Vertical Careers, Inc.

Sr./Cost Accountant/Analyst for privately held Consumer Products Manufacturer

Vertical Careers, Inc. - Burbank, CA

Sr. Cost Accountant with growth potential to Plant Controller

Our client is a small but growing privately held consumer products manufacturer located near Burbank/Sun Valley area.  They are seeking a Cost Accountant who would responsible for maintaining the standard cost system, implementing methods and procedure as needed. Assist in month end closing, prepare journal entries as necessary, and analyze inventory evaluation, inventory roll forward. Compare actual costs to estimates and analyze variances. Maintaining accurate costs in the system, developing new product costs, and other cost accounting functions as assigned

Key Functions:

  • Verify accuracy of inventory value at standard cost (Items Costs, Bills of Materials, Routings) 
  • Prepare the monthly inventory valuation schedule and reconcile inventory accounts to the general ledger 
  • Assist in the improvement of internal controls related to inventory and COGS 
  • Become the subject matter expert on costing, inventory 
  • Calculate annual labor and overhead rates and explain fluctuations from prior periods 
  • Monitor inventory transactions, work with Operations to eliminate recurring errors 
  • Develop monthly inventory reports and variance analysis 
  • Develop monthly COGS and gross margin analysis 
  • Perform current cost roll-up and standard cost updates throughout the year and annually 
  • Create/manage weekly operations reporting, which includes preparing the files, identifying manufacturing variances and helping stakeholders to understand their data. 
  • Analyze manufacturing variances from standard cost and report on the impact of those variances (both projected and historical) 
  • Assist in the annual audits, both internal and external as required 
  • Preparing monthly journal entries as needed 
  • Special projects as required, all other duties as assigned 
  • Investigate inventory adjustments, work with Operations to eliminate recurring errors


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance
  • 5+ years of cost accounting in a manufacturing environment 
  • Experience developing and analyzing cost standards 
  • Ability to apply knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles & Cost Accounting Standards
  • Must be able to adapt to new and different computer programs and software to enable efficient data gathering and analysis 
  • Ability to research, compile, analyze and interpret data
  • Good written, verbal communication and collaborative skills 
  • Proficiency in Excel and Microsoft Office products
  • Strong organization skills, high integrity and ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams
  • Detail oriented 
  • Cosmetic industry background preferred

Posted On: Friday, August 13, 2021
Compensation: Market DOE

Position Contact
Eva Chiu
Managing Partner| Executive Search
(626) 608-5228,

Eva Chiu has 20 years of specialized staffing and recruitment expertise. Eva is known for her energy, enthusiasm and passion for connecting the right people with the right opportunities whereby helping you "Step Up in the World!" Her dedication to providing the highest quality service to both clients and candidates is one of her strongest attributes. Prior to Vertical Careers, Eva spent nearly 10 years with one of the nation’s largest specialized staffing firms first, as an account manager, and then as an executive recruiter specializing in accounting and finance professionals, achieving numerous accolades, including:

  • Superstars 2003, 2004 (Account Manager)
  • Superstars 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2010 (Executive Recruiter)
  • Rookie of the Year 2005 (Executive Recruiter)
  • Southern California Executive Recruiter of The Year 2006
  • Platinum Club 2006, 2008 & 2010 (Top 5%)
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