Cost Accountant - Entry Level

Peru, IL, US, 61354

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

 

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James Hardie Industries is the world’s #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions. We employ a diverse global workforce of approximately 4,800 employees across operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, and generated more than $2.9 billion in net sales during our 2021 financial year.  We believe that home is a sanctuary and a canvas for self-expression without compromise. As the trusted innovator and industry leader in the markets where we operate, James Hardie empowers homeowners and building professionals alike to achieve their dream home with premium, quality solutions that enable endless possibilities for design and aesthetics, while also delivering trusted protection and long-lasting beauty.

 

The Entry-Level Cost Accountant will be responsible for planning, analyzing, and communicating the profitability of the plant’s manufacturing operations through detailed reports of efficiencies related to the plant’s production and other key financial information for management review. The Entry-Level Cost Accountant is also responsible for coordinating and conducting cycle counts and annual physical counts within the plant, guiding the cost analysis process, and building and controlling the plant’s annual budget.

 

What You’ll Do:

  • Plan, analyze, and communicate the profitability of the plant’s manufacturing operations to produce informative, detailed reports outlining efficiencies, plant production, and key financial information for management review
  • Examine the plant’s production costs, gain/loss, and month-end closing data
  • Independently collect and analyze operational data
  • Complete monthly cost analysis of controllable expense accounts and material cost variance accounts.
  • Forecast, analyze and report the plant performance to leadership teams
  • Gain understanding, and explain and reconcile manufacturing financial variances for the plant
  • Prepare month-end close activities, including adjusting journal entries and accruals, closing production work orders, settling utility payments, and balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Identify resources and solutions to control or eliminate gaps to plan and/or plant performance goals
  • Participate in daily/weekly plant meetings to explain the results of analysis and identified solutions
  • Drive accounting processes within the plant to ensure accurate books and records and compliance to key control requirements including Sarbanes Oxley
  • Provide support and documentation for monthly SOX controls, interim SOX testing, and audits from both Internal and External auditors
  • Reconcile cycle counts and post adjustments approved by the Plant Controller
  • Coordinate data points and provide organized data to senior Cost Accountants or Controller for decision making process.
  • Assist in building and managing the annual budget for the plant
  • Participate in the annual update of Bill of Materials (BOMs) and Production Routings
  • Recognize problems and generate solutions/ideas 
  • Based on plant site size and complexity as well as need, the Cost Accountant I may also:

  • Enter daily production into spreadsheets and SAP
  • Identify and resolve any production entry discrepancies or issues
  • Enter or scan raw material receiving receipt information and preparing for entry into SAP
  • Enter raw material receiving data into SAP
  • Maintain movement of inventory through the quality process
  • Manage movement of damaged and obsolete inventory
  • Own oversight of MRB (Material Review Board) inventory including movements of all quality and non-quality product
  • Research and resolve purchasing invoice issues
  • Coordinate and conduct cycle counts and annual physical counts within the plant
  • Ensure that the cycle count is completed efficiently and accurately, and that all data has been entered properly
  • Ability to be tactical as well as see the bigger operational picture
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard and cost accounting methods
  • Ability to synthesize complex and detailed data and information into meaningful outtakes and decision base information
  • Ability to offer solid solutions based on collected, summarized, and analyzed data
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively take action to solve problems while exhibiting sound judgement
  • Knowledge of research methods and report preparation
  • Results-oriented to ensure delivery of appropriate products and services in accurate, complete, and timely fashion
  • Demonstrated moderate skills with the standard features MS Office and other proprietary software
  • Good interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to communicate cost and financial information across the business.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and think independently about alternative ways to solve problems based on analysis of data
  • Ability to challenge information and uncover robust facts and data which improve insights and the quality of the final decision
  • Desire and tenacity to grow within the organization with consideration of relocation to other manufacturing facilities for opportunities

 

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance preferred or working towards your current degree
  • Minimum of one year experience in an accounting or finance role required
  • Manufacturing experience preferred
  • CPA / CMA certification (or in process) a plus
  • Ability to be tactical as well as see the bigger operational picture
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard and cost accounting methods
  • Ability to synthesize complex and detailed data and information into meaningful outtakes and decision base information
  • Ability to offer solid solutions based on collected, summarized, and analyzed data
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively take action to solve problems while exhibiting sound judgement
  • Knowledge of research methods and report preparation
  • Results-oriented to ensure delivery of appropriate products and services in accurate, complete, and timely fashion
  • Demonstrated moderate skills with the standard features MS Office and other proprietary software
  • Good interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to communicate cost and financial information across the business.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and think independently about alternative ways to solve problems based on analysis of data
  • Ability to challenge information and uncover robust facts and data which improve insights and the quality of the final decision
  • Desire and tenacity to grow within the organization with consideration of relocation to other manufacturing facilities for opportunities

What You’ll Receive

  • At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees. 
  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more 


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Disclaimer

 

This job description provides general information about the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other essential functions expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all duties or responsibilities required of an incumbent. Nothing in this job descriptions restricts management’s right to modify these duties and responsibilities at any time. This job description does not constitute a contract of employment or modify your status as an at-will employee.

 

 

 



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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.


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