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Cost Accountant


Location: Chambersburg, PA 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Maintains the standard cost accounting system for plant operations. Analyzes operating and product costs and makes recommendations for reductions. Assists in the monthly closing process as well as performing various accounting duties, including back-up to the Accountant.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain standard manufacturing cost system information for manufacturing and distribution operations including bills of material, line crewing, work center data, and other related tables.  This includes standard product cost development for materials, labor, and overhead.
  • Prepare and analyze monthly, quarterly, and annual cost reports, including variance analysis for labor efficiency, materials usage/yields, overhead spending, purchase price variance, and capacity utilization. Provide ad hoc analyses and projections as needed.
  • Perform various month-end closing activities within the established timeframes for the closing process.
  • Reviews quarterly cost review and update of cost changes for raw materials and packaging supplies, work centers, and direct labor. Provide cost analyses on impact of projected changes.
  • Assist Finance Manger in the annual budget preparation.
  • Serve as back-up to Accountant.
  • Responsible for assuring compliance with all Food Safety policies, procedures and regulatory criterion including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated Preventative Controls.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, or equivalent experience. 
  • Prefer 4 to 5 years cost process and / or job cost accounting experience in a manufacturing environment.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Office, with primary emphasis on Excel, Word, and PowerPoint programs. 
  • Some experience with ERP systems is desirable. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, analytical and problem solving skills, and the ability to work effectively with all levels of personnel.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg

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