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Accountant, Cost

Company: Howell Munitions & Technology
Location: Lewiston
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary

Provides detailed cost information not supplied by general accounting systems, applying principles of cost accounting. Plans study and gathers data to determine costs of business activity, such as raw material purchases, inventory, and labor. Analyzes data obtained and documents results.

Plans and conducts comprehensive studies to improve the operational and financial effectiveness of the unit. Performs statistical, cost and financial analysis of financial reports and data, and prepares subsequent narrative analysis for management. Plans and conducts in-depth studies to determine cost of business activities. Recommends budget adjustments and other cost improvement measures. Analyses financial data, and extracts and clarifies relevant information. Interprets data to determine past financial performance and/or to project financial probability. Reviews costs and performs cost/benefit analysis related to projects and/or programs. Develops financial reports to determine forecasts, trends and results analysis. Records, classifies and summarizes financial transactions and events in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Interprets financial transactions and events for economic or business decision-makers.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Key financial creator to support Operations in primarily in Lewiston Idaho location.
  • Lead the preparation of annual plan and forecast data including material, labor, burden variances and total Operations expenses.
  • Provides key financial insight to Manufacturing (Ops, Production Engineering, and Quality) in a timely manner.
  • Leads financial analysis of monthly spending trends to ensure return on investment goals are achieved. Works extensively with key leadership on maximize organizational objectives.
  • Provides key analysis on weekly and monthly performance metrics.
  • Works with Operations leadership team to develop financial targets including key milestone and performance metrics.
  • Supports Finance and Operation senior leadership functions with any special analysis or projects.
  • Provide valuable input to the Operations functions to assist in achieving the organizations objectives.
  • Leads all manufacturing cost accounting activities including cost estimates, and inventory valuation (raw material, work in process, and finished goods).
  • Implements accounting disciplines necessary to assure accurate standard costs.
  • Provides cost estimates based on current costs in support of pricing decisions.
  • Analyzes manufacturing variances and provides explanations of variances.
  • Leads the annual standard cost revision including material, labor, and overhead costs for the Manufacturing Departments.
  • Directs the analysis of standards during development to assure accuracy.
  • Coordinates preparation of budgets to assure accurate overhead costs and direct labor.
  • Responsible for inventory control, coordination of cycle count program, and monthly general ledger closings for Operations accounts.


  • Experience & Education:
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in finance/accounting supporting a manufacturing organization. Experience working with engineering and manufacturing personnel on development and analysis of cost standards.
  • Technical knowledge of finance, systems, and accounting with requisite analytical and communication skills.
  • Must have a strong Cost systems background and have excellent analytical skills; sound understanding of accounting principles.
  • Experienced in cost accounting and financial planning and analysis.
  • Established informal leadership (i.e., leading others while not being "the boss") and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to train, organize, and develop less experienced coworkers.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead process improvement; effective in supporting cross functional teams.
  • Experience with ERP solutions and report writers.
  • PC, ERP and multi-dimensional database experience preferred.
  • Excellent math skills. Knowledge of statistical models and programs. Experience with ADP or other similar payroll systems.
  • Strong Excel skills and the ability to use Outlook and Word.
  • Ability to accurately prepare daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports
  • Responsibility: Providing timely and accurate accounting documents
  • Complexity of duties: The processing and analyzing of accounting information.
  • Supervision received: Direct oversight by the Controller.
  • Supervision exercised: Provide direction to co-workers, and may provide supervision of subordinates if applicable.
  • Working conditions: Usual office working conditions with the occasional exposure to shop elements such as noise, dust, fumes and odors.
  • Mental and physical demands: Regularly required to sit or stand, and move about the facility. Required to be able to read documents and computer screens.
  • Confidential data: Working with sensitive accounting information.
  • Travel requirements: Some travel between facilities to analyze work processes unique to each business.
  • Physical demands - Must be able to sit for long periods, some periods of standing, walking, lifting file boxes, speaking, listening, motor coordination skills, and good eyesight for reading documents and data entry. Additional and more specific physical requirements:
  • HMT is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: Howell Munitions & Technology, Coeur d'Alene , Accountant, Cost, Other , Lewiston, Idaho

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