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Sr. Cost Accountant in Minneapolis, MN at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 1/11/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


MN Minneapolis (Kasota Ave)

Job Type:

Finance Cost Accounting

Job Posting Title:

Sr. Cost Accountant

Job Description:

Provides senior cost leadership to the plant and corporate accounting; including other plants and warehouses. Applies cost accounting principles to prepare cost quotes, analyze complex financial information, prepare detailed financial reports and perform specific month end closing duties.  Provides analytical support through maintaining the cost accounting systems, audits, and reporting for Management. Data analysis to help drive business decisions.


  • Creates and maintains product structures, standard cost files, and labor and warehousing requirements for home plant lead in. Develop cost estimates for new business including analysis and necessary follow-up.
  • Assist the controller on projects relating to budgeting, insurance, taxes, audit, and capital requests.  Participation in ongoing Sarbanes-Oxley compliance documentation and testing.  Some travel required.
  • Month end work including preparation and review of journal entries, analysis of accounts and reports, and assist controller as needed. Responsible for preparation and analysis of financial reports and data. Complete Variance Analysis of component and finished goods inventories, production and labor with clear explanations to management.  Assist Controller in completing the monthly financial summaries for home plant.  Assist with full Month End close at home plant and other plants or corporate as needed.
  • Variance Analysis:  Weekly preparation of KPI reporting, including narrative of results. Preparation of weekly labor/production variance report, using information to identify areas of risk and opportunities for process improvement and elimination of waste.
  • Assist Controller in maintaining accurate forecast including the tracking and identification of cost saving projects.
  • Regular involvement in the plant manufacturing process by spending time in the plant to understand the key issues (ex. Downtime and the reasons for, waste on the lines, etc.) that drive the plant variances.  Working together with the plant management staff to develop controls or new processes to eliminate or reduce plant variances.


  • Bachelors degree required.
  • 1 - 5 years of experience.
  • Must be a highly motivated /self-starting individual who can use their work experience and apply theory to prepare cost analysis. 

  • Requires strong analytical skills, ability to multi-task, and ability to learn new systems quickly.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret information. 

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. 

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions.  

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, consistently meeting deadlines with accurate and detailed results.

  • Strong Excel skills.

  • SAP experience desired.

  • Cost accounting experience in a manufacturing environment desired.

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.