Senior Cost Accountant

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Date: May 13, 2022

Location: Wilkes-Barre, US

Company: Bekaert NV

Bridon-Bekaert (BBRG), a division of Bekaert, is a multi-million company designing, manufacturing steel and fiber ropes for diverse lifting applications; oil and gas, surface and underground mining, overhead lifting, ports, steel mills and fishing. We manufacture and promote high performing products through multiple channels to market, OEM’s, distribution and direct end users.


Bekaert ( is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with more than 27 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 4.4 billion in combined revenue in 2020.




About the role


This position has primary responsibility for maintaining detailed costs and providing cost analysis support to operations and sales. In addition, this person will be responsible for assessing business expenses and preparing optimized budget plans.

The Sr Cost Accountant is a team player to finance, operations and departments and will be working closely with operations to collect and analyze the company's operations costs.


Your Impact as Senior Cost Accountant:

  • Manage our standard cost price system.

  • Implement cost standards for materials and labor.

  • Manage the cost of goods sold and production reports.

  • Analyze production costs and recommend cost savings.

  • Prepare and complete internal cost audits.

  • Reconcile beginning raw materials, work in progress, and finished goods stock.

  • Oversee annual physical inventory.

  • Analyze 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 the prices and profitability of products or services.

  • Assist in audits and general ledger preparation.

  • Manage fixed asset process (i.e., monthly reconciliation, capitalizing projects when completed, periodic reviews of spending with cost center owners for NAM region, forecasting spending for monthly reporting).

  • Month-end close entries and variance analysis, including operational costs, fixed assets; analysis of operations, and administration spending).

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


About You


Essential skills & competences

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, MBA/CPA preferred but not required.

  • 10+ years experience in Manufacturing. Preferably dealing with an international organization. 

  • Solid understanding of accounting principles.

  • Analytical thinker with strong conceptual and problem-solving skills.

  • Meticulous attention to detail and superb organizational skills.

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

  • Experience in Cash management, fixed assets, payroll, balance sheet reconciliations, month-end close procedures, budgeting and process improvement, data analysis, and excellent systems skills.

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel, SAP, IFRS, IFRS, GAAP, experience or ability to learn multiple software including, Adaptive Insights and QlikView.

Why join us?

At Bekaert, we are on a journey to establish the new possible. And to achieve this, we need passionate people eager to grow beyond their capabilities. We want brave and willing people to explore the unknown, even if it means failing sometimes. People who are ready to bring their whole selves to work and are not afraid of expressing their opinions but also value the power of synergies, different perspectives, & team spirit.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

To learn more about Bekaert, visit us: Bekaert Jobs


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