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Senior Plant/Cost Accountant

Date: May 15, 2022

Location: Franklin, TN, US, 37064

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS)  is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment and boilers, offering a comprehensive line featuring the best-known brands in North America and China, The company also manufactures water purification and water softening products for residential and light commercial applications.


A.O. Smith was founded in 1874 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The company employs people to make our products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, China, the Netherlands, the UK and Turkey.


Why would I want to work for A. O. Smith?


Our company was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin over 140 years ago by the Smith family and we’ve been manufacturing innovators ever since. We take pride in our company’s values and reputation for integrity, and we’re also proud of the A. O. Smith innovations that make life better for people all over the world. If you want to join a team with integrity and a mission to make life better for others, you can take the first step here.


What is great about this opportunity?

  • You will be joining a stable, but growing organization committed to strong financial performance, strategic acquisitions, global expansion and the highest ethical standards of conduct.
  • You will be representing a company that makes products that improve quality of life and are considered top of the line.
  • You will be joining a cohesive team that believes in the goals we share and supports each other in accomplishing our shared goals

*Position is located in Franklin, TN 

This role is eligible for a remote work schedule of up to two days remote work per week. New employees are eligible to apply after successfully completing their initial 90 days of employment and training.

Primary Function

Plan and direct manufacturing cost accounting activities to ensure the integrity and presentation of cost for manufactured products.  Apply principles of cost accounting to conduct studies that provide detailed cost information not supplied by general accounting systems and perform essential duties.


  • Ability to execute successfully all aspects of Cost Accounting duties, including
    • Participate in new and existing product cost reviews in assisting in determining viability
    • Responsible for developing/reviewing and presenting new and/or updated standard costing rates (including labor and overhead) with periodic reviews
    • Manage annual and new product cost roll process
    • Analyze product cost and variances to standards in various areas of operations – Material (Including Freight/Tariffs) / Labor / Overhead
    • Responsible for the planning and forecasting of above variances on a monthly / qtrly / annual basis
    • Monitor / report inventory control and cycle count progress throughout the year and participate in the facilities’ Excess and Obsolescence process
    • Work with Purchasing, Production and Warehouse teams on inventory / cost / production-posting related issues
    • Monthly/annual inventory valuation reviews, reporting & balance forecasting
  • Responsible for driving and supporting projects to help improve performance and create accounting processes and accounting controls in a dynamic business environment as the business / responsibilities expand and new opportunities are created

Additional Responsibilities

  • Participate in the general month end close process
    • Prepare / review / post journal entries
    • Prepare account reconciliations for both balance sheet and P&L accounts as needed
    • Participate in the SBU financial reporting to Plant and Sr. Leadership
  • Lead the month end facility reporting to Plan and Sr. Leadership
  • Preparation of monthly, qtrly forecasts, annual plan and other financial analysis of Manufacturing activities as necessary
  • Coordinate responsible site work with internal and external auditors and all related follow ups as necessary
  • Provide cross-functional support and lead specific business initiatives/projects and to help ensure financial goals are met
  • Ability to successfully manage time, and prioritize as required based on current plant/business status



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, CPA a plus
  • Minimum 3 years of related work experience or training
  • Strength in cost accounting, variance analysis, forecasting and budgeting at the plant level
  • Ability to prioritize work with minimal supervision and work in cross-functional / cross-site / cross-national teams
  • Advanced knowledge of GAAP and understanding of requirements for a publicly traded company
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs with experience in SAP a plus
  • Strong sense of judgement, decision making and complex problem solving skills with a collaborative mindset
  • Ability to travel for periods of time up to 1 wk/time (typically 6-8x per year)
  • Strong communication skills, both orally and written, especially the ability to communicate financial information to a broad (non-finance background) group
  • Strong attention to detail and high organization skills
  • Strong business and financial acumen

We Offer

Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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