Cost Accountant

Job Locations US-IA-Norway
Req No.
Regular Full-Time


**When applying with Frontier Coop, it is not necessary to enter work history on application form if resume is uploaded.



Do you have a passion for Cost Accounting?


Do you want to work for a company that encourages an entrepreneurial spirit and supports your passion for sustainability and natural products?


If so, then Frontier Co-op is for you. Since 1976, Frontier Co-op has been showing the world that Doing Good, Works.



Controls and manages the organization’s manufacturing cost system, maintain bill of materials, development of new product costs, and providing timely and accurate financial information 1) in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and 2) for manufacturing and inventory planning, control and decision-making.




  • Collaborate with various departments to understand processes to develop and maintain standard costs for all products.
  • Review the recording of manufacturing, labor, distribution and shipment transactions, work orders, bills of material, etc. for accuracy and reasonableness
  • Prepare and analyze monthly variances from standard cost including:
    • Direct labor analysis
    • Overhead & Departmental cost rates 
    • Material and purchase price variances
  • Produce, report and track weekly/monthly KPIs and assist in using these numbers to drive improvements.
  • Assist with reporting on cost savings initiatives related to product development and manufacturing efficiencies
  • Prepare financial reports and analysis related to new product launches compared to financial goals
  • Assist in month-end closing, prepare journal entries as necessary, analyze inventory evaluation, inventory roll forward
  • Thorough understanding of inventory transactions and monthly reconciliation of sub ledger detail to general ledger
  • Development and implement policy and procedures in compliance with GAAP promoting a strong internal control environment
  • Assist with cycle count/physical inventories
  • Work in special projects as required
  • Strives to reduce waste, recycle products whenever possible, and re-use resources when practical
  • Works safely at all times, follows safety rules and policies and participates in scheduled training



Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance or related field; or five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.



Ability to read and comprehend detailed instructions, correspondence, reports and memos. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively with a variety of people and respond to basic questions in situations where common courtesy and tact are needed.



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, and volume. Ability to use such concepts in practical situations. Ability to use a computer to create spreadsheets and charts and run reports.



  • Knowledge of manufacturing accounting, supply chain, product development, and information systems.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles & Cost Accounting Standards
  • Ability to research, compile, analyze and interpret data and reconcile complex account
  • Strong ability to meet deadlines while managing multiple priorities
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with operations and production support personnel
  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision
  • Detail oriented



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and/or fingers to type, handle, or feel; and view a computer monitor or video display.  The employee is occasionally required to talk or hear. 



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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