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Cost Accounting Analyst

Location

Sheboygan, WI

Job Summary

We are seeking an individual for the position of Cost Accounting Analyst. This position will prepare, review, analyze, and interpret monthly manufacturing spending and variance account details.  Determine root causes by combining transaction-level financial analysis with information gathering from operations personnel.  Anticipate questions and propose possible solutions for problem areas.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare, review, analyze, and interpret monthly manufacturing spending and variance account details. 
  • Determine root causes by combining transaction-level financial analysis with information gathering from operations personnel. 
  • Anticipate questions and propose possible solutions for problem areas.
  • Work with manufacturing personnel to understand the drivers of specific variances and serve as a business partner to help identify how to improve financial results.
  • Preparation of the annual budgets for all manufacturing plants. 
  • This includes understanding payroll expenses, spending items, manufacturing variances, and cost allocations. 
  • Provide detailed analysis of the manufacturing variance and spending accounts and how changes/improvements will impact the next years plan.
  • Assist in the preparation for the yearly standard cost roll by compiling budget and operational data for the development of overhead rates and cost adders. 
  • Refresh daily and weekly manufacturing measurement data. 
  • Question and be able to understand trends found in the data. 
  • Investigate the accuracy of the reports when trends look suspicious and correct if needed.
  • Create and maintain new manufacturing measurement data that are required for the business plan and changing manufacturing processes.
  • Perform all month end duties timely and accurately in order to ensure accurate financial and management reporting.
  • Serve as a business partner with cost reduction projects by defining and measuring savings, updating project savings results, forecasting future savings, and making sure project details are complete and up to date.
  • Prepare make vs. buy and other cost analyses to support ongoing marketing, procurement, and production activities.
  • Assist in other projects as assigned by the Cost Accounting Manager.

 

 

Qualifications

General

  • The position requires a strong self-starting individual with tenacity, a sense of purpose, and a resourceful and collaborative attitude.  
  • A pattern of seeking out and successfully completing projects, digging to determine root causes and find solutions, and serving as a collaborative business partner with other functional areas is required. 
  • This position needs strong analytical skills and a broad technical background combined with good oral and written communication skills for dealing with all levels within the organization.

Specific

  • Four-year college degree with a major in accounting. 
  • Three to five years related experience. 
  • The ability to perform advanced excel functions such as pivot tables, filters, sorting, subtotals, and graphs. 
  • Experience in JDE or other ERP systems preferable, and the ability to create ad hoc financial reports using a data base report writing tool, a plus.
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