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Cost Accountant

Job Id:  4323

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States

Department:  FINANCE
Function:  Finance
Employee Type:  Permanent Full Time
Seniority Level:  Not Applicable

About UPL

UPL is a leader in global food systems and with the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience, is now one of the top 5 agricultural solutions companies worldwide. With revenue of US$5 billion, UPL has presence in 130 countries. With market access to 90 percent of world’s food basket and focused on high-growth regions, UPL represents a compelling value proposition for growers, distributors, suppliers and innovation partners in a consolidating market. UPL offers an integrated portfolio of both patented and post-patent agricultural solutions for various arable and specialty crops, including biological, crop protection, seed treatment and post-harvest solutions covering the entire crop value chain.

JOB SUMMARY: The Cost Accountant will perform analytics of costing for accuracy and understanding of variances and support to management with understanding costing for informed and proactive business decision making.  Focus of NAM Region and SCM Finance team is to support cost optimization strategy and focus to provide high quality, timely and meaning financial/costing information



  • Assisting in month end close with regards to costing related matters (production and Variance related analytics). 
  • Assisting in costing analytics to support monthly MBR’s and quarterly and annual financial audits.
  • Assisting in development and preparation of costing for monthly forecasting and annual budget.
  • Performing monthly and periodic costing runs
  • Monthly Variance analysis
  • Assisting in physical inventory and cycle counts including reconciling inventory.
  • Planning, collecting, recording, and analyzing data to determine costs of business activities such as raw material purchases, labor, overhead and inventory.
  • Analyzing changes in product specification, raw materials, manufacturing methods or services provided, to determine effects on cost.
  • Preparing and estimating the cost of new and proposed product costs and new initiatives (tolling opportunities, Generator Project, Drone Project, and Seed Treatment Equipment Initiative)
  • Supporting Supply Chain with monthly analytics of SG&A.
  • Providing management with reports specifying and comparing factors affecting prices and profitability of products or services.
  • Ensuring ERP Cost Accounting System accuracy including BOM, Machine hours and labor hours.
  • Provide clear visibility of Costing to ensure Tax Team develops clear arms-length Transfer Price Strategy and proactive engagement with Supplier around improved accuracy of costing at time or purchase/import
  • Support COGS evaluations and analytics for Capex and Planning Project Initiatives

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 of years of solid Cost Accounting experience in a Manufacturing Environment required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
  • Must have a strong Cost systems background and have excellent analytical skills; sound understanding of accounting principles.
  • Microsoft Office Experience Required (Word/Outlook/Excel/PowerPoint) –Advanced Excel required, Programming and Algorithm experience a plus
  • Experience with SAP a plus
  • Experience working with engineering and manufacturing personnel on development and analysis of cost standards.
  • Ability to accurately prepare daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports according to deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with close attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage confidential information.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to work extended hours during month-end closing, budgeting etc.



  • Flexibility/Adaptability - Responds to changing needs of the business; personally, identifies and champions new ideas for improvement and growth
  • Technical Expertise – Understand practices and standards of cost accounting and potential impacts on UPL.
  • Business Acumen - Degree to which an individual understands and applies business knowledge to maintain and advance organizational effectiveness
  • Customer Orientation - Determines and fulfills customer needs and expectations
  • Problem Solving - Identifies root cause of a problem and works with others to permanently fix problems


Travel - Approximately 10% - training programs, HQ visits, etc.

We are one team, for maximum impact. One team with shared goals. We all play for the team and no-one plays against team. We have a laser-like focus on what our customers need and want, on anticipating their future needs and how we can create innovative solutions and experiences for them.