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Senior Manufacturing Cost Accountant


Huntsville, AL, US

REQ ID:  39343

With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 9,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $1.9 billion in revenues in fiscal 2020. Learn more at Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Senior Manufacturing Cost Accountant

Location – Preferred location would be Rogers, AR or Huntsville, AL. Would be open to remote employee with travel required up to 50%.  


Job Summary


The Senior Manufacturing Cost Accountant collaborates with plant leadership teams including plant controller to ensure production costs are correctly allocated. This position is responsible for collecting and analyzing relevant costing information to develop and maintain standard product costs for manufacturing plants. This role will also be instrumental in the success of new strategic initiatives for Kennametal.


Key Job Responsibilities

  • Developing and analyzing standard costs for manufacturing plants based on cost, volume, etc.
  • Collecting and analyzing data to support the plant’s operational costs
  • Analyzing production operations, equipment capacity and utilization
  • Analyzing changes in manufacturing processes to determine effect on costs
  • Establishing standard costs of processes such as labor, administrative overhead, etc.
  • Maintaining labor and overhead rates, updating annually, based on budget 
  • Reviewing and analyzing actual production cost vs. standard and recommending improvements based on knowledge of business processes, materials management, and cost transaction system


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required; finance or accounting preferred; CMA preferred
  • Understanding of FAR/DFAR, GAAP and CAS, preferred
  • Strong analytical skills (ability to recognize and resolve issues)
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in manufacturing environment
  • Excellent attention to detail, customer service orientation, and timely follow through
  • High energy and self-motivated person; capable of being a self-starter in a fast paced and sometimes ambiguous environment
  • Ability to proactively cultivate strong business partner relationships and communicate effectively
  • Adept at owning and leading cross functional meetings
  • Strong computer skills; SAP experience preferred

As part of our core values, Kennametal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people.  We are an Equal Opportunity employer.

Nearest Major Market: Huntsville

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