Manufacturing Cost Accountant - Remote

Wilbur-Ellis Company

Fresno, California

Date Posted February 28, 2023
Industry Internal Audit
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Not Specified
Salary Not Specified


Do you have 3 + years of cost and/or general ledger accounting with a manufacturing company? Are you someone with strong analytical skills and strong attention to detail? Do you have experience with large spreadsheets, using Excel functions such as pivot tables, look-ups, and graphing? If this sounds like you, Apply with us Today!

For over a century, Wilbur-Ellis has experienced success and growth in marketing and distributing agricultural products and services. Join us and grow your career with a strong and profitable industry leader offering competitive compensation, tremendous growth and development opportunities, and a people-first work environment. Come grow with us!

General Purpose and Scope of Position:

The Manufacturing Cost Accountant is responsible for maintaining a thorough understanding of Wilbur-Ellis's business processes to ensure that the cost system functionality and performance meet current and future business requirements. This individual will work with the manufacturing team to maintain cost standards and with retail branches to verify that weighted average costs are handled correctly. The Manufacturing Cost Accountant at Wilbur-Ellis is an essential link between operations and accounting. To succeed in this role, the individual must be detailed and customer service oriented.

Key Skills and Abilities Include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • 3+ years of Cost and/or General Ledger Accounting experience
  • In-depth knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and practices
  • Strong analytical skills, problem-solving, and the ability to handle multiple responsibilities effectively
  • Strong business acumen skills to understand the business and its impacts on the financials
  • Comfortable with large spreadsheets and Excel functions such as pivot tables, look-ups, and graphing
  • Solid experience using ERP and Financial Analytic systems; JD Edwards experience is a plus
  • Experience with business intelligence systems

Key Personal Attributes Include:

  • Highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to document and explain accounting processes
  • Ability to identify the root cause of issues and work with appropriate personnel to see through the corrective action(s)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Monthly review of period costs and absorption, analyze the PPV/MFG variances, with actual costs vs standard costs. Help determine policy and procedures and perform cost adjustments when needed
  • Provide cost center variance reporting and analysis
  • Set the Yearly Standard Costs at the Manufacturing Plants including JDE run times and work center rates
  • Set up new products, update raw material costs, and set up BOMs for blended products.
  • Analyze inventory and COGS to ensure compliance with company policies and GAAP.
  • Collect and analyze data to validate standard costs of manufactured products
  • Prepare cost analysis for material, labor, and overhead variances, and update JDE where necessary
  • Analyze third-party commission contracts to ensure monthly estimates are accurate and timely
  • Assist with the preparation and monthly monitoring of annual operating budgets
  • Reconcile inventory balances to the GL to ensure accuracy and data integrity
  • Work closely with Operations, Purchasing, and Accounts Payable to resolve variances
  • Working with the manufacturing team, perform initial cost estimates for new product formulas (ad hoc costing analysis and COGS)
  • Participate in month-end closing activities (including preparation of journal entries, reconciliations, and account analysis)
  • Prepare material usage reports
  • Prepare audit schedules and provide support for the financial audit
  • Communicate problem areas for training
  • Document accounting processes and procedures
  • Some travel may be required – up to 10 days per year
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Compensation and Benefits:

  • In compliance with all states and cities requiring transparency of pay, the base compensation for this position ranges from $54, 400 - $72,530. Note that salary may vary based on location, skills, and experience. This position is eligible for vacation, holidays, health, dental, vision, mental health, retirement plans, and other benefits.

If you are currently a Wilbur-Ellis employee, please notify your Manager prior to applying for this position. Thank you!


Wilbur-Ellis is a company you can be proud to call your employer

Wilbur-Ellis markets and distributes agricultural products, animal feed, specialty chemicals, and food ingredients. A privately held and consistently profitable company, we employ more than 4,000 people throughout North America and Asia-Pacific.

Wilbur-Ellis is for and about people

Wilbur-Ellis has enjoyed over 100 years of success and growth, all thanks to our people. Our employees are both leaders and team players who thrive on creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a dedication to quality work, our customers, and each other.

Wilbur-Ellis invests in the industry’s best workforce

Wilbur-Ellis invests heavily in our employees by offering skill development and training, competitive compensation and benefits, and a tradition of promoting from within for a broad range of career opportunities. And we foster a supportive, people-first work environment.

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