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Cost Accountant- Manufacturing

Date Posted: Aug 10, 2019

Location: Petersburg, VA, US, 23803

Company: Gerdau

About Us

Gerdau Long Steel North America is a leader in mini-mill steel production and steel recycling in North America, with an annual manufacturing capacity of approximately 10 million metric tons of mill finished steel products. Through a vertically integrated network of mini-mills, scrap recycling facilities and downstream operations, the company serves customers throughout the U.S. and Canada, offering a diverse and balanced product mix of merchant steel, rebar, structural shapes, fabricated steel, flat rolled steel and wire rod.  Gerdau is the largest recycler in the World. Each year, we transform millions of tons of scrap into steel that is used to build the future.


Why you'll love it here

At Gerdau it’s all about the people. Gerdau's growth is based on our purpose and on a vision focused on excellence. The measures of performance are customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, our communities, and the World.  Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, encouraging innovation and creating products that serve humanity.


This is your purpose:

You will be responsible for the accounting functions for the Mill including payables, inventories, cost variances analysis, inventory control, payroll records, invoices for payment and production records. Your day will consist of maintaining accurate accounting transactions, records and reports necessary to substantiate the financial performance of the mill.  You will also be assisting the Controller in performing monthly analysis of cost records to assist in identifying problem areas which includes SOX compliance activities and Self Assessments.  


What you will do:

  • Maintain accurate records (production, purchasing, material), providing cost benefit analysis for operating management decisions and analyzing cost records to recommend changes to improve profitability.
  • Collection, compilation and issue of performance reports for plant operations involving production data such as production rates, man hours per ton and dollars per ton.  
  • Trending and analyzing for cost control applications and assisting Controller in preparation of periodic reports and annual operating budgets. 
  • Supervise accounts payable. Maintain fixed asset records in coordination with Corporate Tax Department.  
  • Track and account for capital projects, assure accurate reporting and classification, prepare comparison to capital budget, analyze cost overruns, etc.
  • Maintain inventory records of scrap, supplies, alloys, fluxes, billets and finished goods to assure accurate recording of production, production costs, shipments and cost of sales.  
  • Monitor and record cycle count adjustments in accounting records and reconciling detail inventory records with general ledger. Coordinates physical inventories with corporate accounting and outside auditors.
  • Maintain operating statistics – production rates, yields, costs/ton, usage, man-hours, etc. and analysis of trends.
  • Assist Controller in preparing division’s annual business plan and budgets, provide monthly reporting of actual to plan to division management. 
  • Review payroll reporting and cost accounting to include overtime analysis; provide feedback to management on timely basis.
  • Assist Controller in office management – equipment purchases and maintenance, office supplies, vendor relationships, etc.
  • Assists with several phases of monthly closing process.
  • Prepares cost reporting/cost analysis for production and process costs.


What you have:

  • BA degree in accounting
  • CMA or CPA certification is desirable as is previous manufacturing experience
  • A broad background in accounting and cost analysis with three to five years of previous qualifying experience in jobs involving accounting practices, inventory control, and cost analysis
  • The desire to be on a career path to become a Mill Controller in 3 to 5 years and be willing to relocate if a suitable opportunity arises. 


What Gerdau offers you:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Plans
  • Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)
  • 100% Matching 401K up to 6%
  • Life/Accidental Life Insurance
  • Health Advocate Services
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Career Path System and Training
  • An empowering and open culture with the opportunity to grow and create


Nearest Major Market: Richmond

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