• Cost Accountant

    Location US-IL-Elgin
    Job ID
  • Overview

    The Cost Accountant provides relevant financial support to one of the remote locations through cost analysis, monthly reporting and forecast/budget preparation. The Cost Accountant possesses a solid understanding of financial and cost accounting manufacturing reporting systems, provides relevant data for Plant and Corporate management.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Performs month-end and pre-month end duties. 
    • Prepares reports on acutal monthly results for assigned location and provides comparative analysis to current and prior year forecast.
    • Provides cost accounting support for assigned location and acts as the liaison between the remote location and Corporate Accounting.    
    • Prepares reports and analyzes operational performance and budget variances to strengthen cost controls, reduce costs, and increase efficiencies.
    • Gathers and analyzes information relating to inventory, equipment, and labor costs utilizing QAD and Microsoft applications.
    • Visits remote locations to review results and ensure accuracy of standards related to plant production.
    • Analyzes production yield, costs, and efficiencies.
    • Documents procedures to standardize costing and analysis of product output costs.
    • Sets up and maintains new item, BOM/structure and routing.
    • Performs special projects/assists with accounting related responsibilities as directed by the Cost Accounting Manager, Corporate Controller or Operations.
    • Responsible for manufacturing, distributing and consistently maintaining safe and quality food by following good manufacturing practices, allergen controls, food defense, HACCP, SQF, and regulatory requirements.
    • Aware and accountable in maintaining and documenting preventative controls necessary to ensure food safety and quality.
    • Responsible for immediately reporting all food safety and quality issues to management.
    • Responsible for partnering with others; sharing knowledge, skills and information within assigned team and across functional areas.
    • Responsible for enhancing technical and functional competencies, as well as professional and leadership development.



    • Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree in Accounting or related discipline required. 

    • Two to five years of experience in accounting in a manufacturing environment.

    • Excellent computer skills with Microsoft Office applications with strong skills in Excel and report generation. 

    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

    • Able to travel 5%


    Job Specific Requirements:


    In the event that the cost accountant is absent, the department manager is responsible for providing an equally qualified person to cover this position.