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Robert Half Sr. Cost Accountant in Berkeley, California


Our growing client is seeking a cost accountant to join their team. The Cost Accountant is a critical role responsible for the ongoing analysis of product cost, development of new product cost and margin analysis. This role will also work closely with the sales teams and senior financial management team to establish customer pricing. This position is for a talented Cost Accountant looking for a company experiencing substantial growth.

What you get to do every single day

  • Analyze and recommend costs and cost savings

  • Perform internal cost audits

  • Conduct physical inventories and monitor the cycle count program

  • Make estimates of new and proposed product costs

  • Assist in general ledger preparation and audits

  • Interpret data collected and record detailed results

  • Carry out variance analysis such as Purchase Price to Cost variance, cost revaluation, Invoice to PO price variances and work order variances

  • Plan projects and collect data to determine costs of business activity such as raw material purchases, inventory, and labor usage, waste

  • Generate reports comparing production costs to standard costs and analyze manufacturing costs

  • Abide by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for financial statements

  • Manage the implementation of a standard costing methodology for domestic plants

  • Create and manage the cost accounting system, documents, and records of the organization

  • Determine any changes in cost by analyzing any changes in services or goods provided

  • Generate reports for management that specify and compare factors that affect prices and profitability of products or services


  • 2+ years of Accounting experience

  • Manufacturing/inventory experience

  • QuickBooks experience would be preferred

  • Someone who is “analytical and can think things through”

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