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Plant inspectors/controllers are responsible for coordinating plant accounting and financial reporting activities.

Average salaries are in the region of £22,000.00 to £45,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Plant inspectors/controllers are responsible for coordinating plant accounting and financial reporting activities. 

What they do

Plant inspector/controllers need to be well-rounded leaders, able to coach their team and act as a strategic business partner with their colleagues too. Being a great communicator is essential to ensure the smooth running of their plant.

Overseeing internal accounts and processes means that plant inspectors/controllers offer guidance on improvement to ensure a plant runs efficiently at the lowest cost. As a plant inspector/controller you would perform monthly analysis of trends and forecasts to highlight financial risks and opportunities.

As a Plant Inspector/Controller, you would be: 

  • Cost accounting
  • Financial closing and reporting
  • Calculating tax
  • Inventory management
  • Forecasting
  • Budgeting
  • Calculating the Return On Investment (ROI)

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained plant inspectors/controllers can earn in the region of £18,000£23,000
  • Trained with experience plant inspectors/controllers can earn in the region of £23,000£45,000
  • Senior or chartered plant inspectors/controllers can earn in the region of £45,000£60,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options improve with chartered status.  

Typically, plant inspectors/controllers work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm. However, there may be times where you'll need to work overnight or at the weekend, depending on circumstances.


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Case Study

Oliver Westwood is a lifting inspector at Hire Station

What does your role involve?

My role involves carrying out ROTEL on various types of lifting equipment from chain blocks to MEWPS. These inspections are carried out either on site or in depots.

What do you like about your job?

I enjoy not having a fixed place of work and getting to travel the county doing my job. Also the range of different equipment I get to inspect.

What’s your working day like?

Each working day is different. Sometimes you have to be booked on site early for inductions to be able to carry out your work or you may have a long drive to get where you need to be. There is no set start and finish time for my job.

What skills do you need in your job?

I use a range of skills, including good people skills and also good mechanical knowledge of the machines. If I fail a machine on site I need to be able to explain clearly why it’s in the user’s best interests, as it would be unsafe to continue using the machine.

What was your background before starting this role?

I did an Apprenticeship in plant maintenance, which I completed in the summer of 2014, and then became a fitter in one of our workshops before getting my current role.

What are you most proud of in your career?

During my Apprenticeship I was awarded ‘Apprentice of the year’ for my hard work and dedication, I’m also proud of getting this job so soon after completing my Apprenticeship.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

I would like to have gained a managerial role with the business and still be looking for opportunities to move up in my career.

A bit of advice for anyone thinking about a career in construction?

There are so many different paths you can take within the construction industry you will always be able to find something you enjoy doing and there are so many opportunities for you to move up into different job roles. 

Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

Generally, a recognised accounting qualification is required: for example, Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), or Certified Public Accountants (CPA).

How do I become a chartered certified accountant?

To become a chartered certified accountant you must have studied for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification and become an ACCA member. However, ACCA has introduced foundation-level qualifications for those who have experience but no formal academic qualifications.

Do I need any previous experience?

Prior experience within a manufacturing environment and a strong understanding of plant operations are also desirable.

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Career trends and forecasts

9,400 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 9,400 non-construction professional, technical , IT and other office based staff (which includes Plant Inspector/Controllers), every year for the period 2016 - 2020. The majority of this demand will be in the South West followed by a fairly even spread across East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Scotland and Wales.

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