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Cost Accounting Manager

Cost Accounting Manager

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A History of Excellence.


Legacy. Tradition. Excellence. To some, these may be mere words, remnants of a time when companies embraced their history and delivered on their promises. But, at The Safariland Group we live those values every day. We live them when we empower over a thousand people to design, engineer, research and deliver our protective equipment products to those that protect us. We live them as we continuously seek new innovations to add to the premier group of Safariland brands that have been protecting law enforcement, military and security professionals for over 50 years. We live them when we help save lives. Our Safariland Saves Club® has chronicled over 1,900 individuals whose lives have been saved in part through using our products. We're proud of who we are and what we do.


Safariland has a unique opportunity for a hands-on Cost Accounting Manager to join our team and help take our business to the next level.


Reporting to our Group Cost Accounting Manager you will be using your accounting and analytical skills to work with leaders and associates at all levels of the Company to review and investigate labor and manufacturing variances, monthly inventory levels and presenting on key results of the finance department. A substantial portion of this position will involve participating in teams driving continuous process improvements within our operations.


Here is what the position is all about:

  • Monitor changes and updates bills of materials
  • Analyze and update labor and manufacturing overhead rates
  • Analyze fixed versus variable overhead rates
  • Analyze and update labor operation hours
  • Monitor monthly inventory levels and implement cycle count programs
  • Lead physical inventory process
  • Analyze monthly manufacturing variances
  • Analyze monthly gross profit
  • Analyze inventory reserves
  • Identify, hire and develop in-plant cost accountants
  • Partner with Manufacturing to prepare annual plant budgets
  • Conduct studies and submit recommendations for improving the organization’s cost accounting procedures.
  • Substantial portion of this position will involve participating in teams driving process improvements within the operations area as well as, the finance organization
  • Perform all other ad hoc duties as assigned by Group Manager, Cost Accounting
  • May supervise one or more associates

  • Authority to hire and terminate on Cost Accounting team (within HR policies)

  • Present monthly results to key business leaders


Desired Experience:

  • Minimum five (5) years of cost accounting experience within a manufacturing environment
  • Minimum two (2) years of financial management experience supervising finance/accounting or operations personnel
  • Experience with Visual Manufacturing system, Oracle financials or Microsoft Dynamics (ERP)
  • Experience with Hyperion Essbase or a similar reporting tool
  • Experience in Lean Manufacturing

Desired Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or other relevant field.

  • Master’s degree or MBA preferred

  • CPA / CMA a plus

To be successful in this role, you will demonstrate the following skills:

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Proven experience in driving process improvement

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Excellent writing, speaking and presentation skills

  • History of driving continuous improvement change within the department

  • Ability to lead, motivate and support accounting team
  • Ability to clearly and concisely communicate with non-accounting professionals

  • Ability to travel 10% of time to other company locations