Cost Accountant - Entry Level

Pulaski, VA, US, 24301

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.

Lay the foundation for your Finance/Accounting career at a high growth, global manufacturing company!


At James Hardie, you’ll learn the manufacturing plant finance & accounting function that is critical to our business and work with people who are Smart, Driven and Real! You'll have a voice in process improvement while learning what it’s like to be a true business partner! If building strong relationships while being a valued member of the finance/accounting team sounds like what you are looking for, this could be the perfect opportunity to launch your career across our network of facilities!


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
  • Understand, 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
  • And more!!

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Results-oriented to ensure delivery of appropriate products and services in accurate, complete, and timely fashion
  • Demonstrated moderate to advanced Excel skills
  • 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

Apply now and come “home” to Hardie!



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.

Nearest Major Market: Blacksburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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