Job Purpose This position is responsible for estimating production costs, cost saving methods and the effects of product and process design changes on standard cost. Establishes standards in SAP by creating the BOM and Labor Routings rolling these into standard cost and releasing SKU’s into SAP. Maintains and improves the cost estimating system for the Albion plant. The incumbent’s primary function is to analyze and interpret operating information in order to assist in monitoring and implementing plant goals and objectives. Approximately 30-40% of the incumbent’s work is comprised of special projects. The average number of concurrent projects is four to five. Projects are normally assigned by the Controller, although the Senior Cost Accountant is expected to recommend and undertake self-initiated project work when he/she discovers an area meriting such attention. Direction may also come from the sales department when new SKU’s are required for production and trials. A typical project would be the design, implementation and maintenance of a new or improved management information system. The incumbent investigates current and foreseen needs, identifies sources and methods currently used to retrieve the information, develops a methodology to use in the new system and designs the overall system. Upon approval of the system, the incumbent may program the automated portions, or arrange to have them programmed, debug the system, write the documentation and train one or more staff accountants in its use. Examples of such projects in which the above steps would be followed are in analysis of particular facets of the plant’s financial structure, such as inventories, financial statements, accounts receivable and new facility justification. If required by the end result of the project, the incumbent may be requested to include a recommended path of action. The incumbent may also become involved in the LIFO (last-in, first-out) inventory reporting process. The Senior Cost Accountant operates from broad instruction and is expected to work with a minimum of supervision or direction. The incumbent normally researches a particular problem, seeks out personnel having relevant information, formulates a solution, recommends and defends the solution to his/her Controller and directs the implementation of accepted recommendations. There is some contact between incumbent and the Plant Controller regarding progress and assistance in dealing with third parties. This position will be responsible estimating production costs, cost saving methods and the effects of product / process design changes on expenditures for management review, action and control. This position also sets up new SKUs for plant production, trials and samples. The Senior Cost Accountant reports to the Plant Controller. There are no subordinate positions reporting to the incumbent. However, while working on a specific project, it is possible that the Staff Accountant, Product Engineers and Quality Engineers would be assigned to assist the incumbent in collecting data or entering it into the computer system.
Provide assistance to the Plant Controller, as well as plant personnel by communicating requested and routine financial or accounting information relative to plant/department performance of a specific nature. Principle End Results: · Provide assistance to the Plant Controller, as well as plant personnel by communicating requested and routine financial or accounting information relative to plant/department performance of a specific nature. · Estimate production costs, cost saving methods and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action and control. Develop labor utilization standards and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization. · Provide financial data, analysis, and perspective to the cost of manufacturing targets. Complete month end reporting for M2 produced, raw materials consumed, scrap and inventory adjustment expenses, YTD settlement review and YTD inventory adjustment review. Using data from these reports, make recommendations and work with engineering to correct BOMs/routings to accurately reflect the use of materials and machine time. Provide inventory oversight to Production areas through daily review of floor inventory, coordination of monthly cycle counts, and investigate/correct negative inventory issues. o Apply statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes and production standards. Complete a variety of projects relating to financial/inventory analysis. · Estimate production costs, cost saving methods and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action and control. Develop labor utilization standards and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization. · Provide leadership and guidance on plant activities by participating on the management steering committee. Actively participate on the Industrial Efficiency WCM pillar, develop annual cost analysis and loss deployment for use in budgeting and WCM projects. Obtain a WCM green belt and actively run a minimum of 2 major Kaizen projects each year, as well as provide coaching and guidance to other team leaders, project leaders, and plant management. Work with production management to train/maintain new project procedures and monitor completed projects for cost savings. Work closely with WCM Manager to accurately track and report project cost savings monthly. · Ensure that extensive documentation systems are developed and maintained for each new procedure or information system that is implemented or modified. · Review specifications for newly created products, trials and samples, for accuracy in compliance with established standards. Prepare and participate in annual physical inventory. Responsible for compiling all floor inventory detail. · Research and resolve questions, working closely with engineering and production staff. · Prepare calculations; enter data into SAP. Final review and approval of QT9 specs. Review, recalculate and adjust all BOM and Routing data for engineering changes · Manage the document control system “QT9”, as well as login details for all plant personnel and troubleshoot problems. Create, edit and manage specification sheets, work instructions and forms by working closely with Engineering and Production. Ensure their accuracy and compliance with the standard costs. Perform full review of all product specifications upon issuance of engineering changes as needed. · Create and review cost estimate, release costs for new or re-used SKUs, cost and release SKUs extended to other Saint-Gobain plants, create additive costs for SKUs extended from other plants. · Create new SKU’s for costing, production, and trials in SAP.
Background and Skills BS or BA degree in Finance or related subjects is desired. Work experience of 3-5 years in Accounting, and/or Finance in a manufacturing environment is desired. Varied experience in financial, operations, systems (SAP), and cost management, as well as experience at a professional level is very desirable. Environmental, Health & Safety Responsibilities: Comply with, and when possible, exceed applicable Saint-Gobain Environmental, Health and Safety regulations, federal and local environmental regulations through the implementation of our Health & Safety plans and Pollution Prevention: • Comply with the law and apply the best industry practices continuously. • Work respectfully and cooperate with all employees, contractors, vendors and customers. • Work as a team to identify risks and solutions which will eliminate those risks. • Establish measurable priorities and standards for all involved in this process. • Implement proven methods found at other sites to help achieve our objectives. • Continuous improvement actions to reduce emissions and prevent potential pollution. • Annual review of actions and methods in order to drive continuous improvement. General Working Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit and use hands to finger, handle or feel. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The noise level may increase in certain areas on the Company locations. This information outlines the functions and position requirements of this job. It does not identify all tasks that may be expected, nor address the performance standards that must be maintained. At any time, employees may be required to perform any other duties within this or a lower-level job upon the request of the supervisor. On occasion, employees may also be required to perform higher-level duties.
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