Senior Cost Analyst


SHR Talent is partnering with a manufacturing client in Nashville, TN in its search for an Senior Cost Analyst. The Senior Cost Analyst is responsible for establishing, controlling, and analyzing all production related and product standard costs, and sustaining a comprehensive cost control system. The Senior Cost Analyst will also support capital expenditure planning including return on investment and payback analysis, as well as analysis of post-performance benefit realization. As the Senior Cost Analyst, you will proactively anticipate and communicate future financial consequences and implications of current situations and business decisions. A successful candidate for the Senior Cost Analyst role will have multiple years of experience of successfully managing a cost accounting system, developing financial planning, and budgeting tools, delivering impactful financial reporting, performing accounting duties, and have delivered examples of insightful financial and cost savings analysis which influenced meaningful business decisions.

An ideal candidate is results-oriented and driven, is able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and proactively question, prioritize, and identify solutions in timely manner, is a logical thinker with an outstanding numeric ability supported by a rounded commercial awareness, is proactive and confident, and possess strong verbal and presentation skills. As a candidate for the Senior Cost Analyst role, you should be an excellent communicator and business partner to all disciplines and must partner effectively up, down, or across the organization, possess the ability to translate complex data into meaningful analysis for non-technical audiences, have a proven ability to develop and maintain effective business partner relationships at all levels of the organization, and have strong teamwork and project management skills combined with ability to work as part of a cross functional team.

Essential Job Functions

• Set fully landed standard costs for purchased finished goods and maintain standard costs for auxiliary products
• Define and refine costing processes and KPI
• Perform enterprise-wide E&O analysis and PPV reporting
• Perform sensitivity and trend analyses, identifying drivers and predictors of cost changes, and incorporating analyses into forecasting tools
• Coordinate with Purchasing team to analyze, review, and support material purchase plans and supply agreements, driving improved levels of service quality and cost for the company
• Analyze actual trends variances to budget and history actual spending and costs and prepare a variety of statistical reports
• Manage cost control system while effectively and accurately measuring costs and production variances, allowing for accurate projections of operating results
• Define key assumptions for the budget and forecasting, driving cost and activity at the production facility
• Train key personnel on dashboards and reports of key operating and cost indicators across product and product ranges and tracking of key KPI’s and cost reduction and improvement initiatives


• Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or Business, or or equivalent
• CPA, CMA, or MBA, or other advanced business degree, a plus
• 3 – 5 years’ experience in financial analysis, controlling, or similar environment
• 2 years’ experience in financial or management consulting or investment banking, or similar
• GAAP knowledge and accounting experience
• Experience with public company corporate finance
• Expert proficiency in Excel
• Experience with PowerBI tools and Microsoft D365, a plus
• Experience in the consumer products industry and in manufacturing, preferred
• Experience in budgeting, forecasting, and reporting, and managing multiple entities
• Understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems, production related cost flows, and standard costing processes
• Proven track record of creating robust analyses that translates into business decisions and experience on how to support the growth of the company’s product and brands through consistency and disciplined execution

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