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Sr. Cost Accounting Manager

Date: Jul 18, 2019

Location: Mission Viejo, CA, US

Company: James Hardie





The Sr. Cost Accounting Manager role will oversee the North America Cost Accounting Team (currently 3 direct reports). This role will work heavily with Operations, Plant Manufacturing, Finance, and General Ledger Accounting. The role will report up to the North America Controller.

The position will be responsible for the overall cost accounting structure for the North American fiber cement business. The position will help lead and drive consistency, efficiencies & standardization across the network plants. This position will also be responsible for ensuring cost methodologies are being followed appropriately and the Cost Team is providing in-depth analysis through collecting, analyzing plant related company costs.

Success in this role will be determined by the ability to lead a team and transform the department’s processes and systems that can aggregate, interpret and disseminate accurate information to costing as well as key components of operational functions in a timely and cost effective manner. Further, the person in the role needs to be able to analyze historical trends and cost methodologies to identify, communicate and help implement data driven recommendations to improve business performance. The Sr. Cost Accounting Manager should use analytical and abstract reasoning skills to synthesize complex and detailed data and information into meaningful insights.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration (MBA/CMA preferred).
  • High level of GAAP knowledge, core concepts
  • 15+ years of applicable costing and analytical experience
  • SAP systems software
  • Strong leadership and process oriented
  • Strong inventory costing background
  • Ability to connect the bigger picture to day to day operations of the organization.
  • Proven ability to synthesize complex and detailed data into meaningful insights.
  • Strong understanding of using a standard costing system
  • Advanced Excel skills



Position Responsibilities

Leadership   (50%)

  • Directs the functions and the preparation of reports, analyses, etc.
  • Overseeing a team of two to three employees
  • Stays abreast of Corporate and regulatory changes and ensures continual compliance
  • Works with the accounting and finance senior management team to plan, design and implement and communicate a full range of accounting/finance policies and activities that affect financial plant results
  • Drives standardization across the manufacturing network as it pertains to financial data inputs, recording and calculations  
  • Works heavily with the NA Manufacturing Controller/NA Controller to ensure proper application of cost accounting principles and procedures network wide.
  • Ensures SOX controls are operating effectively at each quarter-end
  • Oversees projects within the department that will drive automation and standardization
  • Providing effective leadership to direct reports to improve their performance and directing their career development;
  • Assists with the development and onboarding process as it pertains to incoming plant accountants at the 9 plant locations network wide (Hardie costing policies/procedures and associated systems)


Support month-end closing and ad-hoc reporting and analysis to drive the business: (35%)

  • Assist plants in bridging periods, identifying inconsistencies, errors, inefficiencies
  • Support leadership with analysis and modelling as needed to support target achievements.
  • Reviews plant financials and trends to explain variances to ensure consistency with costing methodologies adopted as well as regulatory compliance
  • Reviews cost allocations to ensure adherence to company policy and procedures
  • Proactively partner with the GL group to help bridge the COGM to COGS results.
  • Assist with digging into cost variances to ensure business meets cost objectives.
  • Partners with Finance Teams to help ensure forecasting models are accurate and aligns with actuals methodologies
  • Ensures controls surrounding SQL and SAP are operating effectively each month-end


Develops and reviews cost models for business analysis: (15%)

  • Database and cost table SME
  • Annual Std Setting and Inventory Capitalization Model
  • BOM’s and routings
  • Develop and analyze cost models, such as:
    • Product Deep Dives
    • Specific Plant Deep Dives
    • Network Efficiency Deep Dives



James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

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