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Associate Cost Accountant

Date: Jun 9, 2017

Location: Summerville, SC, US

Company: James Hardie

James Hardie Associate Cost Accountant - Play an essential role in fueling James Hardie’s success


At James Hardie, our people and culture are what makes us America’s #1 Brand of Siding and Backerboard. Our people relentlessly search for smarter ideas; we are driven to be the best and driven to protect the dream we started over 30 years ago. We do this through innovation, commitment, and believing in sustainability. You can see it on over 5.5 million homes.


About the Position:

The Associate Cost Accountant spends the majority of their time performing analysis, problem solving, and generating new solutions/ideas. This position will be responsible for analyzing and communicating information to plant management as well as key teams across the corporation.  As a member of the Accounting team, the Intermediate Accountant reports to the Plant Controller.


Position Responsibilities:

Production Entry:  (40%)

  • Enter daily production including updating all applicable spreadsheets, entering data into SAP, and identifying and resolving any discrepancies or issues;
  • Maintain movement of inventory through the quality process;
  • Oversight of MRB inventory including movements of all quality and non-quality product
  • Manage movement of damaged and obsolete inventory;

 Purchasing:  (25%)

  • Researching and resolving invoice issues;
  • Assisting with vendor management including new vendor set-up and on-going maintenance;
  • Converting requisitions to purchase order; and
  • Assisting with ad hoc projects and support cost saving initiatives.

Raw Material Receiving:  (15%)

  • Collecting and segregating BOL tickets;
  • Entering or scanning receipt information and preparing for entry into SAP;
  • Enter data into SAP; and
  • Continually identifying, designing, and implementing receiving best practices and process improvements and explaining processes and techniques throughout the plant.

Cost Accountant Duties:  (10%)

  • Alternating through various task to gain experience which may include consignment processing, journal entry, report generation, month end close duties, etc.;

Projects:  (10%)

  • Continually identifying, designing, and implementing best practices and process improvements and explaining processes and techniques throughout the plant; and
  • Cross train across all plant financial roles and responsibilities.

The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Proven presentation skills with the ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Ability to challenge information and a passion to exhaustively uncover robust facts and data which improve insights and the quality of the final decision.
  • Proven ability to synthesize complex and detailed data and information into meaningful outtakes and decision base information.
  • Demonstrated expertise of research methods and report preparation.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively take action to solve problems while exhibiting sound judgment and successful stress tolerance.
  • Superior interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to communicate cost and financial information across the business.
  • Ability to be tactical as well as see the bigger operational picture.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems and think independently about alternative ways to solve problems based on analysis of data.
  • Ability to offer advanced solutions based on collected, summarized, and analyzed data.
  • Ability to apply creativity and latitude in identifying new projects, trends, and processes.
  • Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, pivot tables & V Lookups, and other financially-related and proprietary software).
  • Results-oriented to ensure delivery of appropriate products and services in an accurate, complete, and timely fashion.
  • The desire and tenacity to grow within the organization with the ability to relocate to other manufacturing facilities for advancement opportunities as appropriate.


About the company:

James Hardie is the global leader in fiber cement technology, and has been furthering our innovative, entrepreneurial legacy around the world for more than 125 years. We invented fiber cement siding products in the early 1980s as a durable, lower-maintenance alternative to wood and vinyl. Its products combine innovation and versatility to offer a variety of design possibilities, matched with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where the product is being used. Currently installed on more than 5.5 million homes in North America, James Hardie has earned a favorable reputation within the industry and has been selected for use in some of the country's most prestigious projects.


Innovation is vital to maintaining our product leadership position in the fiber-cement industry. Consequently, we invest heavily in research and development, with a special emphasis on product quality and production efficiency to develop durable and low maintenance siding products and Backerboard.


Today, James Hardie Inc. operates in markets around the world, with manufacturing operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. The businesses employs over 3,000 people who generate revenue of more than $1.73 billion a year.



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