our enthusiasm.

Sr Operations Analyst

Plymouth, MN, US, 55447



Thank you for your interest in Wagner. We always have our eyes open for talented people who want to learn, grow and expand their capabilities with Wagner.

From start to finish, you'll enjoy a fun and colorful career at Wagner.

Wagner is small enough that you matter and large enough for you to make a difference.

Wagner Spray Tech believes that people represent a company's most important asset. At Wagner, we strive to create an organization where everyone participates and efforts are focused toward continuous improvement. These improvements are driven by dedication, teamwork, and the innovation of the Wagner family.

Our company participates in the US government's E-Verify process. In addition, all offers of employment are contingent on a drug test and background check.


Our benefit package includes starting at 4 weeks PTO per year, 401(k) and a company match, medical, dental, life, disability, long term care insurance, as well as tuition reimbursement.





Title:  Senior Operations Analyst                              


Reports to:  US Regional Controller            


Position Objective:

Partners with multiple business functions to analyze and report on various aspects of the US manufacturing business including sales, operations, engineering, accounting, and product costing. This person is the controlling team subject matter expert related to inventory control, manufacturing variances, and in-bound freight.




% of time                                                       

35%        Manufacturing Variances

• Perform monthly variance analysis to identify potential issues, possibilities for variance reductions, and be able to discuss with management.

• Provide periodic KPI's on Productivity, Scrap, Work Order Variances, PPV, Cycle counts etc.

• Support month-end closing processes to include SAP production order settlement, inventory reporting, analysis of variance accounts, etc.

• Research and analyze trends of freight costs and the underlying reasons for periodic fluctuations in cost estimates.

• Provide customer service to other departments within the company on issues related to operations and inventory accounting.

• Calculate and review accruals for freight related costs.


30%        Inventory & Product Costing

• Partner with Purchasing, Sales, and Supply Chain functions to improve inventory forecast accuracy and ensure correct levels of inventory are maintained.

• Report on both progress and accuracy of cycle counts throughout the year and assist with annual physical inventory audit.

• Periodic reporting and reconciliation of inventory including car stock and consignment locations.

• Analyze production costs and proactively partner with Product Costing, Operations and Supply Chain teams on root cause analysis and solution development related to standard cost variances.

• Analyze material usage to identify potential excess and obsolete inventory items, and partner with Sales and Operations teams to develop action plans related to existing E&O items.

• Support and back up US Cost Estimator as necessary

• Support internal and external audits by serving as US controlling team expert on all inventory and standard cost related aspects of audits.


30%        Controlling and Reporting

• Assist in preparation of monthly financial forecasts and the fixed annual budget (FAB).

• Develop partnerships and collaborate with cost center owners to understand and communicate trends in expenses, deviations to budget, and changes to forecasts.

• Assist in preparation of monthly and annual internal management reports.

• Review and evaluate capital expenditure requests for proper preparation and financial documentation.

• Utilize SAP and Excel to navigate through large data sets and summarize findings with strong analytical and financial modeling skills.

• Reconcile general ledger accounts within required timeframe.

• Research transactional errors, determine root-cause and partner with appropriate team(s) to implement solutions.

• Collaborate with global partners on SAP and other group standardization, automation, and improvement initiatives.

• Focus on continuous improvement of controlling processes to find opportunities for improvement in timeliness, accuracy, and efficiency.


5%          Other

• Perform other duties and assume accountabilities as apparent or as delegated, including mutually agreed upon objectives.



Relationship to Others:

Frequently interacts with all levels of Wagner Spray Tech management and employees and international colleagues. Has contact and exposure to Wagner International officers, affiliated companies, bank reps, external auditors, and others.



Dimensions of Position:

Ensures the accuracy of inventory values, analyzes drivers of manufacturing variances and their impact to the P&L, understands and communicates process changes impact on standard the costing model, margins, and overall P&L. Recommends and implements new concepts and approaches, regardless of obstacles, to advance the scope and value of the position.



Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field required.
  • 4-6 years of related experience required with 2 years in a manufacturing environment preferred.
  • CMA and/or CPA preferred but not required.



Knowledge Skills and Abilities


Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis