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Senior Cost Accountant


Decatur, GA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Accounting/Finance
  • Industry: Big Data & Infrastructure
  • Post Date: 06/11/2024
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  • Company Address: 250 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite 700, Decatur, Ga 30030, US

About Utility

Utility, Inc. provides law enforcement officers, first responders and other front-line professionals with an intuitive platform for effectively capturing, managing and releasing video evidence.

Job Description

Job Overview

The Senior Cost Accountant will oversee all aspects of cost accounting, including job costing. The Senior Cost Accountant will collect and analyze complex financial information related to the organization's cost expenses, seeking ways to improve the accuracy of actuals, budgets, and forecasts and decrease the cost of departments and projects.

The Senior Cost Accountant's responsibilities include reconciling account balances, maintaining the general ledger, and preparing month-end close procedures. A successful Senior Cost Accountant combines solid analytical skills with a thorough knowledge of accounting principles to analyze financial reports and forecasts. This role requires close collaboration with Operations (e.g., project managers, shipping/receiving departments). Senior Cost Accountant duties also include ensuring the accuracy and effectiveness of our accounting processes and controls.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Analyze expenses and cost transactions; ensure that transactions are recorded accurately and assigned to the appropriate projects and departments
  • Collaborate with the senior revenue accountant to ensure that the COGS expense aligns with revenue recognition at the project level.
  • Develop and maintain cost accounting systems, policies, and procedures
  • Analyze and interpret financial data related to cost accounting
  • Conduct job costing analysis to ensure profitability and identify areas for improvement
  • Post monthly Warranty Expense journal entry
  • Analyze & Monitor the Warranty Expense Account
  • Provide financial insights and recommendations to senior management
  • Provides detailed financial analysis and reports of expenses, including breakdowns of project costs, forecasts of remaining payments, and opportunities to increase efficiency.
  • Monitor inventory levels and reconcile inventory discrepancies
  • Assist with quarterly inventory audits
  • Assist with budgeting and forecasting processes
  • Ensure compliance with GAAP and other regulatory requirements
  • Monitoring Purchase Orders and preparing/maintaining monthly reconciliations of Inventory Received Not Billed
  • Prepares periodic cost reconciliation reports, tracking data such as changing labor and supply costs.
  • Work closely with procurement and production to gather cost-related data and insights.
  • Assist Controller with period-end close procedures, including performing COGS account reconciliations and recording various top-side journal entries, preparing multiple financial analyses, and assisting senior management with generating ad-hoc reports and analyses used to evaluate departmental KPIs and plans/forecasts
  • Assist Controller with external audit requests.
  • Maintain the COGS fixed assets sub-ledger, including monitoring the CoCompany's progress for asset additions, disposals, and transfers and performing related month-end close activities.
  • Collaborate with our Operations and Sales teams to maximize the effectiveness of NetSuite ERP through process changes and ad-hoc reporting, and support our business leaders through further expansion of our accounting IT environment.
  • Assist with special projects as assigned.
  • Train and mentor junior accounting staff


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)


  • A bachelor's or higher degree in Business Administration or Financial Accounting is required. M Master'sgree preferred
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation, or ability to qualify, preferred
  • Minimum three years of accounting and analysis experience, preferably in a manufacturing or production environment
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Thorough understanding of Cost Accounting principles and procedures
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required for frequent interaction with financial and non-financial management
  • Superb attention to detail, strong planning and organization skills, and the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and deliver in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Self-starter with a business focus and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Must have intermediate MS Excel skills (ability to create basic PivotTables) and manipulate large data sets (VLOOKUP and INDEX-MATCH).
  • Experience with ERP (Oracle NetSuite, JD Edwards, etc.) experience is required.
  • Ability to work autonomously and prioritize tasks effectively
  • Must be able to work well with teams in the organization that affect cost expenses
  • Customer-service-centric with a concern for quality and deadlines
  • Bring a fresh viewpoint to help identify ways to improve the processes and efficiency during a phase of rapid growth and technology change