Cost Accountant

  • £40,000 to £50,000pa
  • Ashford, Kent
  • Reed Specialist Recruitment

A thriving and ambitious FMCG business is looking for an accomplished and enthusiastic Cost Accountant to join its finance team. My client is a market leader in the UK and has a growing reputation worldwide.

Reporting into the Finance Director, you will have the freedom to help make smarter, better-informed decisions that drive the business forward. In addition, you will work collaboratively with all levels of management.

The primary function of this role is to lead the process; creating, validating and maintaining Bills of Material records, analysing variances between standard and actual costs of material, labour and overhead and ensuring the accurate valuation of inventory.

Key responsibilities

Collecting cost information and maintaining an expenses database

Constructing data gathering systems

Determining fixed costs (e.g., salaries, rent and insurance)

Planning and recording variable costs (e.g., purchases of raw material and operations costs)

Reviewing standard and actual costs for inaccuracies

Preparing budgeting reports

Analysing and reporting profit margins

Preparing (monthly, quarterly and annual) cost forecasts

Assisting in month-end and year-end closing

Skills and Experience

Proven work experience as a Cost Accountant, Cost Analyst, Accountant or similar role is essential

Working in an FMCG and or private label environment is preferred

Thorough knowledge of accounting procedures

In-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

Experience with accounting software, like MS Dynamics, Sage and CIM

Computer literacy, MS Excel in particular (familiarity with VLOOKUPs and pivot tables)

Excellent analytical skills with an attention to detail

Strong time management skills

Excellent communication and presentation skills

Integrity, with an ability to handle confidential information

Degree in Accounting, Finance or relevant study is desirable


Competitive salary & benefits package

Contributory pension scheme

Career development

20 days holiday + bank holidays

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Colleague discount

You will have the freedom to make a difference. You'll put your own ideas into practice. If you feel you have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, please apply online now.

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