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Cost Accountant

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Cost Accountant
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Our downtown Chicago client is looking to add a Cost Accountant to their team.  This position reports to the Vice President of Finance and is a great opportunity to learn and contribute to the development of one of the largest and fastest growing privately owned providers of high-quality managed services in the United States.  The Cost Accountant will oversee the financial accounting, cost allocation, budgeting, forecasting, and variance job cost analysis for the Midwest region of the organization and will work closely with the operations in each of the markets with regards to pricing, cost, variances and related activities. The role will also perform the day to day activities and analysis that support the financial close and reporting process related to job costing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the month end close process for the Midwest region
  • Ensure customer billings and expenditure are accurately recorded in the accounting records and posted to the correct general ledger accounts ensuring the variances generated are a true reflection of current financial position
  • Prepare and review monthly closing entries
  • Prepare job & branch cost variance analysis against budget and latest operational forecasts
  • Prepare MD&A (management discussion and analysis) of monthly branch P&L performance and provide insights on action items to be taken to improve profitability
  • Ensure union costs and vacation accruals are properly recorded and reported
  • Work with the branch offices to ensure that the latest operational forecasts are accurate to ensure that variances are mitigated
  • Work closely with operational management teams with annual budget process including capital budgets
  • Assist the sales/marketing team with RFP’s and pricing sheets
  • Maintain the integrity of the internal control environment around month end process

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or finance required
  • 5+ years of experience in operations/cost accounting
  • Active CPA/CMA license or on track to become a CPA/CMA
  • Advanced analytical skills
  • Strong organizational skills, and attention to detail required
  • Advanced software skills (Excel and Database Management)

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