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Cost Accountant (Hybrid)

Company: Gast Manufacturing
Location: Lafayette
Posted on: November 18, 2022

Job Description:

If you're looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you've found it. Whether you're an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

With interesting opportunities in engineering, marketing, sales, supply chain, operations, HR, finance, and more across more than 40 diverse businesses around the globe, chances are, we have something special for you.

POSITION: Cost Accountant (Hybrid)

REPORTING TO: Senior Financial Planning and Analysis Manager

LOCATION: Benton Harbor, MI

Who is GAST Manufacturing?

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

As a business unit of IDEX Corporation, GAST Manufacturing has a long history of being the leader in design and manufacturing of quality air-moving products. We specialize in offering cost effective solutions for a wide variety of industries including industrial manufacturing, healthcare, and environmental cleanup applications. We are looking to add more talent to our Benton Harbor, Michigan facility.

SUMMARY: The Cost Accountant will manage the day-to-day cost accounting functions, providing overall costs, and manufacturing support to improve operational performance. This position is also responsible for month-end activities, including account reconciliations and financial reporting. In addition, the Cost Accountant will be responsible for the standard cost system and process to set annual standard rates for a moderately to highly complex manufacturing company.


  • Monitor, review and analyze daily manufacturing activities and participate in daily management discussions
  • Analyze actual manufacturing costs and prepare periodic reports comparing standard costs to actual production cost
  • Calculate labor and overhead rates and perform periodic review
  • Implement process to monitor performance indicators, highlighting trends and analyzing causes of unexpected variances
  • Complete product costing of materials, review for variances and correct/communicate results to management
  • Participate in month-end, quarter-end, and year-end closing process ensuring timely, accurate results
  • Lead annual physical inventory and cost roll process
  • Implement a bill of material audit process for high moving parts
  • Assist operations to achieve and maintain 99% accuracy in cycle count program
  • Participate in preparation of quarterly forecasts and annual operating plan
  • Evaluate policies and procedures, ensure appropriate documentation, update as required
  • Undertake special projects and analysis assigned by plant management and finance
  • Assist with internal and external financial and SOX audits
  • Work effectively with team members at all levels of the company in a positive, professional manner

    • Bachelor's degree in business, accounting, finance, or a similar discipline OR equivalent work experience
    • 2 years minimum in a cost accounting role working in a manufacturing environment
    • Advanced computer skills with an ERP system, preferably JDE
    • Ability to work on-site in a hybrid schedule, flexible on how often based on candidate location

      • Strong understanding of Cost Accounting principles and methodologies
      • Additional advanced computer skills in Microsoft Excel and Power BI desirable
      • Highest standards for accuracy and precision
      • Organized, flexible and easily adaptable to changing conditions
      • Articulates with excellent written and verbal communication skills
      • Ability to think creatively, highly driven, and self-motivated
      • Ability to prioritize tasks and projects while being able to multi-task when necessary
      • High energy, high ownership of work product and commitment to driving results
      • Must be authorized to work in the United States. Gast is unable to provide sponsorship or relocation at this time.

        GAST Manufacturing, a Unit of IDEX Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity

        The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented.

        Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

        IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

Keywords: Gast Manufacturing, Lafayette , Cost Accountant (Hybrid), Accounting, Auditing , Lafayette, Indiana

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