Cost Accountant Job Description

Cost Accountant Job Description

September 10th, 2018

Cost Accountants help businesses by overseeing and analyzing cost expenditures and purchases within the organization. They review services and goods, record data and make recommendations about cost-efficient and financially feasible cost options.

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We are looking to hire a Cost Accountant with excellent organizational and analytical skills. Cost Accountants are expected to be detailed oriented, knowledgeable on statistics, have strong problem-solving skills, work comfortably under pressure and deliver on tight deadlines.

To ensure success, Cost Accountants should be confident, professional and meticulous with a keen interest in cost-efficient operations of the organization. Top candidates will have outstanding presentation and report-writing skills, with the ability to work on their own initiative and as part of a team.

Cost Accountant Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain the cost accounting system, documents and records of the organization.
  • Analyze and recommend costs and cost savings.
  • Prepare and complete internal cost audits.
  • Comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for financial statements.
  • Analyze the data collected and log a detailed record of the results.
  • Analyze any changes in goods or services provided in order to determine what effect it has on the cost.
  • Analyze manufacturing costs and prepare regular reports comparing standard costs to actual production costs.
  • Make estimates of new and proposed product costs.
  • Provide management with reports that specify and compare factors that affect prices and profitability of products or services.
  • Assist in audits and general ledger preparation.
  • Conduct physical inventories and monitor the cycle count program.

Cost Accountants Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or related field (essential).
  • International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) accreditation (essential).
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license (essential).
  • 2 years of Cost Accounting work experience (essential).
  • Sound understanding of Accounting principles.
  • Solid cost systems background.
  • Analytical thinker with strong conceptual and problem-solving skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail with superb organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent report-writing, communication and IT skills.

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