Cargill A&R Product Costing Analyst in Wichita, Kansas

A&R Product Costing Analyst

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Position Purpose

The Product Costing Analyst position will perform cost accounting duties for multiple cooked plants . These duties include developing accurate product costing for business managers and sales for new products with tight turn arounds. Other duties are maintaining production models in PRISM including updating yields, labor, overhead rates, and packaging bill of materials. You will also analyze variances and assist in the process of updating standards as part of this variance analysis. Budgeting is also a key process which includes overhead allocation and review of the standards. New products introductions many times can get complex and require an analytical person to ensure we are costing our products most appropriately. The position also monitors a weekly revaluation process that is performed in Bangalore, India so working with others closely is very important. This position will partner with A&F Leads at the plants, business managers, product leads and certain sales positions. A strong understanding of cost accounting and plant accounting would be highly beneficial. This position will report to the NA Product Costing Manager.

Principal Accountabilities

60% Accurate Product Costing

  • Develop new product costings accurately with limited information at times basis business manager inputs and or sometimes with more perfect information both with accurate product cost

  • Create and maintain production models with new products with a specification into the ERP system and ensure the cost is accurate and updated through the MOC process

  • Monitor weekly revaluation process and ensure that all products are costed accurately

  • Perform annual budgeting process including large scale updates to all PM’s and updating of overhead costs

20% Analysis

  • Perform weekly plant variance analysis

  • Perform periodic product cost comparisons and analyze differences

  • Perform periodic standards review and assist in the process to reset variances

20% Business Partnering

  • Work with business managers on developing new product costs

  • Work with business managers on analyzing product costs

  • Work with Finance professionals on answering questions on product costs

  • Work with A&F Leads on helping them understand standards and variance analysis

  • Work with A&F Leads on the annual budget process including the overhead allocation process


Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience

  • 2 years of experience in SAP or equivalent costing system

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and written, within multiple levels of the organization

  • Strong analytical skills; capable of breaking down complex issues and identifying key drivers; can identify cross-process, upstream, and downstream impacts

  • Self-motivated for high performance

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Passion and curiosity to “dig” into the details

  • Very strong ability and appetite to learn and apply new concepts

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities/projects effectively

  • Travel less than 10%

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Meat industry experience

  • Experience budgeting and analysis of variances

  • Cost accounting experience.

  • Experience within an activity-based costing environment

  • Manufacturing Experience

  • Working knowledge of production flows and process including supply chain

  • 2 years of SAP product costing experience

  • Ability to adapt and learn in a changing work environment

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Finance/Accounting

Primary Location US-KS-Wichita

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: WIC04242