Sr Cost Accountant

Date: Sep 21, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22344 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

This position will assist the Director, Operations Finance with all aspects of manufacturing-related accounting, while developing working knowledge of Grace businesses. 


  • Analyze monthly fluxes and provide support for external auditors.
  • Review different business analytics and prepare forecasts or annual budgets for Hesperia plant.
  • Prepare balance sheet reconciliations and journal entries, including month end accruals, manufacturing variance adjustments, inventory adjustments.
  •  Ensure all department (cost center) accounting is correct. 
  • Lead the update of standard manufacturing costs for materials produced in Hesperia. 
  • Aid financial leadership to understand impact of manufacturing results on business results (profit center analysis).   
  • Document processes and recommend best practices.
  • Assist with inventory accounting and intercompany accounting.
  • Assist with quarterly and annual audit deliverables.
  • Research accounting guidance.
  • Provide ad-hoc analysis and support across plants in the network to aid Plant Controllers. 
  • Provide specific support to international plants that experience resource constraints.
  • Partner with Plant department heads to ensure all forecasts are submitted in a timely fashion and that all departments are maintaining spending within budget constraints. 
  • Aid plant personnel in identifying opportunities for cost improvement.

Required Qualifications

  • 5-7 years of work experience in public or private accounting or auditing department
  • BS in Accounting or related field
  • Knowledge of US GAAP
  • Good accounting and analytical abilities
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and influencing skills
  • Strong business acumen and time management skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, professional environment
  • Proficient with Excel and PowerPoint        

Preferred Qualifications

  • CPA/MBA working toward obtaining a CPA/MBA
  • SAP or related ERP system experience
  • Prior manufacturing accounting experience



  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Retirement Plans 
  • 401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement


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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore