Cost Analyst

Company: The Chatham Group ( Learn More )

General Information
$52,000.00 /Year
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At least 1 year(s)
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Job Description

Opportunity Alert: Cost Analyst

Location: South Carolina 

The Chatham Group, a dynamic talent acquisition firm focused on supporting science and technology based industries, is the exclusive recruiting partner with a leading global manufacturer of specialty chemicals for a Cost Analyst position located near Charleston, SC.

Building upon over a century of success in creating high performance additives for demanding applications, exciting innovations at our client company continue and accelerate product development.  Through market driven innovative product offerings, the client company serves customers and achieves bold growth. The performance chemicals created are used in applications within adhesives, biofuels, lubricants, coatings, inks, soaps & detergents, mining, textiles, and agrichemicals.

Our client company recognizes that people are the foundation of all success and is consistently recognized as one of the best places to work.  The client is engaged in heavy investments in global operations, supply chain, and commercial & technical talent.  Having the right individuals in place is essential to making the collaborative corporate vision a reality. Our client is committed to their strongest competitive advantage: their people. 

The ideal candidate for the Cost Analyst will have experience working with a manufacturing plant environment and be comfortable talking with people from all levels and functions. There is a lot of process oriented tactical work in this role such as: recording and maintaining inventory and ensuring the spend is accurately recorded. Someone who likes to improve processes, enjoys investigating, and is eager to learn will do well. In addition, the work environment is causal, and the people are down-to-earth. If you have a good sense of humor, are approachable, and like to share information this may be a great next step for you.  Long term future advancement to other positions in the company are possible,

Primary Objectives: 

  • Perform daily standard cost calculations for our domestic production facilities, working directly with plant teams to ensure integrity of BOMs and recipes.
  • Take charge of product line, inventory and account analysis, including process order reconciliation, actual costing and usage variances for key product groups. 
  • Work with Operations team to analyze and define monthly financial forecasting, creating models to forecast trends and manage key variables, like energy consumption.
  • Execute month-end closing processes to include SAP process order reconciliation, inventory reconciliation, analysis of variance accounts, and distribution of the month end reporting package.
  • Support our business’ annual budgeting process and annual standard cost rollover. 
  • Within 6 months, gain a strong understanding of SAP & production processes to establish yourself as a go-to person in the plant for financial questions & needs.  This expertise won't come from sitting behind your desk- you'll need to get out in the plant, form relationships with your colleagues, and learn all you can.  Your understanding of the plant should be high enough that you are able to give guests a high level plant tour.
  • Constantly look for opportunities for improvement in financial practices and devise & implement solutions to make these processes better.  Some of our current challenges are among inventory, consistent SAP usage across the plant, and manual requirements.  This will require a high degree of initiative, an entrepreneurial mindset, and the ability to quickly assess a process to determine areas for improvement.
  • Support special financial analysis projects, assisting with approval for expenditure requests and other special initiatives such as capital projects, Operational Excellence, cost reviews, and Six Sigma analyses.
  • Requirements: Skills/Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in Finance or Accounting/Finance.
  • A minimum of 3 – 5 years in financial analysis experience, including financial reporting and analysis, preferably in a manufacturing environment with standard costing experience.
  • Work experience with a large company ERP.
  • Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to quickly learn new programs and systems.
  • Strong drive to analyze and deliver opportunities for improvement within business financial management systems.
  • Exceptional ability to work well with all levels of employees.
  • What will put you Ahead:

  • Work experience with SAP
  • Prior experience supporting a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to interpret engineering jargon and translate that into accounting, forecast, and budgeting terms.
  • Salary, incentives, and benefits commensurate with experience. Equal opportunity employer. Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test. Contact: Caroline Sangal, PhD Chemical Industry Recruiter 50101 Governors Drive, Suite 260 Chapel Hill, NC 27517 Tel 984-528-8015 [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]  
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