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Senior Cost Accountant / Plant Controller

Location: Decatur
Posted on: March 12, 2023

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voestalpine Railway Systems Nortrak, with ten production facilities across Canada, US and Mexico, is North America's leading designer and manufacturer of special trackwork for the railway industry. As the industry's technology leader, we take pride in providing superior products, excellent customer service and unbeatable engineering design services to our customers. We are committed to bringing innovative solutions, products and services to our customers across rail freight and transit segments.

voestalpine Railway Systems Nortrak ("Nortrak") is a subsidiary of voestalpine AG ( one of Europe's premier steel producers with over 50,000 employees worldwide. Nortrak is closely affiliated with voestalpine's Railway Systems group which operates in 21 countries across the globe to provide cutting edge system-based solutions to railroads and transits. Our website is

Nortrak Blue Family Culture

Nortrak Blue is our way of life and our commitment to our united Nortrak Family. We live Nortrak Blue through our values of Respect, Responsibility, Curiosity, Courage, Passion, and Diversity.

As a Nortrak family, Safety is our #1 commitment to our employees and Quality is our #1 commitment to our customers.

We are currently looking for a Plant Controller / Cost Controller to join our team in Decatur, IL.


Reporting directly to the Vice President, Controlling, the Plant Controller/Senior Cost Accountant for vaRS Nortrak's foundry located in Decatur, IL is responsible to perform and lead a variety of financial management and reporting responsibilities. You will work directly with the Plant Manager and report to the company's VP, Controlling.



Complies with all Nortrak safety policies and regulations.


Complete month-end procedures and prepare internal management reports.
Analyze profitability by product, project, and customer.
Lead monthly financial reviews with the CFO, VP Controlling, Plant Manager, and other departments.
Support process improvement initiatives and assist with cost saving plans.
Perform profitability and cost analyses for a variety of projects, investments and products.
Assist decision making at a plant level with regular and ad-hoc analyses.
Prepare internal budgets and monitor actual results against budget.
Prepare quarterly revenue forecasts in collaboration with the production team.
Work closely with Purchasing, HR and Sales to optimize cost, pricing and overhead.


Manage product costing in SAP and review standard costs on a monthly basis.
Review and reconcile labor reports and analyze actuals vs production benchmarks.
Monitor inventory costing, balance and movement.
Collaborate with Production Team in managing inventory counts and various operations.
Identify, investigate and resolve costing and labor variances with different groups.


Maintains knowledge of state-of-practice. Identifies and recommends cost effective material, design and process options.
Liaise with sub-trades for quotations and analyze quotes compared to historical data
Use financial and non-financial data to make informed assumptions for costing


Build and nurture healthy working relationships with a wide range of employees.
Take interest and ownership of your responsibilities.
Participate and engage in different initiatives as needed.
Actively participate in production meetings to gain an understanding of products and manufacturing procedures.
Maintain and collaborate a good working relationship with other functions and divisions; in particular Sales
Perform peer-review on other estimators' work and provide feedback
Eager to improve and support other estimators
Maintain and collaborate a good working relationship with other functions and divisions; in particular Sales
Perform peer-review on other estimators' work and provide feedback
Eager to improve and support other estimators


Adhere to Nortrak's Environmental Procedures, Practices and Policies.


Monitor and enforce compliance with internal policies at the plant level
Monitor vendor invoices, provide classification and address errors
Monitor and resolve sales order issues with Sales and Account Managers
Ad-hoc reporting and financial management tasks as required
Support plant team with analytical and financial tasks
Ensures all costing is current, accurate and complete. Continuously verifies estimated costs against actuals.
Manage deadlines and prioritize bids based on complexity, priority and risks



Undergraduate Degree in Accounting, Business or Finance or equivalent - CPA or CMA is an asset.
Minimum of 3+ years of accounting experience, ideally in manufacturing - exposure to foundry is an asset


Experience with financial planning and analysis
Understanding of cost accounting methodologies
Ability to analyze financial and non-financial data and be able to clearly articulate opportunities for improvement and/or risk areas
Advanced Excel, Word and Power Point skills
Experience with ERP systems - ideally SAP
Strong analytical and interpersonal skills combined with sound professional judgement
Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
Occasional standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or climbing
Must be able to lift or handle up to 25 pounds at times
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
Occasional travel may be required which includes walking, standing, sitting and driving from short to long periods of time


A supportive, family oriented Nortrak Blue culture
We provide an environment where Health and Safety is our #1 priority
Career development opportunities and competitive pay progression
Competitive medical, dental & vision benefits
Company paid life and disability insurance
Paid holidays and vacation
Retirement plan with matching contributions
Tuition Assistance Program
Wellness Program
Employee Assistance Program
Employee Recognition Programs

voestalpine Railway Systems Nortrak is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, and any other federal, state, or locally protected classifications.
















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Keywords: VOESTALPINE RAILWAY SYSTEMS NORTRAK LLC, Decatur , Senior Cost Accountant / Plant Controller, Accounting, Auditing , Decatur, Illinois

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