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Cost Accounting Analyst - Valent U.S.A. LLC

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Job Title: Cost Accounting Analyst - Valent U.S.A. LLC
Location: TBD, CA, West United States, USA
Company: Valent U.S.A. LLC
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Chemical, Pesticide and Fertilizer
Career Type: Accounting/Finance/Asset Management
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: 5
Salary: N/A
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Valent U.S.A LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited, engages in the development, registration, sales and marketing of integrated technological solutions for crop production and pest management that deliver value for our customers and stakeholders. A leading crop protection firm serving the agricultural and non-crop products markets in North America, Valent products help growers produce safe and abundant food and fiber crops, and horticultural professionals improve the quality of life for their customers. The corporate motto, Products That Work, From People Who Care , describes the company's business philosophy. Valent seeks out and provides customers with innovative and effective solutions to their production challenges. Our vision is to be the best company delivering integrated solutions of biorational and traditional crop protection solutions to our customers. Valent is dedicated to creating a world that is healthier and more comfortable, and that has a sustainable abundance of quality, affordable food, helping crops to be the ultimate renewable resource. We are currently searching for a Cost Accounting Analyst to work with our Finance Team in Walnut Creek, CA.


General Description:
The purpose of this position is to collect data, analyze results, and prepare financial reports to drive business insights into the cost accounting activities. The primary business partner for this position is the Supply Chain team. The position develops standards to ensure accurate product cost, analyzes variances on activities related to material purchases, labor, and other manufacturing cost. Maintains and reconciles general ledger accounts to include both balance sheet and P & L. 


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Participates in the Cost Accounting monthly close process to include journal entry development, analysis and reconciliation of inventory, revenue & cost of goods accounts 
  • Analyze and develop financial reports to support impact of purchase and manufacturing related variances such as purchase price variance, material usage and overhead.
  • Collaborates with Supply Chain to ensure the cycle count audits and yearly physical inventory counts are completed in alignment with internal policies and procedures
  • Supports requirements for JSOX controls processes relating to Cost and Inventory 
  • Prepare various schedules and provide commentary to support the interim and annual financial audits.
  • Prepares various reports in support of corporate, and management monthly and quarterly reporting. This includes Gross Margin, Unrealized Gross Margin and Inventory Comparatives
  • Participates in the budgeting and forecasting activities associated with the cost development and standards rolling process. Develop and update actual standards for materials, labor and overhead as required
  • Ensure Master data files associated with the Cost Accounting and inventory modules are accurate in the SAP ERP system and participate in software improvement and implementation projects.
  • Ad hoc projects as assigned



  • Typically, BA/BS, MBA or equivalent with 7+ years' experience
  • 5+ years of Cost Accounting experience
  • BS in Accounting or Finance
  • SAP experience a plus and MS office required.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


Sumitomo Chemical Company, a 20 billion dollar business, includes over 100 subsidiaries and affiliates operating in five business sectors - petrochemicals and plastics, IT-related chemicals, pharmaceuticals, energy & functional materials, and health & crop sciences - and supplies a broad range of products for global markets. Sumitomo Chemical was thus founded as a company that sought to solve environmental problems while at the same time aiming to contribute to the development of agriculture. Sumitomo Chemical Company conducts research & development to invent new chemistry in agricultural chemicals and new applications of existing chemicals and functional fertilizers in order to provide productive and environmentally friendly crop protection agents and labor-reducing farm technologies. 

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Job Post Date: 04/01/19
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