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Director Cost Accounting

San Diego, CA

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Director, Cost Accounting

Our client is looking to identify a Cost Accounting Director to be responsible for maintaining and improving upon the existing cost accounting functions in support of manufacturing operations for the US and Mexico manufacturing plants.  This position is in San Diego and will be primarily onsite.  Target salary is 150 to 175k 

The successful candidate will join a team committed to manufacturing excellence, continuous improvement and member development. This person will enjoy developing solid business relationships with their counterparts in the materials, operations, and quality roles to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing.  Through those roles, this position will play a key role in providing impartial financial analysis and guidance, decision support, and development of financial acumen across the operations team and quality teams.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Maintain accurate costing methodology in the ERP system
  • Development of the costing methodology and KPI reporting for inventory & management cost reporting (P&L)
  • Maintain standard and variable cost systems to ensure accuracy of inventory valuation and lead annual manufacturing cost standard updates and analyzes variances to standards
    • Monitor inventory transactions and processes including scrap, inventory, and COGS to ensure accuracy and compliance with corporate policies
    • Monthly manufacturing and overhead variance research, analysis and reporting, including labor/overhead absorption by product lines and
    • Prepare and analyze department expense variances (actual to budgets/forecasts), monthly revenues & associated gross margin analysis
  • Assists senior management teams in understanding costs, variances, and other operating measures, including product/SKU level margins through key strategic reports
  • Identify potential issues and coordinate issue resolution/problem solving with other functional teams
  • General ledger reconciliation responsibility including all inventory and cost of goods sold accounts
  • Coordinates with the team on required inventory reserves and ensure compliance with periodic cycle counts and physical inventory and reconcile results
  • Participates in the annual budgeting process, including preparation of standard costs
  • Drive the development of procedures and controls that ensure meaningful and reliable product costs and accurate inventories
  • Prepare for and participate in internal and external reviews and audits
  • Such other duties as assigned from time-to-time.

Job Requirements


  • A bachelor’s degree, major in Accounting, with a depth of skills in accounting (both financial and managerial), reporting, analysis, financial supply chain, processes and procedures
  • Knowledge of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Requires 10+ years cost accounting experience in a process manufacturing environment and a general understanding of discrete manufacturing, including management experience
  • ERP experience required


Desired Experience, Knowledge, and Skills:

  • Strong communication skills, ability to present financial information in a meaningful understandable way
  • Good team building skills including trust, professionalism, and be able to garner consensus across diverse groups
  • Robust internal controls understanding and documentation of all financial processes and transactions
  • Detail oriented, ability to accomplish multiple tasks within the agreed upon timeframes through effective prioritization of duties and functions in a fast-paced environment
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