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Cost Accountant Job Description

We are recruiting for a Cost Accountant who must have excellent organisational and analytical skills. We expected you to be detailed oriented, have great knowledgeable on statistics, strong problem-solving skills and be able to work comfortably under pressure and deliver on tight deadlines.

To succeed in this position, we require you to be confident, professional and thorough, with a keen interest in cost-efficient operations of the organisation. Top candidates will have outstanding presentation and report-writing skills, with the ability to work on their own initiative and as part of a team.

Cost Accountant Responsibilities

  • 2 years of Cost Accounting work experience.
  • Sound understanding of Accounting principles.
  • Solid cost systems background.
  • Analytical thinker with strong conceptual and problem-solving skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail with superb organisational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent report-writing, communication and IT skills.
  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or related field (essential).

Cost Accountant Requirements

  • Develop and maintain the cost accounting system, documents and records of the organisation.
  • Prepare and complete internal cost audits.
  • Analyse and recommend costs and cost savings.
  • Analyse data collected and log a detailed record of the results.
  • Analyse any changes in goods or services provided in order to determine what effect it has on the cost.
  • Analyse manufacturing costs and prepare regular reports comparing standard costs to actual production costs.
  • Make estimates of new and proposed product costs.
  • Provide management with reports that specify and compare factors that affect prices and profitability of products or services.
  • Assist in audits and general ledger preparation.
  • Conduct physical inventories and monitor the cycle count program.
  • 2 years of Cost Accounting work experience.
  • Sound understanding of Accounting principles.
  • Solid cost systems background.
  • Analytical thinker with strong conceptual and problem-solving skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail with superb organisational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent report-writing, communication and IT skills.
  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or related field (essential).

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The hiring process and recruiting new employees to fill your key roles requires a degree of personalisation if you are to attract the best employees in a competitive employment market. The right person for a crucial role or more senior roles will likely have other employers targeting them. As your job description will be the first point of contact, you need to nail your pitch and provide the best possible service.

When creating your bespoke description and advert, you should cover and promote these points:

Job title: This should accurately reflect the role and include keywords that top talent might be using to search for jobs.

Job duties: The day to day duties, such as administrative tasks, which vary depending on the company and inform the candidate if they can complete the role.

Technical skills: These are the hard skills required through training, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Soft skills: These include the interpersonal skills and general abilities the right candidates will possess. For example, the competency to prioritise multiple tasks, handle customer queries and customer complaints, work alone, or build a good relationship with coworkers.

The company’s culture: Highlighting your company culture and values ensures employees thrive and find outstanding job satisfaction. Candidates that are not the right fit won’t waste their time completing the application process, meaning you can focus on qualified individuals and hire in a more timely manner.

Career progression: Including the career path will entice candidates looking for career growth. 

Training and development programs: Smaller companies may need employees with previous experience or provide educational assistance over internal training offered by larger organisations with more significant resources. 

Employee benefits: Compensation and benefits often fail to appear in job ads and while you may want to hold your cards close to your chest, failing to include them is a mistake. Consider answering common questions, such as working hours and paid leave. Researching the average salary for the role in these early stages will ensure you don’t waste your interviewer’s and the candidate’s time.

Skill gaps: Your company may need to bring in new skills beyond those required to complete the key role and duties. Thinking on an organisational level can be beneficial when contemplating skills diversity.

Legal requirements: Ensure your job advert and description does not ask for inappropriate or discriminatory personal details, such as age, marital status, or religion.


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