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Title:  Cost Accountant

Requisition ID:  61326
Date:  Jun 2, 2023

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  Finance



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Job Summary:

This position will join a centralized cost accounting team located with West’s Financial Services team in Exton, Pennsylvania.  You will be responsible for the accounting across multiple manufacturing sites including the preparation of journal entries and account reconciliations. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare journal entries related to manufacturing accounting and inventory reserves to support accurate & timely financial statements in accordance with US GAAP and corporate financial policies
  • Process manufacturing orders as part of the month-end close process
  • Participate in other monthly close activities for plants in area of responsibility
  • Prepare account reconciliations to ensure proper balance sheet valuation
  • Calculate standard costing of products in SAP as part of new product workflow
  • Monitor variances to standard cost and correct any erroneous errors
  • Support the periodic cycle count process
  • Reconcile 3rd party warehouses
  • Ensure appropriate controls and compliance with US GAAP
  • Support and assist other functions within the business as required


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business with concentration in Accounting/Finance or equivalent experience
  • Experience: 3-5 years of experience


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Accounting experience, preferable in a manufacturing environment using SAP or other ERP
  • Understanding of GAAP and internal control principles
  • Highly proficient in written and spoken English
  • Working knowledge of MS Office or the willingness to learn it quickly with highly proficient Excel skills
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Strong people skills – approachable, good listener, empathetic
  • Strong learning capacity
  • Ability to work independently in global environment
  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety and quality policies at all times


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time, including internationally


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Sedentary environment. Ability to work in an office. May need to stand or sit for extended periods of time
  • Communication, quick decision making, interpreting data, reading or writing, public speaking -- must be able to express or exchange ideas with team members
  • Must be able to understand direction and adhere to established procedures
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, speak in front of groups, express & exchange ideas and understand direction
  • Maintain the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations
  • Able to learn and apply new information or new skills
  • Read and interpret data, information and documents
  • Must be able to multi-task, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize
  • Ability to make independent and sound judgments
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm, takes accountability and drives for results








West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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