Cost Accountant in Niles, MI at National Standard

Date Posted: 9/10/2022

Job Snapshot

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    Niles, MI
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Job Description

The Company 

US Wire Group is the parent of three independent companies (five manufacturing facilities) which produce steel wire and cable/wire related products that serve many industries. The independent business model fosters entrepreneurship and growth and allows professional development at all levels. US Wire Group is part of the Metals Processing Group and wholly owned by The Heico Companies, LLC.

Our philosophy of developing a close customer contact to provide prompt, responsive service and to meet our customer's changing needs allows us to be leaders within our respective industries. Products are marketed domestically through a direct sales force, manufacturer's representatives and an established network of independent distributors. Our company is diverse and has a solid management base, product/market niches and efficient manufacturing capabilities.

The Position 

The Cost Accountant will be reporting directly to the Controller of National Standard at the Niles, Michigan location.  This position contributes to the profitability of the company through the provisions of financial and business management, encompassing the ideas of business planning, control, reporting, and the analysis and interpretation of business results as they relate to the strategic and operating objectives. Works with Operations to further develop the company's costing system to enhance profitability as well as incorporate newly acquired business into the costing system.   


Job Description

Primary Responsibilities

  • Timely produces financial reporting, financial cost analysis, and interprets financial information
  • Work with Production to ensure Bills of Materials (BOM)are accurate and up to date.
  • Develop standards for the budget and provides reporting and variance explanations
  • Analyze actual labor, material, and overhead costs
  • Prepare and forecast monthly reporting requirements
  • Develop key metrics and report on them regularly
  • Physical inventory annually
  • Work with external auditors on information requests
  • Develops costing portion of annual budget
  • Implements and maintains internal controls for operations, sales and finance
  • Create weekly reports that ensure accuracy of costing
  • Performs other tasks or duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • 2-3 years in a Cost Accountant role
  • Manufacturing environment experience a plus


Physical Requirements


  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer 
  • Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds at times 

Key Competencies


  • Strategic Thinking - Strong strategic capabilities and overall business acumen. Financially savvy and understands the economic levers behind improving EBITDA and other key metrics. Fact-based, data-driven and analytical. Creative mindset with the ability to identify and mobilize around new opportunities very quickly.
  • Innovation Focus - Confident ability to drive change and express and advocate for new ideas and ways of doing things. Willingness to take appropriate business risks, recognizing that to succeed overall, one will occasionally fail.
  • Collaborative Style – Engages stakeholders in problem solving and decision making. Is adept at bringing people together to tackle issues rather than dictate solutions. Has a collegial, inclusive working style and is professional and courteous. Builds strong relationships both internally and externally. Is both confident and humble.
  • Communication Skills - Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively deliver and reinforce consistent messages at all levels. Excellent listening skills.


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