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Hunter Engineering Accounting Manager in Bridgeton, Missouri

Hunter Engineering Company, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of computer-based automotive service equipment, is seeking an experienced Inventory and Cost Accounting Manager to join our team. Founded in 1946, Hunter has a history of product ingenuity and growth and has been a worldwide market leader for decades. Our computer-based products set the quality and technological standard in the industry. Hunter Engineering Company offers state-of-the-art automotive service equipment such as wheel alignment systems, wheel balancers, tire changers, lift racks, and brake testers.

This position will join a high-performance department in a customer-focused organization. The Inventory and Cost Accounting Manager will be a results-oriented change agent who is also an effective business systems thinker. This dynamic role requires an energetic, forward-thinking, and highly motivated individual with superior problem-solving abilities.

The Inventory and Cost Accounting Manager will serve as the point person for the Finance Department on multiple cross-functional systems and continuous improvement projects. In addition, the role will lead a team of four accountants that are charged with supporting the inventory and cost accounting functions of the business, as well as providing data for use in evaluating the operational performance of the business. The location will be at Hunter Engineering Company’s headquarters in Bridgeton, MO.


  • Supply financial information to support the review of manufacturing KPI’s

  • Work with manufacturing operations team to coordinate the annual physical inventory

  • Coordinate physical inventory observation with external auditors

    Cost Accounting:

  • Set standards for labor, materials, and overhead

  • Review standard absorption rates and bill of materials

  • Review labor variances and recommend time studies, as needed

  • Review gross margin analysis on all products

  • Review inventory for slow moving or obsolete items

    General Ledger:

  • Support the monthly and annual close process

  • Review monthly journal entries, reconciliations, roll-forwards and other periodic deliverables for areas of responsibility

  • Review subjective accrual estimates, such as reserves for inventory obsolescence and scrap

  • Review account activity for expected and unexpected variances, to provide meaningful summary analysis of movements.

Other Duties:

  • Manage, coach, and develop a team of Accountants

  • Cross-train in other functions to improve overall departmental performance

  • Coordinate cross-functionally with other departments on business objectives

  • Lead or participate in ad hoc projects that address operational or financial issues, as necessary

  • Participate in systems conversions and implementation teams

  • Provide recommendations for process improvements

  • Other duties as assigned

  • B.S. in Accounting

  • CPA, CGMA or other advanced accounting qualifications (preferred)

  • 5+ years relevant manufacturing experience in industry and/or public accounting

  • In-depth knowledge of GAAP, accounting processes, procedures and internal controls

  • Demonstrated process improvement and project management experience

  • Effective communication skills (both written and verbal)

  • Strong data mining (AS400 and SQL) skills

  • Advanced Excel skills (ODBC queries, pivot tables, macros, advanced formulas)

  • Ability to effectively use software tools (e.g., graphing, process flow software)

  • Ability to develop tools and models that improve procedures, efficiency and the quality of information

External Company URL: www.hunter.com

Street: 11250 Hunter Drive