Industry:  Automotive Manufacturing

Mulberry Talent Partners has joined with our client, a company located in Milwaukie, OR to identify a Senior Cost Accountant. This is an on-site, full time and direct hire role. In this role you will focus more on the operations side of the business, understanding of standard costing and absorption are critical for this role. Someone who is comfortable working with many teams and walking the manufacturing floor is the best fit. Must be good at problem solving and productivity tracking.

As the Senior Cost Accountant, you will report to the Controller and work with a team of four on the accounting team. This role provides high level support to internal controls, compliance, and financial planning functions.  Provides support to key operational areas of manufacturing and distribution.  Provides financial direction in particular areas of inventory, distribution, cost accounting, and financial systems. Manages and maintains the cost accounting reporting systems.  Responsible for all cost of goods sold and inventory reporting issues.  Acts as a consultant to teams, leaders, and other member of the Finance Team.

Your Role:

  • Prepares key operational reports with analysis of key metrics. Present findings and make recommendations to Senior Leadership to meet key metrics.
  • Responsible for maintaining the ERP product costing system and related business intelligence tools.
  • Responsible for coordinating the allocation of labor, overhead, and material costs to raw, work in process and finished goods.
  • Assists with the cost of goods sold budget preparation, review, analysis, and implementation.
  • Responsible for timely and accurate period-end closing, variance analysis and operational reporting.
  • Assists in or provides leadership as needed in cost estimating projects for new products including volume based, variable margin costing analysis.
  • Leads the annual physical inventory audit. Prepare schedules as needed for the annual financial audit.
  • Responsible for product standard and routing updates, inventory valuations, re-costing, and reserves.
  • Calculate, analyze, account for, and report monthly cost variances for direct materials, direct labor, indirect labor, and manufacturing overhead.
  • Responsible for updating product costing policy and procedures to professional standards.
  • Oversees the management and variance analysis of the cycle counting program.
  • Coordinate review of work orders and follow-up on major variances.
  • Maintain accuracy of G/L account reconciliations for inventory and other accounts, as assigned.
  • Accountable for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance in assigned area. Responsible for design and operating effectiveness of internal controls, including a self-assessment and report to management.
  • Ensure that the cost implications of the Engineering Change Notice (ECN) process are reviewed for accuracy/reasonableness and in line with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Set directives and initiatives for key members of the company to ensure inventory accuracy goals are met and the proper inventory levels are maintained (includes obsolete/overstock, cycle counts, forecasting, etc.).
  • Provide support for Controller functions when necessary.
  • Exercise considerable discretion and independent judgement and handles confidential information.
  • Responsible for participating in continuous improvement activities for improved operations of the Finance Team and Manufacturing Teams. Be a key player in helping the manufacturing teams increase inventory turns, improve gross margin, and improve inventory accuracy.
  • Problem-solves individually or as a part of a group as duties require. May lead such problem-solving activities.
  • Accountable for developing and monitoring processes and practices necessary for legal and ethical compliance in assigned area.
  • Responsible for prompt and regular attendance as scheduled.
  • Performs other various duties as may be assigned.

You Bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance, or related field.
  • 3-5 years of Cost accounting experience in a fast-paced professional manufacturing organization.
  • Successfully demonstrated experience in Cost Accountant function with a $100-$500 million manufacturing company.
  • Experience with a fully integrated financial reporting system is essential.
  • Experience making process improvements utilizing current technology.
  • Strong accounting background with expertise in GAAP financial reporting.
  • Strong Microsoft Office and Internet skills, JD Edwards experience preferred.
  • Access/VBA/SQL database reporting skills preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Word & intermediate Excel skills are required (sumifs, pivot tables, v-lookups, etc)

Compensation Rate: $80,000-$95,000 annually plus full benefits and PTO

Background check and drug screen (without THC) required upon employment.