Sr. Financial Analyst, Cost Accounting

Date: May 25, 2023

Location: Lake Zurich, IL, US, 60047

Company: accobrands

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Job Summary

The role of Sr. Finance Analyst, Cost Accounting has a variety of responsibilities in the Manufacturing, Distribution and Central Operations areas. This position reports to the Manager of US Operations Finance and collaborates with both headquarter leadership and the site controllers.  The ideal candidate for this role is results focused, exhibits a strong sense of curiosity, and maintains a high level of positive energy. They should be comfortable working with large datasets and navigating through the ambiguity inherent in the planning and reporting activities. They should also have a strong interest in collaborative problem solving, enjoy working in a matrix organization, and exhibit a strong aptitude for system processes. This position is ideal for an individual who is interested in future plant controllerships, but it also provides a path to Corporate Finance and Accounting opportunities.


Responsibilities span across several aspects of operations including a small manufacturing facility, our service organization, SAP product costs, and corporate reserve calculations. The individual in this role will be involved in planning, reporting and analysis, assisting senior management in understanding performance, and providing them with information to facilitate the decision processes. 

  • Development and deployment of standard costs in SAP.
  • Planning, reporting and analysis related to Purchase Price Variances.
  • Development of Costs and Overhead Burden Pools.
  • Excess & Obsolete inventory reserve calculation & analysis, Budget/Outlook.
  • Support integration of new or acquired operations.
  • Manage SOX controls related to role responsibilities.
  • Other COGS activities and projects, including process improvements through transaction automation.
  • Productivity savings tracking and reporting.
  • Make vs buy decisions.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance.
  • 8-11 years of experience in finance and accounting roles in large consumer goods organization.
  • Detail-orientated with an ability to be guided by the bigger picture.
  • Outstanding communication skills, with the ability to speak and present in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • High tolerance for ambiguity and able to navigate large datasets, comfortable with complexity.
  • Strong leadership skills with experience in project management and implementing process improvements.
  • Proven ability to partner with cross-functional Finance and Operations teams, including Audit, FP&A, Supply Chain, Manufacturing,
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple competing priorities.
  • Expert Excel skills and comfortable with data warehouse reporting tools.
  • SAP Costing experience a plus; manufacturing accounting experience a plus.
  • Experience with US GAAP, and SOX.



About Us:

You know our brands. You love our brands. You just may not know they are ours.

If you have touched a PowerA® gaming controller, a Five Star® notebook, a Swingline® stapler, a Quartet® dry erase board, or a Kensington® computer mouse, you have touched part of ACCO Brands Corporation. With annual revenues of over $2 Billion, ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO) designs, markets, manufactures and sells branded academic, consumer and business products globally. The power of our brands, our unmatched global customer reach, and our strategic market strengths put us in a position to achieve global leadership and growth. We're proud of our long history of industry leadership and innovation and are focused on delivering exceptional value to our customers by providing unique, cutting-edge, branded products.

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At ACCO Brands, we are committed to providing an environment of fairness and mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and team members without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, physical and mental disability, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. ACCO Brands believes that a diverse and inclusive work environment is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.



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