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A Cost Accountant is a senior position usually in a business that has things to cost out, that is mainly manufacturing but can also include other business sectors including, engineering, aerospace and the service industry in some cases. The cost accountant is generally a qualified accountant with the C.I.M.A. qualification

Below is a job description from a recent position that we have been working on. It shows an example only.

The Cost Accountant reports directly to the Financial Controller together with an operational reporting line to the Production Director, the main responsibilities being as follows:
 
Overview
Production of management information and accounts for the factory.
Provide support to the Financial Controller, Production Director, Site Manager and site management team.
 
Detail
Supervision of day to day activities of the factory accounting function.
Work closely with the Site manager and provide financial and commercial support and training.
Preparation of accurate weekly management accounts including sales, purchases, stocks, expenses and KPI’s
KPI’s – ensure accuracy, usefulness and understanding of all KPI’s – this will include working closely with factory management to help them understand and have positive impact on their performance.
Margin reconciliation – enhance reporting structure with margin information by product and variance
Calculation of daily factory yield, to include investigation work where required.
Ensure that financial controls are in place across the factory, which are in accordance to Group policy and actively adhered to. This to include accounting cut-off procedures.
Stock counting – oversee and validate weekly stock counts – to include pallets and trays.
Forecasting – preparation of weekly profit forecast and measure against subsequent performance
Budget –assist in preparation of budgets and measure against subsequent performance.
Weekly accounts – understanding movements and variances from previous week, forecasts and budgets.
Product costing – prepare and subsequently validate product costing for new products, product changes
Promotional evaluation – pre and post promotional evaluation with the sales team.
PIP ( Profit Improvement Plans ) – measure actual performance to target and work with management team to prepare an action plan to address any under performance.
PIP – assist in evaluating new PIP plans including implementation plans
Capital expenditure – preparation of CAPEX applications, validation of costs and benefits, manage subsequent spend, post implementation review.
Planning – work closely with the planning function to ensure that systems are comparable, stock levels, usage and yields.
GFS ( General Factory Stocks – packaging, ingredients, consumables etc ) – ensure there are sufficient controls and procedures in place to warrant that stocks and usages are accurate, security of assets is adequate together with variance reporting to standard costs.
Credit notes – check that all credit notes are relevant and accurate
Overriders – calculate for weekly accounts and ensure up to date for changes
Weekly to monthly accounts review – ensure that reconciliations are completed with any variances investigated and appropriate action taken.
Ensure adherence to the Company policy re purchase of goods and services-ie proper use of the Navision purchase ordering module.
 
Qualifications:
Technical:        
Comfortable working with multiple IT systems – MS Office, Navision, Hellenics.
Excellent Excel skills including pivot tables, graphs and data analysis.
Minimum part-qualified accountant inc QBE together with manufacturing experience.
Good report writing abilities.
Knowledge of database systems would be advantageous.
Personal:
Flexible, Team player, able to work with minimal supervision.
Comfortable working in both an office and factory environment
Able to explain financial information to non-financial colleagues.

Good organisational skills, able to plan personal workload and ensure that colleagues deliver to agreed timescales.