Cost Accountant

Date: Mar 2, 2023

Location: Milwaukie, OR, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Warn Automotive, part of Vehicle Service Group is a world leader in driveline disconnect technology. Our heritage comes from making WWII surplus Jeeps easier to drive on the road with the first unlocking hubs. We continue today by making disconnects for cars, trucks, and SUVs around the world. These trusted technologies come from years of innovation and listening to our customer's needs. We have a bright future ahead so come join our growing team at Warn Automotive.

Position Summary: 

This role provides high level support to internal controls, compliance and financial planning functions.  Provides support to key operational areas of manufacturing and distribution.  Provides financial direction in particular areas of inventory, distribution, cost accounting, and financial systems.  Performs complex duties requiring advanced professional experience, knowledge and competency in product costing and cost reporting that go beyond the traditional accounting functions.  Manages and maintains the cost accounting reporting systems.  Responsible for all cost of goods sold and inventory reporting issues.  Acts as a consultant to teams, leaders and other member of the Finance Team. 



Essential Functions: 

  • Prepares key operational reports with analysis of key metrics.  Present findings and make recommendations to Senior Leadership to meet key metrics. 

  • Responsible for maintaining the ERP product costing system and related business intelligence tools. 

  • Responsible for coordinating the allocation of labor, overhead, and material costs to raw, work in process and finished goods. 

  • Assists with the cost of goods sold budget preparation, review, analysis and implementation. 

  • Responsible for timely and accurate period-end closing, variance analysis and operational reporting. 

  • Assists in or provides leadership as needed in cost estimating projects for new products including volume based, variable margin costing analysis. 

  • Leads the annual physical inventory audit.  Prepare schedules as needed for the annual financial audit. 

  • Responsible for product standard and routing updates, inventory valuations, re-costing and reserves. 

  • Calculate, analyze, account for, and report monthly cost variances for direct materials, direct labor, indirect labor and manufacturing overhead. 

  • Responsible for updating product costing policy and procedures to professional standards. 

  • Oversees the management and variance analysis of the cycle counting program. 

  • Coordinate review of work orders and follow-up on major variances. 

  • Maintain accuracy of G/L account reconciliations for inventory and other accounts, as assigned. 

  • Accountable for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance in assigned area.  Responsible for design and operating effectiveness of internal controls, including a self-assessment and report to management. 

  • Ensure that the cost implications of the Engineering Change Notice (ECN) process are reviewed for accuracy/reasonableness and in line with generally accepted accounting principles. 

  • Set directives and initiatives for key members of the company to ensure inventory accuracy goals are met and the proper inventory levels are maintained (includes obsolete/overstock, cycle counts, forecasting, etc.). 

  • Provide support for Controller functions when necessary. 

  • Exercise considerable discretion and independent judgement and handles confidential information. 

  • Responsible for participating in continuous improvement activities for improved operations of the Finance Team and Manufacturing Teams.  Be a key player in helping the manufacturing teams increase inventory turns, improve gross margin and improve inventory accuracy.  

  • Problem-solves individually or as a part of a group as duties require.  May lead such problem-solving activities. 

  • Accountable for developing and monitoring processes and practices necessary for legal and ethical compliance in assigned area. 

  • Responsible for prompt and regular attendance as scheduled. 

  • Performs other various duties as may be assigned.  


Required Education and/or Experience: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or related field. 

  • One or more year’s cost accounting experience in a fast-paced professional manufacturing organization. 

  • Successfully demonstrated experience in Cost Accountant function with a $100-$500 million manufacturing company. 

  • Experience with a fully integrated financial reporting system is essential. 

  • Experience making process improvements utilizing current technology. 


Required Qualifications, Skill and Abilities: 

  • Strong accounting background with expertise in GAAP financial reporting.  Strong Microsoft Office and Internet skills.  Access/VBA/SQL database reporting skills preferred.  Working knowledge of Word and advanced Excel skills are required. 

  • Strong oral and written communication skills commensurate with the job tasks and position necessary to communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external customers while providing exceptional quality of work and outstanding customer service. Ability to present information in a manner designed to educate or inform other team members and customers in one-on-one or group interactions as directed. 

  • Ability to create, review, comprehend, interpret, process and evaluate effectively documents written at the highest levels in English, in conjunction with the performance of the essential functions and other assigned job duties.  Must have mathematical skills equivalent to those required under education and/or experience.   

  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills including ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced work environment while maintaining a calm, rational and respectful demeanor and communication style in times of stress occasioned by work demands, tight timelines, high expectations, unexpected financial issues, and other work-related issues or concerns that may cause a heightened level of anxiety, frustration, anger, disappointment, confusion, etc. 

  • Enthusiastic adoption and consistent demonstration of Warn Automotives’ Core Values:  Collaborative Entrepreneurial Spirit, Winning Through Customer Focused Innovation, Respects & Values People, Expectations for Results, High Ethical Standards, Openness and Trust. 

  • Strong technical, trouble-shooting, problem solving, research, organizational and analytical skills for process definition, root cause analysis, combined with the ability to prioritize tasks and establish and meet deadlines.  Ability to multitask is also essential while remaining flexible with changing priorities and deadlines.   

  • Well-reasoned decision making with a high attention to detail regarding organization, planning, work flow, and project prioritization to ensure tasks are completed efficiently and accurately.  

  • Highly ethical, self-motivated individual with ability to work independently and/or with limited direction, as well as cooperatively in a team environment, while consistently demonstrating collaborative, respectful and productive work habits.  


Physical Requirements: 

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Receive, understand, evaluate and appropriately respond to communications from employees, members of management, customers, vendors, and visitors using available technology, in person and in a public setting when necessary. 

  • Work for extended periods of time in a stationary position daily while operating a computer and other tools and equipment in conjunction with completing required job tasks.   

  • Maintain professional and respectful communication style to ensure reactions and responses to both emergency and non-emergency situations serve as an example to others of appropriate workplace communications. 

  • Provide intellectually sound and well-reasoned answers, recommendations and solutions to identified business problems, issues and/or questions.  Efficiently and quickly analyze, process, manipulate, and accurately record extensive amounts of data (most of which is technical in nature) and other information that serves as the basis for this position. 

  • Move to, from and within the designated work area frequently and consistently throughout the work day and regularly throughout our building and/or across Warn Automotive-related property site locations, possibly during inclement weather. 

  • Use a personal computer or other technology devices frequently and consistently for the purpose of reviewing, analyzing, creating, transmitting, and presenting documents, data and other business-related information. 

  • Lift, transport and/or move up to 20 pounds of weight occasionally in the performance of regular duties.  Occasional bending, stooping, walking up and down stairs, and kneeling may be required. 


Environment/Atmospheric Conditions: 

The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  This position’s job duties are performed generally in an office environment with traditional office lighting and office furniture, as well as consistent and frequent noise, interruptions and other similar distractions.  It may be necessary for a team member in this position to enter a shop environment where they may be exposed to loud noises from operating machinery, cold temperatures, and chemicals and vapors.   


Machines, Tools Equipment, Software: 

Personal computer, network environment, fax machine, copy machine, other office equipment, finance-specific software as outlined in the position Requirements.   


The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties that may be required for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this or similar positions and additional duties may be assigned. 



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

This position may be located in: Americas : United States : Oregon : Milwaukie || Americas : United States : Oregon : Clackamas || Americas : United States : Oregon : Portland

Sub Division : VSG Warn Automotive

Job Requisition ID : 47419

Job Segment: Accounting, Business Intelligence, Engineer, ERP, Finance, Technology, Research, Engineering