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Operations Accountant / Cost Accountant

Menomonee Falls, WI · Manufacturing

Job Title: Operations Accountant / Cost Accountant
Company: ER Wagner
Work Location: 
W130 N8691 Old Orchard Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 with some travel to 2nd facility located at 8822 47th St, Brookfield, IL 60513
Work Format: Onsite full-time but flexible for some occasional remote work. 45-50 hours per week. Typical business hours schedule with some flexibility for production needs and travel to Brookfield, IL facility (day travel 1-2x/month).

Summary:  Reporting to the Controller, the Operations Accountant will be responsible for establishing and maintaining product costs in a standard cost environment, performing monthly inventory reconciliations and analysis, operational spend and performance reviews, participating in month end close processes, and working cross functionally with other departments on projects and continuous improvement initiatives. This person will be a partner to the manufacturing teams, frequently working out on the shop floor alongside operations. 

Why This is a Great Opportunity: ER Wagner is building a top-notch, engaged team of professionals to scale the business. They are willing to train more entry level accountants on inventory, month end closing procedures, and best practices in manufacturing and finance. It's a great, people-centric organization with the opportunity to grow as the business expands!

What You'll Do:

  • Spend approximately 50% of time on the production floor working with the manufacturing teams to evaluate processes, identify and troubleshoot issues, propose solutions, and proposing opportunities to manage costs and adhere to spend goals.
  • Spend approximately 50% of time in an office setting tracking, analyzing, and reporting on financial and operational KPIs / metrics.
  • Develop and maintain standard costs, documentation, and records.
  • Complete monthly financial close functions including: inventory valuation, inventory reserves, prepaid inventory, accruals and other close tasks as needed.
  • Conduct weekly spend and performance review with plant leadership.
  • Collect and report on costs of business activity such as raw material purchases, inventory, labor, freight, consumable expenses, and overheads.
  • Calculate variances from the budget and report significant issues to management.
  • Analyze and maintain burden rates for machines, fixed and variable overhead rates.
  • Partner with ER Wagner operations team to develop and maintain policies to streamline processes with appropriate financial controls.
  • Analyze inventory balances, slow moving inventory, and inventory reserves.
  • Participate in plant lean operating improvement projects.
  • Participate in budgeting process and analysis.
  • Provide support to manufacturing and supply chain functions to improve operations and reduce costs.
  • Assist with bank and financial audit deliverables.
  • Prepare materials for annual audits such as inventory valuation, balance sheet accounts, etc.
  • Provide training to non-financial personnel on company policies and accounting procedures.
  • Follow company policies, procedures, and guidelines per the company handbook.
  • Perform additional duties and projects as requested.

What We're Looking For:

Experience: We're open to junior to senior level candidates; 2-10+ years' experience desired in Finance / Accounting. Cost accounting experience desired but not required.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Management, or related degree desired.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, advanced Excel skills and 10-key by touch. ERP experience desired (EMS).
  • Ability to accurately prepare daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports and correspondence.
  • Self-starter / problem solver who possesses an attention to detail.
  • Team player who is collaborative, trustworthy, and easy to work with.
  • Able to identify, address, and resolve conflicts directly and tactfully with other team members.
  • Ability to identify root cause of issues; systems thinker who looks for greater opportunities to improve.
Core Competencies:
  • Communications – Clear, frequent information.  Offer full attention when others speak.  Actively seek information from a variety of sources and disseminate it in a variety of ways.  Clearly and articulately convey information to others in casual or informal situations.  Ability to organize and deliver public speeches that effectively inform or persuade others.  Clearly and concisely compose informative and convincing memos, emails, letters, and reports.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making – Ability to identify problems, solve them, act decisively, and to show good judgement.  Isolate causes from symptoms.  Find balance between studying the problem and solving it.
  • Functional & Technical Expertise – Knowledgeable and skilled in a functional specialty. Add organizational value through unique expertise and serve as a resource in that area for the organization.
  • Organizational Knowledge – Understand the workings of the organization specifically the formal and informal policies and structures.
  • Financial Acumen – Understand the financial framework of the organization.  Establish and monitor appropriate financial measures.  Interpret and use financial data to make informed business decisions.
  • Integrity – Think and act ethically and honestly.  Apply ethical standards of behavior to daily work activities. Take responsibility for their actions and foster a work environment where integrity is rewarded.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Benefits & Perks:
  • Training is provided and includes orientation, ERP system training (EMS) and Microsoft Outlook, Company Overview
  • Mileage Reimbursement for travel
  • Health Insurance
  • Vision Plan
  • Dental Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a company match
  • Gain share program
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Company-paid life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Pre-tax flexible spending (FSA) and dependent care program
  • Generous paid holidays package
  • Competitive vacation program
  • Wellness program
  • Qualifying employee safety shoe reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement program

About ER Wagner:
At ER Wagner, we stamp and machine metal, cut tubing, weld things together and can perform caster and hinge assembly, as well as weldments. We offer standard components as well as custom engineered hinges and caster assemblies. Our ISO Certification along with the implementation of lean manufacturing and six sigma practices permits us to deliver exclusive products. Founded in 1900, we've built a global, innovative, high-quality, efficient company. Our customers include companies such as GM, Ford, Chrysler, Rubbermaid, and Bradley Corp. Our corporate office is located in Menomonee Falls, WI with an additional location in Brookfield, IL.

You can find more information at https://www.erwagner.com/.
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