Manpower Group Cost Accountant in Columbia, Tennessee

Summary: Responsible for maintaining policies and procedures applicable to the financial operations of the plant in the areas of Cost Accounting, Operations Reporting, and Internal Controls.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley (Section 404) and BOS (Business Operating System).

  • Support safety programs for the plant.

  • Performs financial analysis of operating results including analysis of Volume / Mix / Price and Standard Margin. Analyzes material and labor costs to identify cost reduction opportunities. Provide accurate and timely production, material, labor and operating metrics reporting to plant management. Analyzes, explains and documents any unusual variances.

  • Maintains the plant's Cost Accounting systems including updates the MfgPro routings, reconciles the MfgPro MBOM to the SAP BOM, analyzes and prepares annual standards (Material, Labor, Overhead, Freight). Reviews monthly variances from standard costs and works with the Materials Department to ensure accurate BOMs.

  • Provides accurate and timely data for the Best Business Practices (BBP) reporting system. Assists in analyzing the Plant's BBP results compared to the Global Best Plant in order to identify improvements in operating performance. As assigned by the Plant Controller, participates as a team member on continuous improvement projects.

  • Completes periodic reviews of the material and labor reporting systems, (i.e. receiving, shipping, finished goods inventories, labor distribution, scrap reporting and material usage, etc.) so that an accurate income statement can be submitted for each month's business.

  • Performs analysis and review of all inventory balances in order to identify slow moving or obsolete inventories. Reviews results of perpetual inventory testing to identify potential internal control weaknesses. Works with the Materials Department to identify opportunities to reduce inventory days on hand.

  • Works with the controller to develop sales and costs for completion of monthly outlooks, business forecasts and the annual profit plan.

  • Ensures proper account distribution for item expenses, inventories, fixed assets, etc.

  • As assigned by the Plant Controller, completes general accounting activities, including month end closing, journal entries and reporting. Ensures timely month end closings and timely reporting into all reporting systems (Hyperion, SAP, CI, ITS, VA/VE, BBP, Quality etc.).

  • Assists with the annual physical inventory to assure accurate inventories and proper analysis.

  • Completes all financial, governmental reports as assigned by the Plant Controller.

  • Responsible for maintaining the accuracy of balance sheet accounts as assigned by the Plant Controller ensuring that account reconciliation's are completed monthly/quarterly as scheduled.

  • Assists as directed by the Plant Controller related to year-end audit requirements regarding timing and completion as they pertain to the plant.

  • Coordinates as assigned by the Plant Controller non-production departments' annual profit plan and quarterly forecasts. Assists non-production department managers in analyzing actual to budget variances.

  • Assists Plant Controller in the annual audit and federal and state tax compliance.

  • Assists in developing financial policies and procedures and ensure compliance by the plant.

  • Other duties as required by the Plant Controller


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required.


Bachelor degree with major in accounting or finance and five (5) or more years of accounting/financial experience with emphasis in cost accounting and budgets. Related experience, training, education or some combination of all three may be considered.

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