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Robert Half Cost Accounting Manager/Supervisor in Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Lancaster County client is seeking a Cost Accounting Manager or Supervisor to join their team. They are open to either level of candidate.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manages the yearly physical inventory from a finance accounting point of view.

  • Ensure that Financial Policies are adhered to concerning tracking and valuing the inventory activity.

  • Aid in coordinating the monthly 8 hour closing process ensuring accurate and timely completion.

  • Prepare monthly journal entries from worksheets, maintains daily records for all inventory elements, performs monthly reconciliations related to inventory reporting and overseas the Finance analyst in his/her respective capacity to close Plate Dept.’s books.

  • Oversee metal receiving functions along with maintain accurate daily records for all metal receipts to reconcile the activity to inventory reporting and billings and book the necessary journal entries to record the metal receipt activity, which includes the appropriate cost variances (purchase price variances) for this activity.

  • Oversee the budgeting process, in this very capacity instructs all Finance department team members.

  • Provide accurate forward-looking inventory valuation information into the forecast process.

  • Maintain and update worksheet for Cast House monthly melting and casting activity. Record all activity by alloy and prepare and book the journal voucher for the activity. Review the activity for reasonableness and discuss significant variances with supervisor to obtain approval before posting the journal voucher.

  • Calculate monthly earned budget for the production centers and load all budget data monthly into the Cost Center Statements. Input all monthly actual spending and statistical data and reconcile all data to their origins to ensure accuracy in each Cost Center Statement before sending to the Managers each month. Produce numerous summary statements requiring consolidations of many different statements.

  • Review actual spending activity to the budget data monthly with Metal Supply Production departments' managers.

  • Perform monthly detailed analysis of expenditures on a request basis, review all monthly general ledger activity for inaccurate and invalid account usage and prepare adjusting journal entries to correct, and assist as required in special projects researching or compiling data that would be used in current condition analysis or to satisfy an information request.

  • Issue and maintain document controls of all Physical Inventory forms. Prepare required inventory cut-off data and organize record keeping. This responsibility strongly supports our cut-off procedure when audited. Supervise all data entry activity for the physical inventory data files. Review all inventory edit listings to ensure all data from the inventory tag sheets was keyed into the inventory files.

  • Perform monthly reconciliation between Oracle and the AS400 system and prepare adjusting journal entries to book to the general ledger. This responsibility includes updating standard costs in the AS400 system and Oracle.

  • Accurately forecast and explain forecast variation to actual for Inventory valuation items. Make improvement recommendations, financial and / or systems for Inventory projections.

  • Manage the Finance Analyst regarding projects and problems in his/her respective duties.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business from an accredited institution

  • Minimum of 1 year supervisory experience

  • Minimum of 4 years of finance or accounting experience.

  • Minimum of 1 year experience in cost accounting and inventory control.

  • Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


  • CPA or MBA is preferred.

  • Experience with Oracle.

  • Excellent personal computer skills (software programs including Word, Excel and Access) and practical knowledge of calculators.

  • Excellent understanding of computerized reporting systems, query tools, and internal control.

  • A systematic or organized approach to performing tasks with neatness, accuracy, and reconciliation.

  • Individual must be able to work on multiple tasks as well as work for several individuals on a regular basis.

  • Requires good communication skills and ability to perform and communicate financial analysis to support business decision making.

  • Forward Thinking-Foreseeing and taking action to deal with future events, problems and opportunities.

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