Cost Accountant

Cost Accountant

Posted 6 years ago

Reports to: Finance Director

Role Purpose:

  • Manage the SKU costing process within the business
  • Ownership of the Customer SKU profitability models (or equivalent)
  • Input into Commercial Evaluation Process


Business Partnering

  • Provision of commercial decision support, by providing cost information and analysis for JBP, promotions and contract evaluation
  • Providing input into the calculations of profitability by customer

Costing and Associated Commercials

  • Ownership of the standard costing process, including:
    • Design, manage and maintain the central costing model, ensuring information contained is accurate and up to date
    • Agree a consistent methodology for costing all SKU’s, including overhead absorption
    • Develop a thorough knowledge of the operations of all 1Stop manufacturing sites
  • Own the Customer profitability process. Input on all Commercial proposals to provide cost information.


  • Manage and maintain Customer Profitability models, ensuring data is accurate and up to date

Ad hoc

  • General financial analysis and investigations as required from time to time


  • Develop and deliver a methodology and process for costing products in a single, simple effective way across the business
    • Agree a single costing methodology and roll out the Policy and associated documents across the business by end April 16
    • Calculate Standard costs for all SKU’s within business and collate data in a single location – by end May 2016
    • Maintain Standard Costs on a quarterly basis to ensure they remain accurate – ongoing
  • Using Standard costs, create Customer Profitability models/Open Book for all Customers– end to end
  • Develop a process to ensure all Commercial cost requests use Standard costs rather than requiring site input each time. KPI on cost turnaround 48 hours from request maximum


  • Resilience – Never gives up. Proactive focus on growing sales and controlling costs. Good knowledge of own numbers and always has a plan to meet or exceed targets without being asked.
  • Brilliant Execution – Use thinking skills to analyse, decide, prioritise and plan. Can balance short term requirements with long term objectives to achieve commercial goals.
  • Communication and Influencing Skills – Able to influence people at all levels, internal and external, through listening and adjusting communication style to meet the needs of the audience.
  • Customer Focused – Understands the customer better than anyone else in the food business. Always seeking to improve quality and service for our internal / external stakeholders.
  • Team Player – Works with colleagues to do what is best for the Company as a whole, ahead of divisional, department or personal goals.
  • Leadership – Puts the team first. Owns results of self and team. Inspires others to follow through involvement, coaching, setting direction and performance standards.

Knowledge / Skills / Qualifications:

  • Preferably CIMA Qualified Accountant – although active part qualified considered
  • Experience of cost accounting within FMCG sector (preferably meat)
  • Commitment to get the right answer
  • Experience of designing and embedding process improvements into ways of working
  • Strong Excel skills

Role Metrics:

  • £100m business
  • 2 Manufacturing sites
  • 100+ sku – including outsourced

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