Analyst, Cost
Sigma-Aldrich Corporation - St. Louis, MO

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The Cost Analyst position is a key position working to implement Finance value drivers. Responsibilities for this position include working with Ewing, Broadway, Cherokee, and Dekalb to reduce unabsorbed COGS, reduce product variances, and analyze profitability by Initiative and BU. Value contributions include timely and accurate cost information for product pricing decisions, profitability by production department, and accurate inventory balances for Financial Reporting.


' Analyze and review COGS accounts for variances, and journalize necessary corrections

' Complete month end close responsibilities accurately and on time to help ensure Sigma's $170 million inventory is properly valued and $150M COGS are properly stated

' Development of standard costs, analyze manufacturing variances, review planned production variances to ensure appropriate absorption of expenses

' Provide timely monthly reporting, assist with budgeting and forecasting

' Provide financial and accounting support to other departments and auditors, and drive process improvements. Have a physical presence in the St. Louis manufacturing locations to ensure accurate costing and absorption.

' Ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and GAAP requirements to include development and maintenance of documentation for current processes


Education: College degree required with a major in finance or accounting is preferred . CPA or MBA is a plus.

Experience: Three or more years of experience, preferably with some cost experience. Manufacturing experience in a company with a large base of product preferred. An understanding of inventory management principles and systems is highly desirable .

Essential and Critical Skills: An understanding of standard cost systems and GAAP is needed. Experience with Microsoft Excel and Access, and SAP, is preferred, and a desire to improve one's skills with the software is imperative. Successful candidate must have the ability to use critical analytical thinking, and be able to summarize detailed analysis and make recommendations for improvement.

About Sigma-Aldrich: Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High Technology company whose biochemical, organic chemical products, kits and services are used in scientific research, including genomic and proteomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, the diagnosis of disease and as key components in pharmaceutical, diagnostics and high technology manufacturing. Sigma-Aldrich customers include more than 1.3 million scientists and technologists in life science companies, university and government institutions, hospitals and industry. The Company operates in 35 countries and has nearly 9,000 employees whose objective is to provide excellent service worldwide. Sigma-Aldrich is committed to accelerating customer success through innovation and leadership in Life Science and High Technology. For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit its website at

Sigma-Aldrich offers a highly motivational and rewarding working environment with attractive salary, benefits, retirement, relocation and incentive packages including tuition reimbursement. Sigma-Aldrich fosters the growth of employees in a culture of respect and dignity with ample opportunity for career advancement.

Sigma-Aldrich is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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