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Accountant III
at Andersen Windows
Cottage Grove, MN

Accountant III
at Andersen Windows
Cottage Grove, MN

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The key responsibilities of this role are to ensure the accuracy of the financial results as reported through the cost and inventory systems used by Andersen Corporation and Andersen Windows. This will be accomplished through comprehensive knowledge of the cost and inventory systems, strong analytical skills as well as collaborating and partnering with multiple business partners. This role requires a capability to clearly communicate results as well as a proactive approach to issue resolution. In addition, this job will have the responsibility to analyze, interpret, and support implementing complex financial and accounting concepts, or techniques for financial planning and control, by performing the following duties:


Inventory reconciliation and reporting (purchased material, rough cut stock, work in process, finished goods)

Responsible for the analysis of the movement of inventory categories (both in and out) within the assigned sub-plant. Provides thorough explanations regarding reasons for inventory changes. Requires a thorough understanding of the inventory process as well as requiring the individual to establish a close network of delivery partners who have direct and indirect impact on the inventory process.
Through individual initiative and analysis, and combined with the knowledge and expertise of cost accounting, delivery partners a clear understanding of inventory changes is determined.

Regularly monitor and evaluate the adequacy of inventory controls. Implement identified inventory control improvements as necessary.

Product Cost

  • Provide support to internal business partner(s) in the establishment of needed bill of materials (BOM).
  • Stock Parts, Configured Parts, and Engineered to Order units
  • Analyze and resolve Baan costing errors, related to: Standard BOM, Configured BOM, Analyze product cost to facilitate decision making.
  • Together with the department Manager or Analyst, this role will be responsible for the ongoing identification and implementation of best practice costing methodologies. This will be accomplished through self initiated document research or the establishment of a peer network, thus resulting in the identification of new methods as they are being developed throughout the business or academic world

Inter-plant inventory transfer reconciliations

Through regular inquiry and period-end reconciliations, ensure that inter-plant inventory accounts are in balance. Analyze, design and implement any required changes to eliminate identified discrepancies.

Physical Inventory

This role is responsible for the overall organization and leading of the physical inventory activities for the cost and inventory team. This includes working with business partners throughout the organization to ensure that the overall physical inventory is ran following established procedures and guidelines. With this also comes the responsibility to create the needed reporting that clearly communicates the overall results of the physical inventory to all levels of the organization.

Process improvement

Through individual initiative or with the assistance of delivery partners, this role will identify and support the continuous improvement of inventory processes that impact inventory or which are used by the department and its business partners.


Support ongoing projects as assigned.

Variance Analysis

This role is responsible for analyzing the financial results of operational transactions that result in variances reported on the profit and loss statement. Using the most effective communication tools available, this role will be responsible for providing thorough explanations regarding reasons for the identified variances. Effective execution of this role will require a thorough understanding of the operational transactions as well as requiring the individual to establish a close network of delivery partners who have direct and indirect impact on the variance results (material management, operations accountants, engineering services, manufacturing, etc.). It is expected that through a combination of individual initiative and analysis, and combined with the knowledge and expertise of delivery partners that a clear understanding of the variances will be determined.


This role will support all activities needed to ensure that the proper financial results are reported for the business. The two areas of concentration are the valuation of inventory and material variances.

Baan ERP knowledge

This role provides functional expertise related to AW's ERP platform (Baan) to our business partners. This role will include providing guidance on the proper methodology needed to transact inventory when new manufacturing processes are developed. This role will be called on to assist in the design of new business processes as needed to support ongoing change in the business.
This role will be responsible for any needed Baan integration mapping and /or design changes and errors within assigned Baan logistic company(s).

Cost Cycle

This role will be responsible for the loading of the new standard cost during the cost cycle. This role will be required to perform the necessary analysis in order to understand what impact the cost cycle changes have on the particular area of product line responsibility. It is also expected that this role will communicate and clearly articulate these changes to key business leaders and business partners as required.

Management Reporting

This role will be responsible for publishing management reports as assigned.

Business Partners

Key business partners (but not entirely limited to) are Inventory Accuracy, Operations Planning, Operations Analyst's, Plant Fulfillment Team, Engineering Services, Plant Engineering, and Material's Management.


This role will provide guidance & advice to less experienced staff members on inventory questions/issues, Andersen inventory systems, Baan, inventory processes, practices, and policies

  • Bachelor degree in Accounting; CPA, CMA preferred plus two to seven years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Advanced understanding of accounting practices and principles.
  • Excellent computer and related system skills.
  • Good understanding of cost and inventory systems.
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates competence in the following leadership skills: Personal Integrity, Results Orientation, Customer Orientation, Assessment/Evaluation, Communication, Initiative, Problem Solving / Opportunity, Identification, Self-development capability, Tolerance of Ambiguity, Time Management & Organization.

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