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Cost Accountant

Cost Accountant

Job Description

GKN is a global engineering and manufacturing company focused on the aerospace and automotive industries with operations in more than thirty countries and employs 43,000 people in its subsidiaries.  The St. Louis site mission is to delight the customer through innovative and best value global aerospace solutions.  We provide our customers unbiased design and development support in metals, composites and RTM assemblies to meet cost and performance objectives as well as manufacturing capabilities to meet those objectives. GKN St. Louis is currently looking for a Cost Accountant.


Basic Function: 

Perform professional accounting duties under the direction of an accounting manager.   Perform cost accounting tasks such as cost data accumulation, reviewing standard and actual costs for variances, reporting on cost and margin of products, and identifying and resolving problems that have financial cost impacts.

 Principal Accountabilities

1)    Conduct ongoing cost data accumulation to identify cost constraints, target costing projects and tracing costs back to underlying activities.


2)    Review standard and actual costs for variances and report variances to management for business decision making purposes.


3)    Validate cost of goods sold as part of the month end close process.


4)    Performing reconciliation of cost accounts as part of the month end close process.


5)    Work with supply chain and IT to understand cost data points.


6)    Coordinate physical inventories including understanding difference between physical counts and financial records.


7)    Work with program management related to locating and disposing of obsolete inventory.


8)    Identify and resolve problems that have a direct or indirect impact on financial results. Identifying cost reduction opportunities. 

Job Requirements


Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent required and/or a combination of four to six years of education and relevant experience in lieu of degree. CPA or CMA preferred.  Public accounting experience is a preference. 


Experience and Qualifications

  • A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in an automated accounting environment required. 
  • Proficient in Excel/Word/Access/Power Point and experience with automated accounting software systems. 
  • Excellent communications and customer services skills required.


GKN’s vision is built on a commitment to growth and performance.  Our goal is to lead and excel in every market we serve. We encourage our employees at all levels to recognize their ability to make a difference. Industry leading benefit package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurances; 401(k), paid time off and holidays.

No third parties.  No phone calls please.   EOE - M/F/D/V.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Accounting
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Defense - Aerospace, Manufacturing
Required Travel Not Specified
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Cost Accountant

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