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Cost Accountant
Dallas, TX

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Summary: Responsibilities include operational forecasting, reporting,
variance analyses, performance analyses, activity-based standard cost development,
financial education of operations management, inventory valuation, capital project evaluation,
and coordination of data collection to support local and corporate supply chain financial
systems, as well as assisting with budgeting and reporting and additional analyses and
reports as required to support plant/supply chain management.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide direction and support to the operations group wherever appropriate related
to plant financial monitoring, measurement, reporting, analysis, and projection.
Assist plant operations management in implementing financial and performance
measurement systems in line with local needs and corporate policies. Educate
operations personnel on the capture, reporting and analysis of financial measures.
• Support the local Director of Finance and finance organization through the accurate
recording, monitoring, reporting and analysis of operational results.
• Lead in the local awareness, development, implementation, and utilization of Activity
• Develop plant cost information to support product and customer rationalization.
• Prepare accurate product cost estimations for new product opportunities or updated
cost estimates for formulaic and/or process revisions to existing products.
• Manage periodic operational financial reporting consistent with corporate-wide
standards and expectations.
• Provide financial leadership to Supply Chain personnel in the development and use
of Key Performance Indicators, and assure consistency between those indicators
and resource consumption as reflected in cost allocations.
• Provide leadership and direction in developing local strategies for resource cost
allocation, process measurement, capital project evaluation, shareholder value
analyses, and performance reporting at the plant in line with corporate guidelines
and consistent with Key Performance Indicators.
• Assure plant compliance with C. H. Guenther operational, control and other related
policies and protocols, and to notify the Group Manager of Cost Accounting and
Operations Analysis of any deviations from those policies and protocols. Insure
compliance with the required quarterly internal control self-audits and communicate
results and observations to the Group Manager of Cost Accounting and Operations
• Develop and implement systems as required to collect, manage, and analyze data
related to operations resource consumption and allocation.
• Personally determine and prioritize plant opportunities for operational accounting
efforts consistent with Group and local goals and strategies, and initiate self-directed
efforts and/or coordinate the efforts of others to successfully capitalize on those
• Provide coordination and direction as required to affect appropriate financial
monitoring, reporting, analysis, and operational cost allocation which provide
accurate and timely reflection of segment (e.g. channel) and consolidated
operational performance.
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• Insure effective information flow between the operations group and the local and
corporate finance functions.
• Coordinate effective input, output, integration, and coordination of all information
systems (e.g., BAAN, PC, T&A) related to financial monitoring, reporting, and
analysis of supply chain information.
• Coordinate plant cost allocation systems that support financial measurement and
reporting by channel, including Contribution Margin and EBIT.
• Assist in the development and implementation of corporate procedures affecting
plant financial operations.
• Work with the Group Manager of Cost Accounting and Operations Analysis on the
definition and interpretation of operations related policies, procedures, etc.,
whenever alternatives could result in significant differences in financial allocations or
• Assist the Group Manager of Cost Accounting and Operations Analysis in
developing Objectives, Goals, Strategies, and Measures, as well as personal
performance objectives at least annually, and to perform in accordance with those
objectives. These would also be subject to review by and direction from the Senior
VP, Supply Chain.
• Institutionalize the concepts of costing and financial analysis by providing training to
all levels of plant management and staff.
• Perform ad hoc cost and economic analyses as needed by Group and operating unit
• Propose application of new technologies relating to information distribution, financial
monitoring and measurement, cost allocation, and performance analysis within the
Group and plant operations.
• Maintain a personal awareness of: Corporate strategies and positions as they relate
to allocation and reporting of resources; Current developments and alternatives
relating to costing and financial analysis; Plant cost development and reporting
practices and opportunities.
Minimum Job Requirements:
• A bachelor’s degree in a financial or technical field
• At least five years of experience in manufacturing accounting, including cost
accounting, accounts payable, payroll, and general accounting, preferably in
continuous or repetitive batch process environments.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Record of effective self-direction.
• Excellent communication skills.
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• Strong computer skills, including data integration in multi-platform environments.
Must be very competent in Excel, and have a working knowledge of Access. A
working knowledge of BAAN a plus.
• Exceptional analytical skills and proven ability to apply them in complex,
multidisciplinary problem-solving situations.
• Strong desire for discovery, mentoring, and leadership.
• Experience in ERP, CPI, TQM, logistics, and financial systems.
• Ability to translate complex applications issues into manageable solutions.
• Ability to champion multi-functional teams to successful issue resolution.
• Project a positive attitude to others, and resolve conflicts within appropriate
• Self-motivated to do best and improve. A quick study.
• Supervisory experience a plus
• Professional certification (CPA, CMA, etc.) and association with professional
organizations a plus.
• Experience in business process analysis and/or operations research a plus.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
• N/A

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