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Accomplished finance professional with over 20 years experience working in manufacturing facilities; dedicated team player with high ethics, integrity, and accountability.
Senior Cost Accounting Manager, 10/2017 Current Forterra Irving, TX
  • Ensure integrity and accuracy of cost and quantities of inventory for all Forterra entities using Oracle ERP (approx $125M). This includes quarterly scrubs of material costs, monthly inventory reconciliations, review of adjustments and variances as well as reserve calculations to write down inventory to market value
  • In conjunction with Assistant Controller, established SOX controls relating to inventory and customer rebates. Worked with GMs and regional managers to create format and rhythm for each control
  • Support both internal and external auditors as needed. Internal controls are reviewed and updated in AuditBoard and requests are submitted timely. External audit requests are also completed and submitted timely, supported by backup files that are traceable and easy to replicate
  • Responsible for ensuring timely and accurate close for the inventory accounting team. As part of this process, continuously look for ways to shorten the close process, check accuracy and establish clear, consistent procedures
  • Work closely with the businesses and plants to establish open communication and support. This was later enhanced by the appointment of regional contacts within the cost accounting team. Team members regularly interact with their regions and have made trips to the plants to strengthen relationships and understanding from both sides
  • Responsible for mentoring and coaching 3-4 direct reports, providing feedback and instructions. End goal is to allow each person to grow in both knowledge and independence as well as encourage and empower them to develop and implement their own ideas
Plant Controller, 08/2016 10/2017 Cott Beverages Inc Ft. Worth, TX
  • Integral member of the plant management team providing guidance, accountability and controls
  • Worked with plant manager to develop KPI's and plant reporting tools that clearly communicate plant goals and provide a path to achieve them
  • Managed monthly close process to ensure all entries were entered accurately and timely, working with both the plant as well as corporate supporting functions. Books were closed in 2.5 days
  • Managed the processes for the annual operating plan, quarterly forecasts, and weekly outlook of financial results
  • Developed formal written controls and procedures for all onsite accounting activities
  • Worked with managers to create Fixed Asset Requests; provided financial analysis and calculations for payback and RONA
  • Maintained plant assets to ensure correctly valued; tracked items in CIP, capitalized when ready and dispositioned as needed. Performed annual fixed asset inventory
  • Managed and supported cost reduction efforts to achieve operating income goal. Worked with operations team to create solid action plans to achieve goals and mitigate unfavorable headwinds
  • Created internal template for financial outlooks that gave better visibility to upcoming expenses, allowed more control for total spend, and provided greater accuracy in reporting
  • Coordinated and executed physical inventories for finished goods, raw materials/ingredients, and maintenance spare parts crib
  • Created and maintained quarterly and monthly external alcohol reporting and taxes for 3 government agencies; maintained all permits, licenses, and bonds for the Ft. Worth facility
  • Led clean-up project to establish internal controls and accountability for purchase orders and open receipts (GRNI). Recognized and reduced plant liability by scrubbing all past due open PO lines and aged receipts, working with purchasing teams, corporate AP and external vendors. Worked aged receipts over 90 days old from $250K down to $6K
  • Responsible for mentoring and coaching 2 direct reports (Senior Financial Analyst and Inventory Controls Coordinator)
Plant Controller, 11/2012 08/2016 Stanley Black & Decker, Inc Dallas, TX
  • Key member of the plant management team; provided daily, weekly, and monthly reports and analysis to create visibility, enhance communication, and identify opportunities for efficiency improvement.
  • Managed the budget and forecast processes, working with internal plant teams and global business teams to ensure accuracy; worked in tandem with operations team to create action plans to ensure successful execution.
  • Created and implemented numerous financial transformation projects within the Dallas and Georgetown, Ohio facilities to standardize processes, reduce complexity, and automate transactions.  Took best practices from each facility and rolled to the other location so that both were on common, improved platforms.
  • Ensured all financial reporting and processes were in accordance with GAAP requirements as well as the company's internal financial policies, procedures and controls.
  • Updated or created formal written policies and procedures for all onsite financial activities.
  • Coordinated month end close process ensuring all journal entries were completed timely and accurately, all variances to the P&L and B/S were verified, and intercompany balances were reconciled.  Took the plant close process from 3 day cycle to 2 day cycle in 2014.
  • In 2015, moved transactional JE's and simple reconciliations to Global Shared Services to allow onsite finance team to concentrate on analysis rather than tasks.
  • Performed monthly review of local balance sheet reconciliations as well as semi-annual review with the business leadership and annual review with corporate leadership.  Dallas reconciliations were consistently given an "A" during reviews and are often shared with other sites for benchmarking.
  • Part of Dallas SAP implementation team (ERP and GL).  Key decision maker for the project working closely with plant and the business to ensure processes were in compliance while still meeting plant requirements.
  • Directly involved in Lean Six Sigma initiatives (Kaizens, Kanbans, KPI's, SMED, 5S).
  • Executed the majority of the Plant Controller responsibilities for Georgetown, OH facility through 2013 and trained the incoming controller.  In addition to covering routine activities and major projects, created multiple tools and reports to establish tighter controls and create more in-depth analysis.
  • Responsible for mentoring and coaching 2 direct reports (Senior Staff Accountant & Cost Accountant).
Accounting Manager, 05/2011 10/2012
  • In August 2012, took over the majority of the Plant Controller responsibilities for the Georgetown, OH facility.  In addition to covering routine activities, established a weekly review of unvouched receipts with AP and materials teams to clean up all balances over 90 days.
  • Responsible for all intercompany activity; reconciled purchases and payments from multiple SBD entities to and from Dallas including locations in Europe and Asia.  Partnered with accounting teams at these locations as well as corporate accounting and treasury to ensure payments were made and entities were in balance.
  • Managed Dallas Accounts Payable reconciliation of unvouched receipts (GRNI), working closely with Dallas purchasing group as well as corporate AP.  Helped manage issues resulting from the corporate AP transition to Indianapolis, working directly with vendors to clear problems.
  • Managed all local fixed asset activity.  CIP items were tracked by project and PO, and each reviewed monthly with project owners for capitalization updates.  Existing assets were observed for idle activity, and if needed marked for impairment and disposition.
  • Managed and directed Dallas physical inventory.  Worked closely with materials and production teams to prepare, precount, execute, and reconcile all items on hand.  The joint effort yielded a 25% reduction in time worked and results $76K favorable to plan.Created and analyzed portions of budget and budget presentation, forecasts, and weekly scorecard outlooks.
  • Managed the 2012 cost roll.  Worked closely with engineering and production teams to scrub over 800 BOMs and 800 Routers.  Worked in tandem with interim cost accountant to scrub material costs for accuracy, analyzing over 2000 items.  Ensured overhead costs were fully absorbed and put together reporting and analysis of the results.  Also created and executed the first Dallas cost roll in SAP.
Sr Cost Accountant, 01/2010 05/2011
  • Managed 2011 Cost Roll, the first with Dallas and Sabina, OH plants combined.  Worked closely with engineering and production teams to scrub over 1500 BOMs and Routers and purchasing team to scrub material costs.  Ensured overhead costs were fully absorbed and put together reporting and analysis of results.  Later worked with IT to automate mass cost changes for material so cost roll no longer had to be keyed manually (savings of 8-10 hours).
  • Created a dynamic labor model utilizing production demand data by work center along with department efficiencies to determine DL headcount needed in each department.  Model allowed instant scenario changes for days worked, efficiency goals, and production volumes so that multiple options could be viewed.  Data was updated weekly and reviewed with plant management to plan for production and labor resources.
  • Worked with plant controller to revamp and standardize Dallas E&O process.  Rather than assigning individual reserve percentages per SKU, formulas were created to generate a value based on set criteria.  Reserve values were then assigned from formulas, yielding greater consistency.  A quarterly rhythm was established for detailed scrubs of categories with review of action plans.  As a result, E&O inventory was reduced by 33% from the beginning of 2010 through May 2011.
  • Analyzed Work Order Variance continually throughout the month, working with material analysts and production planners to correct errors or track variances.  This was a key contributor to positive physical inventory results in 2010 ($115K favorable to plan).
  • Worked closely with productivity manager to report and review productivity projects and results.
  • Assisted with Sabina, OH plant closure activities and set-up and costing for over 1500 new part numbers in Dallas.
  • Worked with IT to create automated deletion of obsolete costs, and the materials group to obtain costs/quotes for new parts.
Sr Cost Accountant, 12/2007 01/2010 Motorola / Continental Automotive Seguin, TX
  • Part of implementation team for Seguin manufacturing and logistics conversion from Oracle to SAP; worked with developers to define, test, and implement all aspects of the cost accounting functions.
  • Created first cost roll in SAP, working closely with central purchasing, local purchasing, and product teams.  New cost roll created overhead rates that fully absorbed budgeted expenses (first time in Seguin).
  • Held quarterly meetings with purchasing, production, and product teams to review all E&O inventory.  Scrubbed inventory continually for rework, sale, or disposition opportunities.
  • Analyzed and reconciled all inventory and reserve accounts monthly.
Sr Manufacturing Financial Analyst, 02/2005 12/2007
  • Analyzed costs on product P&L's above the manufacturing margin.  Led monthly meetings with production, product management and business teams to review variances and create action times.
  • Created the annual budget, quarterly forecasts, and monthly outlooks for product P&L's and departments.
  • Part of team to launch a new business model for outsourced manufacturing; inventory was purchased from China and shipped to Mexico for assembly, but all inventory and transactions were maintained on US books.  The team created SOPs and activity mapping as well as negotiated vendor terms and processes.  Once launched, managed all financial activity for product line and visited the facility in Mexico quarterly to perform physical inventories and reconcile accounts.
  • Analyzed and reconciled freight accounts, coordinating with AP, AR, production, customer service, the 3rd party freight vendor, and at times the end customer to calculate accruals and reconcile accounts by vendor.
  • Analyzed and calculated warranty accruals.
  • Part of test team for SAP General Ledger implementation.
Master Scheduler, 12/2002 02/2005
  • Supervised three direct reports who handled day-to-day planning activities.
  • Conducted monthly S&OP meetings with the forecasting, purchasing, production and customer service teams to ensure the customer's needs were met.  Key metrics included customer scorecards for fill rate and quality, and meetings directly contributed to facility earning a top tier rating from the customer.
  • Organized and directed the materials portion of the annual physical inventory for production including training counters, directing all count activities, and researching and reconciling all gains and losses.
  • Worked closely with New Products group to launch new models or roll out software changes; this required meeting both customer demands and deadlines for new products as well as managing inventory for items phasing out to avoid obsolescence.
  • Worked closely with production to create the manufacturing schedule based on customer demand, available labor and machine capacity; schedule had to maintain a minimum level of FG while avoid building excess inventory.  This was important as the customer had model rolls each year.
  • Worked closely with purchasing to ensure adequate piece part coverage both in house and on order.
Manufacturing Financial Analyst, 04/2000 10/2002 Motorola Boynton Beach, FL
Inventory Accountant, 04/1999 03/2000 Motorola Ft Worth, TX
Warranty Analyst, 12/1998 03/1999
  • Role was done in conjunction with cost accounting role.
Cost Accountant, 05/1997 03/1999 Motorola Ft Worth, TX
MS Office (advanced Excel skills), SAP (part of 2 implementation teams), Oracle (have been involved with 2 implementations), AS400 (BPCS) Hyperion (HFM, FDM, Smartview for Excel), and Blackline. Highly proficient at data mining and analysis as well as building Excel models and tools.
Education and Training
Texas State University San Marcos, TX, USA MBA
University of Texas Austin, TX, USA BBA Finance Accounting Finance Accounting
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Reliable and highly regarded former Executive Director offering a wealth of expertise in leadership, building and training motivated teams, empowering teams to increase retention and job satisfaction, effective problem solving for customers and coworkers, achieving and exceeding budgeted goals, establishing connections within the community, and Bachelor's degrees in Accounting, Finance and Nursing. Over 8+ years of experience providing educational training workshops for professionals. Driven to lead and dedicated to building gifted teams. Looking Licensed Registered Nurse with over 5+ years of nursing experience on an inpatient behavioral health unit as well as 8+ years of experience in providing educational training workshops for medical and educational professionals. Experienced with geriatric population as the current Executive Director of a 39 unit assisted living community. Bachelor's degrees in nursing, accounting and finance. Director Certification for Assisted Living in the State of Louisiana. Excellent leadership, assessment, communication, and teaching skills.

Executive Director 08/2018 to Current Enlivant - Russ Place Ruston, LA

Responsibilities include ensuring compliance with all laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures within the community, providing training and support to all Enlivant team members and promoting quality care and independence for the residents, and ensuring a high degree of resident and team satisfaction at the community.  Exceptional problem solving and time management skills, communication skills, strong organizational capabilities, flexible and adaptable.

Founder and Owner 08/2013 to 12/2017 PEAK Conference Group, LLC Ruston, LA

Founded PEAK Conference Group to provide continuing education training workshops for nurses, and other professionals.  As the owner, I was responsible for developing and running all aspects of the company including course content, research, website creation and maintenance, social media and marketing, accounting, customer service, contract negotiations, and continuing education program submission, evaluation and record maintenance.

Co-Founder and Co-Owner 12/2009 to 08/2013 AEP Connections, LLC Appleton, WI

Co-Founder of AEP Connections, which was created to provide continuing education opportunities for professionals.  I was responsible for research, marketing, the organization of the conference event, continuing education submission, record maintenance, evaluations, and accounting.

Registered Nurse- Adolescent and Adult Inpatient Mental Health Units 04/2006 to 12/2009 St. Elizabeth Hospital Appleton, WI

RN on an inpatient adolescent and adult behavioral health unit.  Responsibilities include evaluating appropriateness of admission to the unit, performing accurate assessments, developing and implementing patient centered care plans, maintaining patient and unit safety, handling crisis situations, administering and evaluating medications and effectiveness, accurate and timely charting and documentation, leading group and individual therapies to help patients develop coping skills and assisting with discharge planning and connecting patients to the appropriate community resources. Able to effectively work individually as well as an integral part of the treatment team.  

Registered Nurse- Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit 07/2004 to 11/2007 Theda Clark Hospital Neenah, WI

Admitted new patients to the unit, provided medication management and education, evaluated patient care needs and prioritized treatment, led group and individual therapy to assist patients in developing coping skills, accurately documented all nursing care, and worked as part of the team to develop and execute care plans for patients. 

Education and Training
Bachelor of Science: Nursing 2004 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh , WI, USA
BBA: Accounting 1994 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI, USA
Bachelor of Science: Finance 1988 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA, USA
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Diligent and driven professional who has achieved success in a variety of roles with increasing levels of responsibility. An effective communicator and team-builder with strong analytical, management and organizational skills.
  • FINRA Series 7 License
  • Certified Internal Auditor
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Goal driven
  • Analytical
  • Reliable
  • People-oriented
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Inspiring team leader
  • Level 4 Certification, Timing and Calculations, USSA and FIS level ski racing. 
  • 3-time Organizer and 2-time Committee Member, U16 Junior Championship Ski Racing Event, Vail, CO. Participants included 160 ski racers and families from 18 states. 
  • Treasurer for The Coleman Company Political Action Committee.
Human Resources Coordinator Oct 2017 to Current
Vail Resorts Vail, CO
  • Assists in annual seasonal ramp-up of on-boarding new and returning employees.
  • Utilizes RPOS, People Soft, Success Factors and intracompany communication to facilitate the hiring process.
  • Practices effective communication skills to assist employees and managers in navigating the hiring process.
  • Completes the hiring process by organizing and On-Basing all necessary documentation.
  • Uses positive and welcoming interaction with all guests (employees) to make their Vail Resorts experiences EPIC.
Registered Client Service and Marketing Associate Apr 2009 to Aug 2016
UBS Financial Services Colorado Springs, CO
  • Created detailed financial performance and forecast reports for current and prospective clients.
  • Coordinated 401(k) participation at several companies including conducting regular employee meetings and reviews, maintaining client documents and monitoring administrative compliance.
  • Performed all aspects of client service.
Registered Client Service and Marketing Associate Apr 1994 to Apr 2009
Citigroup Smith Barney Colorado Springs, CO
  • Essentially performed the same duties as at UBS Financial Services.
  • Managed an Employee Stock Option Program for a NASDAQ listed company.
Senior Cost Accountant Aug 1989 to Apr 1994
XEL Communications Aurora, CO
  • Performed cost accounting and inventory control for a telecommunications equipment manufacturer.
  • Developed a model for pricing products based upon costs utilizing Just In Time inventory control.
  • Made new product pricing recommendations to management.
  • Responsible for monthly closing of the accounting ledger.
  • 2 time Employee of the Month.
General Corporate Accountant Oct 1987 to Jul 1989
Honeywell/Atmel Corporation Colorado Springs, CO
  • Performed all aspects of general accounting.
  • Developed and implemented a plan for correcting the financial records due to manufacturing equipment that had not been accounted for, depreciated or written off.
General Manager - Coleman Country Stores Jun 1985 to Dec 1986
The Coleman Company Wichita, KS
  • General Manager, 2 retail outlets selling products from all the Coleman Co's including camping gear, boats, water skis, knives, air guns and clothing.
  • Employee of the Month for developing and implementing a plan for liquidating excess and out-dated inventory.  
  • Installed a new POS system.
  • Implemented never before practiced inventory control procedures.
Certified Internal Auditor Mar 1984 to Jun 1985
The Coleman Company Wichita, KS
  • Participant in the Management Training Fast Track Program.
  • Conducted internal audits at all divisions and companies under the umbrella of the Coleman Companies.  
  • Audited inventory control, financial (payables, receivables, purchasing) controls and risk management.
  • Uncovered 3 major cases involving financial and/or inventory fraud.
Education and Training
BBA, Finance and Economics Wichita State University Wichita, KS, USA
Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson, KS, USA
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Professional Summary
A CPA qualified, 9 years PQE, a financial professional with demonstratable brood experience in financial analysis, forecasting, reporting, reconciliations and financial management across the Pan-African region and multi-national oil companies. My leadership and communication skills were proven when I served as a member of the council of Kisii University.
  • Auditing
  • Budget Management
  • Financial Consolidation
  • IFRS
  • Inventory Cost Management
  • OPEX
  • End of Year Filing & VAT
  • Forecasting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Reporting
  • Oracle ERP
  • Hyperion
  • Policy Compliance
  • Performance Management Reporting
Work History
Financial Accountant 06/2017 to Current
  • This role exposes me to financial reporting, taxation and controllership.
  • Key responsibilities include: :-In charge of chart of accounts to ensure correctness and fit for purpose.
  • Review bank and other balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Intercompany reporting and reconciliations.
  • Computing and filing VAT returns.
  • Submitting of actual and forecast financials to Hyperion.
  • Preparing notes to the financial statements on and off Hyperion.
  • Ensuring accounting treatments and policies adopted comply with group policy, IFRS and tax rules.
  • End month review of Opex trend, against plan and forecast.
  • Computing and filing VAT returns.
  • Review and approve payments.
  • Coordinating external audits.
  • Ensure finance KPIs are green.
  • NOV 2013-CURRENT: Financial Accountant ORGANISATION : GALANA OIL LTD This role exposed me to inventory management and financial & management reporting skills.
  • Key responsibilities included: :- Daily and monthly preparation of volume and margins performance management reports.
  • Continuous review of Opex trend and against plan :- Preparation of end month final and management accounts.
  • In charge of product receipting and costing in Oracle ERP.
  • In charge of company stock takes and stocks reconciliations.
  • Import duties reconciliations with volumes sold and closing stocks.
  • This role exposed me to budgeting and financial & management reporting skills.
  • As a budget manager, I collected inputs and consolidated plan and controlled budget to avoid overspend.
  • Daily and monthly preparation of volume and margins performance management reports.
  • Continuous review of Opex trend and against plan.
  • Preparation of end month final and management accounts.
  • Computed and filed VAT returns.
  • I managed audit and assisted in group financials consolidation.
  • In charge of the chart of accounts.
  • Ensure accounting treatment was in line with company policies and IFRS.
COST ACCOUNTANT 11/2011 to 01/2013
  • ORGANISATION : KENOLKOBIL LTD This role exposed me to inventory management, product costing and internal control.
  • Key responsibilities included: :-Review stock reconciliations from various depots :-Product costing.
  • Review inventory internal control systems for effectiveness.
  • Approve and pass stock losses.
  • In charge of external and internal stock audits.
INTERN 08/2011 to 11/2011
  • Orient Exchange visitors of the operations.
  • Assist in preparation of meetings organized by the Exchange Assist in editing of the Exchange magazine.
Bachelor of commerce: Accounting December 2011 Egerton University - Accounting Graduated with a Second class (upper division
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - KASNEB Became a CPA III (finalist) in: June 2009 -
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education: Marigat High School - Attained 73 Points in Year 2005 national exams Kenya Certificate of Primary Education - Ndogo Primary School Attained 443 Marks in Year 2000 national exams