Cost Accountant

803 South Black River Street, Sparta, WI


Cost Accountant Overall Purpose of Position

he Cost Accountant provides ongoing analysis of inventory, costs associated with production, margin analysis, and associating costs to related activities. Provides current and accurate information required to make solid business decisions related to production, inventory management, and product pricing.

Cost Accountant Job description

  • Ongoing analysis of inventory, production costs, margin, and tracing costs back to underlying activities and drivers
  • Constructs and monitors cost-effective data accumulation systems
  • Develops and reviews the controls necessary for data accumulation and reporting systems
  • Coordinates physical inventory and cycle counts, investigating variances and resolving associated issues
  • Maintains standard costs and reviews standard and actual costs for inaccuracies including variance analysis, treating these in accordance with GAAP
  • Develops meaningful and comprehensive reporting packages to provide current and accurate information to provide leadership with data necessary to make solid business decisions related to production, inventory management and pricing
  • Performs month end tasks associated with inventory, material costs, margin analysis, and plant financial analysis including adjustment, summary schedules and reconciliation
  • Locates, manages, and disposes of obsolete inventory
  • Performs production walks at manufacturing facilities to understand processes, variances, reporting errors, and interpretation of cost build-ups
  • Assists with general accounting tasks and other duties/projects as assigned

Cost Accountant Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of Associate's Degree in Accounting or related field, Bachelor's preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years of manufacturing cost accounting experience
  • Advanced critical thinking and analysis skills to develop recommendations and solutions
  • Knowledge of standard costing and associated rates with the ability to develop a cost accounting system with verifiable and accurate reporting
  • Ability to work well with varying skill levels in multiple functions/departments (plant floor to upper management)
  • Desire to work in a team oriented environment with excellent verbal and written communication skills


Dated: June 20, 2019

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