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Cost Accountant


Grayling, MI

ARAUCO is a global manufacturer of sustainably-produced forest product solutions for construction, industrial, and retail markets. With over 120 facilities worldwide, we manufacture and distribute the industry’s most-comprehensive selection of wood composite panels, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp.

ARAUCO is growing in North America, with innovative manufacturing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to make a difference in the communities where we are located. We are seeking the right individuals for high-caliber opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain, maintenance, safety, and other related fields. This is a direct-hire role with benefits. We look forward to considering you as part of our team at ARAUCO!




Cost Accountant – Grayling, MI | Albany, OR | Bennettsville, SC



The Cost Accountant is a key member of the Corporate Finance Group and an active member of the mill management team and is accountable for the ongoing analysis of process constraints and deviations, margin analysis, and tracing costs back to underlying activities. Additionally, this position will monitor the data accumulation systems needed to provide accurate, complete, and timely costing information throughout the organization. This role is open at any of our particleboard plants located in Albany, OR, Bennettsville, SC, and Grayling, MI.



The Cost Accountant will generally be in an office environment. However, it is expected of this position to understand all aspects of the operation and interact/visit with all areas regularly to obtain this knowledge and stay current with any developments within the respective business areas.



  • Review standard costs for inaccuracies and deviations outside of tolerance.
  • Update standard costs in the bill of materials, routings, activity rates, etc.
  • Analyze standard cost deviations throughout the month and as a part of the month-end close process.
  • Work with the Costing Manager and other Business Partners to effectively complete the month-end close process.
  • Conduct ongoing process constraint analyses in efforts to promote resolutions.
  • Report on cost of goods manufactured by SKU, Grade, Substrate, Facility.
  • Report on periodic variances and their root cause, focusing on spending variances in the respective business area.
  • Conduct any ad hoc analyses requested by the supervisor or management personnel.
  • Develop reporting tools to support value enhancement.
  • Responsible for any incentive program compliance including tracking and reporting.
  • Ability to work in a team-based, multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Prepare financial analysis and decision support on operating postures.
  • Ensure adequate internal controls are in place and being followed at the mill, and that all required SOX verifications are completed on a timely basis.
  • Financial statement review and analysis of actual variances against standards.
  • Ensure that all accounting-related policies and procedures are being followed at the mills.
  • Provide timely and accurate financial information to the management team to facilitate optimal decision making.
  • Provide support to internal and external audit process as required.
  • Special Projects as assigned by Mill Management or other Business Partners
  • Integral member of Mill Leadership Team and the North American Finance Team.
  • Take a leadership role in Safety for the administrative office, including participation in safety training and required meetings.



  • Bachelors’ Degree in Accounting or Finance and/or recognized Professional Accounting Designation.
  • Prior experience in finance/accounting for a manufacturing company is preferred.
  • Prior experience with product costing (monitoring standards, looking at production orders and budgets, looking for trends, monitoring costing variances) in a manufacturing environment is preferred
  • Knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Prior experience using SAP in a manufacturing environment is preferred.
  • Ability to read and understand financial statements.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to take a general question, dig through detailed data, and deliver meaningful, concise, written, or oral report that drives positive business decision making.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills. Knowledge of pivot tables and advanced formulas is beneficial.
  • Strong presentation skills – including preparing presentations for team meetings.
  • Must have the ability to understand the difference between total cost and cost per unit and their respective values in spotting trends.
  • Ability to travel (10%), as required for system training and other initiatives requiring finance representation.


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Arauco is an equal opportunity employer to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Northern Michigan