Cost Accountant

West Liberty Foods

West Liberty, IA Accounting / Manufacturing & Industrial $60,000 to $75,000 yearly

Job Reference #: COSTA01060


About West Liberty Foods

West Liberty Foods was formed in 1996 under the guiding principles of the Iowa Turkey Growers Cooperative. Carrying on Iowa’s rich farming tradition, our grower/owners are committed to animal health and welfare while delivering superior-quality turkeys — a philosophy that has helped family farms grow and thrive for generations. The continued success of West Liberty Foods is due to the dedication, enthusiasm and support of our grower/owners.

Our mission is to be a leading food manufacturer by converting needs, ideas and expertise into value for our members, business partners and consumers.

West Liberty Foods manufactures hundreds of meat and poultry products that can be found in well-known grocery stores and top restaurant chains nationwide. Recognized as one of the top protein processors in North America, we have the capacity to produce over 650 million pounds of food products per year across our facilities. We are The Surprisingly Big Company®, and we’re right in your backyard.

Build your career with West Liberty Foods and be a part of an exciting, collaborative team environment! 

We are currently hiring for:

Job Title        Cost Accountant

Job Summary:  Cost Accountant is responsible for calculating labor, material and production costs, value and analyzes inventory, review standard and actual costs for variances, report variances to management for decision-making purposes. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Manage an integrated ERP system for current, accurate, complete accounting and reporting of job costs, overhead, inventory, controls, policies, and physical counts.
  • Manage calculations and analyze cost of goods sold.
  • Review standard costs in the bill of materials vs. actual costs for inaccuracies on an on-going basis.
  • Accumulate and apply overhead costs as required by generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Assist in the monthly closing process including: recording journal entries, analyzing and reviewing results.
  • Evaluate production costs, gains and losses and month-end closing data.
  • Analyze inventory costs and levels and perform variance analysis.
  • Prepare managerial reports as requested (e.g., plant operating metrics)
  • Problem solving day to day issues. Assisting/instructing others within and outside of the department in an effort to correct errors and complete tasks, product traces, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance is strongly preferred.
  • 2+ years of experience in accounting/finance in a manufacturing facility is preferred.
  • ERP and database querying experience is necessary.
  • Knowledge of Ultimate or another timekeeping system a plus.
  • Strong situational assessment skills with the ability to make decisions within a timely manner.
  • Strong attention to detail and ethics.
  • Computer experience - Microsoft Office or Google Suite.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and develop others.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment of continuous change and challenges.
  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as necessary.
  • Candidates must successfully pass post-offer/pre-employment drug test and background screen.

West Liberty Foods/Liberty Cold is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. 

To be considered an applicant for this position, you must apply online on our careersite at

Application Instructions:

Job ID: 70443

Posted 17 days ago

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