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Cost Analyst; Lake Forest, CA

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posted Jun 30, 2015, 3:50 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 30, 2015, 3:52 PM ]

Cost Accountant Job Description


 The Cost Accountant (CA) maintains and monitors cost and manufacturing accounting processes for all business 


 The CA is responsible for the timely and accurate collection and reporting of cost related financial information and 

cost variance analysis.  

 The CA participates in inter-departmental projects as required to support business decisions and profitability 


 The CA is the main Finance source to provide expertise support to Operation group for Inventory, costing, scrap and 

any costing related issues.


 Participates in the month-end close for inventory related areas, including preparation of required journal entries.

 Prepares month end manufacturing variance analysis: PPV, labor, burden.

 Prepares and reviews various daily operating metrics to monitor business performance.

 Analyzes and reviews bills of material to ensure accurate product costing.

 Prepares actual versus budget analysis, manufacturing profit variance analysis, and actual to standard cost 


 Lead EOZ management to keep the exposure to minimum.

 Work closely with Operation in Inventory management: Reduction in Inventory Balance, Increase in Turn.

 Organizes and leads the annual physical inventory and manages the cycle counting process as appropriate.

 Lead annual Standard Cost roll, quarterly update for WIP OH, and WIP Labor.

 Participates in preparation of annual budget and forecast.

 Expected to advise the Finance Manager immediately of any errors, irregularities or significant adjustments or 

journal entries as they occur.

 Responsible to all Inventory and Costing related Reporting to Company according to Company Calendar.

 Special projects assignments to continue to improve process in the company.


 Degree in Accounting and Finance 

 Minimum of 2-5 years of cost accounting experience in a manufacturing environment 

 Superior verbal and written communication skills to work effectively outside the accounting department 

 Consistently operates at the highest level of integrity and is never willing to compromise with regards to ethical 



Success in this position requires the ability to build a strong partnership with the business operations staff and to provide 

timely suggestions for cost reduction and margin improvement.  These relationships must be built on respect, integrity, 

cooperation, teamwork and professionalism.  

 Ability to build relationships at all levels within the organization

 Clear, precise communication skills

 Strong business acumen and analytical skills

 Strong Controllership focus

 Ability to make tough calls

 Ability to make ethical and sound business decisions to continually mitigate risk for the business 

 Ability to deliver accurate and detailed reports in a timely manner

 Ability to drive accounting processes

 Project Leadership skills

 Detail and Process oriented

 Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines under pressure

 Strong leadership and team building skills

 Strong sense of urgency and follow up skills

 Excellent Excel skills

 Excellent Data mining skills: SAP Business Object, Hyperion, JDE.

 Approachable

 Interest in CMA

 Able to Travel to Juarez, Mexico

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