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Cost Analyst 1

Absolute Opportunities
Charleston, South Carolina, 29406, United States
October 12, 2018


Cost Analyst – 1

N Charleston, SC 29406

Company Overview:

Client provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Through a team of experienced people, they develop, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that purify, protect and enhance the world around us.


Bold. Energetic. Ingenious. Genuine. These qualities best describe employees who work for them. We believe it takes extraordinary people to create extraordinary results.

They harness the bold spirit, innate curiosity and remarkable ingenuity of our people to develop innovations that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Our products enable oil to flow better, crops to grow fuller, roads last longer, and ensure that the air we all breathe is cleaner.

Already a leader in markets in which we compete, we leverage our deep technical expertise and knowledge of our customers’ industries to turn complex challenges into powerful possibilities and value-added solutions. We prize creativity and imagination and we’re always looking for a better, smarter way of doing things.

We know it takes the right people with the right attitude to achieve the improbable. People who understand that there is no challenge too big and no contribution too small. People with the ability to solve and the commitment to stay the course. People who work together to create meaningful impact and exponential results, for our customers and the world around us.

Our people are our most valued asset, and the foundation of our success. Interested? We thought you might be, and we’re so glad!

Job Description:

Perform daily standard cost calculations for our domestic Performance Chemicals’ production facilities, working directly with plant teams to ensure integrity of BOMs and recipes.

Take charge of product line, inventory and account analysis, including process order reconciliation, actual costing and usage variances for key product groups.

Work with Operations team to analyze and define monthly financial forecasting, creating models to forecast trends and manage key variables, like energy consumption.

Execute month-end closing processes to include SAP process order reconciliation, inventory reconciliation, analysis of variance accounts, and distribution of the month end reporting package.

Support our business’ annual budgeting process and annual standard cost rollover.

Within 6 months, gain a strong understanding of SAP & production processes to establish yourself as a go-to person in the plant for financial questions & needs. This expertise won't come from sitting behind your desk- you'll need to get out in the plant, form relationships with your colleagues, and learn all you can. Your understanding of the plant should be high enough that you are able to give guests a high level plant tour.

Constantly look for opportunities for improvement in financial practices and devise & implement solutions to make these processes better. Some of our current challenges are among inventory, consistent SAP usage across the plant, and manual requirements. This will require a high degree of initiative, an entrepreneurial mindset, and the ability to quickly assess a process to determine areas for improvement.

Support special financial analysis projects, assisting with approval for expenditure requests and other special initiatives such as capital projects, Operational Excellence, cost reviews, and Six Sigma analyses.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilitie:

1. An undergraduate degree in Finance or Accounting/Finance.

2. A minimum of 3 – 5 years in financial analysis experience, including financial reporting and analysis, preferably in a manufacturing environment with standard costing experience.

3. Work experience with a large company ERP is required, SAP preferred.

4. Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) essential.

5. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

6. Ability to quickly learn new programs and systems.

7. Strong drive to analyze and deliver opportunities for improvement within business financial management systems.

8. Exceptional ability to work well with all levels of employees.

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13. Must be a US Citizen or Green Card holder?

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