Manager, Operational Accounting

Fond du Lac
Full time

Job Details



This position is responsible for operations accounting, which includes but not limited to standard costing, inventory, plant level financial statements and budgets.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare monthly reports of financial results (monthly forecasts, annual operating plan and strategic planning).
  • Responsible for internal controls at the manufacturing plants for operations, inventory and standard costing.
  • Analyze and accurately report current month’s financial results to the plant, sales and corporate management in accordance with corporate format and time requirements.
  • Monitor, enhance and strengthen cycle count program at each facility.
  • Perform audits of bills of materials to ensure product costs are accurate and accounted for properly and report audit results monthly.
  • Ensure timely and accurate input of bill of material and price code changes.
  • Ensure bill of material and costing accurately reflect production operations.
  • Maintain a perpetual inventory of finished goods and reconcile this perpetual to production, shipping and returns daily.
  • Attend daily plant production meetings.
  • Perform daily walk-throughs of the plant with the General Manager to discuss production and costing issues.
  • Review labor reporting and cost, material costs, manufacturing overhead, distribution cost, returns and inventory levels.
  • Conduct formal meetings with manufacturing, finance and sales management personnel to discuss all plant issues; develop and publish a formal agenda and recap with actions to be taken.
  • Document and understand ERP/MRP systems, hardware and reporting conventions and serve as the on-site subject matter expert (SME).
  • Conduct investigative studies in areas of excess cost to determine the cause and initiate corrective measures.
  • Manage and obtain approval for all requests for capital expenditures and maintain controls on all plant processes within required budget and prepare reports to summarize all business activities.
  • Responsible for identifying variances and developing plans to mitigate future adverse financial effects.
  • Prepare month end closing entries and inventory related account reconciliations.
  • Assist in JSOX compliance efforts and internal audits involving a review of accounting and general controls surrounding inventory, standard costing, and payroll.
  • Examine and reviews unusual cost records and ensures cost data is accurately accounted for.
  • Other job activities as assigned.

Essential Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree; preferably a BBA with an emphasis in Finance or Accounting; 7-10 years of cost accounting experience; 3-5 years of experience managing others
  • Previous aftermarket product management experience with engine management parts desired.
  • High degree of accuracy in work performed.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills with the ability to be viewed as approachable and as a mentor to people on accounting issues.
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel and Access.
  • Ability to identify and extract data for analysis using query-based programs such as Access.  

Equipment Used:

  • Computer and other office equipment

Personal Protective Equipment/Clothing Required (PPE):

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection as required.
  • ESD smock and grounding equipment as required.

Physical Demands:

(Not Applicable, Occasionally [1-33%; 0-2.5 hrs./day], Frequently [33-66%; 2.5-5.5 hrs./day], Constantly [>66%; 5.5+ hrs./day])

Physical Abilities

  • Stand – Occasionally
  • Walk – Occasionally
  • Sit – Constantly
  • Climb – Not Applicable
  • Crawl – Occasionally
  • Squat – Occasionally
  • Kneel – Occasionally
  • Bend – Occasionally
  • Twist – Occasionally
  • Use of Hands/Fingers – Frequently
  • Reach Outward – Frequently
  • Reach Above Shoulder – Occasionally


  • 10 lbs. or less – Occasionally
  • 11-20 lbs. – Occasionally
  • 21-50 lbs. – Occasionally
  • 51-100 lbs. – Not Applicable


  • 10 lbs. or less – Occasionally
  • 11-20 lbs. – Not Applicable
  • 21-50 lbs. – Not Applicable
  • 51-100 lbs. – Not Applicable

Sensory Requirements

  • Speech – Yes
  • Vision – Yes
  • Touch – Yes
  • Hearing – Yes
  • Smell – No




Bachelors or better in Finance.



7-10 years: Cost accounting


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